Water Efficient Appliances
Think beyond prestige and appeal for efficient bathroom appliances. You can start with highly efficient faucets. Lucky for you, most of these faucets are available for retrofit projects, meaning you don’t have to get rid of your existing system.
You can use WaterSense labelled bathroom faucets, showerheads, and toilets. Such appliances will significantly reduce the amount of water you use in your household, thereby decreasing you water bills significantly. A rated steam shower will give you the experience of a warm soak at a fraction of the water an average bathtub uses.
You may also consider low-flow toilets, which can save up to 20% of water you generally use whenever you use a toilet. Connect the toilet to a water-recycling unit from sinks and dishwashers to conserve water even further.
Renew and Reface
Instead of knocking things out and replacing everything, you can simply retouch the bathroom. Anything that is still usable can be polished or repainted. Be sure to use VOC-free paints in your paint job.
People rarely think of renovation as renewal and will settle only when there is something knocked down. Every time you knock out something, be ready to spend significantly on new concrete, waste disposal, and such things. If you had existing tiles or drywall near the demolished place, it may not be reusable after that.
A renewal will help you spend less, use fewer natural resources, create less waste, and get the best out of the existing structure.
Use Sustainable Materials
Bamboo, salvaged wood, and natural materials, such as terrazzo and marble are becoming now generally available flooring materials. As people continue to look for quality, durability, and sustainable options, bamboo comes in handy. Its resistance to water damage, warm wood appeal, and overall strengths makes it an ideal flooring material for bathrooms.
You can also consider bathroom natural lighting and solar water heating. Solar heating is particularly easier to install and use, and it is becoming cheaper than before. A typical solar water heater will provide enough hot water for any bathroom need.
It is possible to renovate using eco-friendly materials if you are interested in doing that. Just think beyond fashion and trends.