Countdown: 10 Easy Ways to Save Water and Money Now

10: Don't use your toilet as a garbage can.

Older toilets can use up to 5 gallons of water per flush. Even newer ones still use 1.6 gallons per flush. Used tissues belong in the trash, not the toilet.

9: Water your lawn and plants, not your driveway. (Trust us, it won't grow even if you do.)

Adjust your lawn irrigation sprinklers so that they don't spray water onto sidewalks and driveways. And if you have an underground irrigation system, make sure the sprinklers aren't leaking and gushing water onto the concrete, either.

8: Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.

We know, it is tough to change to your morning routine, but try it! Even if you take just one minute to brush your teeth, you'll save about 2 gallons every time with the bathroom water faucet turned off.

7: Like to drink cool water? Keep some in the fridge.

Running the tap to cool off the water for drinking is wasteful. Fill up a pitcher or safe drinking water bottle and store it in the refrigerator instead. Mmm, refreshing!

6: Irrigate your lawn in the early, early morning.

Running sprinklers when it is sunny and hot outside results in lots of water being lost to evaporation. And on breezy afternoons, much of the water you think is making it to your lawn may actually be blowing onto your sidewalk, driveway or garden gnome.

5: Use water-saving plumbing fixtures.

New kitchen and bathroom fixtures are more efficient than ever. If your house was built before 1992, replacing the original plumbing fixtures could give you instant savings.

4: Shorten your showers.

Again with the morning routine! But if you can shave even a minute off your daily shower, you will save hundreds of gallons of water per year. And speaking of shaving...

3: Rinse your razor in the sink.

Men, fill your bathroom sink with a couple inches of warm water. It will rinse your razor as well as using a running faucet with far less waste.

2: Group plants with similar water needs together.

Beautifying your flower beds? Do it thoughtfully. Don't over water plants by grouping ones with low-water needs next to ones with higher-water needs.

1: Make sure your house doesn't have a hidden water leak.

Here's how: Find your water meter and record what it says (an easy way is to take a picture of it with your phone). Don't use any water for two hours and then check it again. If it reads the same, congratulations, you're leak-free! If it has changed, you've got a plumbing leak.

Bonus: Turn down your water heater before you leave for Disneyland...or anywhere else on vacation this summer.

The typical tank-style water heater keeps 50 gallons of water hot at all times--even when you're not at home! Turn its temperature setting down before you leave for any extended period of time.