In the Kitchen

  • only run the dishwasher with a full load
  • scrape your dishes clean instead of rinsing them before washing
  • use your garbage disposal sparingly
  • place a stopper in the sink to wash pots and pans, rather than turning on faucet each time a rinse is needed

In the Bathroom

  • when brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet until it is time to rinse
  • install low-flow showerheads
  • take showers instead of baths; showers with low-flow showerheads often use less water than baths
  • use a toilet tank displacement device; these devices will reduce the volume of water in the tank but still provide enough water for flushing

In the Laundry

  • wash only a full load when using an automatic washing machine
  • use the lowest possible water level setting on the washing machine


  • water lawns early in the morning or late at night to avoid evaporation
  • avoid watering lawns in windy weather
  • use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees, or shrubs
  • use a broom rather than the hose to "sweep" walks and driveways
  • use a bucket of soapy water to wash your car and save the hose for rinsing