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Room-by-Room Savings: The Bathroom

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homeowners typically spend about $2,000 every year on their energy bills. We’ve put together a series of posts that will show you how to save energy in your home, room by room. We’ve already covered the kitchen and living room; now let’s move on to the bathroom where over half of all water used inside a home takes place.

Bathroom Tips

  • Consider choosing WaterSense labeled products in your home to save water and help protect the environment.
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • Showers use less water than baths—as long as you keep an eye on how long you've been lathering up! Check out more tips on how to shower efficiently here.

Hot Water Heaters: ENERGY STAR certified electric water heaters, also known as heat pump water heaters, can save a household of four approximately $330 per year on electric bills compared to a standard electric water heater. This equates to more than $3,400 over the product’s lifetime. Larger families that typically use more hot water will save even more!

Lighting & Fixtures: Upgrade your bathroom lighting with ENERGY STAR certified bulbs, which use 70-90% less energy than standard bulbs. ENERGY STAR certified bathroom fixtures are independently verified to provide the bright, uniform, high-quality light that can be important in the bathroom for getting dressed and ready for the day. A ceiling fixture or soffit lighting works nicely for general room illumination.

Ventilation Fans: ENERGY STAR certified bath fans provide up to 55% better efficiency and increased comfort with less noise. They also feature high-performance motors and improved blade design, providing better performance and longer life.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts with tips and resources on how to save energy (and money!) in other areas of your home.

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