Faucet Design Gone Green: Water Saving Spouts
The faucet design for kitchen sinks has improved dramatically over the years. Not only are today’s faucets elegant, functional, and available in a variety of styles, but they are also great for conserving water.
Low Flow Faucets
Kitchen faucets have incorporated the low flow technology that has been common in the bathroom for several years. These faucets aerate the water so effectively, you still get plenty of force and flow for dishes or cooking, and since the faucets deliver less water per minute, you'll also conserve on the overall water use.
Metered Valve Faucets
These faucets are set to deliver a specific amount of water, such as 2.5 gallons. After they have allowed that amount of flow, they shut off automatically.
Self Closing Faucets
A related type of faucet is the self-closing faucet. These faucets are spring loaded. When you turn it on, the faucet’s spring begins to close, and it will automatically turn off a few seconds after it’s turned on. This not only conserves water, it can also conserve effort since you don’t have to return to the sink if you have a full pot of water in your hands and can’t get to the faucet.
Electric Eye Faucets
The electric eye technology from commercial locations is finding its way into home kitchens. The sensors can tell when there is a hand or pot under the faucet, so the water turns on. It automatically turns off when the object is removed.