Low-Flow Faucet Aerator
By: Danny Lipford
One way to save water is to install low-flow aerators on kitchen and bathroom faucets. They can be installed in minutes by screwing them into the end of faucets. While most aerators limit water to three gallons per minute, low-flow models are available for around $5 that can reduce the flow to as little as one GPM. This can reduce faucet water usage by almost 60%. Aerators can save energy as well, since they use less hot water.
When you’re thinking green, two items are at the top of everybody’s list: water conservation and saving energy. Of course, you also want to save money and, even though you may be concerned about the environment, you don’t want to go broke making major changes. This is an aerator, and you can get one for as little as five dollars. It injects air into the water stream of your kitchen or bathroom faucet; and, because the mixture maintains a constant pressure, you’ll have a full, steady stream of water flowing, but be using less water. An average aerator restricts water flow to just under three gallons per minute, but you can purchase one with a flow rate of only one gallon per minute. Installing these can reduce water usage by almost 60%, and, here’s the icing on the cake, because you’re using less water, it will also reduce your energy cost to heat that water.