Creating an environmentally friendly and resource-conserving home is becoming a priority for more and more homeowners. This is a sign that more people are becoming aware of the impact their actions have on the environment and their community.
But “green” homes aren’t completely altruistic, and while they will help the environment, they’ll also often help you and your family remain safer and save money on energy and resources. There are also some state instituted incentives for creating a more environmentally friendly home that you could benefit from.
When you’re planning an Orlando bathroom remodeling project, it’s a wise decision to implement at least some environmentally friendly features. And it can be simpler than you might imagine. Here are some ways you can make your new Orlando bathroom a greener place:
Use Non-Toxic Materials
Using non-toxic building materials for any walls or fixtures will be beneficial to your family’s health while also positively affecting the environment. You can also find insulation derived from soybean, cotton, or other natural materials that will have the same effect, and be much safer to handle and install.
Use Renewable Woods
Using wood that is rapidly renewable will help prevent deforestation. Make sure that any woods you use while building your Orlando bathroom are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC is an initiative against deforestation, and all woods they certify are guaranteed to be helpful to the environment.
You can also use cork and bamboo for any wood-constructed features of your bathroom. These grow much more quickly than other types of wood. So they’re a major help against deforestation. They’re also extremely attractive and very durable.
Stay Away from VOCs
Some paints and sealants will contain VOCs, or “volatile organic compounds.” These are compounds with very low boiling points. So low that at room temperature, they’ll tend to evaporate and become part of the air. It’s common for paints, for instance, to contain formaldehyde that becomes part of your indoor air. Making sure you use VOC-free products will be extremely beneficial to you and your family.
Use Water-Conserving Fixtures
Low-flow and dual flush toilets will help to conserve a ton of water in your household. Toilets typically use around six liters of water per flush. Low-flow toilets can cut that in half. Dual flush toilets will allow you to use less water, or choose a more thorough flush as necessary.
The same is true for low-flow faucets. Your Orlando bathroom remodel can conserve a lot of water with the help of low-flow faucets and shower heads.
Use Energy Efficient Light Fixtures
Around 14% of your energy costs can be accounted for by your lighting. So saving on lighting will cut your down your entire costs tremendously. Energy efficient light fixtures will use less electricity, and you won’t need to replace the bulbs as frequently. When you’re designing your Orlando bathroom remodel, you should also consider installing a sky-light or window. Natural light, after all, is 100% cheaper than electric light.
Consult one of our professional Orlando plumbers for more ideas on making your bathroom more efficient. If you’re not planning a remodelling job, we can still help with new fixture installations. And taking care of dirty drains and leaks can help a lot with your water conservation.