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Stay Efficient in the Bathroom

Welcome to the Energy Expert series. Join Cherie, your smart energy advocate, as she takes you through her home, exploring the many ways you can become an energy expert with the help of Smartmart and energy efficiency programs available through your local utility.

According to ENERGY STAR®, more than half of the water we use in the home is used in the bathroom. It’s an essential room in the home that gets a lot of traffic, so employing even just a few energy-efficiency tips can make a big impact.

Saving water is saving energy

Saving in the bathroom can start with simple steps to use energy — and water — more wisely. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and instead of baths, consider taking showers, which use less water. To save even more, try cutting down on your time in the shower, and look for energy-saving, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce your water use. Remember, these water-saving items may be included in an energy conservation kit available from your utility.

In addition, a high-efficiency water heater can reduce your water heating costs by up to 50 percent. Visit your state’s energy efficiency page to sign up for an energy conservation kit or to find rebates on energy-efficient water heaters. Ohio customers | Pennsylvania customers | Maryland customers

Lighting the bathroom

As always, upgrading to energy-efficient LED lighting can save you a bundle, and it’s no different in the bathroom. Swap out old fixtures and hot vanity lights with high-quality, energy-efficient LEDs. And check out our previous post on LED lighting, which includes information about upgrading, purchasing tips and tools to search for instant discounts.

Keep your bathroom protected

In addition to saving energy in the bathroom, save yourself the hassle and stress of dealing with plumbing repairs after the fact. The Plumbing Repair Plan offers the peace of mind that if the unexpected happens, you can afford the repair – and a qualified professional you can trust will make it. Check out the Plumbing Repair Plan on this page for more information and to sign up.

When it comes to saving energy in your home, don’t forget to look at all the energy-saving opportunities that can be found behind your bathroom door.