Water-saving tips for homeowners

Our new homes include WaterSense® fixtures to maximize efficiency, reduce consumption, and help save you money. On average, our water-efficient features help homeowners save annually on their utility bills when compared to homes that lack these features.

Most of us generally use a lot of water in our households every day. To help you conserve this precious natural resource and continue to save on utility bills all year long, check out these useful tips and maintenance steps:

Choosing fixtures

Look for the WaterSense label when you replace faucets, faucet aerators, showerheads, and even your toilet. These products can save you at least 20% on water usage compared to average products in this category.


Limit using dishwashers and washing machines until you have a full load of dirty dishes and laundry to help maximize water efficiency.


Turn off the faucet when you’re not actively using water — when you’re brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or doing household tasks.


Reducing your shower time or turning off the water when you’re soaping up or shampooing can help save a substantial amount of water over time. In fact, showering for just a minute less saves approximately 2.5 gallons of water!

Water meter

Check your water meter periodically to monitor usage and identify any unusual spikes that may indicate leaks.


Inspect all plumbing fixtures and plumbing connections at least once a year. For more detailed tips, visit the EPA WaterSense Fix a Leak Week page. If a leak is identified within your home’s warranty period, submit a warranty claim for review.


Consider planting drought-tolerant or native vegetation in your yard that require less water — and can still thrive in your local climate.

Irrigation system

Inspect for leaks, broken or clogged sprinkler heads monthly. It’s also a good idea to clean micro-irrigation filters as needed so sprinkler heads can evenly distribute water on your lawn.

Water Shut-Off Valve

Know where your home’s valve is located, so that you can quickly shut off the water flow and prevent significant damage in the event of a major leak or other unforeseen issue.