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From California to Australia, many people find themselves in the midst of a drought so serious, some researchers have cited it could be the worst in the last half century. So while you may not be able to make it rain, there are some things you can do to help conserve water both at home and at work.

Help out with the drought: let’s work together to complete as many actions to see how many gallons of water we can all save together! Here are five tips from our free “One Small Act” social gaming platform that has hundreds of ways to green your life.

1. Take a quick quiz to see how well you’re conserving water and where you can improve.

2. Read your home water bill. If your bill lists historical usage, a quick glance at your water bill will tell you how many liters or gallons you use each month, as well as the amount you are paying for each liter or gallon. Seeing your monthly spend can be a powerful incentive to cut down on water waste. Use what you learn to motivate you to reduce the amount of water you’re using.

3. Skip meat for one meal this week. According to a global study cited by the Environmental Working Group, it takes an estimated 1,857 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef (and 469 gallons of water for a pound of chicken), and that doesn’t include processing!

4. Be a member of the empty glass club. When dining out at a restaurant, make sure to drink all the water that is in your glass before having it refilled. Water is oftentimes wasted by the excess that is leftover from each glass. Now multiply that by the number of people who eat out, and that’s a lot of water that could be saved! The same also holds true for the water you drink at work–make sure that if you do have any excess water leftover from your water bottle or glass that you don’t intend to drink, you use it to water any plants that might be in the office.

5. Write ‘Don’t clean me’ in the dust covering your car. Enduring a drought is no laughing matter, but the simple act of writing “Don’t clean me” on your car can provide a good opportunity to spark a conversation with someone about the different and sometimes easy ways, we can all save water. Take washing your car for example. This International Carwash Association (ICA) says that using a garden hose, home washers use more than 60 gallons (227 L) in as little as five minutes and toxic wastewater containing things like motor oil and ammonia usually ends up going untreated down the storm drains, too.

For tons of other tips, check out these blog posts that cover everything from rain barrels to aquaponics and much more!

Learn more and take action on One Small Act – our digital platform where you can earn points for living lighter on the planet and connect with others doing the same!