Faucets are considered Eco Friendly when they use less water than their counterparts. Wastage of fresh water is a significant problem for faucets, showers, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets, basically anywhere in your home that you use water. As more of the icecaps melt and more fresh water mixes with the salt water of the ocean, less fresh water is available, so it’s important to try and conserve it. Which is why you may have noticed that there are more “Water Sense” products and water saving tips available now than ever before. These Eco options can also help those who are billed by their water usage.
What makes them Eco
There are a few ways that different faucet companies have found to reduce water usage. One is with a timed cycle, as with many shopping mall washroom taps, the water turns on and stays on for about 10 seconds before shutting itself off, preventing you from letting the water run.
Another way that companies have added Eco friendly-ness to faucets is with aerators. The faucet itself is low-flow allowing less water through, but at the same time air is pumped out with the water, so, instead of looking like a leaky tap, the pressure you feel on your hands or dishes is the same.
The Eco idea behind touch sensor technology in faucets, such as Delta’s ToucH20 Technology, is to make it easier for people to turn off the low-flow aerated tap when not in use. Can’t turn the tap off cause you’re busy lathering your hands with soap? Then just tap the faucet neck or take your hands out from under the stream. The next evolution of this is a faucet with a sensor that only lets water flow when your hands are under the tap.
TOTO has a line of “EcoPower” faucets that are low flow with aeration, run on a 10 or 60-second cycle, and are also set off by an infrared sensor. What makes these faucets even better is that they don’t run on home or battery power. The movement of the water you’re using to wash your hands powers a turbine that creates and stores enough energy to continue the operation of the sensor. TOTO’s website claims that only 5 uses a day are enough to keep it going and ten a day would keep it at optimal charge. Going out of town for a few days? Not a problem, while not intended to be battery operated, the system does include a backup battery, which can last up to 19 years if the faucet is used often. While these faucets are mostly Commercial grade they should last even longer in a residential setting.
Moen has a large line of Eco Friendly bathroom and kitchen faucets that use aerators on low-flow fixtures to create a faucet that uses 32% less water than a standard faucet. They also carry Eco-Performance shower heads and Eco-Performance Aerators that can be added to standard faucets so they meet Water Sense guidelines.
Their newest product is Moen MotionSense, which is a kitchen faucet with two motion sensors. Instead of having to tap the faucet you need only to wave your hand over the sensor. The “Wave sensor” on the top of the faucet neck allows you to turn on the water with one wave and turn it off with the next, in the case that you need the water to flow for a while, as when filling a pot for boiling water. The “Ready sensor” on the base of the faucet turns the water on only when it senses something under the tap. When you remove the plate you’re rinsing, or your hands, out of the sensor zone, the water turns off. For those who prefer the old school methods there is still a handle on the tap for manual operation. This technology means that your faucet should stay clean, having never been touched, and therefore fewer germs will be spread as everyone uses the same faucet throughout the day.
While it’s true that there are less options equipped with this new technology, faucet manufactures have taken care to make sure that different styles and tastes are included in each line. While only four product lines are currently available with Moen MotionSense technology they range the gambit from modern to more traditional.
Enjoy the Eco Faucet Gallery.
TOTO’s Integrated EcoPower Faucet “TEL5LI15” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Gooseneck EcoPower Faucet “TEL3GG10” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Wall-mount Gooseneck EcoPower Faucet “TEL3GGW60” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Axiom EcoPower Faucet “TEL3LK10” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Ryohan EcoPower Faucet “TEL3GM10” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Helix EcoPower Faucet “TEL3LC10” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Helix Wall-mount EcoPower Faucet “TEL3LW10” Image Source (source)
TOTO’s Fordham EcoPower Faucet “TEL3LT10” Image Source (source)
Moen MotionSense in “Haysfield” with Spot resistant stainless finish. Image Source (source)
Moen MotionSense in “Arbor” with Spot resistant stainless finish also comes in chrome and oil rubbed bronze. Image Source (source)
Moen MotionSense in “Brantford” with Chrome finish also comes in Spot resistant stainless and oil rubbed bronze. Image Source (source)
Moen MotionSense allows children to use the faucet even when they can’t reach the handle, as long as their hands are under the tap the “Ready sensor” will activate. Image Source (source)
If you need to fill the sink or a large pot with the Moen MotionSense faucet just wave your hand over the upper “Wave sensor” to start the water and do so again when you have enough. Image Source (source)
“90 Degree” Eco washroom Faucet from Moen comes in Chrome and Brushed Nickel. Image Source (source)
The Moen Eco washroom faucet “Chateau” comes in a Polished brass finish. Image Source (source)
The Moen Eco washroom Faucet “Banbury” has a great traditional look in three finish options while maintaining a small footprint so it won’t overwhelm small spaces. Image Source (source)
The Moen Eco washroom faucet “Waterhill” comes in five different finishes with a wonderful traditional farmhouse feel. Image Source (source)
The Moen Eco washroom faucet “Fina” comes in two silver tone finishes and is a beautiful sleek and modern set. Image Source (source)
The Moen Eco kitchen faucet “Solidad” resembles a minimalist tulip or other leafy plant and is available in three finishes. Image Source (source)