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Simple Tips to Reduce Your Household’s Water Consumption

May 19, 2017 2:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Did you know that small household water leaks add up to more 10,000 gallons of water waste per family each year? Water is one of the world’s most valuable resources – which means we all need to be good stewards and find ways to use it more wisely.

You could invest in a high-tech irrigation system or replace your toilets and shower heads with super-low-flow models. But there are plenty of less costly, relatively simple steps that will make a noticeable difference in how much water you use.  Hillsborough NC Builder Collins Design-Build has a few tips to help conserve your water

Find and fix leaks

It’s not uncommon for something in the plumbing to be leaking dozens of gallons of water a week without anyone noticing. A simple fix with a few tools and parts from the hardware store could bring down your water bill for some time to come.

Your water meter can tell you a lot about whether you’ve got a leak. Find a time when no one will be using water for at least a couple of hours — maybe before you leave for work or a family outing — and note the water meter reading. When you return, see if it has changed. If it has, you’ve got a leak somewhere.

Toilet flappers don’t last forever, and a degraded one can use the same water as leaving a faucet running a constant stream. To check for a leaky flapper, put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the color shows up in the bowl, you’ve got a leak that is easily fixed with a new flapper.

Cut the flow

When you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, flip off the tap while you scrub or use the razor. Leaving the water running lets as much as eight to 10 gallons of unused water run down the drain (and onto your water bill) each day. Teaching your kids this habit will multiply the savings.

Use the dish washer to wash dishes — and make sure it’s fully loaded before you run it. Washing just a few dishes and pans under running water soon uses the same amount of water as an entire load in the dishwasher.

Get the most from outdoors watering

Grass takes less water to stay green if you set the mower blade higher. A slightly longer turf length promotes root growth that makes the grass more drought-resistant. Leave grass clippings on the lawn — they’ll slowly add nutrients as they decompose to promote healthy, deep root growth without added fertilizers that tend to make grasses thirsty.

Plants and grasses adapted to your local conditions will need little or no watering beyond rainfall. Mulch around garden plants and trees to retain moisture.

And when you do water your lawn or garden, make sure what comes out of the sprinkler makes it into the ground.

Sunshine and wind steal a good bit of water before it even hits the ground. Water early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid peak sunshine. Set water sprays as low to the ground as possible to give wind and sun less chance to evaporate the droplets. And aim the sprays to make sure water lands where it will soak into the earth, not pool on sidewalks, driveways and patios.

If you have an irrigation system, check for leaks or have a professional do an inspection. If you’re using hoses and sprinklers, examine where the hose connects to faucet and sprinkler to make sure they’re tight — and replace rubber washers to ensure a good seal.

To learn more about ways to save water or improve your home’s overall efficiency, visit www.epa.gov/watersense or contact Hillsborough NC Builder Collins Design-Build.





Chad & Emilee Collins

An unlimited licensed general contractor as well as a licensed home inspector, custom home builder Chad Collins transforms clients’ dreams into elegant, fashionable, timeless homes while maintaining a reputation for skilled craftsmanship, superior quality, and incomparable client service. Collins Design-Build is consistently ranked by the Triangle Business Journal as one of the top custom home builders in the Triangle.

Chad’s commitment to excellence has earned Collins Design-Build numerous top industry awards, including the National Certified Green Professional Builder of the Year. The Durham, Orange & Chatham’s Builder of the Year, and twice awarded the coveted Triangle Sales and Marketing Council’s MAME Building Company of the Year. Chad is one of fewer than 50 Accredited Master Builders in the state of North Carolina.

From the outset of his career, Chad quickly impressed others with his professionalism, integrity, and astute operations management skills. While in high school and college, Chad worked part time with home improvement retailers and building material suppliers, which opened opportunities to work for regional and national home builders throughout much of the 1990s. Chad capitalized on these experiences with local and regional builders to acquire considerable industry knowledge and to forge strong relationships.

Earlier in his career, Chad served as a team leader to local and regional production home builders, distinguishing him by developing processes, tools, and quality-driven teams that improved ROI, cut annual costs, reduced project completion time, and decreased attrition. As a result, Chad advanced to increasingly through management positions. Evidence of his talent for coaching and leading teams is that some of the team members and craftsmen he developed over a decade ago continue to work with him to this day.

Following that success, Chad was recruited by a national builder opening operations in the Triangle, and he played an important role in helping the company establish operations with a market presence in the region. His efforts in closing just under $6,000,000 in custom homes in a single year earned Chad the 2001 Builder of the Year award.

Chad has earned the highest designations available, such as Accredited Master Builder, Master Certified Green Professional, and Aging-in-Place Specialist. Among other industry recognition’s, the company has received multiple Best Green Built Home STARS Awards, Major Renovation Awards and the coveted Parade of Homes GOLD Award.

Prior to being elected as the President of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties, serving over 600 members, Chad was nominated to a five-year term with the North Carolina Home Builders Association as regional vice president; serving the largest territory region in the nation.

Throughout his career, he has served on various boards of directors and has earned numerous top awards for membership recruitment from the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties; the North Carolina Home Builders Association; the National Association of Home Builders; the Triangle Community Coalition; and the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Chad is honored to be an approved speaker for the National Association of Home Builders Chad has written and taught several courses on green building as well as project management to fellow builders across the Southern United States. He is also an instructor for Duke University’s OLLI Continuing Education Program, serving as the Aging-in-Place Specialist.


For more information and how Collins Design-Build may serve you please connect with us through the following:

  • Home Building/Remodeling/Additions/ Consultations:

Collins Design-Build, Inc.   www.collinsdesignbuild.com

  • To find a lot or land / Buy or sell existing Real Estate:

Emilee Collins, REALTOR  www.collinsdesignrealty.com

  • To learn more about Aging In Place or how to make your existing home accessible:

Planning Tomorrow  www.planningtomorrow.com

  • Have your existing home painted by our award winning professionals:

Acento Painting, LLC  www.acentopainting.com

Chad direct line 919-422-2818  | Chad’s Email chad@collinsdesignbuild.com


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