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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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