As we become more and more eco-conscious, we’re trying to find different ways to save water and energy at home. There are plenty of ways to do this, but one room people sometimes forget about is the bathroom. You can install various ‘eco plumbing’ measures and help save water as well as money on your bills.
Buyers are more likely to make an offer on a property that has an up-to-date bathroom, so making the changes will not only help the environment and save money, but you’ll also increase your home’s value.
Think about your pipes
Are your pipes made of steel, cast iron or lead? If you update them to PEX pipes, which are made of a cross-linked polyethylene plastic called HDPE, you’ll instantly be more energy efficient. There is less chance of these types of pipes breaking, cracking or rupturing, so they should save you money in the long term too.
If you’re not too keen on replacing all your pipes, you should insulate them, especially the ones that lead to the boiler. The water will be kept warmer as it moves through your home.
Switch to a combi boiler
The majority of British homes these days have combi boilers, and they’re a hit with homebuyers. If you’re a family of less than 5 with no more than two bathrooms, a combi boiler could save you money. Combi boilers don’t have a hot water tank, meaning that they heat water on demand instead of heating hot water when it’s not needed. No more waiting for the water to heat up when you want a bath!
Upgrade your taps
New taps can give a modern look to your bathroom without much effort. Chrome is out – copper, nickel or brass are in. An eco plumbing tip is to add aerators to your new taps and you’ll save water and money. Aerators add air to the water flow so you still get the same kind of pressure but using less water.
Change your shower heads
There are plenty of eco shower heads on the market that will decrease your spend on water and heating while impressing prospective buyers that you’ve got the latest eco plumbing technology. You can customise the flow and water pressure of the shower head so it suits you, so you can save water and still have a relaxing shower that’s just right for you.
If you want to know more about the eco features that are available for your bathroom, use our service to get up to 4 quotes from reliable bathroom installers. And take a look at our information on bathroom suites.