The bathroom is a sanctuary where you begin and end your day. But it can also be an energy hog and a water waster—taking a massive bite out of your household budget. Here’s how to turn your bathroom into a more natural, energy-efficient haven that will please your family, the environment, and your wallet.
1. Keep it clean
Concentrate on the shower where constant dampness can trigger mold and mildew. Use Scrubbing Bubbles® Daily Shower Cleaner to avoid this ugly and potentially dangerous buildup.
2. Repair leaks
A leaky toilet can squander 200 gallons of water a day. Test for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank water. If, after 15 minutes, color escapes into the bowl without flushing, you have a leak and should arrange to have it repaired.
3. Slow your commode
Toilets can use 3-7 gallons of water with each flush. Conserve thousands of gallons a year by creating your own low-flow commode: Simply fill a Ziploc® brand container with pebbles or sand. Seal securely and lower slowly into the tank. The tank gets full with less water, yielding an eco-friendly, yet effective, flush.
4. Beat the heat
Hot water heaters are energy gluttons, accounting for 19 percent of home energy use. Save energy and money by lowering the temperature and insulating your heater and hot water pipes.
5. Lower your flow
The average running faucet releases three gallons of water per minute. Turn off the tap while shaving and brushing teeth, and cut water use by 50 percent with low-flow aerators. Likewise, installing a low-flow showerhead will slash annual water usage by up to 3,000 gallons per person.
6. Maintain your drains
Include monthly drain maintenance in your cleaning ritual to prevent stubborn—and potentially expensive—clogs from forming. The natural enzymes in Drano® Max Build-Up Remover safely dissolve gunk and other drain build-up, to keep your drains running smoothly.