Toronto, ON may make low flow mandatory and cancel toilet rebates

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Toronto is just one of the handful of Ontario municipalities offering a rebate for homeowners who’ll install a water-conserving toilet this year, but a new proposal from the Premier’s office is planning on making them mandatory. If this proposal is accepted, it’s a measure that would likely cancel the rebates. Other provincial municipalities, such as Innisville, have determined that rebate and incentive water conservation programs would be far too costly, and in Innisville alone it’s estimated that it would cost them at least $1.6 million to implement one. Meanwhile, Barrie’s toilet replacement rebate program is barely staying afloat and city councillors recently approved a $50,000 boost because of unexpected costs.

Currently, the Toronto rebate program promises up to $75 if you replace a water-wasting toilet with a water conserving one, but the legislation put forth would make it mandatory for all retailers across the province to sell only low-water toilets (six-litres as opposed to 13-litres) by January of next year. Toilets generally use up 30 per cent of a home’s water and annually, a low-flush toilet cuts this water consumption by half.

Coincidentally, on the same day the new measures were proposed the country’s largest retailer of hardware and home renovation products, RONA, announced that it would no longer sell any toilets with volumes that are more than six-litres.

This proposal comes soon after the federal government cancelled the Canadian ecoENERGY retrofit rebate program, which offered homeowners up to $5,000 in grants and rebates when they made energy-saving renovations before March 31, 2011. For now the provincial programs are still in effect, including the Ontario Home Energy Savings Program, which similar to the federal program offers homeowners up to $5,000 in grants and rebates for energy-efficient renovations.

Halton Residential toilet rebate program

– For toilets purchased after December 31, 2010, Halton’s Toilet Rebate Program will apply only to models that meet WaterSense® performance guidelines. This includes most high-efficiency (HET) dual flush and 4.8 litre or less toilets.

– Six-litre toilets purchased after December 31, 2010, will no longer be eligible for a rebate in Halton Region.

Halton-approved six-litre toilets purchased between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2010 will remain eligible for a rebate, even if submitted to Halton Region after January 1, 2011, while the program is in operation. For toilets purchased after December 31, 2010, Halton will offer a rebate on WaterSense® labelled high-efficiency toilets only.

Halton Region encourages residents to maximize water efficiency in their homes, and will continue to promote the installation of the most water efficient toilet models available. All Halton-Approved toilets under the revised 2011 criteria will be eligible for a $75 rebate, as per the Terms and Conditions of the program.

The program continues to be extremely popular and in order to allow participation by as many Halton residents as possible; Halton’s program continues to be limited to a total of one toilet rebate per single-family home.

WaterSense® criteria includes most HETs with a maximum allowable single-flush volume of 4.8 litres, plus most dual flush toilets. In addition, WaterSense® toilets demonstrate sustained water savings, and are equipped with chlorine resistant trim components.

Please visit http://www.halton.ca/toiletrebate for more details.

Toilet rebates flush with requests, but cash draining

Source National Post November 23, 2009, 4:30 PM by Jodie Shupac

The shift to all things green gains momentum, and certain cities are flush with requests for energy-efficient household alternatives.

Toilet rebate program in the City of Camrose, AB Canada

Source: http://www.camrosecanadian.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1645347, By JEFFREY KU/City of Camrose

The City of Camrose is bringing back the Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program for 2009’s summer season from July 1 to Aug. 31. The rebate offers $80 to those who replace an older, high volume toilet with a eligible, newer low-flow model in their home with a limit of one per household for purchases after Oct. 31, 2008 and installations before Aug. 31, 2009.

The City of Camrose is running the Low Flow Toilet Rebate Program again hoping that it will encourage and educate the citizens of Camrose on the subject of water conservation. Conserving water will not only benefit the environment from which the resource is taken, but it will also benefit the City by reducing the load put on the water treatment plant and citizens and reducing their water bills by using less water. All citizens of the City of Camrose who live within city limits are eligible for this rebate. To qualify for the program, the City of Camrose must receive the following:

1. The address in which the toilet is to be installed.

2. Receipt of purchase of new, approved low-flow toilet.

3. Pictures of the washroom, before and after installation.

4. Evidence that the toilet was made none functional.

Camrose is running this program alongside, but having no affiliation with the federal government’s Home Renovation Tax Credit and ecoENERGY Retrofit—home grant programs that offer tax benefits for those doing certain home renovations. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ku with the City of Camrose at 780-672-4428 or e-mail at engineer@camrose.ca

Canada, BC: Langley Township toilet rebate program

The program offers $125 to residents who replace old, high-water-use toilets with high-efficiency dual-flush toilets.

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Buy a Dual Flush toilet in Manitoba on Saturday, Feb 21 and get a $50 rebate

 

This Saturday, Manitobans can help reduce the bucks they’re flushing down the drain and walk away with some extra cash in their wallets.

On Feb. 21, those purchasing high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets from participating retailers will be offered an instant rebate of $50. The rebate is part of the province’s WaterSmart Manitoba initiative.

Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said she hopes the initiative can help the province save at least 80 million litres of water every year and reduce water bills by a collective $2 million.

“It’s clear that all Manitobans want to do their bit to leave a legacy of abundant, clean water to the next generation,” Melnick said. “The WaterSmart program rewards Manitobans who reduce their water consumption.”

Dual flush toilets allow users to select the volume of water for a flush, typically about six litres for solid waste and three to four litres for liquid.

Single-flush toilets typically now range from six to 13 litres per flush. Dual-flush models retail for as little as $125.

‘MORE AWARE’

“People are becoming more aware of the water they use and also the fact that by installing one of these toilets you can significantly reduce the amount of water that you are using,” said Tara Turnbull, showroom manager at Kitchen & Bath Classics on St. Matthews Avenue just east of Empress Street.

The store will have three dual flush toilet models that qualify for Saturday’s rebate.

Two toilets per person can be purchased under the rebate plan Saturday.

To locate participating retailers, consumers can consult the website www.gov.mb.ca/seeinggreen/what_can_you_do/water_retailers.html.

By JASON HALSTEAD, SUN MEDIA

Source: Winnipeg Sun