Water conservation stays top of mind when you live in a desert climate like Tucson. Toilets, showers, faucets, and clothes washers make up the majority of daily indoor water usage for American citizens. It's these specific areas that the Tucson Water Department wants residents to target. They offer several different Tucson Water rebates when you make certain changes to decrease your home's water usage.

Update your toilets, washing machine, and irrigation system or implement a rainwater harvesting program at your home and receive several different Tucson Water rebates in return.

Tuscon Water Rebates: Save Water, Save Money

Toilets

Search Tucson homes for saleTake advantage of the Tucson Water rebates when you replace your old toilets with newer high-efficiency ones (HETs). Homeowners receive $75 per toilet (max of two toilets per household). Older toilets use 3.8 gallons of water per flush. Newer HETs drop that down to just 1.28 gallons per flush. Your home must have been built before 1991 (before 1994 in Pima County). And you must use an approved HET. Hint: look for the WaterSense logo.

Limited income Tucson families can also take advantage of the rebate. The toilet being replaced must have been manufactured in 1991 or before (you should the date stamped on the inside of the toilet lid). Income restrictions apply. One person households are limited to one toilet exchange. Two or more people allow two toilets to be replaced to receive the rebate.

Washing Machine

Is it time for a new washing machine? Did you replace your old washing machine in the last couple of years? You might be eligible for a Tucson Water rebate of up to $200. You need to have been a Tucson Water customer at the time the washer was installed. It needs to have been purchased no earlier than August 1, 2015. And, it must be listed on their official product list to be eligible.

Rainwater Harvesting

Curious about how you can incorporate rainwater harvesting into your home's water usage? Attend the free Tucson Water workshop to find out how. Then, receive up to $2000 in rebates when you add rainwater harvesting to your home. Limited income residents can receive a $400 grant and up to $2000 in loans towards setting up a rainwater harvesting system on their property.

Gray Water

Finally, the last one of the Tucson Water rebates available for homeowners is a gray water rebate. That's water collected from sinks, tubs, showers, and clothes washers. This makes up approximately one-third of your entire interior household water usage. Gray water can then be utilized for watering plants, trees, and other landscaping around your home. If you installed a gray water irrigation system on January 1st, 2013 or afterward, you could be eligible for as much as $1000 in rebates. You will need to attend a free workshop hosted by Tucson Water that discusses the benefits of a gray water irrigation system.

For more information about the various Tucson Water rebates, including eligibility requirements, income restrictions, etc., please visit Tucson Water's residential rebates page here. The sooner you reduce your home's water usage, the sooner you'll be able to save money on your monthly water bill. You must be a current Tucson Water customer in order to qualify for any of these rebates. One last thing to keep in mind, too. If you plan on selling your Tucson home anytime soon, these changes make a great selling point for today's Tucson buyers.

Rebecca Schulte, Schulte Real Estate Group, Your Source for Tucson Real Estate