Step On It!
Move aside hands-free cell phones, there’s a new kid in town – the hands-free faucet controller, otherwise known as the foot pedal. Of all the eco-features that abound in Zem’s house, the one that her family is most excited about is the foot pedal that puts the power of water control in the palm of your pedi (click here to see Zem talk about the foot pedal and many other eco tips).
The valves are the same as the type installed in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Originally, they were attached to our sinks to reduce the risk of exposure to ecoli, salmonella and other nasty contaminants but the extra benefits have been unimaginable – from dishwashing to teeth brushing, the pedal reduces water exploits dramatically! Each pedal is under $200, very easy to install (we recommend you pony up for a plumber, though). And just think of the money you will save in water and the health benefits of not getting sick. Pedal Valves is the best, despite the fact that the site isn’t super user-friendly.