3. Install a Bidet
Bidets are either a standalone bathroom fixture (for about $300) or a plumbing attachment on the toilet (starting at $40) for cleansing the body after a bowel movement.
Using a bidet is more sanitary than simply using toilet paper because it fully cleanses the body with water. The benefits of using a bidet include easier treatment of hemorrhoids and pregnancy-related hygiene.
In addition, while toilet paper isn’t the most expensive product, the average household annually spends well over $200 on it. Using bidets can cut your toilet paper use by 30 percent.
Installing a bidet won’t set you back too much financially, and it can be a great investment toward an eco-friendly bathroom and, most important, your health.
4. Get a Tankless Water Heater
One way that a household spends a lot of money on electricity — and sees just a fraction of the benefits — is with old tank water heaters. You might be better off installing a tankless, or on-demand water heater.
The idea behind this design is simple: the heater only turns on when the tap or shower is turned on, and as you turn the tap off, the heater stops working.
So, you only can get hot water while the water is pouring from the faucet; you aren’t spending any electricity while it’s off.
This contrasts with water heaters that have a tank and use electricity in cycles, even if you’re not there to use the water.
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5. Buy Sustainable Bath Products
The various hygiene and beauty products you use in your bathroom all have a green version of themselves, so if you’re concerned about pollution, go ahead and switch to shampoos and soaps with an ‘organic’ label on them.
Overall, taking care of your health, hygiene and beauty doesn’t have to come at a great expense on either the environment or your home budget.
So, if you want an eco-friendly bathroom — and reduce the steep water and electricity bills, as well as exclude potentially harmful chemicals from your bathrooms — follow these tips.
Sarah Jessica Smith is a home improvement and lifestyle blogger from Sydney.