Luxury and responsibility: Thanks to the expanding line of EPA-approved WaterSense certified fixtures, you can replace your kitchen and bathroom fixtures with water-conserving faucets that still have the elegant style you enjoy. Yes, you can go green without sacrificing your personal style, your convenience or your luxury.
A faucet with a WaterSense label uses a lower flow rate than a traditional faucet -- 1.5 gallons compared with 2.2 -- and can cut your water flow by 30 percent. Not only will you see your water bill go down when you make the switch, you'll be conserving resources even when you turn on the tap. In the course of a year, you can save up to 700 gallons of water just by replacing old faucets with eco-friendly fixtures.
While you can replace your entire faucet, you can also apply a WaterSense aerator to your existing faucet, helping to slow the flow of water. This is a good option if you have an antique faucet that you adore and would prefer not to replace, for example.
If you do decide to go ahead and replace the faucet, first explore whether the brands you enjoy make green faucets. If you can't find a close match, explore green options offered by luxury faucet makers. JADO has retrofitted some of its elegant faucets, such as the Glance Widespread, to conserve water.
Moen also has a range of bathroom faucets with the WaterSense label, such as the classic and clean-lined 90 Degree:
European luxury faucet designer Grohe also makes several eco-friendly faucets.
As you select green bathroom and kitchen faucets, consider other ways to bring green design into your home. Perhaps you can also replace your bathroom showerhead with a green model, switch to a water-conserving low flow toilet or replace old wooden flooring with eco-friendly bamboo. In the kitchen, you might upgrade your recycling station, replace drafty windows with energy-efficiency models or update appliances.
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