Gallery: 7 Eco-friendly Tips to Green Your Bathroom


TIP 4: Change Your Bulbs

If you haven't already made the switch to LEDs, here's the perfect opportunity. Enormous technological advances have been made in the color renderings of LED lightbulbs in the past few years, and consumers can now find "warm  LED bulbs" which glow at the same cozy amber color temperature that we know and love from old-fashion incandescent bulbs.

Switching to LEDs is one of the simplest ways to save on both your energy bill and the need to constantly buy replacement bulbs. On average an LED bulb consumes 80 percent less energy than its outdated predecessor, and it lasts 25 times longer -- that's a rated life of about 25,000 hours. And because LEDs operate at a lower wattage, without sacrificing lumens or light quality, a single bulb alone can help knock hundreds of dollars of your energy bill. For example, the Phillips EnduraLED A2117 watt bulb an LED-based replacement for the 75-watt incandescent light bulb and boasts an energy savings of $160 per bulb. LEDs are quickly growing in popularity, and there are plenty out there to choose from.

Another great reason to make the switch is because high wattage lightbulbs over 50W (aka most of the common incandescent bulbs) will be gradually be phased out of stores over the next 3 years.  You'll want to stock up on low energy bulbs now to get ready for the phase-out. If you want more details on how to make the switch, check out our how-to video.

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  1. Pukahouse September 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    We use solar heated water combined with a thermostat shower faucet . This uses no gas or electricity. Simple is best!

  2. jjbirchler September 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

    These are all good tips, but I feel like many times when you give tips to “green” your whatever, its always buy new this, buy new that. It doesn’t do much good to buy new things every year when some new technology comes out. Why don’t you just use less water instead of spending hundreds on fancy new gadgets?

  3. jeff September 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    “A motion sensor will be able to expertly track when you need H2O to flow.”

    Has anyone proven this with an unbiased study, or is this a marketing statement for the perfect world I would someday like to live in?

    Time and time again when I use a public restroom with these installed they are either not working correctly and in that case I have to assume people are frustrated and not property washing their hands or there always seems to be a unit with a continuous flow of water not shutting off properly.

  4. legalegl September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Since the washroom is used for such a short time it might be wise to use incandescent lights because the life of fluorescent replacement bulbs is cut immeasurably if you constantly turn them on and off for short periods. Incandescent bulbs are mercury free and their heat clears humidity….and in the winter they are a heat source.

  5. Mike Chino September 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Great tips here – it’s crazy to think of how much water those old toilets waste at 7 gallons a flush!

  6. John Sexton September 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I would have to add a thermostat shower faucet. I use much less hot water with one and the temperature is always right without tinkering…

  7. Molly Cotter September 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m actually excited to get scrubbing! Great ideas!

  8. Mark Boyer September 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    great tips!

  9. Andrew Michler September 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Recycled TP (um, post consumer paper content that is)

  10. Yuka Yoneda September 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The motion sensor faucets are also quite lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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