#2 Think about upgrading to a water-efficient washing machine and dishwasher. (See rightscapenow.com/rebates to save on a high-efficiency clothes washer.) #3 Taking meter readings is a great way to calculate the exact amount of water you use day by day. You may be able to see a pattern – and take action on days of the week when your usage spikes. For a tutorial on meter reading, visit irwd.com/services/meter-information.