Steamboat Springs, CO water conservation rebate

■ High-efficiency toilets ($150 rebate for commercial, maximum $1,050; $100 rebate for residential, limit two per residence)

Rebates are for replacement of toilets manufactured before 1994 that use 3.5 gallons per flush or more. Only EPA WaterSense-labeled toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush or less listed eligible for rebate. The WaterSense logo must appear on the toilet or box.

■ High-efficiency clothes washers ($100 rebate, limit one per residence)

Replace your 2000 or older model clothes washer with a high-efficiency model. Only Tier 3 models listed by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency atwww.waterenergysavings.comare eligible.

■ High-efficiency dishwashers ($100 rebate, limit one per residence)

Replace your 2002 or older model dishwasher with a high-efficiency model. Only models listed at are eligible. Other restrictions apply.

Steamboat Springs — Local water providers have launched a rebate program to encourage residents to conserve treated water, and the city of Steamboat Springs is looking to lead by example.

While the city is looking at alternative methods for watering some of its parks, the rebate program allows homeowners to receive a $100 rebate by swapping out an old toilet, washing machine or dishwasher with one that is efficient. Businesses can receive $150 for replacing a toilet.

Businesses and residential users also can receive rebates for making irrigation systems more efficient by installing rain sensors or efficient spray nozzles.

Money also is available for those who might be willing to part with their perfectly manicured yards. Replacing existing irrigated turf with indigenous drought-tolerant plants or nonirrigated xeriscape is worth a rebate of as much as $75.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this rebate program to customers in Steamboat Springs and Steamboat II,” Mount Werner Water District General Manager Jay Gallagher said in a news release. “The goal is to eliminate those old water-guzzling appliances, toilets and irrigation systems and to educate customers on how they can save money by reducing water consumption with new efficient appliances and irrigation systems.”

A grant from the Colorado Water Conservation board is paying for 75 percent of the $66,000 rebate program. The remaining matching funds are coming from the Mount Werner Water District, City of Steamboat Springs District and Steamboat II Metro District. The rebates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the rebate program can be found at

At the same time, the city is looking into using creek and river water at several parks that currently use treated water for irrigation.

By doing that, Steamboat’s Public Works Director Philo Shelton said, the city would be helping do its part in reducing the demand on the water filtration plant.

In the Steamboat area, officials are trying to reduce demand placed on the treatment plant, especially during peak usage days in the summer.

“Making wise water-use decisions directly affects the rate of future expenditures of public funds,” Gallagher said last week. “For each gallon we can shave off peak-day demand, we can defer the investment of a dollar in a new filtration bay. It also saves money on your water bill.”

Shelton said the city would be working with a consultant to help with the designs to convert the existing irrigation systems. He said the parks currently using river and creek water for irrigation are the Howelsen Hill fields, Emerald Fields and the Ski Town Fields next to the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

With water rights owned by the city, Shelton said officials are looking at drawing water from creeks or the Yampa River for Little Toots Park, Stehley Park near Butcherknife Canyon, Memorial Park near Steamboat Springs High School and West Lincoln Park just west of the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

“We have the water rights, so I want us to use them,” Shelton said.

He said it was too early to say how much it would cost to convert the irrigation systems or how much money the city could save in water bills.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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City of Fort Collins doubles rebate for replacing toilets

The city of Fort Collins is offering residents a chance to double their rebate up to $70 through July for replacing old toilets.

Toilets are typically the main source of water use in the home-accounting for nearly 30 percent of indoor consumption. Pre-1994 toilets use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush, while newer WaterSense models use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush. Bathrooms that haven’t been updated in the past 15 years can achieve a savings of thousands of gallons of water a year by installing high-efficiency toilets. Look for toilets that score 500 or more on the MaP (Maximum Performance) toilet testing (PDF 245KB).


Residents can receive a $35 rebate (double to $70 through July) when they replace old water-guzzling toilets with a qualified WaterSense labeled model, and an additional $15 for recycling your old toilet.


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Griffin has raised the rebate from $50 to $75 for residents who install new low flow toilets. Since the city initiated the toilet rebate program in 2009, only 35 residents have utilized the prog…

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Water – our new most valuable resource

“Water – our new most valuable resource” on “Southeast Green” on BlogTalkRadio.  Steve Williams, LEED AP of Water Management discusses the ins and outs of water conservation and why it’s so important for businesses

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GREEN: Denver Water Will Pay You to Save Water — Really! – Our Colorado News: Industries:

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Cindy Moe is an industrial water conservation engineer with Denver Water ( Her mission is to encourage business and residential consumers to reduce their water consumption. She’s an expert in spotting opportunities for saving water and enjoys explaining how she can often tell how much water a toilet uses per flush by its color. “If you have a blue or pink toilet,” she says, “it’s time to get a new one!” In itself, that’s an interesting comment on the fickleness of our tastes.

