- Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. The flow rate of a typical bathroom faucet is at least two gallons of water per minute.
- Don't allow the water to run while you shave. Stopper the sink and fill it with a small amount of water to use for rinsing the razor.
- Avoid using the toilet as a trash can. Human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed.
- Consider purchasing a low-flow showerhead with a pause valve so you can turn the water flow off while lathering up. When you turn the flow back on you will not have to readjust the temperature.
- Some "hard-core" conservationists don't flush the toilet after each use. They live by the credo "If it's yellow, let it mellow; if it's brown, flush it down."
- Save your bath water for plant watering.
- Catch the initial cold water in a bucket while waiting for the shower to warm up and use it to flush the toilet or water plants.
Kitchen and Laundry
- Keep a water bottle or pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the sink until the water gets cold.
- Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.
- Refrain from hand washing dishes whenever possible.
- If you do wash dishes by hand, use two plastic dishpans (or stopper both sides of the sink), fill each with hot water, and use one for washing and the other for rinsing.
- Routinely check your faucets for leaks, especially guest baths or garage sinks that may not be visited often.
- Wash only full loads of clothes or be sure to adjust the water level in the washer to match the size of the load.