Efficient: Foot Pedal Faucet Controllers

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Foot pedal faucet controllers allow you to control a faucet hands-free. 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. You can reduce water use by 50% using pedal controllers, and if it’s hot water, you’ll be saving power too.

At a sink, you control the flow of a faucet with a pedal much like the accelerator in a car. It’s easier to turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, or doing the dishes. In a four-person household, the use of pedal controllers in the kitchen alone can save up to 7500 gallons of water annually, as well as conserve the energy needed to heat those gallons.

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 available from Amazon.

Comments

  1. says

    A great idea. I have seen them in the academic settings during my medical lab training, likely for the same reasons as commercial kitchens and hospitals; the sanitation aspect. Not having to touch the faucet when you have touched raw meat or held colonized petri dishes just makes sense.

    Home users may wish to keep a squirt bottle handy until the cat learns not to fall asleep on the nice cool foot pedals on a hot day.

  2. says

    Great idea. The sooner they install it in homes the better. It would be really good to regulate the flow of water instead of sticking with a heavy flow of water while washing dishes.

  3. says

    great idea. goes perfectly with my husband’s dream industrial faucet. but how do you stop your 2- and 4-year old from thinking it’s the most fun new toy in the house?

  4. bos ganto says

    good. this can very help every people which clean their hand.Of course.Ha….I support the bright idea other.

  5. chuck enlgand says

    I am a very ‘green’ person, my wife is not. Is there any way that both
    foot pedal controls and hand controls can be used from the same faucet?
    Also, we have alot of power outages and I do not want any product with electric controls.

    Thanks,

    Chuck

  6. chuck enlgand says

    I have no idea. Everyone says it can’t be done. One way in line valves to
    prevent back flow? I’m not a hydrolic expert.

  7. Jessica says

    Wow, I guess I’m subscribed to this thread. I posted MONTHS ago.

    I’ve seen two types in dental offices. With one type there are 2 pedals, and you can step on both for warm water or just one or the other for hot or cold.

    With the other type, there is just one pedal. You turn the faucet on and adjust it to whatever temp you want the water to be. You just leave the faucet (the top part, by the sink) turned on all the time… no water comes out unless you step on the foot pedal. You can adjust the temp whenever you want.

    http://www.kabdental.com/small-dental-equipment/automatic-faucets-eyewash-stations-soap/tapmaster.htm I don’t think there is any electricity involved, it just relies on the water pressure.

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