Venice, FL toilet rebate program

Living Green: Venice toilet rebate program.

Living Green: Venice toilet rebate program

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VENICE – You may have some water hogs inside your home and not even know it.  Older toilets can use three or more gallons per flush.  New models or low flow toilets, use only 1.6 gallons or less.  That can really add up over time and there’s no excuse now not to replace those water hogs if you live in the City of Venice.

The “City on the Gulf” is offering an opportunity to save the water that fills this tower and to keep your hard earned money from being flushed down the toilet.

Venice now offering a rebate of up to $100 to replace an older, high flow toilet that needs at least three gallons per flush.  There’s a limit of two per customer.  The city’s Utilities Director says there’s a big need for this rebate program.
“We’ve got a lot of old, high flow fixtures out there. Venice is an older city, Sarasota is too, but in Venice, we’re trying to encourage folks to look for additional ways to curb their water use, either now over over time,” says Len Bramble, Venice Director of Utilities.

Our toilets tend to last a long time.  All we have to do is occasionally replace the components inside to keep it flushing for years, even decades.  But here’s an incentive that will help you save water and pay less on your utility bill for years to come.  “Think about it over the course of a month or a year, or five years or ten years. Most of us keep those fixtures for a long time,” says Bramble.

Don’t forget, there are also dual flush toilets available now that use even less water for number one.  For more information on the City of Venice’s toilet replacement rebate program, visit the city’s website.

Other Suncoast communities have similar programs.  Check with your local government.

Caroma Toilet Review | H2O Report

Caroma Toilet Review | H2O Report

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Caroma was started back in 1941 by a man named Charles Rothauser, the company’s production and innovation on these toilets start back in 1945. They have been successful in their endeavors and have since produced two new urinals that have become the leaders in water saving technology. This company is based in Australia and their products have found the world over. Their products will save you money on your water bills.

By using Caroma Toilets it has been proven that you can save water up to 18,000 gallons of water every year. These toilets have proven reliability and dependability. The technology that has gone into creating these toilets is one of a kind. If you are tired of wasting water and wasting money on your water bills, then you should check out the Caroma Toilets.
One of the series of toilets that Caroma pride themselves on is their WaterSense Toilets. These toilets are considered to be High Efficiency Toilets or HET. In the United States, the federal law, all toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons of water per flush. With Caroma, their toilets use less than 1.3 gallons of water. The Water Sense label is used on High Efficiency Toilets as they are certified to be. These WaterSense Toilets Meets the EPA Criteria.

The Water Sense Toilets are available in many different styles. Let’s take a look at the top three in the Water Sense Toilets. The Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus, Bondi 270 Easy Height Elongated and the Caravelle 270 Easy Height Elongated. Take a look at these popular Caroma Toilets and see which one would best save you money on your water bills.

The Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus
The Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus is a High Efficiency Toilet or HET. It has a 1.6/0.8 gallons per flush. It is a two-piece toilet with a two button dual flush toilet. The bowl is a higher bowl with a measurement of 16.5 inches. It also has a larger concealed trapway and it is an easy cleaning. This toilet is floor mounted and works in conjunction the connection to the waste outlet for a 10-inch to 12 inch rough in.

This Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus offers a standard bottom entry; this toilet design is available as a left-handed inlet and includes a quiet water control assembly. It also is designed with an internal overflow only. The tank is installed directly to the closet bowl with a robust base fixing system without having to do any wall fixing of your own.

The Caroma Adelaide Front Round Toilet is nearly unblockable; you should have confidence when you use the Adelaide that there won’t be any clogs. The dimensions of this toilet are 29-5/8 in length x 13-3/8 inches in width x 32-5/8 inches in height. This is a standard size toilet with a round front design. If you are looking for a new toilet, one that will save you money on your water bills then you should check out this model. The price on this toilet is about $ 600.00; you could shop around for a better price.

Bondi 270 Easy Height Elongated Bowl Front
The Bondi 270 Easy Height Elongated Bowl also has a 1.6/0.8 gallons per flush high efficiency. This toilet is made from vitreous china, which is one of the most durable materials used for manufacturing toilets. This toilet has an elongated bowl design with 17 to 19 inches in height. The adjustable rough in on this toilet is between 10 inches and 12 inches. This toilet is a two-piece, two button dual flush. A dual flush toilet has two buttons, one is actually for flushing the toilet half flush and the other is a full flush.

