When we think about taking steps to make our home eco-friendly the bathroom isn’t the first room that comes to mind. However, in just a few simple steps you can turn this small space into an eco-friendly haven that will have a big effect on your utility bills and your overall environmental impact.

1. Turn off the tap

Most of us leave the tap water running while we’re brushing our teeth, but this wastes a significant amount of water. Try to get into the habit of turning off the tap mid-brush and your pocketbook will thank you!

2. Shorter shower

When we take a shower we use an average of 5 gallons of water per minute. If you shorten your shower by 4 minutes, you can cut your water use by 20 gallons. Turning the water off during soaping and shampooing is another easy way to save on water usage. If you’re feeling really ambitious skip the shower altogether or shower every other day.

3. Non-toxic soaps and shampoos

As you run out of conventional soaps and shampoos in your bathroom replace them with safer alternatives. Take some time to research ingredients in the products you’re planning on buying to see if there are healthier options.

4. Fix the leaks

It’s hard to imagine that a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year, but it’s true! Repair these leaks and drips and watch your utility bill go down.

5. Switch out the bulbs

Take the time to switch out your traditional incandescent light bulbs for a more energy-efficient option such as an LED bulb. They could be more costly upfront, but will end up saving you money over the life of the bulb. They are less expensive to operate and last much longer so they won’t need to be replaced as often.

Making a few simple changes in your bathroom will make one of the smallest rooms in the house an energy-efficient powerhouse, which will save you money and help protect the planet.