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Eco-Friendly Installations For Your Bathroom

So, you're looking to go green in your bathroom? Designing an eco-friendly bathroom can not only look great but significantly impact your bills. Better yet, it lowers your waste so that you can enjoy more guilt-free showers.

There are many ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly, and we're here to show you some of the best. From low-flow toilets to water-saving showerheads, you're never going to run out of ways to reduce your bathroom's ecological footprint. We'll walk you through the most important ones so you can easily make the switch.

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Eco-Friendly Taps and Showers

When it comes to eco-friendly installations for the bathroom, taps and showers are a great place to start. They're both high-usage items, and there are a number of great options on the market that can help you reduce your water usage without skimping on performance or style.

Certain low-flow taps or water-saving taps are designed to reduce the amount of water that flows out of the tap head. You still get a full stream of water when you need it, but it uses less water overall. This can be a great option if you're looking to save on your monthly bills or if you want to do your part for the environment.

If your taps are older in design and don't have an aerator, these small attachments do a good job of reducing your water usage while making it feel like you're getting a heavy flow by mixing air into the water as it pours out. Lastly, if you have a leaky tap, any upgrade can help reduce your energy consumption as long as it doesn't drip.

Showers are another area where you can make a big difference in your water usage. Gone are the days of sad, trickly energy-saving shower heads that you've had to suffer in the past. Now thanks to smart engineering, you can enjoy full showers without feeling like you're sacrificing water.

Low Flow Toilets & Bidets

When it comes to eco-friendly installations for the bathroom, low-flow toilets are a great place to start. They use significantly less water than traditional toilets, making them a more sustainable option for the home.

There are a few different types of low-flow toilets to choose from. Some use a vacuum system to suck the water out of the bowl, while others offer a dual flush system that gives you two options for how much water you want to use.

Whatever option you choose, low-flow toilets are an excellent way to green up your bathroom and save on water bills at the same time.

If you're a gadget nut, you may be enticed to install a bidet. This is also a great, eco-friendly toilet attachment that cuts down on your toilet paper consumption. Toilet paper is actually pretty bad for the environment. From deforestation to manufacturing pollution, putting TP on shelves causes a lot of strife in the world. A bidet can range between $200 to $1000, but it will more than pay itself off in the long run.

Non-Toxic Wall Finishes and Paints

When you think of eco-friendly bathroom improvements, it's fair to think of fittings and gadgets right away, but materials are important too. Just like all eco renovations, the more repurposed or low-carbon emission materials you use, the better.

There are a lot of great non-toxic wall finishes and paints on the market these days. Some of our favourites are Ecolour, Painted Earth and ECOS Paint. They're all low or zero VOC, so they won't release harmful toxins into the air while you paint.

They're also water-based, so they're easy to clean up and won't leave any residue behind. And most importantly, they all look great! So if you're thinking of refreshing your bathroom, we suggest checking out some of these great alternatives. Otherwise, there are several styles of sustainable bathroom tiles and other wall treatments for you to choose from.

Energy-Efficient Lighting Options

When it comes to lighting your bathroom, you want to ensure that you're using energy-efficient options. LED lights are popular for bathrooms because they provide good quality, bright light without using as much energy as other lighting options. They also have a long life span, so you won't have to worry about replacing bulbs every few months. If you're looking for something a little more unique and decorative, consider investing in solar-powered fairy lights or lights with a dimmer setting so you can enjoy a calm atmosphere while also using less power. These fun and practical options will save you on your energy bills.

Recycled Materials for Countertops

One of the best ways to make your bathroom eco-friendly is to use recycled materials. You can use recycled materials for your cabinetry and furniture or even grab a vintage bathtub that is sure to make a statement.

Get thrifty with your bathroom renovations. There's no reason to buy brand new for every feature of your bathroom renovation.

When you grab second-hand materials, you get something with a history of its own, and many people find these repurposed items become the highlight of their homes. No matter which material you choose, using recycled materials will make an environmentally friendly choice for your bathroom and help reduce waste at the same time.

Sustainable Flooring Solutions

When it comes to eco-friendly flooring, bamboo is an excellent option as it is a renewable resource. It's also naturally resistant to moisture and humidity, making it perfect for bathrooms where you need protection against water. Another great choice is reclaimed wood, which can be reused from old buildings or furniture and given a new life in your bathroom. It's a stylish and sustainable way to upgrade your bathroom!

Another option to consider is cork flooring. This type of flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree, with no trees being cut down in the process of harvesting it. Cork is also a great insulator, helping to regulate the temperature in your bathroom. And because it doesn't absorb moisture or odours, it's perfect for bathrooms.

Keep Up With Your Plumbing Inspections - North Lakes Plumbing Can Help

Did you know that one dripping tap can waste 9,000 litres of water a year? That's a hefty bill to pay for water that never even touches your skin. You'll save money in the long run by keeping up with your regular plumbing services. Want to organise a chat? Call us on: (07) 3491 8489.

If you're planning a bathroom reno, let North Lakes plumbing handle the installation of any new appliances. That way, you're guaranteed that everything is set up and ready to go when it comes time for you to enjoy your first soak in that new bath.


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