Bathroom remodeling offers a wide range of opportunities to conserve energy, water and money. Greg and Brandon Sheck at G&C Plumbing and Heating also believe a stellar remodel can improve personal comfort which can have a big impact on your happiness which can motivate you to get to the gym which might lead you to finally dropping that extra ten pounds which will allow you to live years longer. Basically, your bathroom is the fountain of youth.
Ok, we’re just speculating on the fountain of youth part, but after completing a bathroom remodel with G&C, the guys guarantee you will save some green on energy and water (and Brandon is willing to bet a President Grant that you’ll be happier too)
Let’s look at the ways you will save with your newly remodeled bathroom. It’s a long list so we’ll break the savings up in two blogs because we know it’s summer now and the last thing you want to do is read some big long article while you’re out in the boat trying to catch dinner.
Up to half the water consumed in a home is used in the bathroom. “Conserving water saves money in two ways: by reducing the amount of water used in your community and by reducing the energy used to heat it in the home,” master plumber Greg. More energy is used for heating water than for any other household purpose, except maybe heating and cooling.
By replacing worn out faucets and shower heads, the average family can save roughly 17,000 gallons of water per year which is about $60-$100 on energy and water bills.
Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush. “Federal plumbing standards now specify that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF), and there are high efficiency toilets that use up to 1.28 GPF,” said Greg.
How quickly a low-flow toilet pays for itself depends on how many times you flush each day and your geographic location. Here’s a fun game to play with the kids this summer while you’re rowing them around in the boat looking for the best spot to fish:
To calculate the yearly savings, multiply the estimated number of flushes per year by the difference in flow (in gpf) by the water rate per gallon.
Sheck tip on water heating:
If your remodel makes water pipes accessible or involves installing new pipes, insulating hot-water pipes is an easy and inexpensive way to reduce heat loss.
If you’re digging out old plumbing, a new water heater may be appropriate if the existing one is old and inefficient, or if more capacity is needed. Quick-recovery, gas water heaters can save 30% over less efficient equipment. Instantaneous water heaters–tankless units that heat only the water needed at the fixture are another great money saving option.
If you were nicking your face during every shave in your old bathroom, lighting could have been a problem. You were probably spending a fortune on Band-Aids. The right lighting in your new John can help.
Sheck tip on daylighting:
A skylight placed between rafters should have a light well that is insulated to the level of the walls and flared at the bottom to spread light around the bath. Clerestory windows (skylights with vertical glazing) are more energy-efficient than horizontal skylights, since the roof above them can be insulated, though they still allow some heat to escape through the glazing. Light pipes, which consist of a bubble on the roof, a light pipe to the ceiling, and a domed fixture inside, are the most efficient option for directing natural light into a room.
The lightbulb has come a long way. Just changing out those old incandescent bulbs to energy efficient options can save you bundles. Here is a handy chart from Energy.Gov to fill you in on the savings.
Next time, we’ll cover the savings reaped in the insulation, sealing, space heating, and infinite bliss in your newly remodeled bathroom by G&C. If you have any questions, comments, or are interested in more Sheck tips, give Greg or Brandon a call – they’d love to hear from you.
For now, go catch a big one for the grill tonight.