With energy costs soaring, people are understandably looking to try and cut down on their electricity usage. As bathroom specialists, we have years of experience in designing and installing energy-efficient bathrooms.
So, we have compiled a list of hints and tips to help you cut your bathroom energy bill!
1. Lower the hot water temperature
Simply turning the temperature of the hot water down by a degree or two can have a big impact on energy bills.
How you do this depends on the type of water heating that is installed. Gas boilers will usually have the temperature control on the boiler or the control panel. Electric heating may have the heating control on the water tank itself or in a central location if it’s part of an integrated heating and hot water system.
2. Install an on-demand water heater
If you are thinking of having a bathroom renovation, then consider switching to a tankless hot water system. Not only does this save a lot of money by not keeping water heated when it isn’t needed, but it is also a great option for small properties, thanks to its small footprint.
3. Install an eco-friendly shower or showerhead
Modern showerheads are designed to give you the feel of a power shower, but without burning through gallons of hot water. By saving on the amount of hot water used during a shower, an eco-friendly showerhead can save a whopping amount on energy bills.
4. Unplug unnecessary chargers when not in use
Phantom electricity is a term that refers to the energy used by common household items that are turned off but still plugged in. This may seem like a small deal, but the truth might scare you!
Recent estimates have placed the cost of “phantom electricity” as high as 25% of a household’s total energy bill. Simply unplugging electric razor chargers, toothbrush chargers, curling tongs, etc., can substantially cut energy costs.
Of course, this doesn’t just apply to the bathroom. Throughout the home, just unplugging unused items can make a huge difference.
If you have access to your pipework, check that it is properly insulated, and the existing insulation is still in good shape. Poorly insulated pipes can have a dramatic and unwelcome effect on energy bills.
6. Make the most of natural sunlight
Filling window sills with pot plants and bathroom bric-a-brac might seem like a good space-saving idea. But with energy bills soaring, a better use is to let the natural heat of the sun stream into your bathroom as much as possible.
7. Install efficient heating
Modern bathroom heaters are designed for optimum performance at a minimum of energy usage. Even old favourites like heated towel rails have been brought bang up today and can add a luxurious touch to any bathroom. They are also incredibly energy efficient.
Other options include underfloor heating and modern designer radiators.
It may be the smallest room in the house, but it can also have a big impact on overall energy bills. We hope you have found this article useful. If you need any advice on how to make your bathroom more energy efficient, then our experts at Odyssey Bathrooms will be more than happy to help. Why not contact us today!