1.  Insulate your water pipes to get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.

2.  When it's time to replace your hot water tank, consider a high efficiency tankless water heater. This on-demand water heater can provide continuous hot water for one area or an entire home without having to constantly heat a large tank of water. Be sure to purchase the proper size for your family's hot water needs.

3.  Take shorter showers instead of baths. Showers, especially with water-saver shower heads, use about half as much hot water as a bath.

4.  Get into the habit of turning off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving or soaping in the shower.

5.  Save hundreds of gallons of water by cleaning driveways, walkways and patios with a broom instead of water.