Take a five-minute shower instead of a bath. Amount saved: 15 gallons per shower.
Replace your shower head with a low-flow shower head. Amount saved: 20 gallons per shower.
Don’t use toilets as a wastebasket, flush only when you need to. Amount saved: 12 or more gallons per day.
Install an Ultra-Low Flush toilet. Amount saved: 1.9 to 7.4 gallons per flush.
When brushing teeth, turn the water off instead of running the tap. Amount saved: 3 or more gallons per brushing.
Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Amount saved: 150 gallons each time. For a two-car family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month.
Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Amount saved: 300 to 800 gallons per month.
Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Amount saved: 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month.
Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor. Amount saved: three gallons each day
When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed. Amount saved: 50 to 150 gallons a month
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats the wasteful habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking. Amount saved: 200 to 300 gallons a month
Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan. Amount saved: 150 to 250 gallons a month
Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage more (even better-compost!) Amount saved: 50 to 150 gallons a month
Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Amount saved: up to 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped
If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you only have one sink, use a spray device or short blasts instead of letting the water run. Amount saved: 200 to 500 gallons a month
Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave. Amount saved: 50 to 150 gallons a month
Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Amount saved: 300 gallons monthly