The benefits of having a dual flush on the Bondi 270 is that is you are flushing urine then the half flush would be perfect, it would use .08 gallons of water and for solids you would use the full flush with a 1.6 gallons per flush. Imagine how much water you will save by using half flushes. The 270 was designed with water conservation in mind. Since the bowl design is elongated you will get a more accurate flush every time.

The Bondi 270 has a free fitting lid and would work great either in a domestic situation or a very light commercial application. This toilet comes with a Vandal Resistant Conversion Kit; this is an easy to install kit that locks the lid onto the tank. If you don’t have a lot of heavy traffic at home as opposed to a commercial application then you probably don’t need it. This toilet has the WaterSense label and is ADA compliant. This toilet is priced around $550, prices vary if you shop around.

The Caravelle 270 Easy Height Elongated
The Caravelle 270 have a great European style design, they will give your bathroom that elegant yet modern look. These toilets are two-piece toilets with elongated bowl front. This toilet is a high efficiency toilet with a dual flush. One flush is used for urine and liquids, when you use this half flush you will use a .08 gallons of water per flush and when you use the full flush for solids, you will use 1.6 gallons per flush.

The Caravelle 270 Easy Height toilet has a 17 inch elongated bowl for a more accurate flush. This toilet has a large 100% concealed trapway and like the Bondi and the Adelaide Toilets these are almost unblockable. These toilets have a full flush wash down with a closet bowl and an open flush rim. It can be floor mounted suitable for a connection to the waste outlet with a 10 inch to 12 inch rough in.

This tank is also a free fitting lid and a Vandal Resistant Conversion Kit is available. It is not recommended for residential homes. The Caravelle has a standard bottom entry tank that is available as a left hand inlet that includes a very quiet water control assembly. This toilet costs about $ 451.00 and you could find a cheaper price if you shop around.

Caroma Toilets have been around for since 1945, they are not considered to be mainstream toilets like American Standard, Kohler or Delta but they have a reputation for being high quality, high performance toilets with a water conservation design. You can purchase these toilets from certain distributors. If you are interested in taking a look or getting more information on other Caroma Toilets, log onto their website and check out the Where to Buy button, click on the map and find a dealers nearest to you.

If you have any questions, you can click on their Contact Us link and find the nearest customer service number to you. Caroma will answer any questions that you may have. They have quality products and they will surely last you a long time. They will also save you money every month on your water bills. If you are looking for a new toilet that will save you money rather than cost you money, Caroma Toilets should be considered. They have a full inventory of great products.

Toilet Rebate in Portland, OR – only while budget lasts or until June 30,2009

Source: http://blog.oregonlive.com/pdxgreen/2009/01/rebates_toilets_energy_efficient.html.

Money back for flushing; plus, don’t forget to claim that 2008 energy tax credit
Posted by Shelby Wood, The Oregonian

It’s Monday. Chances are, you’re wishing you had a new, water-efficient toilet.

No? Then tuck this info away in case you change your mind in the next six months:

The city of Portland wants to give you $100 for installing a high-efficiency toilet. That can mean 60 to 75 percent off the price of upgrading your porcelain throne. You’ve got to be a Portland Water Bureau customer, and you’ve got to buy an EPA WaterSense-certified toilet (like Energy Star, but for toilets).

And you’ve got to move fast; the rebates are available only while supplies last, or until June 30, 2009. The Water Bureau set aside $50,000 for the rebates, money that comes from rate-payer revenue.

The big difference between traditional and high-efficiency toilets is water use. A traditional model requires 1.6 gallons per flush. WaterSense toilets can use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush (or gpf, for those who like to impress friends and co-workers with cool commode jargon).

Interestingly, even in this eco-friendly era, the majority of toilets on sale at homedepot.com are traditional water hogs. The site lists 552 toilets that use 1.6 gpf, but only 5 that use 1.28 gpf.

Of those five, three are easily identified as WaterSense-certified, and those range in price from $128 to $149 each. Or, $28 to $49 with the rebate.

Check out the water bureau’s Web site for more details and to apply for the rebate (limit two per customer).

On another rebate note, if you purchased any kind of appliance in 2008 that qualifies for a state energy tax credit (clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, furnaces, AC systems, duct systems, hybrid vehicles), you’ve got to send in the paperwork soon to be able to apply the credit to your 2008 tax bill.

The Oregon Dept. of Energy reminds us that you need the tax credit certificate from the state to claim the credit. Everybody and their mother will be sending in requests as we get closer to tax day (April 15).

So, asks DOE, please do it now.

