Low-flow showerheads. Today’s modern showerheads can flow at a rate less than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), which is a huge improvement from before 1992 when the average showerhead flowed at a rate of about 5.5 gpm. There’s no need to worry about pressure—today’s low-flow heads provide pressure comparable to higher-flow varieties.
Recycled or recyclable options. Most bathroom materials are now available in eco-friendly versions, so keep this in mind when selecting materials to remodel your bathroom. Nowadays, it’s easy to opt for recyclable items such as tile floors and walls, or specifying bath mats made from recycled materials.
Energy-efficient water heaters. Replace the current water heater with an energy-efficient model. Tankless water heaters can use up to 40 percent less energy than traditional tank-style units and can last up to twice as long as tank water heaters – delivering an endless supply of hot water and comfort.
Low-VOC or zero-VOC paint. This simple step helps to ensure that the air is free of potentially harmful chemicals, keeping families safe.
Recycled Glass Tiles. Environmentally friendly, recycled glass tiles offer a splash of color and unique feel to a tub surround while being environmentally friendly.
Energy-saving lighting. One 18 watt CFL used in place of a 75-watt incandescent bulb will save about 570 kWh over its lifetime. At eight cents per kWh, that equates to a $45 savings.
Water-conserving, high-efficiency toilets. According to WaterSense®, specifying WaterSense labeled toilets in place of older models can save up to 4,000 gallons of water a year.
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