I've always been a frugal person. What can I say? I'm cheap. That's why every time I've moved into a new home, I install a .5 Gallon Per Minute (GPM) faucet aerator before I even think about moving anything in.
The things are simple to install and, for the average sized family, saves 18,000 gallons of water a year. It doesn't matter if you love the environment or love your wallet, this thing has something for everyone.
The faucet aerator is an incredibly simple device. It works by limiting water flow through a faucet and does so without actually impacting the water pressure.
My biggest concern picking one up was that I was going to end up with some unsatisfactory trickle, but I was actually pretty surprised.
Not only did it not cut the pressure, but it actually improved it. My house is older and has pretty bad water pressure. The aerator, while using less water, made the water come out more forcefully.
I recommend this product for just the bathroom. Putting it in a kitchen sink will make it annoying to fill cups, pots, kettles – anything really. Suddenly filling a pot becomes a 3 minute ordeal. But in the bathroom, you're probably just brushing your teeth or washing your hands, so you don't need a super high flow rate.
The savings on the water are awesome, but the real cash benefit comes from the heat you avoid using. For those who use electric heat, you can save upwards of $100 a year depending on your electric rates. For natural gas heat, about $85.
This particular aerator features a spray stream, is dual threaded so it'll fit a vast majority of faucets, is made of solid brass, has a chrome finish, and is lead free in compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
When you factor in the cost of shipping, this device pays for itself in about 5 weeks. Not bad, right?
If you have any issues with the product, if it doesn't fit, or if you just don't like it, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll refund your order. You don't even have to ship it back to me.