How to Save Electricity in the Bathroom

From the minute we’re taught to walk, we’re also taught to save energy. If you’re one of those green-headed, avocado-eating, climate change enthusiasts who find recycling exciting, you’ll be desperate to save the planet by saving energy in your bathroom.

However, if you’re like every other normal person on this planet, you too will want to save energy in the bathroom, mainly just to prevent yourself from spending thousands on your energy bill. As if it hasn’t been said enough times, when you do anything relating to electricity, it’s going to cost you.

But don’t let your lack of electrical knowledge let you spend hundreds more on your next bill. Instead, learn to use electricity effectively, using these many tricks.

However, It is important to know that some of these tricks will not work in every household. If you have children for example, you may struggle to educate them about the importance of saving electricity, since unless you’re a hardcore traditionalist who truly cares about your kids finances, they probably don’t really know much about how the real world works, or how money works, and see it purely as a means to procure some sweets at the next supermarket visit, and then ask you for some more.

Other factors, such as the age of your home will also affect the efficiency of electricity usage in your home. But in the bathroom specifically, there are many things that you can do to save electricity. To begin, we must start out by thinking – well, what do we actually do in our bathrooms that uses up such incredible amounts of electricity, that translate into such huge electrical bills?

Think about it – you’ve got the lights turned on, you’re probably brushing your teeth, you’ve got a shaver plugged in, you’re howling water out of the taps, which is in some cases being heated electrically through an electric tankless water heating system or unit, and a wide variety of others.

The bathroom is probably where we use the most energy, though not the most electricity. However, if you’ve already optimised your household everywhere else, and are struggling to find information on saving electricity in the bathroom, we’ve got you fully covered.

In this article, we’ll cover exactly just how you can save electricity in the bathroom, and keep your wallet and pocket just that little bit lighter throughout the trickier periods. They’re not necessarily the most inconvenient, and you might even find you enjoy your time in the bathroom more when you implement them, and alongside you might even feel an extra dollop of satisfaction from saving thousands of dollars on your electrical fees and bills throughout your entire lifetime.

With all that said, I think it is time to get onto the juicy content on the article, so that you can start saving money for yourself and your family, and rather than spending it on electricity, spend it on days out, exciting holidays and fantastic new experiences.

Use cold (or cooler) water

“What!? You think I’m going to take cold showers because of my electricity bill?” – you might be asking. Absolutely not, and this certainly isn’t what we’re asking for. What we are saying, however, is that using less hot water – especially if you have an electrical tankless water heater – can save you a lot of cash.

Cold showers are not for everybody, although you may be surprised when you learn the benefits of them. Whilst we don’t encourage this for everybody – only the young and healthy – cold showering, or even showering with slightly cooler water is incredibly beneficial for both your mind and your body, as well as your bank balance and your pocket.

But if that still doesn’t sound anywhere near enough appealing to you, you can still save on electricity by using cold water in other ways, instead of using hot water.

If you like the tinge of warmth you get when brushing your teeth using hot water, consider switching to cold. Not only will this safe you money on your electricity bill, but you’ll also find yourself feeling far more refreshed – after all, a warm, moist mouth isn’t good for anything with the exception of fun in the evenings.

For example, not only can you brush your teeth with cold water, but also wash your mirrors and glass with cold water – it helps eliminate those tacky ‘stains’!

Using cold water can help save electricity in the bathroom, and is a fantastically easy – and potentially even refreshing – way to save money on your electricity bills in the bathroom.

Turn off your Exhaust fan

When you leave a shower, you’re bound to step out into a warm mist of air moisture. Whilst this may indeed be lovely to an extent, it can, as you know, create mould and weaken the structural integrity of your building if there are any chips in the paint.

For this reason, the exhaust fan was invented. It sucks out all of that moisture after a sweaty-hot shower, and prevents it from lingering in the air and condensing on your walls and forming mould and weakening the walls of your home.

But these fans do use electricity, and they don’t need to constantly be on. In fact, many households have found themselves switching to fan-less alternatives to vent and exhaust their bathrooms.

Although, if you’re not ready to completely eliminate your fan altogether, you can always switch it off. Whilst we understand that you may like to keep it on ‘just to be sure’, you can rest assured that it need not run for longer than 20 minutes. Simply switch it off, and continue with your day, but don’t forget to turn it back on before your next shower, and ascertain that everybody in your household is on board with these energy saving ideas.

Ditch the Dryer

If you’re somebody who’s always in a rush, you may struggle with this suggestion – but believe us, it’s incredibly refreshing and comforting when you see your next bill and electrical usage.

Instead of drying your hair with a typical hand-held or installed dryer, you should instead try to simply use what nature gave you for no cost – the air. Ditch the dryer, bear the air.

On most hot days, this is absolutely acceptable. Many people will just think you’ve had a swim, or something of the sort. By simply abandoning modern hair-drying methods, you could save yourself thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And you never know – you might find yourself enjoying it more than the warm buzz you get from those little machines!

Don’t ever underestimate the power of switching. It is certainly an option for many, many, many people all over the world, although we don’t actually recommend storming into a business meeting with dripping wet hair.

Seriously, though. Ditch the dryer and bear the air. You will not only save money, but you will also find yourself the pleasure of the wind rushing through your hair, cooling you off on a hot summer’s day. Believe us, it’s incredibly pleasant – more pleasant than anything else a human can experience.

But don’t do this on a winter’s day.

Ditch the dryer, bear the air.

Turn Appliances Off Immediately After Use

Usually, when we come home from work, we tend to either get the hair straightener and look our best for the evening, or grab the shaver and get ready for a night out. Or we just go to bed and fall asleep, depending on who we are and how hard, and how long we work. But whoever you are, you should ideally never be too tired to flick a switch and turn off appliances.

For example, if you’re somebody who tends to have to use a shaver, because of, you know – being a man – it will still draw power from the mains even if put in standby mode. The same goes for nearly all appliances.

For this reason, we strongly, strongly, strongly recommend that you switch off all your appliances as soon as you finish using them. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it will certainly save you a lot; and not only will it save you on your electricity bill because you’ll be using less power, but your appliances are likely to last a hell of a lot longer too, so you’ll save there as well, as you won’t have to replace them as often either.

Use Low Energy Bulbs

If you’ve ever been at a store that sells lightbulbs, and you have personally looked for some lightbulbs, you’re likely to just shoot for the cheapest ones.

This is always a bad idea. This is a horrible idea. Typically, you’ll find yourself having to replace your bulbs nearly five times as often than had you just purchased energy efficient ones.

Always buy energy efficient. They save electricity, and they save you costs not only in bills, but also in your bulb replacements.

About the author

Steve Bates

Hi, I'm Steve and I currently reside in Chicago, Illinois. Although for most of the last 20 years I was a partner in a HVAC company down in Austin, Texas.

I understand the frustration involved with dealing with water heater repairs and replacing or upgrading to a new, more efficient model.

My aim is offer some basic advice on fixing home hot water systems. And if a repair isn't possible, then to make the process of selecting a new water heater – be it gas or electric - as simple as possible.

So that you can save money and have a safe and reliable hot water system in your home for many years to come.