#1 There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.

#2 When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with      rinse water.

#3 Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even    more water and energy.

#4 If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.

#5 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the    number of glasses to wash.

#6 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

#7 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.

#8 Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

#9 Don't use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the              refrigerator.

#10 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don't have to run the water    while it       heats up. This also reduces energy costs.

#11 Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop       goes down you and not the drain.

#12 Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it's one more way to get       eight glasses of water a day.

#13 Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.

#14 Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.

#15 If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.

#16 Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.

#17 When shopping for a new dishwasher, use the Consortium for Energy Efficiency website to compare water       use between models.