Monday, 22 July 2013

Energy-Saving Tips and Tricks For The Bathroom

With energy prices steadily on the rise throughout most of the country, homeowners everywhere are searching for ways to reduce their energy usage. The price of energy alone is enough for some families to turn off their air conditioning during the hot summer months. Before you take such brash action, however, you should try to lower your energy usage by following some of the steps listed below. Here, we'll show you some simple bathroom modifications homeowners can make to reduce their energy usage.

Replace The Bulbs


Most homeowners choose incandescent light bulbs simply because they are the cheapest. Depending on the wattage and brand, you can usually buy them for about $0.50 a piece. With such a low price, it's hard to turn them down. Unfortunately, incandescent light bulbs are the worst possible choice when it comes to energy usage. They burn hot, use TONS of energy, and die faster than any other type of light bulb. So, which type should you use in the bathroom? High-intensity discharge (HID) or LED are both better choices that will save you a significant amount of energy. LED bulbs typically cost about $10-$15 bucks, but they'll last longer while using a fraction of the energy of an incandescent bulb.

Fix Leaky Faucets


Is there a leaky faucet in your bathroom that you're avoiding fixing? It may not seem like a serious issue, but each of those leaks gradually adds up over the course of several months. Allowing your faucet to leak, even if it's just a small amount, is essentially money that's going down the drain. Make it a point to fix any leaky faucets in your bathroom. Nine out of ten times, you can fix them by tightening washers with a wrench. If the problem is more complex, you may need to hire a professional plumber to come out and fix it.

Take Shorter Showers


You might be surprised to find out just how much of a difference shorter showers can make on your home's energy usage. Showering typically uses energy in two different ways -- it draws water, and it uses electricity or gas to heat the water. By reducing your the amount of time spent in the shower, you'll make a huge improvement in your home's overall energy usage. This doesn't mean you have to take a 2-minute long cold shower, but you should be conscious of the length of time spent inside.

In addition to taking shorter showers, you should also turn the water off while you are shaving and brushing your teeth. Allowing it to run during this time is an unnecessary waste of water and ultimately energy.

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