Go Green (in the bathroom!)

Going green is not a new concept. In fact, there are tons of ways to save water or energy or just in general to try to be kinder to the earth. From recycling to conserving electricity to reducing waste, being aware is always the first step in treating our planet well. Here are four easy ways to go green in the bathroom without spending a lot of money!

Be a fan. Bathroom fans are helpful in reducing humidity and moisture after your shower, but you have to run them a while to be effective. Turn on your fan before you shower and let it run at least 20 minutes after your shower.

Roll out. According to Greenpeace, we could save more than 400,000 trees if each family in America bought a roll of recycled toilet paper…once. That's a lot of trees. Want to learn more about recycled toilet paper? Head over to the Greenpeace website and be sure to pick up some recycled toilet paper next time you are restocking!

Clean smart. Common drain cleaners contain substances that can corrode plumbing and contaminate water. If you want to keep those toxins, such as hydrochloric acid out of your bathroom, it's important to use a natural drain cleaner when you are trying to unclog or clean your sink or shower. There are recipes with natural ingredients like baking soda and vinegar that also do the trick.

Cool down. Hot water heaters are the second highest use of energy in the home, with an average of 20 percent. The majority of manufacturers preset hot water heaters at 140 degrees. Consider reducing your hot water temperature by 10 degrees and you could save 3 to 5 percent in energy costs. In most cases 120 degrees is perfectly comfortable.

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