When you think of where your home uses the most water, the kitchen faucet will surely spring to mind. The silver lining-spin to this: The more water you use, the greater the opportunity you have to save water.
There are literally dozens of kitchen faucets that boast water-saving features. They come in a huge range of styles and finish options, and, best of all, can save up to hundreds of gallons of water annually.
WaterSense is probably the best-known water-saving program for plumbing products, and it's supported by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the WaterSense web site, installing a kitchen faucet that meets its very strict guidelines, an average family can save 600 gallons of water a year.
Manufacturers like Delta and Kohler offer fixtures designed to use about 20 percent less water than standard fixtures. And Grohe boasts WaterCare products that reduce water consumption by up to 30 percent (WaterCare is part of the larger WaterSense program).
To find a WaterSense-rated kitchen faucet, just look for the WaterSense logo.
And if you're not ready to swap out your old fixture for a more efficient one, but you'd still like to save water, think about adding a low-flow aerator-an option on many brands and styles of kitchen faucet.
So, when you're ready to go green by adding an eco-friendly feature to your kitchen or simply change because it makes absolute perfect sense, there are plenty of options to save water, save money, and help preserve our environment.
Until next time, Happy Home Improving!