Toilets and clothes washers historically were two of the highest water using appliances in our homes. The Acton Water District has been offering rebates to encourage customers to install more water-efficient clothes washers and toilets for over 10 years. In that time, additional indoor water uses, such as showers and faucets have become a larger water user, partly due to the success of improving the efficiency of washing machines. For that reason, we are expanding our rebate program offerings!
WaterSense labeled toilets are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles. Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only water-saving toilets that complete the certification process can earn the WaterSense label. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) estimates that a family of four that replaces its home’s older toilets with WaterSense labeled models will, on average, can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that's nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! Reducing the water being flushed down your toilet can also help reduce costs associated with wastewater management, regardless of whether you pay a sewer bill or maintain a septic system. If you have a leaking toilet, consider replacing it instead of repairing it, this will result in even greater cost savings! This program has been expanded to include rebates for Flushometers in commercial and institutional settings.
Over its lifetime, an efficient clothes washer can save the homeowner hundreds of dollars in water bills, and substantial savings on energy bills as well. Our rebates can be combined with any rebates that may be available from your energy providers, Eversource and National Grid, through the MassSave program. To maximize your benefits, please check www.masssave.com for additional ways to save money and natural resources! High efficiency (HE) washing machines are now available in both front loading and top loading models to fit your personal preferences and fit in your home. HE washing machines typically use between 15 and 30 gallons per load compared to 29 to 45 gallons per load in older models.
Recognizing the greater contribution from both faucets and showers, we are including an opportunity for customers to purchase WaterSense fixtures that meet their design needs. This is in addition to the free faucet aerators and showerheads that the District makes available to customers. More efficient shower heads are estimated by the US EPA to save 2,700 gallons of water per year. Changing faucets to more efficient models is estimated to save 700 gallons per year of water or the equivalent of taking 45 showers! The rebate amount is based on 25% of the unit cost (tax, installation, and other fees not eligible) of the fixture, up to $50 per fixture. For example, a $200 WaterSense rated faucet would be eligible for a $50 rebate. A large assortment of faucets and showerheads are available in a variety of price points.
We encourage customers to download and review the applications and take advantage of this rebate program. To be eligible, the new toilet, washing machine, faucet, or showerhead must be on the qualifying list. A completed application must be submitted to the Acton Water District within 90 days of purchase and the product must be installed. See individual applications for complete list of terms and conditions. All rebates are in the form of a credit on your water bill.
To find qualifying clothes washers (only tier two washers qualify for a rebate) go to this link: Qualifying Washing Machines
Questions on the rebate program may be sent to our Environmental Manager Alexandra Wahlstrom
Additional information on the WaterSense program is available at www.epa.gov/watersense