Energy Efficient Bathroom Pt. 1 | Vancouver Plumbers Blog

Vancouver plumbers Plumbing and Drain Rescue want to raise awareness of the issue with today’s lack of energy efficient homes. Nowadays it is not uncommon to be concerned with how your daily living impacts the environment. With increasing media awareness of the occurrence of natural disasters and the ongoing global warming debate, more and more individuals are thinking that it’s time to change up their routine for the sake of the planet. This blog series will explore the ways in which individuals can lead greener, more environmentally-friendly lives by tweaking the spaces they live in.

  • Bathroom – Part 1

Lighting

By replacing the type of bulbs used in bathroom vanity lights, homeowners can save up to $70 annually on energy costs. Energy efficient lightbulbs such as Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) are great alternatives to incandescent 75 and 100 watt bulbs. Did you know: According to LiveSmartBC, 66% of BC Hydro’s electricity needs are required to be met through energy conservation and efficient alternatives by the year 2020. But why wait, upgrade your vanity lightbulbs and start living greener today!

Green tip: If you’re not in the room, turn out the lights. Remember to flick off when you leave the bathroom!

Even greener tip: Recycle old CFL and incandescent bulbs at the nearest designated location. Call the Recycle Council of BC to find your nearest location: 604-732-9253

Fan

Install a venting fan in your bathroom to control moisture in the air, if you haven’t got one already. And if you currently have a ventilation fan, make sure it is energy efficient and is the correct size for the room. Because fans control the moisture in the air while you bathe or shower, to reduce the chance of mildew/mold growth, keep the fan running for 15 minutes after your shower (if the fan is controlled separately from the light fixture.)

Window

Many people may not consider their window set up when thinking about energy saving factors. It is suggested during the winter months to replace bathroom window screens (where applicable) with storm windows to help keep cold air outside. Caulking and weather-stripping also help to create a barrier against the cold and seam leaky windows and doors.

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