How To: Rethink Energy in Your Bathroom

August 27, 2014

While bathroom design isn’t as complex as kitchen design, many of the same principles apply. Be sure to consider these two things first:

  • Your family’s needs over time (babies now, then teenagers, and eventually aging)
  • Functionality of the room and how dated/worn fixtures are

If you’re creating a new bathroom, you can definitely compensate for the shortcomings in your other bathrooms. For example, the master bath may be your first choice for a soaking tub, but maybe you’re remodeling the hall bath. Can the tub go there instead? Rather than remodeling every bathroom, think about how you can make all of your spaces multifunctional. 

It’s also essential to consider the following: ventilation, toilets, and showerheads and faucets.

1. Ventilation

At one point, a window was considered sufficient for ventilation in a bathroom. But now experts advise using mechanical ventilation to avoid moisture buildup, so you should plan on using an exhaust fan.
Tips: First, price is a good indicator of the quality of the fan. It’s helpful to install an automatic control to avoid wasting energy since it’s easy to forget to use the fan. Lastly, if you encounter any mold or mildew, be sure to take appropriate health precautions.

2. Toilets

Most of the latest toilets are very water efficient (usually about 1 gallon per flush as opposed to older models, which were up to 5 gallons per flush). Composting toilets use no water, but it’s tough to get them approved in most parts of the United States. Overall, if you’ve had your toilet for awhile it may not be energy efficient.

3. Showerheads and Faucets

There are “low-flow” showerheads that can be used, which are super energy efficient. But few people are open to taking a shower where the water is trickling out. Basically, if you have older showerheads you should replace them for new ones. The technology has changed drastically over the years to help you save water without sacrificing water pressure.

As for faucets, the same rules apply. It’s important to update them if you haven’t, and you can even install an aerator to save water. Tip: If hot water arrives slowly after you turn on the faucet, you may want to upgrade your distribution system.

If you haven’t already, conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most. An energy assessment will tell you how efficient your home is at maintaining comfortable temperatures, and it will let you know if your home is cost efficient. If you’re interested in having your home assessed with an energy audit, please fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you are interested in a free estimate or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or click here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!


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