The other day we posted some easy bathroom fixes. And, in fact, the bathroom's an ideal spot for starting, or tweaking, your eco-friendly life. Here are five easy tips from National Geographic's new True Green Home book for practicing conservation in the smallest room in the house...
- Sink or Swim: Even after you've fixed your dripping faucet, practice water conservation by not letting the water run while you do common activities like brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face. Instead, fill a basin with water and use it.
- Flushed Away: You've heard the saying, "if it's yellow, let it mellow..." That's one way to save water. Another is to put a toilet dam or plastic bottle in the tank to reduce the amount of water used in each flush. Check if your toilet has a leak by dropping a little food coloring in the tank. If it shows up in the toilet bowl, call in your plumber to fix the problem.
- Reading Material: You're already using recycled toilet paper, right? If you are (and you'd be surprised how many people aren't) take it one step further and switch to single ply.
- Light Showers: What's better than a shower after a workout? Don't swap all the good you're doing your body by being bad to the planet. Use a timer to cut your shower time; take a military shower (lather up and only turn on the water to rinse off); swap out your old showerhead for one that's energy efficient; collect the gray water to use to water your plants; switch to cooler showers and install a thermostat to keep your hot water temperature down so that you don't have to waste cold water.
- Picking up the Steam: If you don't have a window in your bathroom to let out the humidity after a shower, a fan is a great way to keep mold and mildew at bay. Make sure you use one that is energy efficient. Choose one that's not connected to the light switch, so they turn on when the air temperature rises rather than when someone turns on the light. And don't forget to clean the fan's filter once a month to make sure it's running at peak performance.
To purchase the book and find more easy tips for greening your home, click here.
What about you? What tips have you learned that you can you share with us? Let us know in the comments.
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