• Operate the dishwasher only when you have a full load. When purchasing a dishwasher, consider a water-efficient model.
  • When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water and fill the rinsing sink to one-third or one-half full. Avoid letting the water run continuously in the rinsing sink.
  • The kitchen sink disposals require a lot of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternative method of disposing of food waste instead of using a garbage disposal.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
  • Install instant water heaters in bathrooms and in the kitchen so you don’t have to let the water run while it heats up.
  • Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  • Avoid installing a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. Newer air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not wastewater.
  • Install water-softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by only running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.
  • Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering a plant or cleaning.
  • Replace leaky drain plugs in sinks and bathtubs.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the tap run while you wait for cool water to flow.