More energy tax credit info: http://www.oregon.gov/energy or (800) 221-8035

If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that works, looks sleek and is affordable, please look into Caroma Dual Flush toilets. Caroma, an Australian company, invented the 2 button Dual Flush technology in the 80’s and is the worlds leading manufacturer with more models listed on EPA’s list of WaterSense labeled toilets than any other manufacturer. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. On an average of 5 uses a day (4 liquid/ 1 solid) a Caroma Dual Flush toilet uses an average of 0.96 gallons per flush. The new Sydney Smart uses only 1.28 and 0.8 gpf, that is an average of 0.89 gallons per flush. This is the lowest water consumption of any toilet available in the US. Also, with a full 3.5″ trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma™’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_het.htm and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. Please visit  Caroma USA to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit EcoTransitions to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only.

Caroma donates Dual Flush toilets to Greensburg, Kansas

Caroma, the leader in dual flush toilets, urinals, and stylish bathroom sinks, is pleased to donate another 250 high efficiency toilets,
urinals, and sinks to Greensburg GreenTown. Greensburg, Kansas, was devastated by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. Nearly 95% of homes and businesses were destroyed by the two mile wide tornado.
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to provide residents of Greensburg with resources, information, and the support they need to rebuild the city as a model green community. According to Daniel Wallach, Director of the Greensburg GreenTown project,
“The tornado that hit the city and surrounding areas in 2007 caused massive devastation. Since we basically had to start from the ground up in the rebuilding efforts, we want to build in a sustainable fashion, to preserve our precious resources.”
As part of this conservation effort, Caroma has donated 250 high efficiency toilets and urinals to Greensburg. Greensburg now has ~450 high efficiency toilets from Caroma and is projected to save at least 4600 gallons of water per person per year. Many of the city’s buildings were built in the 1960s or early, so many toilets were either 3.5 or 5 gallon toilets.
“By installing Caroma toilets that average only 0.96 gallons per flush, we could save more than 18,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four,” explains Wallach. “Caroma’s generous donation is not only helping the families that were in need, but it will also help us with LEED
Platinum certification for the most of the city and county buildings. The best part: we’re also preserving our environments by conserving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each year. The best part is that we didn’t have to compromise our way of life. The Caroma toilets are a
technologically advanced toilet and everyone who has received has very positive comments.”
According to Derek Kirkpatrick, North America General Manager, “The people of Greensburg have done an amazing job of rebuilding a city and a community after such a destructive EF5 tornado. We are excited about Greensburg rebuilding as a sustainable community and the progress they have made. The Caroma donation of high efficiency dual flush toilets will help their efforts to conserve precious water resources while also showing how easy it is to preserve the environment. With simply installing or replacing an older toilet with a water-conserving toilet, communities can save millions of gallons of water each year. Greensburg is becoming a model green community and we wish them continued success in their rebuilding efforts.”
For more information on Caroma’s high efficiency toilets and urinals, email info@caromausa.com or visit http://www.caromausa.com. To find out more information about the Greenburg GreenTown project, visit www.greensburggreentown.org.

About Caroma
Since 1941, Caroma has been a world leader in quality and innovation of bathroom products, continually providing reliable, high efficiency toilet suites and urinals and stylish sinks. With 41 WaterSense labeled toilets – more than any company in the industry – and complimentary, stylish sinks, Caroma offers award-winning products that help preserve the world’s most valuable resource – water. Combining quality, water-conserving products with superior customer service, Caroma has been chosen by businesses and households worldwide for exceptional performance and stylish design. The company can be contacted by phone at 1 800 605 4218, via email at info@caromausa.com, or on the Web at www.caromausa.com.

About Greensburg GreenTown
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to provide the residents of Greensburg, Kansas with the resources, information, and support they need to rebuild Greensburg as a model green community following the May 2007 tornado. The organization aspires to make it easier for residents to implement and make green living appealing to residents and bring in resources and support from around the country to make Greensburg a model green community. Find out more about Greenburg GreenTown at http://www.greensburggreentown.org.

Source: Caroma Press Release

San Francisco Toilet Rebate Program ends January 2009

The first step to conserving water and saving money on water and wastewater bills is making sure you have efficient plumbing fixtures. With toilets accounting for about one-third of indoor water use, replacing older, high water use toilets with high-efficiency models is one of the best ways to save water.

I was very excited to see that SFPUC is offering a rebate in the amount of $125 for the replacement of old, inefficient toilets, but- it is only good for toilets replaced December 2008 and January 2009!!

