The bathroom is the source of a lot of the water and electricity used in a household, so it provides a good chance to save a lot of energy by trying a few simple strategies. Water and energy use are inextricably linked, as it takes a substantial amount of energy to transport water to your home, and any time you use hot water, your water heater is using energy to heat it. People also perform a lot of cosmetic tasks, like drying their hair, that use electricity in the bathroom. Here are some ways to reduce your bathroom's water and energy use:
- Avoid battery-powered devices. Devices that use a battery for power take more energy to charge than equivalent appliances that plug directly into the wall. If you have an appliances that has to charge between uses, only charge it the required amount, making sure not to leave the charger plugged in when not in use.
- Use low-flow toilets. Flushing the toilet uses the largest amount of water of any single act in the home. On average, a family of four uses over 880 gallons of water per week to flush the toilet. Installing a low-flow toilet is one of the best things you can do to save water in your home.
- Use low-flow shower heads. While traditional shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, low-flow shower heads use an average of only 1.5 gallons per minute. Low-flow shower heads are designed to create the same level of water pressure using less water, so don't worry about getting less clean if you make the switch to a low-flow head.