It’s simple – saving water means more than just saving water. It’s an easy way to save money as well. There are many ways to save water that doesn’t have to be daunting or over-the-top. Here are some easy ways to save water and reduce water usage today.

Check for Leaks

According to the EPA, leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year in an average household. Checking for leaks can be an easy fix with tools and hardware that can help save money on water bills. Check for leaks in the most common offenders: toilets, faucets, showerheads, and outdoor faucets.

Washing Machines and Dishwashers

Run only full washing machines and dishwashers. When only partially filled they are operated more often, wasting water and energy.

Don’t Run and Waste

Every drop counts so turn off the tap. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing the dishes – don’t let the water run. Turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save up to 8 gallons of water per day!

Reuse and Recycle

As strange as this sounds, reusing water can be a very effective way of conserving water. When waiting for a shower to heat up, collect the cold water to reuse elsewhere – like watering your plants. Also consider using leftover water from cooking and boiling.

Replace Showerheads and Aerators

A very simple way to reduce water usage is to replace showerheads and aerators. Standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute while a low-flow showerhead uses 2.0 GPM or less. Faucet account for 19% of water usage in an average home so changing your faucet aerator can save an average family up to 700 gallons of water per year.

Rethink Your Old Inefficient Toilets

Replacing a toilet isn’t as easy as replacing a showerhead, but it is one of the fastest ways of seeing a big difference in water usage. Toilets are THE main source of water usage inside a home. They account for nearly 30 percent of indoor water use – more if you have a leaking flapper. Switching to a high-efficient toilet can help a household save up to 13,000 gallons of water every year.