Reasons to Build an Environmentally Friendly Bathroom
Building an Environmentally Friendly bathroom
If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom, one goal is not only for it to look good and be more aesthetically designed, but to feel consciously good about the materials that you are using. Some people have a misconception that the cost of building a green bathroom can be more expensive, and while the onset may be true, in the long run, building a green bathroom will actually save you money.
Think of it with this analogy, when you want to eat healthy food, you will realize that the price for low fat foods is a little more than the typical processed and fatty foods, which cost less. That is, unless you know how to cook and where to shop for the goods. This is true in the home improvement world, too.
Other than the initial sting of building an environmentally friendly bathroom and the remodeling materials, cabinetry, flooring and fixtures, going green will eventually pay for itself by considerably reducing your light and water bill. What you need to see as a business or home owner is that not only are you going to save more money, but the building of a green bathroom will be healthier for you, as well.
What is a Green Bathroom Remodeling Project Going to Cost?
The answer really depends on the individual specifications, size of the room and how sophisticated you are willing to go. Contact us via our homepage for a free quote!
Here are some things to consider:
– Not always, but most of time, going green will initially cost more in materials.
– What is your goal? Is your goal to remodel cheaply, or do you want more comfort and craftsmanship?
– No matter what your up-front costs are, you will eventually get a return on your investment when you go green.
Planning to go green isn’t always about the bottom line at the end, at least in terms of home improvement. It is about creating a cleaner and healthier lifestyle for your family. Don’t get caught up in the numbers game, because what good worrying about it? Think about the better health for your family, and the lower maintenance and utility calls. That should be incentive enough.
How Should I Design a Green Bathroom?
One of the first things you should look at is the lighting fixtures. A true fact is that regular light bulbs can cost you up to 25% of your light bill, each and every month. That’s a quarter of your entire electric bill; seeping through your light bulbs! Instead, look for fluorescent lighting because they use up to 75% less energy. That’s approximately 18.75% of your electric bill. It will only take you a few minutes to change over.
There are some simple ways to add light to your bathroom, like installing skylights for natural lighting. If that’s not an option, try getting timers or motion lights for the bathroom. These will automatically shut off when nobody is around. There is nothing quite like having a system that pays off like an environmentally sound bathroom.
While you’re at it, you must consider getting low-flow faucets and shower heads. This is a good way to save water, especially if you have to pay for it. Energy efficient toilets can also drastically reduce your water bill. Water filters for your showerhead are also physically better for you. Scientists now warn about the dangerous bacteria living in showerheads and faucets. Ewww. This could make you sick, if your immune system is weak.
When you change over the plumbing, make sure your environmentally friendly bathroom has pipes that are properly wrapped in recyclable insulation. Now you will be saving on your hot water heater. It will also be beneficial to look into getting an on-demand circulation pump. By installing one of these pumps, your hot water will pump from the tank to your faucet within a second or two, which relieves your pump of wasted water and saves energy.
No matter what your plans are for a green bathroom, the truth is that you will always be more satisfied when you are living a healthy lifestyle and it will feel good knowing that you are preserving our good earth, as well.