You do not need to spend a lot of money on new fixtures to lessen your energy consumption in your bathroom. There are a lot of different techniques that can save you money and minimize the your impact on climate change. Here are a few useful facts.
- The average American home consumes 80 gallons of water a day. In comparison, most other homes in other parts of the world use 3 gallons a day.
- 70% of heating expenses is used on showers alone.
- Half of the water bill comes from flushing the toilet and using the shower.
These are staggering numbers. While installing more efficient fixtures will help, there are other convenient ways you can save a lot of money and water. Here are a few useful techniques.
- Take a navy shower. This was developed by the navy as a way to conserve freshwater while on ships. It’s easy to do and makes a lot of sense. Simply start by soaking yourself thoroughly in the shower then turn of the water; then use soap throughout your body and turn on the water again to rinse it off. This will normally use only 3 gallons of water.
- Avoid anti-bacterial soap. While it seems counter-intuitive, majority of anti-bacterial soap uses triclosan, which can potentially cause much harm to your body. The fact that it escapes into our sewage also has scary implications as it reacts with sunlight to make carcinogens.
- Do what you can to avoid any type of mold in your bathroom by checking your pipes and faucets for leaks. After taking a hot shower, run the exhaust fan or open the window until the bathroom dries out.