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

  2. While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

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

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

  5. Avoid planting grass in areas that are hard to water, such as steep inclines and isolated strips along…

  6. Signs of overwatering: Leaves turn lighter shades of green or yellow, young shoots wilt, and sometimes algae or…

  7. Minimize or eliminate the use of waterfalls and sprays in your pool. Aeration increases evaporation.

  8. Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run…

  9. Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

  10. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture, saving water, time and money.

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

  12. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions or rain.

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

  14. If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better…

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

  16. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house,…