Whether you’re planning on selling your home in the future or you’re simply in need of more space or customization, investing in remodeling is a wise financial option. In fact, bathroom additions offer an average of 86.4% ROI. But before you choose any new designs, materials, or fixtures for your new bathroom, it’s important to take sustainability practices into consideration with your choices as well — not only do 48% of buyers interested in brand new homes cite “energy-efficiency” as their most desired feature, but eco-friendly solutions can truly help to save you money on utility costs and put less of a strain on our beautiful planet. Here are just a few ideas to keep in mind if you’re going for a modern yet eco-friendly bathroom remodel.
First, many modernized bathroom fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, and even shower heads, are designed with eco-friendliness in mind. The Environmental Protection Agency claims that bathrooms tend to require the most water consumption in any home, which makes water-conserving bathroom fixtures even more valuable. If you have the budget, a dual-flush toilet or water-efficient faucet are great long-term investments. If you’d prefer to allocate more of your budget to other eco-friendly bathroom elements, investing in a low-flow shower head is an affordable and certainly effective alternative as well.
When considering your bathroom’s flooring, there are a number of eco-friendly materials that are durable enough to handle the demands of any bathroom. Among them are bamboo, linoleum, and concrete, which is one of the commonly 3-D printed construction materials. In fact, technology is expanding rapidly on the construction industry, so much so that construction companies that use 3-D printers today mainly print concrete materials. If you have a specific look in mind for your bathroom’s floor, don’t hesitate to discuss your ideas with your home improvement contractor.
“If you want an eco-friendly floor that resembles stone without its expense and upkeep, concrete can be a great option…When restored and properly sealed, concrete flooring is both utilitarian and industrial-chic, requiring little more than a mop and occasional polishing to maintain its good looks. And because it is such a great heat conductor, concrete works extremely well over radiant heating systems,” writes Lisa Kahn on The Spruce.
Keep in mind that if you do choose concrete flooring, it can be easy to slip and fall when the floor gets wet. Fortunately, concrete floors can be treated with sealing products designed to reduce this risk. Of course, you can also leave them unfinished, which provides a more rustic look and prevents the floor from becoming too slippery in the first place.
Finally, don’t forget to consider your bathroom’s lighting when giving it an eco-friendly overhaul. LEDs have quickly become the bulbs of choice for eco-conscious consumers across the board, and for good reason. The technological upgrades these lights have undergone in the past few years enables them to be available in a wider range of tones than ever. In fact, consumers can now find ‘warm LED bulbs’ designed to provide the look and feel of old fashioned incandescent bulbs. Experts say that LED bulbs use 80% less energy than their outdated counterparts, not to mention that they can last up to 25 times longer. In total, LEDs have an average lifespan of 25,000 hours.
According to a recent survey, almost two-thirds of homeowners are planning on renovating. Whichever type of bathroom look you’re trying to achieve, there are always eco-friendly solutions available that can help you save money and invest in our planet. Understanding the countless ways to save energy is the best way to find the right balance between customization and sustainability.