It’s one of the smaller rooms in a house, and yet, its importance is crucial to your comfort and the value of your home. However, its various elements can be energy-intensive:
Using the right materials is a key factor in saving big on your electricity bill and optimizing your bathroom.
Optimizing bathroom heat
Creating heat is essential to your personal wellbeing, but it consumes the most energy:
Heating is an essential part of your comfort in the bathroom (especially in the winter!). Heating is also often synonymous with high energy consumption and consequently, higher bills.
However, if you decide on getting a portable electric heater, hot air will be blown throughout the room through its fan. Equipped with an electronic thermostat, this type of radiator allows better heat management by programming lower temperatures during the night or when nobody is home, for example. It’s important to turn on the heat only when needed!
Another cost-saving alternative: new Energy Star-compliant towel warmers. Programmable pre-set temperatures allow you to have warm towels out of the shower, as well as heat up your whole bathroom.
- Hot water
Save big by setting your water heater’s temperature between 55°C and 60°C. When properly set, a household can save between 10% and 20% of a water heater’s annual consumption.
This translates to a financial gain ranging from $20 to $130. These numbers can vary according to different criteria, whether the price of electricity, the number of occupants in the household, and their daily behaviours.
- Insulation and coating
Insulation needs to be as efficient as possible to better control heating expenditures and optimize energy use.
To avoid premature replacement, it’s necessary to choose heat and moisture-resistant floor coatings that will decrease the use of resources. Mould represents one of the main threats to household deterioration as well as indoor air quality. Also, a high efficiency ventilation system should be favoured to conserve energy as much as possible.
Saving energy by other means
There are other ways to reduce your utility bill. You can save on energy in different ways in your bathroom:
Good lighting is essential in the bathroom, to make it more welcoming and pleasant to use. Natural light is important in a room and should be valued. The installation of a window should therefore be part of an energy efficiency research process.
Also consider investing in energy-efficient light bulbs (such as LED bulbs) to reduce your bill. Remember that mirrors distribute light very well, as well as light-coloured walls!
Did you know that 80% of the electricity consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water? You can reduce your electricity bill by reducing the water temperature in your washing machine.
Use shorter cycles, as they consume between 25% and 45% less energy. In practical terms, this can represent $20 to $45 savings per year, for an average family.
Putting a full load in your washing machine also allows you to make energy savings, both on water and on electricity.
You could also choose a waterless Energy Star washer that doesn’t use detergent, or use your appliance’s economy mode.
In contrast to the toilet, the volume of water used in the shower and in the sink depends on the time of use and the flow of the shower head or faucet. You can save on hot water, and consequently on energy, thanks to low flow plumbing fixtures, as explained in one of our previous articles.
If you have other tips on optimizing energy in your bathroom, please share them in the comments section!