13 brilliant ways to become more energy efficient in the bathroom!
At Conwy Valley Plumbing in North Wales, we are not just a company with over 25 years of experience in plumbing, heating and gas; theres more to us than that! We are now becoming a plumbing encyclopedia, a sort of guide on how to improve your home, looking at water, heating and insulation. Through our ever growing blog, we have now advised you on ways to save water, how to make your house more eco-friendly and we have also looked at the world’s most amazing showers. As a company, we are striving to become more than just that plumbing company from Llandudno, this blog is an extension of that ambition.
This time we are going to look at how you can become much more energy efficient in your bathroom, either domestically or commercially. Either way it is important to understand how you are expending energy and where your money is being spent. In and around the home or office, there are lots of ways you can waste less energy, from insulation to using less water and just turning appliances off when we aren’t using them. The average household in the United Kingdom is now paying around £305 a year for gas and £260 for electricity – and this is set to continue rising.
Utility bills have been steadily on the up for a long time now. Combine this with rising inflation, wage stagnation, and the impending problems that global warming will bring. Who wouldn’t want to save money at home, or in the bathroom? It may be the smallest room in home, but you’d be surprised just how much energy – and money – can go down the drain if you aren’t careful. It now makes sense for all households to do what they can to contribute to the fight against global warming. It makes even more sense when you realise the monetary benefits that come with just a few handy tips.
Bathrooms are responsible for using large amounts of water, heat and light. Bathrooms hit our pockets from all angles; we use them before we are getting ready to go out, before bedtime or generally throughout the day. If our families are larger than average, there will be much more usage – with kids, teenagers, adults and sometimes even grandparents, it really should be a priority to reduce expenditure in the bathroom. The tips that follow this intro will show you the way, the advice below will be extremely useful should you be looking to reduce your energy bills – especially during the cooler months of the year.
The kitchen only rivals the bathroom when it comes to energy usage, this is magnified when there are more than one bathroom in the house. So, sit yourself down comfortably, even use the bathroom before you continue reading.
We have included some simple tips as well as some more expensive options if you were looking to renovate the room. So, here we go with the 13 most brilliant ways to become more energy efficient in the bathroom!
A dripping tap can increase your water consumption massively. If you leave the house and your tap is still dripping, up to 20 litres can disappear down the plughole during the course of the day. If you’re too lazy to turn it off properly, just make a conscious effort to do so. Drill it into your children as well, they’re the worst culprits. If the problem is that your tap is broken and has a constant drip, get it fixed immediately; your money is literally just going down the drain.
You could actually be using 5,500 litres of water a year by leaving you tap dripping, its a small but effective bit of advice. Another bit of advice is to make sure you’re only use as much water as you actually need to – don’t leave the tap running when you’re brushing your teeth, it’s just simple advice to an expensive problem!
Many of us now use electric toothbrushes and razors, women also use their hairdryers when in the bathroom. And with the inclusion of special plug sockets for electric razors now standard in many bathrooms, it is all to easy to be lazy and avoid a wet shave. If you can, stay clear of battery-powered devices as they use lots of energy when they are charging up, but if you can’t avoid it, always allow the battery to run down completely before charging again.
Water efficient shower heads
If your family decides to replace an inefficient showerhead with a water-efficient one, they could be saving around £65 off their gas bills and around £95 off their water bills each year. Thats a total saving of around £160 each year, and is money which could be spend more wisely one something nice for the family!
Many people may be put off by thinking that their current showerhead will provide a much more pleasurable experience than one of the newer (and less glamorous) energy efficient models. This is not the case, we have tried and tested many of them over the past few years, and we can safely say they are equally as enjoyable, even after a long day installing boilers and heaters across North Wales!
If you are looking for a cheaper option and a new shower is out of your price range, you could buy a simple shower timer. This will show you how long you are spending in the shower and means you will start to be aware just how long you spend stood under the water. By reducing the time you are in the shower to the time it takes the egg timer to filter through, you can save lots of money over the course of a year.
