GREEN BATHROOM DESIGN
How can the green interior design of our bathroom help the planet?
Having a good plan for your project and choosing reputable professionals to construct your bathroom design is crucial. A designer specializing in bathrooms along with a qualified contractor go hand in hand and ensure good results. You should decide ahead of time if you wish to make your new green bathroom bigger or keep it the same size and follow the recommendations of your specialists.
But be careful, changing the placement of your toilet can turn out to be very expensive. For my clients, I often suggest that they work with the already existing plumbing exits if possible as it will save them money and install water-efficient fixtures.
Maximize the space, according to your needs and wishes, keeping in mind the possible resale of your home. Construction of a new green bathroom with water-efficient fixtures is usually a long-term improvement that will increase the value of your home.
Together we will go over the diverse possibilities that will make your newly designed “green” bathroom a calm and relaxing space while at the same time helping to protect our precious water resources which are in the process of drying up at too fast a rate. Before starting on the different elements that will be part of your green bathroom, I must tell you that I have a lot of information for you and I will do my utmost to make your decision-making easier.
Just a little can help a lot, even if you simply replace the toilet. Leaky toilets waste money and water. WaterSense®, reports that over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. Wow! They also say that toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of residential indoor water consumption!
Toilets that combine low-flow and high water-efficiency are more affordable than ever and manufacturers have been working on more eye-appealing designs.
Water consumption during the 20th century increased over six times and continues to grow about twice as fast as the world’s population. Some towns offer a rebate between $40 and $125 for participating in their water conservation program. Before buying your toilet, find out from your municipality if they promote such a program and if there is a list of eligible toilets available.
I really want to tell you about the brilliant and innovative AQUS® system that installs under the vanity counter to collect greywater which is then filtered and continues on to fill the toilet’s reservoir.
It is an economical (about $295 U.S.) and rapid way to conserve water. The manufacturer specifies that for a home in which two people live, the Sloen AQUS® Greywater System reclaims and reuses about 10-20 gallons a day for a yearly average of about 5,000 gallons.
Today, suppliers of water-saving toilets offer a better selection of models, so check with your municipality to see if you could benefit from rebates on eligible models, before purchasing your toilets.
The company KOLHER sells attractively designed toilets like this one, the KelstonTM Comfort Height® 1.28 The Complete Solution, which costs about $539 CD and up. WaterSense labeled toilets use at least 20% less water than standard 1.6 gallon toilets.
This toilet meets the strict standards established by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) WaterSense program.
The second contributing factor in saving water is to install a high-performance faucet labeled, for example, FloWise® or WaterSense®. That doesn’t mean you will be sacrificing the style of your faucets as you can see in the photo of the faucet from the
Moen® Bamboo Collection .
It has a flow-rate of 1.5 gallons per minute with water-saving results of about 32%.
Kolher’s single-control lavatory faucet from the Purist® Collection is another good example of a water-saving faucet with a WaterSense label which retails at approximately $459 CD and up.
It has a high-temperature limit stop that allows you to preset a comfortable maximum temperature to eliminate scalding.
A sensor faucet produces a low-flow rate using only what is necessary for washing hands or brushing teeth. Be sure that your faucets function adequately to prevent dripping. It will save you money on your water bill and on energy needed for the water heater.
A 10-minute shower can use 25-50 gallons (95-189 liters) of water. Moen® flow-optimized showerheads use 30% less water and energy than the standard 2.5 gpm (9.5 lpm) flow-rate of today’s available showerheads.
To conserve water, shorten the time spent in the shower. Install a mechanism that keeps the water temperature stable whenever you turn on the water. When washing your hair, turn off the water-flow from the showerhead with another mechanism that stops the water temporarily.
The Kolher showerhead from the Purist® Collection at approximately $145 CD and up is an eco-friendly 1.75 gpm, three-function spray engine. This showerhead is LEED compliant with a 30% reduction in water consumption. Buying the matching 2.0 gpm handshower will provide a 20% reduction in water consumption.
Remember that a conventional showerhead uses about 6 gpm.