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

  2. Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.

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

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

  5. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the…

  6. Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.

  7. Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons…

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

  9. Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush…

  10. Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

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

  12. Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.

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