1. Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance check. For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.

  2. Report broken pipes, leaky hydrants and errant sprinklers to property owners or your local water provider.

  3. If you have an evaporative cooler, direct the water drain to plants in your landscape.

  4. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.

  5. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

  6. For more immediate hot water and energy savings, insulate hot water pipes.

  7. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to…

  8. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

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

  10. Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.

  11. When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to…

  12. Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. Were a pipe to burst, this could save gallons…

  13. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.

  14. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water…

  15. If you have an evaporative cooler, install a recirculating pump to keep water from bleeding off with one…