Bathroom Design: 5 ideas for an eco-friendly update

June 3, 2019

Giving your home an eco-friendly update can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Whether your priorities are lowering your fuel bills, creating a healthier living environment or simply doing your bit for the planet, your bathroom is a great place to start. To get your design plans underway, here are some inspirational design ideas for you to consider when updating your bathroom.

Embracing a green bathroom design in your home can be done by implementing everything from LED lighting to controlling water usage and sustainable flooring solutions – and this post from the experts at Jaquar will explore how you can make your bathroom an eco-friendly paradise.

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Let the light in

Your bathroom is one area of the home where natural light is a priority. Whether you’re getting ready for that all-important meeting or a day out with the girls, good lighting is essential. Instead of installing artificial lights, why not incorporate natural light into your eco-friendly bathroom update?

Even if your bathroom doesn’t have any windows, letting natural light in is still possible. Installing skylights or sun tunnels is an excellent way to get direct sunlight into your bathroom, without cutting holes in your wall. Incorporating natural lighting into the interior design of your bathroom is sure to reduce the cost of your utility bills, and contribute to saving the planet in the process.

While natural light isn’t available 24 hours a day, LED bulbs are an effective and efficient alternative, as they use less power without compromising on lighting.

Think natural materials

Swapping your bathroom accessories, such as towels, robes and bath mats, for natural materials may seem like a small thing – but if everyone opted for products made from cotton, hemp or bamboo, we could make a big difference.

Organically grown bamboo, hemp and cotton grow fast and have a smaller carbon footprint than other materials like polyester. By taking on this purchasing mindset, being savvy about your product choices is easy. Although it may generally be the smallest room in the house, the possibilities are endless when it comes to giving your bathroom an eco-friendly update.

Go tankless

Contrary to popular belief, you can enjoy a hot shower, reduce the amount of energy you use and be environmentally friendly at the same time.

By switching from a tanked water heater to a tankless model, you can reduce your water use and energy consumption, and do your bit for the environment. Hot water heaters store gallons of hot water, waiting for someone to turn on the hot tap. By making this update, hot water will no longer be heating in the tank to maintain a set temperature throughout the day. As a tankless system only heats what’s needed, this will reduce the amount of energy it takes for you to enjoy a hot shower and contribute to saving the planet.

So, you don’t need to reduce your water consumption to do your bit for the environment, but why not double your efforts by using less water, too?

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Watch water consumption

Reducing your water consumption is one of the best ways to make your bathroom more planet-friendly in the long term and if your eco-friendly updates fit into your daily routine without too much compromise, they’re also more likely to be sustainable. You don’t even need to compromise on your water pressure!

If you’re keen to cut down on water use without sacrificing pressure, low-flow faucets, toilets and shower heads are an efficient way to save water. The showerheads aerate water so that your water pressure stays the same, but your shower doesn’t use a ton of extra water. This way, you can cut down your usage of our planet’s water supply without adjusting your daily routine in any way.

Choose sustainable flooring

From cork to glass tiles, sustainable flooring is both fashionable and environmentally friendly.

Installing cork flooring is an eco-conscious solution that won’t mean compromising your luxury bathroom design. Cork can be finished in a variety of stains to suit any design theme imaginable and is extremely durable for bathroom use. When cork is harvested, trees aren’t cut down in order to harvest the bark (which grows back every three years). An ideal renewable source!

Why not maximise the natural light in your bathroom by installing glass tiles? They reflect light and are exceptionally eco-friendly due to making use of old wine and beer bottles, and are perfect for bathroom floors and walls as a result of being non-absorptive, meaning they won’t gather mildew or mould in damp environments. They’re also easy to maintain and come in a wide variety of colours and finishes, so there’s no need to compromise your design scheme. With the evolution of eco-friendly materials, sustainable flooring doesn’t have to come at the expense of style.

We hope you’re inspired by our ideas for an eco-friendly update which will make your bathroom greener than ever before, without having to disrupt your daily routine or sacrifice a luxury interior design. The smallest room in the house shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to doing your bit for the environment – so, what are you waiting for? Find your local expert bathroom fitter now.

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