If you're like me, you probably don't think about your faucets that much. That's probably fair, unless they're not working there isn't much reason to. That is, unless you make a reason. There have been incredible innovations in every area of house-related technology, and faucets are no different. Kitchen and bathroom fixtures have advanced with regard to style, efficiency, and ergonomic design to the point where they're approaching the Jetson's level of futuristic convenience and decor. Generally, the extent of the plumbing fixtures in a home will include sinks, toilets, and shower and bath fixtures. Unless you're in a brand new ultra-modern home, each and everyone of these can be replaced with a high-tech version that makes it not only more user-friendly but can also cut down on those pesky energy bills.
Ever get your hands dirty and are looking forward to wiping down the taps after you turn them on to wash up? Yeah, me neither. Luckily, touch-sensitive faucets exist. They contain sensors that can turn the faucet on and off when they come in to contact with skin, simply touch anywhere on the faucet with your forearm or the back of your hand. Some faucets have been designed to dispense precise amounts of water for when you don't have a measuring cup handy, still others allow you to control heat via a digital display.
The premium shower experience
In the shower, you can install accessories that let you control your shower settings through a wall-mounted interface. Temperature, intensity, direction of spray, you can even program custom settings so you've always got your preference one button-press away. If you can spend money on one thing in your bathroom, make it the showerhead. Only after putting up with some scrappy little thing full of calcium buildup with about as much pressure as an old man's bladder can the real joy of switching to a state-of-the-art rainfall showerhead be understood. Include a set of waterproof speakers or a TV screen for the ultimate in shower and bath relaxation.
High tech toilets
Picture this: it's two in the morning, you wake up groggy and find your way to the bathroom. No need to hurt your eyes by turning on the light, your toilet has a panel that's giving off a soft glow in your favorite color. You go to sit down and the lid raises automatically. It's a cold night but you wouldn't know it thanks to the seat and foot warmers. You stand up, it flushes and the lid goes back down. This seems like the future of bathroom comfort, but it's available now.
If you notice your water bill is starting to look a little too big, consider switching to low flow faucets and fixtures. These limit the flow of water ensuring that you're not using more than you need. Contrary to popular belief, water saving showerheads can still hold the same pressure while using much less water. By replacing your plumbing fixtures with high efficiency models, you can cut a big chunk off your bill and the money saved will more than pay off the renovation over time.