Ripping up the lawn is the single best way to save water in drought-stricken California, but doing that can takes weeks, if not months, of consideration and planning. And then there's the cost. Many of us are just not ready to take that step.
Even if you're not trying to help fulfill California Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order mandating a 25 percent cut in urban water use, what can any household do to be responsible about water usage, drought or no drought?
We've compiled more than 40 wallet-friendly tips for reducing your water footprint that go beyond ditching the lawn. Some of these steps are obvious but bear repeating, like No. 25 (don't walk away while your shower heats). And we know that some of these tips save water at the expense of using another energy source.
But water conservation expert Tracy Quinn of the Natural Resources Defense Council said that making just a few small changes to our daily habits can result in big water savings. "Every little bit helps."