Small changes to your home can save big money and water

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Updated: 4/18/2014 5:49 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Despite the continued drought, so far there are no water restrictions in the Truckee Meadows, but many people are worried about how much water we'll have this summer and the summers to come.

The good news is there are several things you can do both inside and outside your home to conserve water, and most of them are easy enough for you to do yourself.

"Water is money," said Greg Del Piero. "Water is gold in the desert. So it's essential to save water because our water bills are high."
Del Piero works for The Home Depot. He said spending a little money now on water-efficient appliances will save you in the long run.

"The showerheads are a great way we can save water," he said.

They can save you up to $60 a year too. 

Sinks can be another drain on your budget.

"Your sinks, you should only run the water when you need it," Del Piero said.

He said a high-efficiency washing machine will reduce your water load too.

"They use considerably less water and do a more effective job," Del Piero said.

He said low-use toilets will also help you avoid flushing money down the drain.

Once you have indoors taken care of, don't forget your outdoor water use. How you water your lawn and plants has a big impact. 

"You're going to save about 2,700 gallons a year by switching to drip irrigation," Del Piero said.

When you water them matters too. 

"[People] water at the wrong time of the day," he said. "They water at the heat of the day, and all you do is get evaporation when that happens."

So Del Piero reccomends you water when it's cooler and get a few other supplies for your yard.

"[Put] in mulch around the plants to keep the moisture in the ground," he said. "We don't rain often, but when it does it rains hard. Consider putting in a rain barrel that will save up to 100 gallons of water at a time."
Del Piero said it's important to make these changes while they're optional because we don't know when the drought will end.

"Our reservoirs only last so long," he said.

Del Piero said if you're a homeowner making these changes is a no-brainer, but if you're a renter, he suggests talking to your landlord about how you can make your home more energy efficient.
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Kramer - 4/19/2014 1:57 PM
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this should be in every renter's contract, the water bill, and "welcome" wagon. Y now? On TV, was basically a commercial for Home Depot (they'll sell U a pond...)

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