Denver Water has recognized that it will face potentially serious water shortages in the coming decades as Colorado’s population grows, and conservation is part of a three-pronged approach to meet future demands; the other two approaches are recycling water and finding a new supply (I think our electric utilities might want to add a little more weight to their conservation efforts for the same reason).

With that in mind, Denver Water has residential and commercial programs that encourage water conservation. On the residential side, rebates are offered on clothes washers, toilets and certain outdoor water-saving devices. Toilet flushing is typically the largest consumer of water in most homes, and Denver Water will offer a rebate of $75 on up to three replacement high efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush) per home. These things cost about $75 so if you’re a halfway handy do-it-yourselfer who can install them, you start saving money from the first flush. Infinite return on investment — not a bad deal, eh? Even if you have to pay a plumber to install the new toilets, payback is typically less than one year. Cindy Moe says this program has really taken off in recent years. Here’s where to learn about Denver Water’s residential rebate programs (

Similar rebates ( for low flush toilets, waterless urinals and other equipment apply to commercial organizations. In addition, Denver Water offers free audits ( to all customers to help identify opportunities for reducing water consumption. As part of an incentive program, Denver Water will pay companies that make a long-term commitment to reduce consumption by means of process changes and installation of water-saving equipment (behavioral changes only do not qualify for these incentives).

The way it works is that Denver Water will establish a consumption baseline prior to the changes and will then monitor usage for a 12-month period after the changes have been completed, taking into account variations caused by changes in the production or activity level of the business. Denver Water will then pay the company $18.50 for each verified 1,000 gallons of water saved annually (minimum of 100,000 gallons must be saved) up to a maximum of 50 percent of the project cost or $40,000, whichever is lower. This payment, of course, adds to the financial benefit accruing to the company from the lower volume of water it now purchases from the utility, a double benefit. In fact, companies that invest in water conservation through this program will most likely see even further cost reductions from other sources — reduced chemical treatment costs and lower sewage charges for wastewater processing. Here’s an impressive example ( from the most recent edition of Denver Water’s Smart Water newsletter.

Depending on the nature of the process and/or equipment changes required, Cindy says that a two-year payback is occasionally possible including the incentive payments, but it’s generally longer than this. Companies often say they’d rather invest available funds in their core business activities, to which this writer responds: “How often can you get a two-, or even three-, year payback in an investment in your core business? Heck, a three-year payback is a 26 percent IRR!”

We all take water as a God-given right. The reality, of course, is that it costs a great deal of money to provide clean, high-quality water. It’s a limited resource, yet it’s priced so low (much less than monthly internet or cell phone service) that we don’t have much incentive to use it as wisely as we should. This situation is likely to change in the coming decades as populations grow worldwide while the total amount of fresh water remains constant. Probably time to get ahead of the rising price curve and make some money by ditching that 25-year old primrose yellow water-guzzling toilet. You can reach Cindy Moe at or at 303-628-6009.

Springfield, MO: City Utilities programs save power for the future

City Utilities programs save power for the future

Conservation efforts, rebates prove to limit utility usage, costs.City Utilities conservation program

Written by
Wes Johnson

Want to learn more?

For more information about CU energy management and conservation programs, visit or call CU at 874-8200. That number goes directly to the Energy Management and Conservation department.

Expanded conservation programs offered by City Utilities are having a measurable impact on the utility’s future need for more electricity, gas and water.

Since 2007, electricity-conserving efforts such as commercial lighting rebates, removal of old refrigerators and rebates for Energy Star-rated appliances have cumulatively saved CU the equivalent power use of 4,562 average homes.

Rebates for high-efficiency HVAC units have helped reduce natural gas usage by the equivalent of 2,764 homes.

Water-conserving measures have cut use by the equivalent of 1,558 homes, according to CU.

“Any savings we make from conservation delays the need for additional capacity units into the future,” said Cara Shaefer, director of Energy Management and Conservation.

Shaefer notes those savings came from CU’s investment in energy management and conservation programs.

Over the past five years, CU has spent $5.6 million on a variety of programs. The amount includes program and administrative costs.

On the electricity-conservation side, Shaefer said CU’s commercial lighting rebate provided the most energy savings.

