Consider installing a water-efficient dishwasher. If you’re thinking about replacing your dishwasher, look for the ENERGY STAR label to save energy and water. Older dishwashers can use more than 10 gallons of water per load; ENERGY STAR certified models use 5.5 gallons or less.
Mulching keeps the weeds away—and saves water. Adding mulch around the plants in your garden helps keep moisture in the soil so you don’t need to water as frequently. Bark, stones, or wood chips are all great options. Mulching the surface of your planting beds also deters pesky weeds that compete with your plants for water.