Gallery: 7 Eco-friendly Tips to Green Your Bathroom

 

TIP 1: Install a Low-flow Toilet

Toilets use approximately 27% of the water consumed in your home -- more than any other appliances or plumbing -- including the washing machine, dishwasher and shower. Replacing your old toilet with a low-flow model is a great place to start when greening your bathroom. Newer homes will boast more efficient low-flow toilets installed by their contractor, but those found in older homes can use up to a whopping 7 gallons per flush. While low-flow toilets used to get a bad rap for boasting a less than desirable flush, sometimes requiring users to hit the handle twice, modern low-flow toilets provide ample flushing power while still using just a fraction of the water.

If you already have a low-flow toilet you can still cut down on water usage even more by installing a dual-flusher that gives you a choice: push one button for flushing liquid waste (around .8 gallons of water) and another for solid waste (1.6 gallons or less). The BlueSource HydroRight Dual Flush Converter is our pick -- it's easy to install and costs just a little over $20.

If you can't afford to purchase a new toilet at the moment, a temporary quick fix is to drop a little sand or pebbles into a 2-liter soda bottle and put that in your tank to displace some of the water that would have otherwise filled the tank. However, note that 2-liters does not equal the up to 5.5 gallons you could be saving per flush with a low-flow toilet.

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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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