- Check the toilet tank for leaks*
- Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket!
- Consider installing a low-volume toilet that uses less than 2 gallons per flush. This can also be done by using a filled bag or bottle to displace some of the water in the tank.
- Be sure that it is not in the way of any moving parts.
- Replace showerheads with ultra-low-flow versions.
- Take shorter showers and fill the tub only a 1/3 full.
- Shut off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Only run automatic dishwashers when there is a full load or set the water level to the appropriate size load.
- Fill the sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes by hand.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run for cool water.
- Run garbage disposals only when necessary. Try starting a compost pile as an alternative.
- Instead of running the hot water for a long time to get it hot, try installing an instant water heater on your sink.
* Put a little food coloring into the tank. Wait about 20-30 minutes. Check the toilet bowl, if the color of the water in the toilet bowl changes, then there is a leak. Check the toilet for worn out parts, which are inexpensive to replace. (Flush toilet when done, since food coloring may stain.)