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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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