A bathroom remodeling project is a popular choice and also a smart one. You can save energy and money with key upgrades, and ensure that this room is functional and affordable for yourself and your family. Follow these tips for maximum energy efficiency:
Consider a Tankless hot water heater.
With a tankless or “on-demand” hot water heater the water isn’t stored in a large tank so it never runs out. Water is cycled through a series of heating elements or electric coils and heated as it passes through. Because the system doesn’t have to store any water and maintain a consistent temperature it costs very little to operate. Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. Check with CPS for any possible rebates or tax credits.
Install Low-Flush/High-Efficiency Toilet
If you have an older toilet, it could be using 5-7 gallons of water per flush. The newer models can use as little as 1.6 gallons! That can add up to big water savings when you have a family of 3 or more. There are several models to choose from in these efficiency toilets, so you won’t have to sacrifice comfort. Visit www.energystar.com for brand and model information.
Install Low-Flow Faucets and Showerheads
The newer, more efficient showerheads and faucets can save up to 2 gallons of water per minute. A faucet aerator mixes water with air and will reduce water usage without compromising water pressure. Over time that savings really adds up. Additionally, some city’s now offer low-cost and even free versions of these energy efficient products.
Install a Skylight or Solar Tube
Skylights bring in lots of natural light, make a space feel larger, and can all but eliminate the need to turn on electric lighting. A combined skylight/ventilation system can also help keep clean, fresh air circulating in your bathroom. These systems are quick to install, very inexpensive and make a great addition to your bathroom renovation.
Find a Good Contractor
A bathroom remodel will require a certain amount of expertise and a good contractor who specializes in energy efficient remodeling will know exactly what you will need and he can even help you find cost effective solutions to any remodel issues that may arise.