As you start making plans for your bathroom remodeling project, you may have an interest in making this room more environmentally-friendly. Consider some home improvement features that will help you accomplish this goal.
High-Efficiency Shower Head and Faucets
People may be wary of switching to a high-efficiency shower head because older models compromised water flow. More recent technology allows you to save water without experiencing a decrease in the shower's performance.
With this device, you're not just reducing water usage in general -- you're reducing hot water usage, so you'll need less energy for water heating.
You may still have a traditional flush toilet in your house if the fixture was installed before 1994. Federal law has required all new toilets to be low-flush versions since that year. The low-flush models use only 1.6 gallons of water or less per flush, whereas older versions use up to 7 gallons. At the very least, you'll probably want to replace a regular flush model with a low-flush version.
The dual-flush toilet takes this process further. It provides the option of flushing with a smaller amount of water for liquid waste.
A pressure-assisted toilet is another possibility if you already have a low-flush toilet and you find yourself having to plunge it regularly. Pressurized air in the system is very effective at removing waste and doesn't require as much water. You might not have encountered one of these at someone's house yet, but they are increasingly common in restaurants and other businesses where customers use the bathroom throughout the day.
Energy-Efficient Vent Fan
If you have an older vent fan in the bathroom, you might have it replaced with a new energy-efficient model to save electricity.
Additional Light Fixture
Consider having an extra switch installed for a new light fixture that contains a very low-watt bulb -- just enough for you to see in the dark. During the nighttime hours, people don't have to switch the higher-watt bulbs on and off as they use the facility.
This might be something as simple as a nightlight plugged into an outlet that you control with the switch, or it can be a permanent decorative fixture.
Tankless Water Heater
Although your water heater isn't located in the bathroom, your bathroom is probably the main source of your hot water needs. A tankless heater quickly warms the water as it runs through pipes on the way to the fixtures. You save electricity or natural gas since you don't keep a big tank of water heated all the time.
Contact plumbing companies for estimates on the home improvement features you find appealing. You're taking the first steps toward making your home more environmentally-friendly.