Foot Pedal Faucet Controls - Green & sanitary...

MetaEfficient reports on a green and sanitary trend that's just waiting to happen: foot-pedal controls for home faucets. As they point out, firstly, this method of controlling a faucet is sanitary: it prevents germs from being transferred via hand fixtures, which must be touched by dirty hands before washing and clean hands after washing. (This is why foot pedals are used in highly-hygeinic venues like hospitals and commercial kitchens.) But it also turns out that these things are green - by being able to control the flow with something other than your hands (with which you're busy working up a lather), you're more likely to let the faucet turn off while soaping, and resume it to rinse. MetaEfficient reports that this can account for savings of 7500 gallons of water annually for a single installation in the kitchen of a 4-person household. Like I said, a trend waiting to happen...
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2 comments:

maxxkat6 said...

The foot control for kitchen and bath should be easy to install, DIY, come with exact instructions, pictures, and BE ADVERTISED ! I have been looking for, asking about them, and the DIY store give me a dumb look..never heard of it.
I was trying to devise one myself. Why do they need selanoids? How about mechanical ones?

Dave Gustafson said...

Wow, I had no idea they were so tough to find! Keep looking, I guess - and as for why they need solenoids, that's probably because the pedal is so far from the faucet and water lines. It could be mechanical, but that would be a larger and more complicated mechanism - a solenoid is more versatile, and overall probably cheaper!