Energy efficiency is extremely important for bathroom longevity.
- Water Conservation
- Fix Leaks
- Temperature Consciousness
- Air Flow and Ventilation
Optimizing Your Lighting
Although incandescent lighting is on the downfall, many homes still include them. Incandescent lighting uses much more energy than LED lighting, so replacing these bulbs will be an extremely important aspect to decreasing the overall energy costs of your home. Another way to save on lighting is to incorporate some kind of natural lighting. For example, windows are the most effective ways to do this. Windows can work in basically every room in your house. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms to include windows due to the natural light that is allowed in. It is encouraged that you include windows in many other rooms because natural light is one of the most rewarding aspects of cost efficient lighting. If your bathroom can allow it, skylights are also very beautiful ways to add natural light into your bathroom design.
There are many ways to conserve water in your home. One very easy way to do this is to take shorter showers. A healthy shower should last from five to ten minutes. A shower that is longer than that can dehydrate your skin as well as well as waste an excess of water. Another thing you can do is turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or when washing your hands. Simple routine changes like these can make all the difference when it comes to saving money on your energy bill. As a side note, you can use more efficient fixtures in your house, such as dishwashers, showers, faucets, etc. Conserving water is one of the most important things for you as well as the environment, so it is always a good idea to do your best in this regard.
Many faucets or pipes can experience leaks at some point. It is extremely crucial that you get these leaks fixed as soon as possible. If you wait too long to fix a leak, you will only be losing more and more money. The average leaky faucet will cost about $60-$200 a year, which is much more than you should want to pay. As soon as you see a leak in your faucet you immediately give it your attention. If you have little or no experiments with fixing leaks, it is recommended that you contact a professional or take some time to learn how to properly remedy the situation. This is crucial for the health of your bathroom in both the short and long term, because water damage can be a very bad problem no matter where it is. That being said, make sure you check all of your pipes on a regular basis to make sure they are not leaking either.
Check Your Thermostat
During the day when you are not home, turning the thermostat down will help save on energy costs. If nobody is there, there is no need for you to be wasting money on heating your home. Keep it at a mild but comfortable temperature, and when you are home, adjust as needed. Of course, depending on the season, this will vary. A good cost efficient temperature to keep your thermostat around, is about 68 degrees. There are other ways to heat your entire home, so keep your options open and don't rely only on your thermostat. This is a good temperature to keep your thermostat at if you do not want to keep adjusting your thermostat.
Air Flow and Ventilation
One of the most important aspects of preserving your bathroom design and saving energy is efficient air flow and ventilation. Good airflow is great for keeping the moisture at a minimum and allowing your fixtures to live in a dryer and more comfortable environment. As previously mentioned, water damage can be an difficult issue to deal with, and ventilation is the perfect way to prevent it. This can be done through the incorporation of windows, dehumidifiers, fans and other similar methods. Windows will be one of the more difficult ways to include ventilation, and dehumidifiers will be one of the most affordable. Fans can be affordable too, but they aren't quite as effective as the other two methods.