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Remodeling Your Bath? 3 Energy- and Water-Efficient Fixtures to Consider

Energy Saving Ideas for the Bathroom

As a homeowner, you probably understand the importance of making periodic updates. Not only are these updates necessary for your home's appeal and value, but certain improvements can help you save money, as well.

A bathroom remodel can offer an estimated 60 percent return on your investment, but incorporating energy-efficient and water-conserving fixtures into this project can increase the value of your home even further. By opting to use these eco-friendly products, you can help the environment and reduce your monthly energy and water bills.

If you are considering a bathroom remodel, be sure to include one or all of these energy- and water-efficient fixtures.


Although not installed directly into your bathroom, a water heater is essential for taking hot showers and baths. Unfortunately, traditional water heaters utilize a large portion of your total energy usage. Even though they use this energy constantly to create hot water, traditional water heaters can actually run out of hot water. If you have a large family that takes showers or baths each day, a traditional water heater is not ideal.

Consider a tankless water heater while making updates to your bathroom. Tankless water heaters offer the best of both worlds in terms of energy usage and hot water supply. Since they require energy only when you want hot water, they are more energy-efficient options. While shocking to learn, tankless water heaters produce an endless supply of hot water for your home and family's needs.


Most homeowners are surprised to learn an average family uses 40 gallons of water when showering each day. Combine this amount with the water used while washing hands, brushing teeth and shaving, and your home's total water usage can be very high. If you want to conserve water for the environment or reduce your monthly water bills, installing low-flow faucets and showerheads is key.

When choosing showerheads and faucets for your bathroom, opt for fixtures with the WaterSense label. This certification from the EPA ensures the fixtures are water efficient. Thankfully, you do not need to worry about having sufficient water or water pressure. WaterSense showerheads and faucets allow an adequate amount of water to flow without any waste.

Oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, copper and even gold-tone faucets are available for your showers and sinks. Due to the incredible variety available, finding a low-flow showerhead and faucet suited to your needs and likes will be easy.


Another excellent fixture to include during your bathroom remodel is a low-flow toilet. You may think your current toilet is doing its job perfectly, but it is most likely wasting a great deal of water.

On average, traditional toilets use around 7 gallons of water with each flush. Multiple flushes by multiple people in your household each day can really add up. Water-efficient, low-flow toilets only use an estimated 1.1 gallons of water with each flush, which is good for both the environment and your finances.

If you are like many homeowners, you may be worried about the toilet's ability to remove waste, since it uses so much less water. In the past, these efficient toilets did not use enough water and pressure to remove waste from the bowl. However, newer models of low-flow toilets use a vacuum-like design that forces waste out of the bowl without an excess amount of water.

Remodeling your bathroom is an exciting project that can be beneficial to your family's needs and home's appeal and value. Contact Burton's Plumbing & Heating to learn more about the above energy- and water-efficient plumbing fixtures. We would happy to discuss your options with you.