Bathroom

9 ways to Green Your Bathroom

Given that it's accountable for three-quarters of indoor water consumption, your bathroom is a key area to green up at home or in your office. From low-flow showers and toilets to healthy cleaning products, check out these GY-recommended steps.

  1. Buy a faucet aerator

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    Stop water, energy, and money from slipping down your drain by installing low-flow aerators on bathroom and kitchen faucets.

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  2. Buy a low-flow showerhead

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    These water-conserving fixtures are available at most hardware or plumbing supply stores and can be fitted to most standard shower arms.

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  3. Use a shower timer

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    Take shorter showers with these inexpensive, handy devices that cut your wash-up time by helping you discern your average shower length.

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  4. Reduce the thermostat setting on your water heater

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    Setting your water heater's thermostat at a perfectly comfortable 120°F—a small change for most—lowers energy usage, and saves you money.

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  5. Install a solar thermal water heater

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    A solar thermal water heater that uses the sun's warmth to cook up warm water naturally uses much less energy than an electric boiler.

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  6. Flush with less water

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    Place a filled plastic jug in the water storage tank to take up space. Or choose one of many available products to achieve the same goal.

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  7. Choose recycled toilet paper

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    Toilet paper made from virgin pulp often comes from old growth forests, important carbon sinks that are rapidly disappearing.

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  8. Buy eco-friendly bath towels

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    Dry off with towels made from natural and organic fibers and low-impact dyes to make the wipe-down as eco-friendly as the sudsing-up.

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  9. Choose eco-friendly facial tissue

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    Keep your drippy nose in check with facial tissue made not from virgin old-growth trees, but old newspapers and cardboard boxes instead.

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