Tighten the belt in 2010

Here are some of the best ways to save money on water, indoors and out:

Use less: It's obvious, but shorter showers and running the dishwasher and clothes washer only when full helps.

Let your grass grow: Use a higher wheel setting on your lawn mower — 3 inches or more. Taller grass retains moisture better, requiring less watering. And it inhibits weed growth, saving money on weed-killer.