When running a household as a single parent, you’ll probably want to run a pretty tight ship in order to keep your budget uncompromised. Remodeling your home to be more environmentally responsible is an effective way of positively impacting the Earth as well as your finances. Consider making these changes in your home to begin creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
Why Go Green
Going green in the home has been wrongly deemed as a luxury lifestyle that only certain households can afford. Although adorning your home in high-end furniture made from recyclable material or eating a diet strictly comprised of locally sourced produce can get pricey, committing to small eco-friendly remodels can be a low-risk investment with a great reward.
Install Touchless Faucets
According to the EPA, families can save $250 in water and electricity costs over the faucets’ span of life. Currently, people use 88 gallons of water are per day–and this is on an individual basis! Remodeling with reducing water-waste in mind can help achieve a 30 percent water savings. A great place to start is with your faucets in both your kitchen and bathroom, as they experience significant use each day. Go touchless when choosing a new faucet. Motion sensor versions can help save up to 50 percent on overall household water use.
Go With Low-Flow Options
The bad news: showers are the third largest water waster in your home, right behind washing machines and toilets. The average American shower wasters roughly 17 gallons of water. The good news is, there are great low-flow showerheads available to help reduce this water waste while you get squeaky clean!
Toilets are another huge household water waster. In fact, your toilet uses 27 percent of household water. Contacting licensed plumbing professionals near you to help install an energy-efficient toilet is an easy way to add an environmental benefit to your remodel.
Modernize Your Water Tank
Yes, replacing your water heater isn’t the most affordable thing on your to-do list. Upgrading to a more modern version will require additional cash to be doled out. However, don’t count this out of your next home remodel just yet. This is a home upgrade that will help achieve long-term savings.
Upgrading your water heater to a tankless model can help save you 40 percent on your energy bill. Because this remodeling decision is permanent, you will be able to benefit from this significant discount in utilities for the years to come- tankless meters can last up to 20 years, even longer with the appropriate maintenance.
Forego The Tub
Based on a gallon for gallon comparison published with a report from Stanford University, the U.S Environmental Agency Protection reports that a tub holds 70 gallons of water while a 5 to-10 minute shower only uses up to 25 gallons. When making the smarter choice both financially and environmentally, opt for just a shower in your bathroom remodel.
If you truly cannot live without long baths after a tiresome week (Hey, running a household yourself is tough!), install a water-saving tub design. Tubs that measure on the smaller size or those that are designed to contour to the human body are great options that don’t require as much water to fill.
Water is a basic necessity, one that we consume in significant amounts every single day. Taking this resource for granted can not only contribute to the depletion of this natural resource but also take a toll on your general water bill. Going green with your water usage at home can help leave more money to comfortably support your family.