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Tighten the belt in 2010

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

Fix leaks: It's a no-brainer to fix leaky faucets, but your toilet might be leaking without you knowing and wasting 200 gallons a day, or about 50 flushes worth. Place a drop of dark food coloring in the tank. If it reaches the bowl within 15 minutes, you have a leak worth fixing.

Get WaterSense: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a relatively new program called WaterSense for labeling plumbing fixtures certified to save water, about 20 percent on average. It's similar to the EnergyStar label for products that use electricity efficiently. The label goes on water-efficient models of such fixtures as toilets, sink faucets and showerheads. Learn more at epa.gov/watersense.

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