Water is one of the Earth’s most precious natural resources. There is no endless supply of water and only one percent of the water on Earth is suitable for people. With the typical household using about 260 gallons of water each day and each one of us depending on water for survival it is our responsibility to use it wisely.

In the magazine we offered an easy way to decrease the nearly 30% water we use by installing a low flow toilet. To add to that suggestion here are 15 simple things you can do to cut down on your water consumption today:

  1. Take shorter showers
  2. While washing hands, turn off the faucet when lathering
  3. Put food coloring in toilet tank. If water in bowl changes color without flushing you have a leak
  4. Place a can in yard when sprinkling to measure water – ¾ to 1 inch is plenty.
  5. Soak dirty pots and pans instead of letting water run while you scrape them clean
  6. Spread mulch around outdoor plants to help retain moisture
  7. Turn off water while brushing teeth
  8. Install high efficiency faucet aerators and low flow showerheads
  9. Insulate your pipes so water gets hotter quicker
  10. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge to avoid running the faucet for cold water
  11. Water your yard in the morning or evening when it’s cooler
  12. Wash your car using a bucket and sponge instead of the water hose
  13. Wait to run the dishwasher and washing machine until it is full
  14. Use a broom to sweep patios and sidewalks instead of hosing them down
  15. Collect rainwater in a rain barrel to use for plant watering