1. Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the…

  2. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it…

  3. When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They are more water and…

  4. As part of the WaterSense® Fix-A-Leak Week in March, plan an employee campaign to look for leaks.

  5. Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.

  6. Become a proud WaterSense® partner and let all your customers know.

  7. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house,…

  8. Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

  9. Plant species native to your region.

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

  11. Make sure your swimming pools, fountains and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.

  12. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.

  13. Install a thermostat and timer on your evaporative cooler so it only operates when necessary.

  14. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

  15. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

  16. Look for WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers.