Mixing in the Air

Recently, at Temple Sholom we have installed faucet aerators throughout the entire building in efforts to improve sustainability.  In doing so we learned a few things so we thought we’d share.

Did you know that for a few bucks you could cut water and energy costs by 50% by installing aerators in your faucets?  A faucet aerator is an inexpensive, easy-to-install circular metal device with a screen that screws onto the end of the faucet.  As the name implies, a faucet aerator adds air to the stream of water coming out of the faucet by breaking the water into fine droplets.  (Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_5957908_benefits-faucet-aerators.html#ixzz2wvBvmTrP)

Faucets with aerators have a flow rate of 2.2 gallons per minute compared to the 5 or 6 gallon flow rate of those without aerators.  There are some “low-flow” options as well that flow as low as .5 gallons per minute.  With the installation of aerators not only do you save by reducing your water consumption but also save by not needing to heat as much water.  Not to mention saving wear and tear on your water heater, pipes, and septic systems.  Aerators can also increase your water pressure and serve as a filter.

Think about it, how many times do you turn on the water faucet at home?  Showering, brushing teeth, shaving, washing dishes, rinsing fresh produce, washing the dog, etc.  These are all water usage moments that could accumulate to savings with a cheap purchase and install.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency installing “faucet aerators is the single most effective water conservation savings you can do for your home.”

When purchasing aerators you will want to check what kind you need.  There are male and female Marcos2.jpgthreading and they both have regular and small sizing.  You may want to measure your faucet prior to purchasing to prevent installation frustration.  Measure the circumference of your faucet threading and see if it’s male threading (on outside of faucet) or female threading (inside faucet).  For more information on finding the right aerator for you follow the link below.

http://www.conservationwarehouse.com/faucet-aerator-faqs.html#Measure%20Water%20Pressure

Marcos Higareda, Facilities Manager, Temple Sholom
As the Facilities Manager at Temple Sholom Marcos is one of several in the Eco Chavura committee helping the temple achieve a green certification.  Coming from a previous work environment that is LEED certified he understands the goals and helps the team achieve them.