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Saving Energy In The Bathroom

Posted by rafael on January 28, 2013 in Home and Decorating

If you’re looking into saving on your energy bills, you might not be looking at your bathroom. But the truth is that just like any other room in your house, your bathroom uses energy. Whether it’s electric for lights, water for washing or gas for heating, your bathroom is responsible for its share of your utility bills. And in the quest to save money, every little bit helps. So if you’re serious about cutting down on your utility bills, then here are some tips to get you started when it comes to saving energy in the bathroom…

Hot or Not?

An astonishing thirteen per cent of the average household’s energy goes towards heating hot water. So if you don’t need it hot, use it cold. Brushing your teeth? Make sure the tap is turned to cold. Just splashing some water on your face? Cold water is better for your skin anyway. A boiling hot bath or shower might feel nice, but it’s costing you an awful lot of money when, truth be told, it’s perfectly comfortable to shower or bathe in cooler water. If you really need the boiling water, then stick to a shower and pump up the temperature for just a minute, before going back to a more responsible temperature.

Heating…

Bathroom heating is extremely important, after all most people spend a lot of time without clothes in the bathroom… But there are things that you can do to make your heating costs more reasonable. Bathrooms are rarely used throughout the day, being most utilised either early in the morning or in the evening. For this reason, it’s not really necessary for you to heat your bathroom all day. Although it can be hard to control the heating in an individual room, there are options available. If you have radiators a good option is to put a programmable valve on the radiator itself, which will let you control when the heat comes on and goes off just for this one device.

Saving Energy In The Bathroom

Saving Energy In The Bathroom

Draught Proofing…

Draughts are a killer on your energy bills, meaning that you need to prevent them as much as possible. Good quality windows are the best way to cut bathroom draughts. But if you have older windows, you can buy easily applied sealant from most DIY shops that you can use to plug gaps and anywhere where the cold wind comes in. You might want to think about putting a draught excluder under the door as well, to cut down on draughts coming from hallways.

Think About an Electric Shower…

Okay, an electric shower sounds kind of ridiculous if you are trying to save money, but they’re actually amazing. Electric showers heat their own water, meaning you get hot water on demand. This saves money, because you’re not tapping into your home’s hot water supply and you’re only heating water when you actually need to use it. Modern electric showers are extremely efficient and heat water fast, so you don’t have to worry about being without. Showering in a power cut might be difficult, but that’s pretty much the only disadvantage.

Phil Turner thinks even if you have the cheapest energy supplier you can save even more by a few wise lifestyle decisions.

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