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Leaking money? Replace your kitchen faucet

The Department of Energy has found that for a small investment, you can reduce the use of kitchen water by as much as 60 percent. A small, steady leak from the tap can cost you money. Here are four steps that can conserve kitchen water and curb your utility bills.

  1. Change your aerator. When it comes to your kitchen faucet, changing out your aerator to one that governs your gallons per minute (gpm) rate can green your tap immediately. If you buy a standard faucet off the shelf, the aerator typically has a 2.2 gpm flow rate. Replace it with a 1.0 gpm aerator (for as little as $5) and you're in the green. Buy a swivel aerator to have a full range of motion when washing up.
  2. Replace your taps. You'll find that new, low-flow taps can look great and while their internal flow restrictors or inserts cut your water use, you won't notice much difference in the pressure. You can spend from $150 to $350 for a low-flow tap, depending on the bells and whistles like soap dispensers and rinse extensions.
  3. Change your habits. If you regularly rinse dishes under running water, cut it out! Fill your sink halfway with clean water and dip in your dishes.
  4. Have your water heater inspected. If you're waiting too long for the tap water to get hot, bring in an expert to evaluate the valves, baffles, thermostat and insulation of your water heater.

Greening your kitchen means evaluating all the systems that power the room. Your contractor can conduct an energy audit and propose holistic changes that make sense.

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