Your outdated bathroom might be hard on the eyes, but did you know that outdated bathrooms can waste more water and energy than necessary? If you’re renovating the bathroom, consider making eco-friendly choices to save energy and money on your utility bills.
Talee Renovations offers bathroom renovations in Calgary. They share some tips for an eco-friendly bathroom renovation:
Choose low-flow fixtures
Did you know that a traditional toilet uses up to six litres per flush? If you still have a toilet from the 1980s or older, it can use several times that number! Swap out your water-guzzling toilet for an eco-friendly dual flush model. Dual flush gives you the option for a half-flush, which uses half the water.
Showerheads and faucets can also waste a significant volume of water. An older showerhead can use between nine and 18 litres per minute. However, a low flow or aerating showerhead can reduce that water wastage significantly without diminishing water pressure. For the faucet, a low-flow tap can reduce water use by 30% at the sink! When it comes to saving water, there are many cost-effective options for your bathroom renovations Calgary.
Tankless water heater
If you’re serious about reducing energy use, consider a tankless water heater. These eco-friendly heaters only heat water as you need it. A conventional tank water heater constantly keeps a tank full of water hot, using a lot of natural gas. A tankless unit will use about 20 percent less energy than a conventional tank heater. However, tankless heaters might not accommodate a large household or large family’s water needs. Talee Renovations can help you choose the most eco-friendly choice for your specific needs.
Swapping out your older light fixtures for ENERGY STAR certified fixtures can help reduce energy use. Take it a step further and use highly efficient LED bulbs. Did you know that LED lights can save up to 90% compared to conventional incandescent bulbs, plus they last up to 25 times longer?
Letting in more natural light can also help reduce electricity use. You can install a skylight to bring in more light or consider a solar tube natural lighting system.
Consider chemicals in building materials
Cabinets, flooring, and paint can all contain chemicals. For example, some cabinet materials like plywood and particleboard might be held together with glue that contains formaldehyde. In addition, some paints might contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These chemicals can off-gas and can cause some health concerns. Talk to Talee Renovations about your Calgary bathroom renovation material choices. They can help you choose formaldehyde-free products and no VOC.
Choose sustainable materials
When it comes to flooring and wall coverings, several options are sustainable. For example, bamboo, cork, concrete, reclaimed wood, and some tile options are all sustainable or made from mostly recycled materials. You can also choose materials that are recyclable in the future. Then you won’t have to worry about today’s materials ending up in a landfill when the bathroom is renovated again far down the road.
Start your sustainable, eco-friendly bathroom renovation. Contact Talee Renovations!