Not only does green living promote caring for our planet, but green trends are popular among home buyers. According to Kerry Mitchell of Green Real Estate Education, there is a green revolution that is creating “as much opportunity as the historic gold rushes.” Here are some ways to make your Irvine, California home’s bathroom more environmentally friendly.
- The first and easiest thing to think about when reducing your bathroom’s carbon footprint is non-appliance items such as towels, soaps and cleaners. When it’s time to replace worn out towels, opt for a sustainable fabric instead of using conventionally grown cotton that contains pesticides. As for soap, choose plant-based products with containers that are refillable to reduce waste. Also, when you run out of tissues, buying new ones made from recycled materials can reduce your carbon footprint.
- A good tip that will add up to some water bill savings is to collect the water that comes out of your shower while you’re waiting for it to warm up. This water can be used for cleaning, watering your Irvine home’s garden and anything else you use non-drinking water for. Speaking of showers, when it comes time to replace your shower curtain, opt for a shower curtain made from natural materials or polyvinyl chloride-free plastics. Conventional plastic shower curtains can contain PVC, which contains dioxins, which are among the most harmful man-made carcinogens and can cause cancer, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
- Environmentally friendly low-flow toilets use less water than conventional toilets, and therefore will bring down your water bill and make a positive impact on the environment. Low-flow toilets use around 1.6 gallons of water for each flush, while conventional toilets use up to 7 gallons for each flush. Needless to say, low-flow toilets save several gallons of water and can save you a pretty penny on your Irvine home’s utility bills.
For additional Irvine, California green real estate tips and trends, feel free to contact us.