1. Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.

  2. Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.

  3. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots, where it’s needed.

  4. Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.

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

  6. Set water softeners for a minimum number of refills to save both water and chemicals, plus energy, too.

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

  8. If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.

  9. When back-washing your pool, consider using the water on salt-tolerant plants in the landscape.

  10. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.

  11. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.

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

  13. Start a compost pile. Using compost in your garden or flower beds adds water-holding organic matter to the…

  14. If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.

  15. Pruning properly can help your plants use water more efficiently.

  16. Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.