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Green Bathroom Remodeling - Tips To Make Your Bathroom Green


You've decided upon a green bathroom remodeling project to make your bathroom green,- save energy, conserve resources and do it within your budget. Maybe you care about the environment. Maybe you're just frugal and want the cost savings. Maybe you're creative and enjoy the challenge. Whatever the case may be, here are some green bathroom remodeling tips for you.

HouseLogic focuses on specific elements of a green bathroom remodeling project, starting with water.

It's all about the water

Thinking about greening your bathroom means considering how you use water in terms of consumption and energy. According to the American Water Works Association, your humble toilets are the thirstiest water users in the house, accounting for 27% of consumption. This fact inspired conservation schemes like placing something hefty in the toilet tank to reduce flushing capacity, and those low-flow toilets that too often didn't flush what needed flushing.

A more successful approach is the dual-flush toilet. It has two flush buttons, one for light work, one for heavy. Long a mainstay in Europe, dual-flush toilets are available in the U.S. for $250–$400, a price in line with top-quality conventional toilets. A dual flush toilet can save 17,000 gallons of water a year—about $50 off your water bill. If you wish to keep your old toilet (a very green decision), you can retrofit it with a dual flush mechanism costing only $70.

Going deeper into the concept of conserving water in a green bathroom remodeling project, the Green Home Guide report on elements of a green bathroom share 5 tips for choosing a low flow toilet.

Whether your motivation is environmental responsibility, saving money, or meeting building codes, installing a more efficient toilet is an effective and easy way to upgrade your home.

Toilets consume an average of 20.1 gallons of water per person, per day in a home with no water-conserving fixtures, according to the American Water Works Association. That's nearly 30 percent of an average home's daily per-person indoor water use. Upgrading from a 3.5 gpf (gallons per flush) toilet to a 1.6 gpf model will reduce one person's annual water use from 27,300 gallons to 12,500 gallons, according to the Federal Energy Management Program. Low-flow toilets save money, too: Replacing the showerheads and toilets in their home is saving Atlanta homeowners Judith and Tim Vanderver $148 per month on their water bill.

When low-flow toilets were introduced in 1994, stories of double flushing and clogging were widespread. But 1.6 gpf low-flow toilets have improved dramatically, and homeowner satisfaction has improved with them.

And in case you were thinking a green bathroom remodeling was exclusively about water conservation and low flow toilets, check out this guide from Better Bathrooms which explains the other elements involved in a green bathroom remodeling project.

In order to take control of their environment people are "going green." They are learning there are ways to make a difference and make improvements by choosing a lifestyle that is more natural. There are cleaning and food products on the market that help them live a healthier lifestyle but they may not think that choosing to remodel the bathroom is yet another way to "go green."

The bathroom is one of the simplest rooms to improve upon simply by exchanging already installed fixtures that were in place before water conservation mandates. Because of these mandates consumer needs have changed and manufacturers are paying attention. There are many more products being developed that are recyclable, sustainable, and will improve upon the environmental quality of life.

Taken as a whole green bathroom remodeling can be a fun and exciting challenge that ends with you owning a bathroom which consumes less water, saves energy and manages it all without incurring massive expenses and overruns.

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