• Matt Newnham

Energy Saving Bathrooms

In our last article, we looked at energy saving kitchens. Your new bathroom can be an equal energy saver and reduce the amount of electricity or gas used to heat and light the area as well as save water. Incorporating energy savings and green ideas into your bathroom is where bathroom design experts Gary Fullwood Designed Living can create you the perfect bathroom. With energy costs rising energy efficiency is top of mind for many people and a new energy-efficient bathroom could be a superb long-term solution.

Water use

Statistics show that the average home uses 350 litres of water every day. The bathroom is responsible for almost 70% of this. Changes in habits can help reduce much of this and installing energy-efficient, water-saving fittings to your bathroom can reduce the amount of water used further. A modern bathroom with water-wise habits can lower your energy bills considerably with is good for both your bank balance and the environment.

Flow Regulators in the shower

Baths consume more water than showering, this has been known for many years. For this reason and for lifestyle reasons wet rooms and shower only rooms are becoming popular. It is estimated that showers use over one-quarter of the total household water. We all love long showers with a heavy flow, but these use up water. Installing a shower with energy-saving showerheads and flow regulators can give you the full shower feel while vastly reducing the amount of water used.

The importance of dual flush

Toilets account for just under 25% of household water consumption. Modern toilets have smaller cisterns and use less water in general but adding a dual flush can help save more water in what is a very stylish way. Less than half of all UK homes have a dual flush or water-saving toilet and a new bathroom is an excellent time to upgrade to something that looks good, saves water, and saves you money.

Aerated or low flow taps

Becoming more aware of the water you use is essential and your new bathroom is the perfect chance to become so. Installing energy-efficient low-flow or aerated taps can reduce the amount of water used and wasted when doing simple things such as washing your hands or brushing your teeth. Every drop counts and the less you use and the less you waste the more you win!

Heat and Light

Heating the water we use and simply heating our bathrooms uses up more electricity or gas than we care to mention. When you install a new bathroom, it may be worthwhile reconsidering your water heating and perhaps looking at solar – yes, the UK does have enough sunlight for this to work! Furthermore, how we heat our bathrooms is another bathroom design point you need to consider. In winter, bathrooms get very cold and low energy, underfloor heating, for example, can warm your bathroom efficiently and cost-effectively. Finally, we look at the lighting in our bathrooms and LED lighting, in particular, can save you a lot of money and create the perfect ambience in your bathroom so you can shower while saving money.

Bath or No Bath

The million-dollar question in bathroom design today has to be “Do I need a bathtub?”. There is no right or wrong answer and only you will know. Wet rooms or shower only rooms are more common a popular today and if you don’t need a bath then these work. If you want a bath but worry about the amount of water you will use or waste a reduced capacity bath could be the solution. Whatever you need, whichever suits you best or not it makes sense to speak to Gary Fullwood Designed Living. You can then throw around some ideas on how to create the best looking, most energy-saving bathroom that suits you and your lifestyle best.

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