Motion Activated Faucets Save Water

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A sensor-activated faucet is ideal for bathrooms, commercial or residential, since it saves water by automatically turning on when it senses a hand, or, off when one’s hands are removed.  It eliminates the spread of germs since there are no handles to contaminate.  It’s perfect for children or those who have limited use of their hands (ADA compliant).  These faucets are easy to install and can be used in new construction or retrofit situations.  Here’s a sampling of motion-activated faucets:

Delta’s e-flow faucet has an imbedded electronic sensor powered by 4 AA batteries which last up to a year (be green and use rechargeable batteries).   It offers a sleek, modern look and is available in either a brushed or polished finish.  Interchangeable temperature-control handles in fun colors make for interesting options.  I’ve seen this priced from $300.  It comes with a lifetime warranty.

Toto’s ingenious EcoPower faucet requires no electricity or disposable batteries to run due to it’s proprietary sensor technology (although it has a back-up battery system in place).  The flow of water spins its built-in, high-efficiency turbine to both create and store power for operation.  It exceeds low-flow standards for water consumption without a sacrifice in performance.   The temperature of the water also can be adjusted with an external control knob.  It is available in multiple styles.  Rebates for this faucet are available in some states.  Included is a limited 3-year warranty on all component parts.  This one is priced from $400 and up.

The Touch Free Automatic faucet from Technical Concepts is a great option with its “surround” sensors which senses a user from any angle.  It consists of a sensor-activated control box that mounts under the sink and uses 4 D-cell Alkaline Batteries (up to 3+ years life).  Water conservation is key as this model uses only 1.5 gallons per minute.  It comes with a 3 year warranty and costs about $345.

Other motion-activated faucets are offered by Kohler, Hansgrohe, Sloan, Speakman, Strom Plumbing, Symmons, and Chicago Faucets.

The Automatic Hands-Free Faucet from EZ Faucet is a faucet attachment that allows one to retain his/her existing faucet and still benefit from motion-activation.  It comes in a chrome finish.  Its bottom-mounted sensor detects movement and turns the water flow on automatically to a temperature you pre-adjust. It includes a manual override button in case you need to fill a pot with water.  It uses 4 AAA batteries and comes with a 1 year limited warranty.  Cost for this kitchen or bathroom faucet adapter is around $50.

Tag(s): For Kids, Kitchens And Baths, Water


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