Don’t waste water
The earth’s water supply is rapidly dwindling thanks to pollution, climate change and overuse, so use water sparingly around the house.
Clean efficiently. Wait until you have a full load to run your dishwasher and washing machine. You’ll use less water and electricity.
Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. You’ll save three to seven gallons a minute.
Install a low-flow showerhead. You’ll save about $50 a year on water and more than $20 a year on energy. It’s easy to install and is available at most hardware stores for $10 to $20.
Use rainwater to water plants. Collect it in a large garbage can. Or buy a modern rain barrel that has a spout for a hose connection and a top screen to keep out animals, bugs and leaves.