First, the US EPA has created a program similar to EnergyStar but for water efficiency products. This is called WaterSense.
There is a WaterSense label that appears on the products, just like you are used to seeing with the yellow EnergyStar label on appliances and windows. Through this certification program, they reward manufacturers who create products that save at least 20% of water use, without sacrificing performance.
Here’s what the WaterSense people have to say: “Upgrading to more efficient WaterSense labeled products can help us to save billions of gallons of water in the country every year. Something as simple as twisting on a WaterSense labeled aerator and upgrading to a WaterSense labeled faucet could save a household 11,000 gallons over the life of the faucet.”
The quality of reduced flow products is generally improving, and if you have ignored them because the early models gave you a trickle in the shower, you may want to give it another look.
What kinds of rebates can I get:
- Fixture (toilet, tap) rebates:
There are significant rebates on WaterSense certified plumbing fixtures that are offered by the Saving Water Partnership which includes the Seattle Municipal water system and other local towns around the area. To get a rebate on WaterSense products, go to the utility or the Saving Water Partnership website listed. Get toilet rebates up to $75 for single family homes and up to $200 for a toilet in a 4 plex or multifamily building. Plus if you have a restaurant or small business they offer many rebates. PSE also offers $10 off WaterSense shower heads.To get a rebate on WaterSense products, go to the utility or the Saving Water Partnership website listed. Print it off and send it to the utility with a copy of your water bill and receipt for the toilet.
- Water heater rebates:
Many of our local utilities offer rebates on energy efficient water heaters and hydronic heating systems (radiant heating). For rebates on Water Heaters from PSE or SCL, your Washington Energy Services water heater specialist will take that rebate off of your contract. Cascade Natural Gas Customers apply directly to Cascade after installation with a copy of their receipt.
- City light electric customers can get $100. In addition, most electric utilities have programs where they pay you between $30-$50 for your old inefficient appliances (fridge, washer, dryer) and they also come and haul them away. Our plumbing division is able to help you install and maintain your energy efficient plumbing systems. We carry and install WaterSense toilets that qualify for the rebates mentioned.