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

  2. Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your…

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

  4. Upgrade older toilets with water-saving WaterSense® labeled models.

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

  6. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down…

  7. See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.

  8. We’re more likely to notice leaky faucets indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses.

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

  10. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it…

  11. Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.

  12. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak….

  13. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a…

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

  15. When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up…

  16. Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.