5 Sustainable Bathroom Fixtures 5 Sustainable Bathroom Fixtures

Whether wanting to remodel your home, save money or conserve more energy, many people decide to put sustainable fixtures in their bathroom. Sustainable fixtures save money because they use less energy, conserving natural resources in the process. Take a look at the following examples for some possible ideas:

Skylights

Skylights add natural light to a bathroom by providing a “ceiling window,” as they are casually referred to. Usually ranging from a circle 8 inches in diameter to a 5-foot-long rectangle, skylights come in a variety of shapes to fit each individual and their unique bathroom needs. Once installed, you do not need to pay to feel its benefits. You can also install a skylight yourself if you are able and interested. Of course, people living in apartments might need to find an alternative, as do those who do not own their home or otherwise have permission to cut into the ceiling.

Water-conserving Faucets

The benefit of installing a faucet that is certified to use less water is a great way to save money and water because the faucet performance should be just as high. You will likely not notice that any less water is being used—except on your bill, of course! Also, motion-sensor faucets are an additional suggestion, if you are comfortable with the style and price. They save much less water, protect against germs, and are kid-friendly, too.

Solar Hot Water Heating System

By eliminating the need for an electric or gas-powered water heater, you will continually save money and natural resources. There are many types of solar heating systems and some forms do rely on electricity to operate pumps. Other, passive systems rely solely on water pressure. Depending on your water usage, the amount of sun you get, and your own style preferences, you have a choice of different heating systems and what type of solar heat collection is used. Even if you do not use a solar heating system for your entire house, using it for your bathroom could be extremely beneficial since the average bath require 50 to 70 gallons of water.

Electronic Bathtub

This tub uses less water than an average bathtub because its standing bucket-like frame is significantly smaller in volume. The auto-fill and auto-empty functions also ensure that water stops running when the running bath is left unattended. Because the built-in heater is underneath the tub, you can keep your bath at an even temperature without needing to refill again with hot water. The stainless steel and copper designs also help prevent rust and grime so you do not need to spend extra time or money on regularly cleaning out a dirty bathtub. If not choosing an electronic bathtub, you could also consider a bathtub made from recycled tiles or metals, and one that is smaller in circumference to save on water consumption.

Sustainable Light Fixtures

Often made with recycled metals and plastics, these lighting pieces tend to save more than electricity usage. Lamps, chandeliers, and wall lights that are certified by Energy Star are supposed to use less energy than a typical fixture. Though the original cost of the item might be slightly more than a non-certified fixture, you will likely save money quit quickly because of the lower energy consumption. If you are not able or choose not to purchase a new fixture, you can choose to use energy-saving bulbs in your current lighting fixtures.

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