If you’re looking to update your home and increase your home’s market value, one of the best ways to do that is with a high-quality bathroom addition or remodel. In fact, bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4% ROI. Bathroom remodeling can be an excellent way to improve your home’s value and update your look for the new year. Before you remodel, make sure you read these top tips to keep your new bathroom eco-friendly.
Plan Your Project Carefully
Before you start working, you’ll want to have a plan solidly in place. This with both reduce stress for you and help keep your project green and good for the environment. Construction projects produce as much as 40% of all American waste, with much of this coming from excess material wasted on site. By planning ahead, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of waste material created during your renovation.
Watch Your Water Consumption
When purchasing new fixtures for your updated bathroom, opt for fixtures and appliances that use reduce water usage. Plenty of environmentally-friendly options exist to help you be mindful about your water usage, such as low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets. These fixtures can use a surprising amount of water without you realizing it; according to the American Water Works Association, toilets are one of the biggest users of water in the home, accounting for 27% of consumption.
Energy-Efficiency Is Key
Water isn’t the only thing that gets rapidly consumed in your bathrooms; electricity and energy should be considered for your bathroom remodel as well. If you’re updating your water heater as part of your bathroom remodel, consider opting for a tankless heater or an equally energy-efficient alternative. About 18% of the energy you use in the home is for heating water, so updating this can reduce your energy bill and make sure your remodel will save more energy.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Materials
When shopping for materials to use in your updated bathroom, see what recycled options are available. Plenty of options now exist for countertops, tiling, and more that are made from recycled materials. These tiles and countertops are also often easier to clean, making them a reasonable choice outside of their reduced environmental impact. If recycled materials are not an option for your situation, aim for sustainably sourced and renewable materials.
Bathroom remodeling can be an excellent way to update your home and improve your home’s energy efficiency. Use these helpful tips to keep your remodeling project eco-friendly and make sure your new bathroom is as efficient as possible.
Of all the posts I’ve seen about bathroom remodels, this is the first one to consider green remodeling. In our area, water costs have gone up dramatically, and the proposed water co is trying to get another increase. Good for many reasons to remodel for a green bathroom.
This is a great idea. We are about to remodel our Master Bath. I will be checking into this!
Awesome post. Thank you!