Bathroom remodeling can be a huge task even though it is typically the smallest room in the house. There are so many facets to consider such as storage, grooming and bathing. We usually spend a large amount of time gathering information pertaining to the latest trends in interior design. One of the latest trends is to “green” up the bathroom; this can mean including certain elements that will save the environment as well as the budget. There are several ways to accomplish savings in these two areas by incorporating greener options in the bathroom remodeling project.
The toilet is the most frequent culprit of excessive water usage. Installing a low volume toilet or one with a dual flush mechanism can save gallons of water over time. The design of the showerhead can help you save water as well. Nearly 20% of all the water in the home is used by the showerhead. Most showerheads allow water to flow at about 2.5 gallons per minute. This can be switched out with a low-flow head that only uses 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute. This will allow an adequate flow of water, while saving substantially on water usage.
Hot Water Heater Exchange
While planning a bathroom remodeling project it can be an optimal time to remove an older hot water heater and replace it with a more efficient model. Newer models are designed to be more energy efficient which can help reduce utility bills. Another option is the tankless water heater which basically supplies heated water on demand instead of storing it inside a tank and keeping it hot all the time. The tankless water heater simply heats water as it is needed.
Install an Exhaust Vent
Installing an exhaust vent during a bathroom remodeling project can be very beneficial. The room is typically moist for much of the time. An exhaust vent can help remove moisture from the room. This will help prevent the growth of mold or mildew which can be hazardous to the health and difficult to get rid of. Using a mildew resistant interior paint is also a great way to help prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
Choose Green Materials
Using a green interior design for the bathroom remodeling project does not mean that you have to skimp on style. There are some options that are typically greener than others. Using ceramic tile is a great choice as it is low maintenance, durable and has a low toxicological impact. Many tiles today are manufactured from recycled products. One aesthetic option is purchasing recycled glass tiles. Using LED lighting is a greener option than traditional lighting. These high quality lights produce light using far less watts than traditional forms and emit very little heat. They are more expensive to install, but last up to 20 years. Interior painting can be done with low volatile organic compounds (VOC) which can jeopardize the quality of indoor air. Interior paints with a low VOC are available at local home supply stores.