Ventilation and heat
Don’t worry about turning the heat up in your bathroom from time to time, this will reduce the buildup of moulds. When you have a shower, the steam which is created forms on the walls and windows, try opening a window to allow it to disperse. If it is too cold in your bathroom, the vapour will not be able to evaporate and will soak into the plaster, again creating an ideal breeding ground for moulds.
During the winter you should ventilate your bathroom for three to four minutes at a time (preferably after a shower) to let air circulate. Make sure to keep on top of this as mould and mildew can be unsightly and difficult to remove.
Low flush or dual-flush toilets
Around 30% of all water which is used in homes is actually water which is flushed down the toilets. Low flush or dual-flush loo’s are designed to reduce the volume of water used for flushing. These specifically designed systems use less than six litres less water per flush than an old fashioned toilet. This can save you over 16,000 litres of water per year and lots of money at the same time!
Heat water correctly
The way you heat your water has a very significant impact on your energy consumption, always ensure that your heater is installed correctly to avoid heat loss. Read our blogs on energy tips on boilers and water heaters to find out more on the topic.
Take a shower instead of a bath
We know, that old chestnut. Taking quick shower over a long relaxing bubble bath, but a bath consumes around three to four times as much water a even the quickest of showers. It takes around 5KW of energy to heat around 150 litres of water for a bath. Compare this to a five minute shower which uses just 50 litres of water and uses less electricity. You could even go and install a low-flow shower head, this will halve your water and power consumption again.
Don’t run the shower whilst you are getting ready, try to stand as close as you can and wait for the water to run warm before jumping under. It is unnecessary to leave it running whilst you are not making use of it.
This is the first of our more pricey tips. The biggest energy saving tip that you can make to your home is to insulate the walls, so why not do the same to your bathroom. You can add insulation to the external walls of your bathroom when you are having a new bathroom fitted and all the fixings have been taken out. If you’re already planning to improve your bathroom and install water saving devices, why not go one step further and insulate your walls properly. This will keep the heat in, the savings will become more apparent over a longer period of time, this is not an immediate fix!
If you’re bathroom is situated on the ground floor, you should insulate underneath the floor. Not only will you thank us when you step out of the shower onto freezing cold tiles, you will see the benefits in your bank account!
Insulating your hot water pipes can be one of the cheapest ways to save energy. The issue is that is is sometimes very difficult to access pipes. When you’re renovating the bathroom, you will be exposing some of the pipework, so get some insulation on them whilst you have the chance!
If you’re getting new light fittings in your bathroom, you should opt for energy saving light bulbs or LED luminaries. They may cost more than regular light fittings and old fashion light bulbs but the money you save on electricity will pay for the extra cost many times over during the many years after. There are rules when it comes to the type of light bulb you can fit in your bathroom, so consult your electrician before going ahead.
You may already have an extractor fan, they are excellent at taking all of the moisture out of the air and reducing the amount of condensation in your bathroom. You can also now buy extractor fans with added heat recovery capabilities. These types of fan use the warmth from the air they extract to heat up cold air coming into your bathroom. This means you may not need to turn your radiators on as often.
If you climb out of the shower into a bathroom which has a single glazed window, you will most probably feel the cold. You should seriously consider replacing them with Energy Saving Trust Recommended windows, even if you can’t afford to do every window in the house at the same time, the bathroom is a great place to start. Again, if you can’t afford to replace your windows completely, you should at least check to make sure they are draught-proof and maybe consider secondary glazing to save a bit more money.
There you have it – 13 brilliant ways to become more energy efficient in the bathroom. Here at Conwy Valley Plumbing in Llandudno, North Wales, we are always looking to improve the homes of our customers. We are delighted to assist all of our customers, not just with fantastic new energy saving products, but with helpful information via this blog. If you’re looking for bathroom ideas or interested in new bathroom accessories, you should now be looking to achieve an energy efficient room and lifestyle. This includes monitoring the amount of water you use to when in the shower to the electric appliances that you power up – all using energy and leaving you out of pocket.
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