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11 Ways to Green Your Bathroom

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From low-cost water-saving tricks to earth-friendly product alternatives, here are ideas to help make your bathroom a little greener.

When it comes to sustainability, the smallest room in your house just might be able to make the biggest (and best) impact. Whether you can make a few small changes in your bathroom — or maybe you’re thinking big! — it's possible to save water, energy, and other utilities, and to find eco-friendly alternatives to a variety of common bathroom products.

Here are some tips to get you well on your way to a green bathroom:

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It should come as no surprise that showers and toilets account for the majority of household water usage (16.8 percent and 26.7 percent respectively), but the good news is, it's easy to shave a little off the estimated 30 gallons by making a few changes to your routine.

Take Shorter Showers: A number of products can make this task easier. The WaterPebble, for instance, benchmarks the length of your shower and then helps you gradually shorten the length of your showers through a series of flashing lights that indicate when you should get out. You can also easily install a shutoff valve to your shower head so that you can turn off the flow while you're lathering without having to recalibrate your perfect-temperature water.

Consider a Bath: Typical showers use about 5 gallons a minute, while bathtubs usually hold about 30 to 50 gallons of water. This means that if you take a shower longer than 6 minutes, you might be using less water if you take a bath.

Go Low Flow: While a high-tech dual-flush toilet would be a nice investment, there are inexpensive ways to decrease the amount of water your toilet uses. An adjustable toilet flapper will let you choose the amount of water your toilet uses, and even putting a weighted half-gallon container (like a milk carton) in the tank will save about half a gallon per flush. Don't forget, you can save water by not flushing unnecessarily. If this doesn't offend you, let it mellow, and don't use your toilet as a garbage can, flushing used tissues or cotton balls.

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Remodel (Well, it might be in the cards!) Read now!

How do you make sure your bathroom is green? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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About the Author
Jessica Harlan
Jessica Harlan

I love finding new ways to green my family's life as painlessly as possible, and sharing those ideas with folks who want to do the same.