Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Urban Eco Chic bathrooms

After the kitchen, the bathroom is where we use the most resources - water, heat, electricity. Urban Eco Chic has a section on ways to make your bathroom earth-friendly. Here are some ideas on going green in the bathroom:

Water-saving devices
Did you know 30% of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet? To reduce this waste, install a low-flow or dual-flush toilet and while you're at it, install low-flow shower heads and faucets. You can also purchase a gray-water system, which reuses water from the bath or sink for flushing the toilet, to reduce water consumption up to 30%. (For a complete analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of this system, see page 117 of Urban Eco Chic).

LOW-COST WAYS TO SAVE WATER
1. Keep your showers under five minutes, and keep baths to a minimum.
2. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
3. Fit flow restrictors to faucet valves.
4. Fit a water displacement device in your toilet.
5. Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater; it is pointless to mix scalding
water with cold—this wastes water and fuel.




Bathtubs
Choose a smaller bathtub (less than 66" by 27") or shower instead.

Walls
Part-tile and part-paint your walls with an eco-friendly, eggshell finish paint.

Floors
Recycled rubber flooring, cork tiles, linoleum, solid wood, rubber or ceramic tiles are all eco-friendly options.

Lighting
To create a truly multifunctional space that refreshes you in the morning and relaxes you
after an exhausting day, maximize natural light levels.

(From Urban Eco Chic by Oliver Heath from Quadrille Publishing. Used with permission from the publisher. Photo credit: Kohler Bathrooms).

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