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One place most of us can conserve water at home is in the bathroom, which is the largest source of indoor water use. Installing new, water-saving faucets can reduce consumption by 20%. Replacing leaky or inefficient bathroom faucets with WaterSense certified models can save 700 gallons annually.
Not only can efficient sink faucets lower your water bill, saving water also helps the environment, even if you’re not in a drought-prone area. That’s because tap water requires energy to purify and deliver to your home, so using less water conserves those resources as well.
We researched the market to find the most efficient faucets for your sink.
What to look for in a bathroom faucet
The right faucet makes every bathroom shine. But how do you choose the right one for you? Budget is always a factor, whether you want the latest technological advances like disinfection and motion activation. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Whether you are replacing an existing faucet or buying a new one, you should make sure the hole openings in your sink match.
- single hole fittings are ideal for small sinks or smaller bathrooms and combine spout and handle (usually a single lever) and require a sink hole.
- water taps in the middle have three holes and one or two handles mounted on a single plate.
- Common mounts include three separate parts – two handles and a spout with a standard minimum 8 inch spacing.
- Wall mounted faucets are best suited for freestanding or ship-shaped sinks.
There is an overwhelming number of finishes for bathroom fixtures, ranging from old school polished chrome to brushed chrome, brushed nickel, oiled bronze, black and stainless steel.
Aside from looks, consider how much maintenance you want to do. For example, polished surfaces are elegant and sparkling, but require much more muscle to look their best. Brushed surfaces, on the other hand, hide water stains and fingerprints.
The Federal Energy Management Act of 1992 limited the flow rate of new faucet fittings manufactured in the United States to 2.5 gallons per minute (GMP). To qualify for a WaterSense seal, faucets must have a water flow rate of 1.5 GPM or less. The water savings are significant, as are the cost savings for those who use them in their homes or office buildings. WaterSense models can save 700 gallons of water per year—or the amount of water needed for 45 showers. Most manufacturers have WaterSense product lines, giving you a variety of options to choose from.
frequently asked Questions
How does a water-saving faucet save water?
Technological advances in plumbing have helped reduce gallons per minute consumed. Faucet accessories such as B. Aerators that sit at the end of the faucet contribute to flow rates as low as 0.5 gallons per minute by allowing air into the water stream. Aerators also reduce splashing water and soften the water jet.
Are water-saving faucets hygienic?
Yes. Some water-saving faucets, like touchless models, can even help reduce the spread of germs that live on faucet surfaces.
Why trust Treehugger?
To create this list we searched for low flow rate WaterSense products. We also consider user ratings, ADA compliance, materials, and value.
Heidi Wachter has been writing about health and the environment for over a decade. She is also a keen DIY enthusiast, constantly fixing something in her hundred year old house.