1. Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

  2. Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

  3. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

  4. When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

  5. When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up…

  6. Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.

  7. When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub…

  8. Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  9. Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.

  10. While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

  11. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water…

  12. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.

  13. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

  14. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant…

  15. Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

  16. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.