April 26, 2008
Foot pedal faucets – A rare necessity
Foot pedal faucets could save can save up to 7500 gallons of water annually, as well as conserve the energy needed to heat it. Yet they are almost nonexistent in the common household. Hand-free faucet controllers also guard against the transfer of bacteria between faucet fixtures and hand. They are particularly useful when your hands have paint or soil on them. Pedal controllers can be installed relatively easily under the sink, although most do require an electrical connection. It’s easier to turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, or doing the dishes.
These devices are efficient and hygienic — they are commonly found in commercial kitchens and hospitals. I’m not sure why we don’t see them in more homes perhaps its got something to do with mischievous kids jumping on them. You can reduce water use by 50% using pedal controllers, and if it’s hot water, you’ll be saving power too.