Since bathrooms rank second only to kitchens in their general cost for refurbishment, the decisions made to change and enhance a bathroom must be made carefully because those changes will be around for a long time. Issues of inadequate ventilation, water waste, and unnatural lighting can all combine to create an extremely unhealthy environment for the planet and for a family.
Planning Well for Refurbishment
Saving Water with New Fixtures
The devices that use water in the bathroom represent the biggest opportunity a home owner has to reduce the waste of natural resources; this means that installing low-flow shower heads and faucets and obtaining a water-saving toilet can help you save big. Advanced green bathroom projects may include a water collection system for in-house recycling purposes. For example, with some advanced design features, it's possible to use the water that heads down the drain of the sink to feed the tank where water is used to flush the toilet.
Using Natural Lighting
Even if a bathroom can be remodeled with greater sources of natural light, installing green-friendly lights that use much less power than traditional incandescent bulbs can save massive amounts of electricity.
Reducing Bacterial Growth
There are also a number of eco-friendly materials that can be utilized during the remodeling project that will not only improve the sustainability of the bathroom, but which will also help to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and other bacteria. Such materials may include cedar or cork, in addition to other types of water-resistant wood options.