Running An Eco-Friendly Bathroom: Top Tips

Singapore emits a shocking amount of carbon dioxide every year. Over 49 million carbon dioxide-equivalent tonnes can be given off in a 12-month period.

As the reports, there’s plenty of scope for the government here to do something about it.

But while the government and the private sector perhaps need to step up their game a little in order to tackle these issues, there are still some things that you as a homeowner can do to reduce the nation’s contributions to global carbon emissions.

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Carrying out an honest audit of your bathroom’s role in contributing to your home’s carbon problems is the first place to start. As one of the most water-heavy rooms of the home, the bathroom is a prime place for some eco-friendly magic to be waved.

Toilet tricks

One of the main ways to cut bathroom water use, of course, is by addressing problems with your toilet. Every time a toilet flushes, it uses a significant amount of water – and while this is, of course, an essential part of a hygienic and civilized society, there’s scope to make changes.

Swapping an old-fashioned flush type (which in some circumstances can use more than ten litres of water per flush) to one of the newer, sub-five litre styles is a simple yet effective way to do it, while you can also change the flush volume even further by adding a water displacement tool.

So to build on Singapore’s growing commitment to recycling water, consider making some changes to your bathroom’s toilet situation.

Baths and showers

Bathroom, Jalan Pari Burong, Landed. Picture: iProperty

Whether you’re part of a big family with many kids’ bath times to consider or you’re simply taking showers before work every day, plenty of water gets used by bathing.

You don’t have to give up the frequency of your showers, of course, but why not consider cutting back on the amount of time you spend in there?

And if you have a number of regular bathers in your household, asking them to swap a couple of baths per week for showers is another good idea.

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Do that DIY

If you’ve got a leak in your bathroom, it could well be costing the planet dearly. That’s why it makes sense to address all leaks as they arise, and ensure pipes aren’t haemorrhaging water. It also makes sense to educate family members about turning off taps every time they drip, too, as this is a surefire way to lose water without even trying to.

With the country responsible for a significant amount of carbon dioxide emissions, it’s going to become increasingly essential in the coming years for bathrooms to be eco-friendly. But you can start today.

By changing your toilet’s flush technology and acting on any leaks, you’ll be able to get a handle on your bathroom’s water usage and make cutbacks where you need to.

This article is written by Cassandra Earlie.