1. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

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

  3. If your toilet was installed before 1992, purchasing a WaterSense® labeled toilet can reduce the amount of water…

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

  5. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop…

  6. Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to…

  7. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.

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

  9. Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a…

  10. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the…

  11. When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between…

  12. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant…

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

  14. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a WaterSense®…

  15. Take 5-minute showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water.

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