Use wool floor coverings instead of synthetic alternatives; they are more durable and easier to clean. Wool can be expensive, though. Find bargains on wool carpet by looking through remnants at local carpet outlets. Remnants are often marked down by as much as 60 percent or more and the sizes can be adequate to carpet an average room-or have the edges bound to create an area rug.
Water for cleaning
Instead of running the water while cleaning, fill a bucket with water and a general-purpose cleaner and scrub down sinks and showers completely before rinsing. To rinse shower walls, fill a watering can with water and pour water along the top of the walls, letting the water wash away soap and grime.
Only wash full loads of laundry. Here's where owning more of something can actually help you conserve water and energy use at home. Go ahead and buy an extra set of bath towels and bed sheets so you won't have to run small loads of laundry when your only set is in need of cleaning.
Tips from It's Easy Being Green by Crissy Trask