With more and more areas struggling with droughts, conserving water is more important than ever. Even if you’re not living in a drought-stricken region, cutting back on water use also means a lower utility bill and helps conserve a precious resource.

Whether you’re ready to cut back on your showers or replace your lawn with water-wise plants, there are lots of big and small ways that you can conserve water around the home. Don’t worry if you can’t do everything on this list. Just pick a few things to start with, and do more as you can.

Even a few small changes can add up to hundreds of gallons in water savings each year! Here are 10 water-saving tips to get you going…

Shower bucket.

Instead of letting the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

Don’t let all that water go down the drain while you brush! Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.

Turn off the tap while washing your hands.

Do you need the water to run while you’re scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.

Do not flush every time.

This tip might not be for everyone, but the toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. You don’t need to flush if you only urinate.

Head to the car wash.

If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the water, rather than washing at home with the hose.

Cut your showers short.

Older shower heads can use as much as 18 litres per minute. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.

Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full.

Those half-loads add up to litres and litres of waste water.

Collect Rain Water.

Use rainwater to water the plants or wash your car.

Hand-washing dishes.

Fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time that you’re scrubbing.

Re-use grey water.

Re-use the runoff from your washing machine and use that water for things like flushing the toilet.