Following these energy savings tips for the bathroom will help reduce your energy and water bills. Be sure to educate all household members so they can follow, too.
1. Use bath and other ventilating fans sparingly. Once they’ve cleared any condensation, turn them off. Leaving them on too long will suck away an incredible amount of household heat.
2. Install an energy efficient low-flow shower head. This product can reduce water usage by 50% or more. To learn how Efficiency Nova Scotia will come and install energy saving products in your home for free, visit our product installation service program.
3. Dust or vacuum radiator surfaces on a bi-weekly basis. Dust and grime impede the flow of heat.
4. Switch out bulbs to LEDs. They last longer, and use up to 80% less energy than a standard light bulb.
5. Install an energy efficient faucet aerator on bathroom and kitchen sinks. For a typical family of four, this device can also cut water usage by as much as 1,700 gallons per year!
6. Install motion sensors in the children’s bathroom. If your children have a tendency to leave the bathroom light on when they wake during the night, the motion sensor will turn the lights on when it detects movement, and turn them off when movement ends.
7. Encourage household members to take shorter showers. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save up to $30 a year.
8. Replace baths with showers. It costs money to heat hot water. If everyone in a family of four replaced one bath a week with a five-minute shower, they could save up to $20 on their annual energy bill.
9. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing. A running tap wastes more than six litres of water a minute! Reducing this water flow can save you about $21 a year.
10. Fix any leaky faucets. A hot water leak in your faucet can waste up to $33 per year in energy costs.
11. Unplug devices when they’re not being used. Products such as electric toothbrushes, nightlights, hair straighteners, electric razors, and others, can still draw power even when not in use or turned on.