Many people considering a green home in Dallas cannot really comprehend how exactly a bathroom can be designed in a way that is “green”. In fact, there are a number of opportunities to make your home as green as can be, especially when it comes to the bathroom. Reduced water usage, controlling moisture/humidity and building products used in vanities and cabinets can all help reduce your carbon footprint – and result in a beautiful bathroom that serves as a relaxing sanctuary at the end of the day.
Here are a few facts that may surprise you about the bathroom:
High efficiency toilets. You may think the washing machine or dishwasher use the most water in your home, but think again – the toilet is by far the main source of water usage in your home. In fact, your toilet accounts for almost 30% of your total residential water consumption! High efficiency toilets used in green home building today allow a family of four to save about $2,000 in water costs over the lifetime of the toilet. They also offer dual flush technology.
Faucets/showerheads. According to the EPA, showerheads account for about 17% of the water used indoors by homeowners, and faucets about 15% of the overall indoor usage. Today, many new faucets reduce the flow rate, saving you money on water bills and saving water. A high-efficiency showerhead will help cut down on water usage, most offering a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute in comparison with traditional showerheads which often flow at a rate of 5.5 gallons per minute. Quite a difference!
Cabinetry, countertops and flooring. All of these areas allow homeowners to easily go “green” today. Countertops made of recycled-content materials are a smart choice. For flooring, consider cork tiles and floors made of bamboo; you may also want to consider reclaimed materials or recycled content floors made of recycled stone, rubber or tiles.
As far as cabinetry goes, choose those made with formaldehyde-free finishes and adhesives, and those made of bamboo or other woods that are sustainably harvested rather than tropical hardwoods. Salvaged cabinets are another option you may want to consider.
Not only can you enjoy a bathroom that is beautifully appointed and green, consider cleaning with green products if you really want to go “all the way” with green!
At Bud Bartley Homes, we realize the importance of “going green” for Dallas homeowners today, a step toward a safer, healthier environment for future generations. We build custom green homes in the Dallas area that are elegant, beautiful and of utmost quality, while helping homeowners do their part to protect the environment.