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October 2017: Bathroom Inspections
Maintenance Matters
Green Bathroom Redesigns

Are you making plans to redesign your bathroom or do you just want to expand your “green” living plans?

MAINTENANCE MATTERS

Here are some ways to upgrade your bathroom space by bringing eco-friendly elements in.

  • Consider recycled glass, ceramic or porcelain products for an updated counter top or tiles for walls.
  • Efficient ventilation can help to create a healthier bathroom. Look for the Energy Star when selecting new windows or ventilation systems.
  • Look for safer, greener alternatives for paint and caulking with low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).
  • Newer toilet models could save nearly 4 gallons per flush (GPF) compared to older models. Dual-flush toilets save even more by allowing you to select the amount of water needed for each flush.
  • If replacing cabinets, consider sustainably harvested woods bound with resins free of VOC’s.
  • Design your bathroom for longevity, which will equate to less maintenance and fewer repairs.

For more information, go to www.greenhomeguide.com

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DID YOU KNOW?

Environmentally Friendly Bathroom Ideas

About 60 percent of a home’s water consumption takes place in the bathroom. Take into consideration the following items in your bathroom to find ways you can make an environmental difference.

  • The toilet accounts for 26.7 percent of water consumption in the home. Replacing your toilet with a more efficient one could save thousands of gallons of water annually.
  • Showers waste a large amount of water; multi-head showers can use 80 gallons per minute.
  • Harmful bathroom cleaner ingredients can leave behind traces that can be inhaled when dissolved in shower steam. Clean the air in your bathroom with green cleaning products. Choose dye-free products free of synthetic fragrances and choose products in packaging that is recyclable in your area.
  • You can purchase recycled paper for your household uses, too. A wide variety of paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and tissues can be found to fit your “green” needs. Even eco-friendly bath towels and washcloths can be an easy alternative.

Make a big impact in the environment and in your home by creating a green bathroom.

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