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Green Living: The Eco-Friendly Way to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

When it comes to your kitchen and bath, paying attention to the environment often means saving money too—and many improvements pay back quicker than you might think. Here are some tips.

Don't delay fixing a leaky faucet

The Sierra Club, the nation's largest environmental organization, tells us that ignoring a leak can waste up to three gallons of water a day or 1,095 gallons a year. Replace your old kitchen faucet with a model that utilizes a ceramic disc cartridge. You'll enjoy leak-free performance and save water too.

Don't put your replacement off because you think you can't afford a new faucet. After extensive testing, Consumer Reports found that many lower cost faucets from reputable manufacturers offered durability and performance that equaled premium products.

Go low flow

Government regulations mandate a faucet flow rate of 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) or less. However, new faucets with low-flow aerators feature a 1.5 gpm or lower rate without sacrificing functionality. If you don't want to replace your faucet, it's usually quite easy to replace just the aerator.

The benefits of quality

Go ahead, invest in that better-quality faucet. You'll get the look you really want while saving on future replacement and repair expense. Plus, you're doing the planet a favor by putting less trash in landfills.

It may not seem like much, but environmentalists often say that living greener is all about changing our attitudes and taking small steps that add up.

A greener way to stay hydrated

Replace your soap dispenser or other faucet accessory with a filtered drinking water dispenser. If you don't have an extra installation hole available, get an under sink filter.

Either way, the money you'll save on bottled water will offer you a dramatic payback.

Learn more about how to choose your kitchen faucet or how to find the right pot filler faucet.

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