If you are serious about saving water AND money, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the nineteen eighties and has since perfected the technology. Also, with a full 3.5″ trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. To learn more or go to Caroma USA to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit YouTube to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only.

Details about SF’s rebate program can be found here 

You are eligible for a rebate if:

The property where the toilet installed has a SFPUC service address.
You are a SFPUC residential single-family or multi-family account holder or live in multi-family housing (i.e. townhouse, condominium) and pay your water bill through rental costs or home owner association dues. You are replacing a toilet flushing at 3.5 gallons per flush or more.

To Apply
Download the SFPUC Water Conservation toilet rebate application and tracking sheet and return the completed application, tracking sheet, original receipts and UPC labels to the mailing address listed on the form. An on-site inspection may be required to receive approval.

Funding is limited and rebates are available on a first come, first served basis. Toilets must be installed and rebate applications must be postmarked within 60 days of the purchase date. The SFPUC reserves the right to inspect the installations.

Only SFPUC Water Conservation Program-approved toilets qualify for rebates. To obtain a current list of qualifying models and their rebate amounts, please review the SFPUC’s program-approved toilet list here.

You can also request a toilet rebate application by contacting the SFPUC Water Conservation Section at (415) 551-4730.

Toilet Recycling Program

Collection of toilets for recycling is provided by Norcal Waste Systems, Inc. To have toilet(s) picked up from your home or business, contact your garbage collection service provider and schedule a bulky item pick up. If you have an active garbage collection account you’re entitled to two bulky item pick ups per calendar year. Bulky item pick ups are part of the bi-monthly charges you receive.

Green is the new Black – Introducing Green Friday

Despite the current economic outlook, Black Friday will still be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving alone, Americans spent nearly 28 BILLION DOLLARS shopping.

 

Why not make this coming Friday a Green Friday? You don’t have to spend a lot to save a lot. If you opt for energy and water saving fixtures, you will not only start saving money on lower utility and water bills, you will also help our environment and our economy. Just by replacing one light bulb with a CFL (or, even better: an LED), you can save $30 or more in electrical cost over each bulbs lifetime. Because they last about 10 times longer than regular light bulbs, you also keep waste out of landfills.

 

You can save Water AND Money if you replace an old, inefficient toilet with a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. If you are a customer of one of the below mentioned Water Utilities and meet the qualifications listed you will receive a $100 credit on your water bill for up to two (2) toilets each.

 

Qualifications to receive a toilet rebate

  1. Have an individual residential account with a participating water utility in the District and be up to date on your billing payments.
  2. Own or rent a single-family residential home built in 1993 or earlier (this will be verified).
  3. Purchase an approved toilet after September 28, 2007 to replace an older toilet using greater than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).

The following Utilities participate in the Toilet Rebate program

 

ecoTransitions is offering $25 off  each model until the end of November, local pick-up at our warehouse in Austell or delivery available for a small charge.  

 

Please visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/ to view our models and http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions to see why you can kiss the plunger good-bye. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Dual Flush toilets mandatory in Ireland – the way to “go”!

This is an article published on August 20, 2008 in the Irish Times

New building controls to ban traditional toilets

by HARRY McGEE, Political Staff

THE STANDARD toilet is about to be flushed out as part of a new Government water conservation measure.

Environment Minister John Gormley has signed off on new building regulations that will lead to a ban on traditional toilets.

The Government says that the move will lead to hundreds of millions of gallons drinking water being saved each year.

Under the new regulations, all toilets fitted into homes will be required to have a dual-flush system.

In addition, dual-flush toilets will be the only models available at DIY stores, plumbing supplies stores and hardware shops. The regulations will be implemented from November.

Yesterday, Mr Gormley said that making dual flush toilets mandatory would lead to greater efficiencies in the use of water, and was a sensible and practical step that formed part of the National Water Conservation Programme.

Official estimates suggest that as much of a third of the country’s drinking water is used to flush toilets, which the Government considers poor use of a valuable resource.

Standard toilets in Irish homes and workplaces flush between six and nine litres.

Dual flush toilets release four litres in water-saving mode, and six litres for a full flush.

“It demonstrates how simple but practical ways can be found to conserve water,” said Mr Gormley, adding that further water conservation measures would be introduced.

These are unlikely to include any attempt to introduce water charges or metering, issues that have proved politically divisive in the past.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dual Flush toilets, visit www.caromausa.com. Caroma, an Australian company has invented the Dual Flush system in the 80’s and has a 90% market share in Australia. With a fully glazed 4″ trapway, blockages are virtually eliminated.