5 January 2016

[#GREENGREEN2016] Day 5: Eco Home Improvements For A Better Bathroom



Day 5 / 365

I’m not a huge fan of telling people to replace sh*t they already have, as it kind of goes against the whole stream of my intentions. That said, these brilliant inventions will make you instantly greener and help save one of our most precious resources - WATER - so, for this round and likely a few rounds more, I implore you to whip out your wallet (water saving kitchen series to follow tomorrow).

Here's five ways to go greener in the Salle De Bain / Loo / Washroom, or what have you ...

[ONE]
Install A Water Saving Shower Head
A long hot shower (for which I am guilty of often taking) can use 5 - 10 Gallons every damn minute. Which is crazy town. It’s important to keep showers short and turn em’ off while you soap up and shave down, but installing a “low-flow’ shower head means it will use less than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Which is a step in the right direction.
one. OXYGENICS 
two. HIGH SIERRA 
three. NIAGARA EARTH 
four. TYPE “Water Saving Shower Head” into your search engine for a dealer/brands near you.
* note if you're in the USA look for Water Sense Logo

[TWO] 
Install Low-Flow Faucet Aerators
Having the tap running while brushing our teeth/washing our faces wastes about 6 litres ofwater per precious minute, so installing aerators on your household faucets (and turning the water off when your brushing, soaping or scrubbing) is one of the best way to conserve water, plus it’s one of the cheapest options too.
four. TYPE “Low-Flow Faucet Aerators” into your search engine for a dealer/brands near you.

[THREE] 
Bye Bath
The bestest most cosy guy on the planet is also one of the worst guys for water wastage. It uses 35-80 gallons of water to have one of them bad ass baths, where a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 25 gallons. If you must have one (which I likely will) keep it to a once every few weeks treat, or, as Water Wise recommends, share with a friend ;) 

[FOUR] 
Flushers and Floaters
- Again, if It’s yellow let it mellow, and put the toilet seat down if the sight displeases you
- Put food colouring in your toilet tank, if it seeps into the bowl without flushing there’s a leek. Fix it to save water and cash money.
- Buy an adjustable toilet flapper (HERE) it can save up to 2.5 gallons of water per flush 
- Don’t flush garbage down the toilet, that includes dental floss, makeup removing pads ect…
- Install a low-flow toilet. Flushing is the biggest water waster in the house. In older toilets one flush uses 3.5 gallons of water. Low-Flow models use as little as 1.6 gallons.
four. [EUROPE] VITRA  
*[OR] type “Low-Flow Toilets” into your search engine for a dealer/brands near you.

[FIVE] 
Eco Radio/Timer For Shower Sessions
My mum asked for a shower radio for Christmas so I found her an eco version with a wind up on it, one of these are great as they are eco friendly and don’t use any power and will keep you from loosing track of time in that serene place that is the shower experience. You can also use a egg timer if shower radios aren’t your thing.


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