When you think of your favorite room in the house, you may think of the family room or game room. But if you consider the most used room in the house, your bathroom will top the list. Bathrooms may be overlooked, but they are essential. At Home Improvement Leads, it’s important to us to create a comfortable space—without harming the environment. If you’re looking to update your bathroom, use these tips to make your space a bit cozier and protect the earth at the same time.
Paint a Better Future
Choosing a new color palette is one of the most exciting parts of redesigning or updating a space. Whether you go for cool, calming blues, or energizing orange or yellow hues, you can score some points with the environment for utilizing low-VOC paints. VOCs are volatile organic compounds, and they’re just as harmful as they sound. They pollute the air and damage the ozone, which you’re more than familiar with if you have breathing difficulties or asthma.
Breathe easy with green paint solutions, like the eco-friendly options by Sherwin-Williams. This trusted paint brand offers a variety of vibrant color options, which are all certified by GREENGUARD and LEED® V4 criteria. From latex to acrylic, glossy to low-sheen, you can achieve the Zen-like look you want and need in your bathroom with a greener method.
Install Low-Key Plumbing
Ever take a shower and think about how much water we waste? You don’t need that guilt when you’re mid-shampoo! Switch to low-flow plumbing options to conserve water, cut back on waste, and even reduce your utility bills. Cha-ching!
When you’re updating your plumbing fixtures, opt for low-flow toilets, faucet aerators, and showerheads. According to The Balance, a low-flow showerhead flows at a rate of 2.5 GPM, which is significantly lower than the standard rate of 5.5 GPM. Can you imagine saving three gallons per minute of squeaky-clean time?
Low-flow toilets can save you another 1.9 GPM, according to the same article. These toilets often have two flush options, depending on your needs. Innovative plumbing technology uses gravity and pressure assistance to get the job done.
Light Up a Green Solution
Creative lighting solutions in the bathroom can do a lot for your design, and it can even enhance usability. Making the switch to LED lights can save you big bucks. According to Inhabitat, LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than alternative solutions. The typical LED bulb can last 25,000 hours. That’s a long time! Think of how much money you can save on replacement bulbs and energy bills from such a simple switch. And you don’t have to sacrifice style if you use a greener alternative. LED bulbs are available in a variety of watts and options—including warmer LED bulbs that emit an ambient glow.
Enjoy updating one of the most important rooms of the house, and rest easily knowing you did your part to make the earth a safer place!