Gallery: 7 Eco-friendly Tips to Green Your Bathroom

 

TIP 2: Install a Low-flow Shower Head

Taking shorter showers is one way to cut down on excess water use -- they say you really only need to be in there for 5 minutes anyway -- but if you're someone who likes to linger, then you should consider installing a low-flow showerhead. A typical shower head will use anywhere between 5 to 8 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow head will bring that down to 2.5 gallons or less, all without sacrificing water pressure.

By installing low-flow showerheads, you'll be saving in two ways: 1. The amount of water you use while showering; and 2. The amount of energy you are using to heat your water. Manufacturers of low-flow showerheads claim that an average family will save hundreds of dollars annually by making this simple change. Better yet, this is a very inexpensive upgrade, and installation is easy and should require no more than a wrench, a little PTFE tape and 10 minutes of your time.

We also recommend finding a shower head with a water filter built-in, especially if you have hard water (we like the Culligan WSH C125). Like any water filter, it will remove impurities, chlorine or other chemicals, and the potential health problems that these things harbor for both the skin and your respiratory system. Filters will also curb the drying effects of chlorine (your skin and hair will become softer and healthier!) and make cleaning residue in your shower much easier. If you already have a low-flow showerhead installed, you can simply upgrade your current system by adding an attachment filter like this one here.

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10 Comments

  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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