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

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

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

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

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

  6. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.

  7. When buying a washer, check the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water use between models.

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

  9. Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Consider buying a dual-flush toilet. It has two flush options: a half-flush for liquid waste and a full-flush…