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

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

  3. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

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

  5. Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

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

  7. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop…

  8. Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while…

  9. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

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

  11. Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to…

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

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

  14. When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between…

  15. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down…

  16. There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.