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

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

  3. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

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

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

  6. If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.

  7. Install water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.

  8. See how your water use stacks up to others by calculating your daily water use.

  9. When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub…

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

  11. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help…

  12. Look for WaterSense® labeled toilets, sink faucets, urinals and showerheads.

  13. Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.

  14. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save up to 4 gallons a minute. That’s…

  15. While you wait for hot water, collect the running water and use it to water plants.

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