Monday, November 14, 2016

Water Conservation Rebate Program

As I explore the newly revised Town of Franklin webpages, I am finding some interesting stuff. I remember hearing at a Town Council meeting that this was coming but then never heard that it was here. Oh well, better late than never!

residential use of water
residential use of water

Did you know the average Franklin family spends $800 per year in water and sewer costs?  

But you can save over $200 annually by upgrading your home with WaterSense® labeled products and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. 

Toilets and clothes washers account for approximately 45% of water used inside your home. So the Town of Franklin would like to help you on your way to saving money by providing a rebate for replacing those old water hog toilets and clothes washers with new high efficiency models!
Rain Barrel Rebates Now Available!!  Rain barrels are yet another way to save money while saving water!  Rain barrels collect rain water from you home's downnspouts and hold it for use to water your lawns, flowers and gardens. Just 1/4 inch of rainfall on a typical roof will fill 50 gallon rain barrel.  A full rain barrel can water a 200 square foot garden. Learn more about rain barrels here!
A rebate of $50 is available for each toilet and clothes washer replaced (limit two toilets and one washer per household) and each rain barrel installed (limit two per household), for a total rebate of up to $250!  In addition, the Town will waive the disposal fee for your old toilet or washer at the Franklin Recycling Center, for an additional savings of $15 per item!
How to get your Rebate!
  1. Toilets: Check the EPA WaterSense Water Efficient Product List for qualifying toilet.  Choose "Tank-Type Toilets" under Product Category and hit Search to see all qualifying toilets or select your specific Brand Name and Model Name and hit Search.
  Washers: Check the List of Energy Star Certified Washers for qualifying washers.  Select any washer with an Integrated Water Factor (IWF) of 3.7 or less.
  Rain Barrels: Rain barrel must have a minimum capacity of 50 gallons, and can be found at your local hardware store.
  1. Purchase and install a qualifying toilet, clothes washer or rain barrel on or after June 1, 2016.
  2. Fill in the Rebate Application (attachments at bottom of this page) and submit to DPW within 90 days of purchase.  Applicant must be the owner of the property and a Water Department account holder in good standing.
  3. If approved, a check and voucher to dispose of the old washer and/or toilet(s) at the Franklin Recycling Center will be sent right to your home!
  4. See the Rebate Applications (attachments at bottom of this page) for the full listing of rebate rules.
Water Sense Label
Water Sense
You’ll save more than just money!
  • High efficiency clothes washers use up to 55% less water than standard washers. 
  • By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that's nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings every year!
  • High efficiency washers also use less overall energy so cost savings may be seen on both your water/sewer and electricity bills!

The rebate forms can be found on the TOF page from which this was shared

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