Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry.
You'll not only save water, but energy as well.
Take a shower instead of a bath.
Filling the bathtub uses about 50 gallons of water and you can save 30 gallons by taking a shower.
Shorten your shower to five minutes.
Cut back on your shower time and you will rack up big savings in water and energy. Also, install a water-saving showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons/minute.
Think before you flush.
Every flush you eliminate can save between two and seven gallons of water.
Fix leaking faucets and toilets.
An average of 8% of all home water use is wasted through leaks. Test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way there, you have a leak.
Turn off the lights when you are not in the room and cut the air conditioner back when you are not at home.
Energy is produced using large volumes of water. Reducing energy demands can reduce the water needed to produce that energy.
Refrigerate a bottle or glass of water, instead of letting a faucet flow until the water runs cold.
Prepare food efficiently.
Speed cleaning food by using a vegetable brush. Spray water in short bursts. Faucet aerators cut consumption.
Plan ahead to defrost foods overnight in the refrigerator. Don’t use running water. Use the microwave or put wrapped food in a bowl of cold water.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape dishes clean to limit pre-rinse. Allow really dirty pans or dishes to soak allowing for a quick wash setting. Most new dishwashers don't require pre-rinsing. Limit dishwasher use to full loads.
Reuse clean household water.
Collect all the water that is wasted while waiting for the hot water to reach your faucet or showerhead. Use this to water your houseplants or outdoor planters. Do the same with water that is used to boil eggs or steam vegetables.
Use a glass for rinse water when brushing teeth instead of letting the faucet run. Shave the same way. An electric razor also saves water.
Install a low-flow toilet.
Low-flow toilets need only 1.6 gallons per flush, saving thousands of gallons per year. Unlike earlier models, low flow toilets available today receive high marks from consumers for overall performance.