Plans for home extensions often come with a new bathroom – a family home that only has one bathroom may have the addition of a downstairs toilet, or a bedroom may become an en-suite.

A lot of people do not realise how much of a difference they can make to energy consumption by making some changes to their new bathroom design.

Fitting a low flush toilet uses around six liters or less per flush compared to 13.2 liters as was the norm in the 1980s and beforehand.

And an eco shower can be fitted which only uses around nine liters per minute – this is a significant saving as showers are by far the biggest consumers of water in the home, using around a quarter of all water.

An airated tap can also be fitted to the bathroom sink, this reduces the flow of water but the visible flow is hardly affected since air is added to the flow.

A lot of homeowners don’t realise how easy it can be to incorporate energy saving practices into the home, especially in the bathroom – and the low costs of including it during an extension build or any alteration work.

Fitting internal wall insulation on the external walls and a decent amount of insulation in the loft above, if it’s on the first floor to keep the bathroom cosy.  At the same time ventilation needs to be considered also to prohibit condensation problems.  So it would best to install an extract fan to deal with the moist air removal unless the residents are committed to opening the window regularly.

The boiler is another place where savings can be made – and if you are adding a bathroom to your home you may well be changing your boiler to accommodate it.

Boilers can be installed with a weather compensation feed, meaning it lets the boiler operate at lower temperatures, and you can have a pressurised hot water tank linked to solar thermal panels reducing the need for the boiler to heat the water.

If you are planning to add a bathroom, a downstairs toilet or en-suite to your home, we would be happy to chat about what can be done to save energy and reduce your bills.

Give us a ring on 07410 549781 or email info@smart-energy-services.co.uk