For most homeowners, having a gorgeous master bathroom is a must, as it’s one of the last quiet and private retreats in the home, where you can get away from the daily noise at the end of a busy day. The luxury features and comfort that were once limited only to exclusive daily spas are now easily incorporated into regular home master bathrooms.
Nowadays, with the increasing awareness of water shortage and depletion of Earth’s resources, being as energy-efficient as possible has become an integral part of bathroom renovation projects.
All bathrooms in one home, including the master, consume a lot of water and energy on a daily basis, so the main goal is to reduce the energy consumption in order to be more efficient. Here are four basic solutions that you can easily incorporate into your master en-suite in order to reduce your water usage by almost a half.
Water-saving showerheads and faucets
Most standard showerheads have a flow rate of about 10 litres per minute, whereas the new, high-efficient models cut that amount by half or even more. The latest water-saving fixtures are able to maintain the water pressure and do not compromise the comfort of your showering as previous models did.
Apart from the highly-efficient showerhead models, you can install water-saving faucets that will significantly reduce your water usage. These faucet aerators are a very affordable option and will quickly give you a return on your investment. They are designed to keep the water pressure strong and constant while reducing the flow rate at the same time. The only thing you need to pay attention to is possible leaks in the plumbing system and the faucets themselves, as this can waste an enormous amount of water daily.
Hot water system
If you’re considering a more serious upgrade that will give you maximum energy savings and help cut your utility bills in the long run, you should opt for a water heating system upgrade. This will also add more value to your home.
If you have a system that’s at least 10 years old, it’s time to upgrade to a contemporary gas hot water system. It is designed to reduce both your gas bill and carbon footprint, has the power to deliver hot water to multiple outlets without any loss in pressure and can deliver up to 257 litres in the first hour, so you’ll never be short of water.
Most contemporary homes have dual flush toilets which enable users to choose between two settings: one with less and one with more water, depending on the type of “business” that needs to be done. If this is not the case in your bathroom, you still have the option of installing a flush converter that lets you change the settings yourself. Another trick that is also quite cost-effective is installing a tank bag which displaces the tank water in order to reduce the used amount.
The final aspect that can help you be more energy-efficient in your master bathroom is reconsidering your lighting. Most masters are over-lit so they consume a vast amount of energy for a room that is typically not very large. You can easily measure the brightness with a light meter, and then make a comparison with the national standard of lighting needs and make necessary adjustments.
In addition, rethink the number of bulbs above your vanity and replace them with LEDs which will drastically reduce the power usage but still provide illumination you desire.
Eventually, it’s clear that you can have the master bathroom of your dreams and still be energy-efficient and environmentally friendly simply by following the tips outlined here. Although energy-saving upgrades may seem out of reach financially at first glance, when you put all the puzzle pieces together and make a realistic plan, everything is possible.
Author's Bio If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.