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

  2. If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.

  3. Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those that spray water into the air.

  4. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

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

  6. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

  7. Instead of building a private pool, join a community pool.

  8. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

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

  10. For hanging baskets, planters and pots, put ice cubes on top of the soil to give your plants…

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

  12. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water. Or, wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water…

  13. Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low-water-use plant and save up to…

  14. Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.

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

  16. Collect water from your roof by installing gutters and downspouts. Direct the runoff to plants and trees.