When it comes to thinking about eco-friendly solutions for the home, most people fixate on energy consumption – finding ways to limit the amount of electricity and fuel appliances like refrigerators, computers, pendant lights, washers and dryers use on a daily basis. However, the bathroom is often overlooked in terms of green design as the biggest drain on water and electricity in the average home.
Not only will revamping your house's bathroom to be greener reduce your negative impact on the Earth, but it's also a great opportunity to add new style and comfort to the space. Here are some design tips to get started.
If your home was built in the '90s or later, then you already have a big advantage in terms of green design thanks to your low-flow toilet, which uses far less water than older models. However, homes built more than 20 years ago may need an updated toilet to stay sustainable. Similarly, aerator faucets in the sink and shower will inject air directly into the water, keeping the pressure high while reducing the amount of liquid needed to function.
In order to give your counters or vanity a refreshed look that is also green, using recycled materials will give the bathroom an antique appeal. Reclaimed woods, ceramic tiles and natural stone are all beautiful resources that are durable enough to withstand the worst wear and tear- meaning they'll look great and last for a long time.
A great way to solve the lighting and ventilation problem that plagues many bathrooms – particularly small ones – is by installing better windows. While you might be concerned about being too exposed with a large window, frosted glass and translucent window dressings will maintain privacy while also allowing electricity-free ventilation. As for nighttime lighting, a contemporary pendant light with a controllable dimmer switch will save energy while allowing you to control the aesthetic quality of the bathroom.