CU provided 146 commercial lighting rebates to companies that switched to more efficient lighting systems.

Rebates to improve heating and air conditioning units were the second most effective at conserving electricity and gas, Shaefer said.

More than 5,300 rebates were issued to upgrade HVAC systems to higher-efficiency units.

A recent program that gave CU customers a $35 credit on their electric bill to get rid of old refrigerators typically plugged in in garages proved successful.

That program took 1,549 refrigerators — usually older, less-efficient units — off CU’s system.

CU’s high-efficiency toilet rebate program resulted in more than 4,000 water-saving toilets being installed in Springfield.

“We’ve even seen a market transformation in Springfield because of this rebate,” Shaefer said. “When it began, there was only one or two retailers with them in stock. Today, you can’t go anywhere without them being available.”

City of Thornton, CO rebates for water conservation

Toilet rebates are offered for the replacement of pre-1994 toilets for residential and commercial properties.  Effective January 1, 2012 toilet rebates will be $75 per WaterSense toilet and residential clothes washer rebates will be $100 per qualifying washer.

The City of St.Cloud, FL Toilet Rebate Program

The Toilet Rebate Program offers up to $145.00 as an incentive for customers to replace existing high-flow toilets with WaterSense high-efficiency models.

The Toilet Rebate Program is open for qualifying purchases made beginning October 1, 2011 through July 1, 2012 while funding lasts. This program is only available to City of St. Cloud residential water customers who use City of St. Cloud businesses for the purchase and installation of a qualifying high efficiency toilet. One rebate per household.

To apply, download the application packet, then call 407-957-7264 to receive your confirmation code and to ensure funding is available.

To receive your rebate, return your completed application along with the receipt for the toilet and installation within 30 days. Your rebate will be applied to your next utility bill.

For Frequently Asked Questions: Learn More
For Application Packet: Learn More
To view a list of approved WaterSense High Efficiency toilets Log on the EPA’s website

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2011) – Marion County Utilities is offering a new incentive to help its customers increase their water efficiency practices and potentially lower their monthly water bills. Starting this month, utility customers who replace old toilets with new, water-efficient models could be eligible for toilet rebates. Qualifying customers who replace one toilet could receive up to $100 in rebates; those who replace a second toilet will be eligible for up to another $80 in reimbursements. The rebates will be issued as water bill credits. To qualify, an individual must: – Be a Marion County Utilities water customer in good standing. – Live in a home built prior to 1995. – Plan to replace a toilet of 3.5 or more gallons. – Call to verify eligibility and reserve the rebate at 1-800-964-2140. Customers are encouraged to reserve their rebate as soon as possible since only 1,400 rebates are available this year. Toilets installed prior to 1995 typically use 3.5 or more gallons of water with each flush. New models use only between 1.2 – 1.6 gallons per flush. Replacing just one high-flow toilet with an ultra low-flow toilet could save more than 1,000 gallons of water per month. Marion County Utilities funds the Toilet Rebate Program in cooperation with the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Withlacoochee River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. #

Billerica, MA Toilet and Clothes Washer Rebate Program

Town of Billerica Toilet and Clothes Washer Rebate Program
Billerica Townie News – Joan Parcewski
• Fri, Oct 14, 2011

The Billerica DPW recently announced the launch of a Rebate program for the replacement of toilets, urinals and clothes washers that have water conserving fixtures. The “Water Conservation Fund” was established to help mitigate the Town water supply and will allow the DPW to offer these rebates.

In order to quality, the water customer must be in good standing and own the property where the fixtures will be changed out. Tenants may participate with written permission from the property owner.

In order to qualify the toilets, urinals and clothes washers must be specific models. Contact the DPW office at Town Hall for a list of these models. Qualifying toilet rebates are $100 – urinal rebates $25 – and clothes washer $225. All rebates will be applied as a credit on your water bill.

Applications may be picked up at the DPW Town Hall office ot at the Water Treatment Facility at 270 Treble Cove Rd. All applications must be submitted to the DPW Town Hall office within 90 days of purchase.

— WWW.Billerica Townie News

St. George, UT Toilets Rebates

$75 Low-flow Toilet Rebate

City of St. George Energy Services Department

Program: Energy Utility

Must be an eligible WaterSense model.

City of St. George Toilet Rebate Program

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“Just Don’t Flush It”

This year’s winning short films were announced Sept. 20 at the Intelligent Use of Water™ Film Competition screening in Beverly Hills, CA. The 2011 Audience Choice Award went to

“Just Don’t Flush It” by Brian McAndrew, North Bend, Oregon – check it out!