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Fix drips

​Get a new shower head

Stop leaks

Save gutter water for plants

​Use your dishwasher

​Replace your dishwasher

​Only water your lawn when it needs it

​Water smart

Get a new toilet

Get an app

A faucet that drips 1 drop per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons (6,288 liters) of water in a year! The fix is probably as simple as replacing an O-ring in your faucet, which is inexpensive, and you can learn how to change one on YouTube.

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Low-flow shower heads save you around 5 gallons (19 liters) of water per shower, according to Energy Star. Just be sure you purchase a showerhead that is rated at 2.5 gallon (9.4 liters) per minute or less.

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Leaks in broken pipes or joints can lose even more water than a drip, and can cause massive water damage to your home. Turn off the water to that pipe, if possible, until it's fixed.

In the future, a detector like a SmartThings Water Leak Sensor or an Insteon Water Leak Sensor can alert you to leaks as soon as they happen.

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Don't let your gutter water get flushed away into the sewer. Use a collection system that saves the rain so you can use it to water plants during the dry times. Some affordable systems are The Great American Rain Barrel and the Good Ideas 50 Gallon Rain Wizard Flat Back Rain Barrel.

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Hand washing your dishes wastes 27 gallons (102 liters) of water while dishwashers use only around 3 gallons per load (11 liters). Learn more about hand-washing versus dishwashers here.

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If your dishwasher is old, though, it may not be saving as much water as it should. Units made before 1994 waste around 10 gallons (38 liters) of water per load. Here are some other signs it's time to upgrade to a new model.

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Many people just set their sprinklers to water the lawn every day, even though it may not need it. If your lawn is turning yellow, gray or spotted, then you're probably overwatering it. To save water, do the foot test. Walk across your lawn and look behind you. If the grass blades aren't popping back up after you step on them, then it's thirsty. If they do pop up, you can skip a watering. A more high-tech solution is buying a moisture detector like the AM Conservation Soil and Plant Moisture Meter or the Dr. Meter Moisture Sensor Hydrometer.

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When your lawn is thirsty, only water it during the coolest time of the day and don't water when it's windy. This will help to avoid moisture loss from evaporation, which means you'll need to water less.

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New toilets use as little as 0.6 to 1.6 gallons (2.3 to 6 liters) per flush and still gets rid of, well, you know. Older toilets use 3 to 5 gallons (11 to 19 liters) per flush. Considering the average person urinates up to 3,650 times per year, newer toilets offer big savings.

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It's true -- there is an app for everything, and that includes water conservation. Sarah Jacobsson Purewal has rounded up five apps that help you save water, monitor your usage and compare your usage to your neighbors'.

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