Tips for reducing energy around the bathroom

steam squareRead these top tips for how to reduce your energy use in the bathroom.

The bathroom has a lot of potential for energy reduction — there is water, hot water, and appliances to remove and dry it up again. Here are some tips to keep the power wastage to a minimum.

  • Hair dryers — In our previous article on energy savings, it was mentioned that heating water was a heavy drain on energy, nearly 25% of household energy usage. Well that’s what hair dryers are doing: heating water to its evaporating point while blowing it away.
    There is, however, a big difference between the settings on a hair dryer. The ‘cool’ setting can use as low as 70 watts, while the hottest one can use up to 1,500 watts! That’s over 20 times more power. At 25 cents/kilowatt hour and over a year, the difference between those two settings is $1.60 and $34.00, respectively.
    Also, as with many energy-draining appliances, there are energy efficient models such as some from VS Sassoon.
  • Powerpoints — Switch appliances off at the Powerpoint or unplug them. Standby power or vampire power truly do use electricity. Whether your appliances are turned on or not, if they are plugged into the wall with the powerpoint on, they are using power.
  • ...down the drain — A dripping tap is akin to pouring money down the drain. It costs money to use water and to heat it, too. A small drip, depending on its frequency, can result in dozens of litres of wasted water, and that’s just from one tap. You can get a plumber around to fix this and other piping problems.
    Also, ensure that you turn the tap off while you’re cleaning your teeth. Leaving it on is very unnecessary wastage.
  • Heat lamps — Heat lamps are hot and energy consuming lights since they’re made to make heat and not light. If you have these installed, they should be controllable by switches independent to those used to light your bathroom.
  • Hot water system — If you are building a new house, take the opportunity to place your hot water system closest to the taps that use it the most.
  • Bathing — Normally, taking a shower is more energy efficient than a bath. That is unless you have showers longer than 10 minutes. Better yet, install a solar hot water system and use the sun’s energy to warm you:
  • Toothbrush and more — Battery-powered devices such as electric toothbrushes can be a drain on energy since they must be recharged each day. This leads to chargers being constantly turned on at the power point and ‘vampire energy usage’ as described above.
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