No, we don’t want you turning green with. We want your home to go green, and we suspect that you do too. Green homes produce less wastes, have a smaller environmental thumbprint than non-green homes, and help us maintain a more sustainable world. So what are some easy ways of turning your home green? Well, you can start in the bathroom by checking for water waste.
Start With the Toilet
Bathrooms are typically one of the most wasteful rooms in the home. Water is running through almost every single part of the bathroom, and there are a lot of ways for that waster to be going to waste. Start by checking the toilet. Tank flappers often degrade in older toilets, causing slow but steady leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank of your toilet. Let it sit for an hour or so and check back. If any of the coloring has found its way down to the toilet bowl then you have a leak! Replace the flapper to keep your bathroom green.
“Low flow, Well I Don’t like the Sound of That”
Low flow shower heads may have an unfairly poor reputation. It is perfectly easy to stay clean using low flow showerheads, and the savings are immense. By switching to a showerhead which is rated to spray 1.5 gallons per minutes, you could save as much as 14,600 gallons a year. You will not only be going green, but you will also be saving money on your monthly utility bill.
By turning the maximum temperature of you water heater down to 120 degrees, you will not only be prolonging the life of you heater, but you will also be saving an immense amount of energy. Heating water takes a good deal of power. The difference between 120, and say, 140 won’t feel dramatically different on your skin, but there will be dramatic savings on your power bill.