OK, so for this section of my website I’m going to add a little touch of “let’s go green”. Did you know the average American household uses upwards of 11 gallons of water per day just by turning on the faucet? This is without thinking about washing your clothes, using a dishwasher or even flushing the toilet.
On top of that, if you have an older style faucet in your kitchen the chances are you’re using more water than you actually need. For example, you could currently have a faucet that has a flow of 2gpm (gallons per minute) however, if you were to install a faucet that only uses 1.8gpm you probably won’t notice the difference yet you’ll be using less water.
I make the last point because a lot of people think that just because you don’t get that many “miles to the gallon” (so to speak) when using a water efficient faucet the pressure will be reduced. However, these days manufacturers use technology that helps to make sure pressure is not lost but keeps the amount of water you use to a minimum.
Why You Should Think About This
There are two reasons. The first one is obvious and that is the less water you use, the lower your water bills will be. The second is something more ecological, it’s the “touch of green” I talked about. We all know how the human race is putting a strain on natural resources not just in the USA, but the rest of the world as well, and water is no exception.
Just like oil and gas it’s becoming increasingly more expensive to supply people with good quality tap water simply because of the demand. This can not only cause potential health hazards but it pushes costs up too (you may have noticed this happening with your water bill over the past few years). The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) actually works very hard to ensure you get excellent quality tap water in your home, but they can’t do it all alone!
Your Current Kitchen Faucet
Even if you’ve visited my website because you’re only thinking about buying a new faucet, it might be worth to take a look at the one you have now. Leaks are one of the biggest reasons water is wasted, and faucets are massive culprits in this respect. If you have a drip or notice there is a leak (no matter how small), get it fixed. It will save you money and help the environment.
You could also have an aerator installed which is a very good way of reducing the amount of water you use without having to upgrade to a completely new faucet. What’s the point in spending money on a brand new faucet if there are cheaper ways to reduce your water usage?!
If You Are Looking for a New Faucet
You will find many reviews on my website for all types of kitchen faucet from traditional two handle to the most up to the minute MotionSense technology. However, if you are interested in making sure you purchase a faucet that’s “green” there are a few things to look out for.
- Look for the WaterSense label. If you see this label it means the manufacturer is participating in this program and meets all the requirements as set out by the EPA.
- When checking out the type of valves used, ceramic is the best option. Many manufacturers use these because they’re less susceptible to leaking as the faucet ages.
- Aerators are something else to look for and you won’t find many new faucets on the market without them.
- Pause functions are also a good idea because this means you’re not running water when you don’t need it. For example, you could take a look at my review on the Kohler K-560-VS.
I know that many of you looking for a new kitchen faucet will have appearance in mind, and that’s not a bad thing. After all, you want your new device to fit in with your current décor. Just bear in mind that some models can also help you save money and are environmentally friendly.