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How to Save Energy in Your Bathroom

Kid drying off after a bath

Although the bathroom isn't the largest room in the house, it still offers plenty of opportunities for energy savings. Try out these tips to see if you can save in your bathroom.

 

  • Turn the water off. Don’t leave the water running, turn it off when it’s not being used.

 

  • Collect water from your shower. Stick a bucket in the shower to collect cold water while you wait for it to warm up. Instead of wasting it, you can use the water in your garden or on your lawn.

 

  • Install a low-flow shower head. These handy shower fixtures can cut water waste by up to 50 percent as well as your hot water heating costs.

 

  • Take shorter showers. You’ll not only save water but you’ll save on water heating costs.

 

  • Fix leaks quickly. A leaky faucet, dripping once per second, wastes 3,153 gallons of water per year. If it’s warm water, you’ll pay a lot extra on your electricity bill too.

 

  • Turn vent fans off. Vent fans are essential for discouraging mold, but they shouldn’t be left on long. After about 15 minutes, head back to the bathroom to turn the fan off.

 

  • Unplug your electronics. Bathroom gadgets, such as a hair dryer, curling iron or electric razor, should be unplugged from the wall when you're finished with them. These devices can still draw electricity from the outlet, even when they are off.

 

  • Make your faucet more efficient.  Replace the aerator-- the screw-on tip of the faucet – with a new model. These newer options use as little as 0.5 gallons per minute while older models use about 2.2 gallons per minute.

 

  • Replace your toilet. If you’ve had the same toilet since the 90s, it’s time for an upgrade. A new single-flush toilet uses just 1.6 gallons per flush and could save a family of four up to 25,000 gallons of water per year. 

 

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