Get rebates on water-saving equipment or cash back for replacing your lawn with drought-tolerant plants. Check program guidelines before you jump in: Some require a site inspection before you buy anything or make changes. And you must be a resident and a utility customer to get rebates.
With the Landscape Rebate Program, get rebates for front-yard and backyard ($250 each) conversion of grass to desert landscaping or for new desert landscaping installation.
With the Landscape Rebate Program, receive rebates for irrigation controllers ($72), new landscaping that’s at least 50 percent drought-resistant ($200), and conversion of lawn to drought-tolerant landscape ($200–$600).
The city’s landscape rebates provide as much as $750 for converting grass to low-water-use landscape.
• Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Family of Southern California Water Agencies
SoCal Water$mart offers rebates for weather-based irrigation controllers (from $80 per controller for an acre or less; $25 per irrigation station for larger sites), rotating sprinkler nozzles (from $4 per nozzle), and synthetic turf (from 30 cents per sq. ft.).
• Santa Rosa
Green Exchange Rebate Program has rebates for removing turf (50 cents per sq. ft.) and for improving the efficiency of irrigation. The Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program gives rebates for storing rainwater (25 cents per gallon). The Water Conservation Check-up is a free on-site analysis of indoor and outdoor water use.
With the Water Efficient Landscapes Rebate Program, get up to $350 in rebates for the removal of lawn or for the purchase of sprinkler equipment that improves efficiency.
• San Diego County Water Authority
The 20-Gallon Challenge offers free landscape surveys and has rebates for weather-based irrigation controllers (from $230), synthetic turf (50 cents per sq. ft.), and rotating nozzles (up to $4 each).
• East Bay Municipal Utility District
With WaterSmart Residential Landscape Program, get a credit with proof of purchase of drip irrigation parts and rotator sprinkler heads (50 percent of price), water-conserving landscaping plants and materials (25 percent of price), and permeable hardscape materials (up to $1 per sq. ft.).
• Marin Municipal Water District
Rebates on efficient irrigation equipment and supplies (up to $350), through the Bay-Friendly Landscaping Rebate Program.
• California: state-wide
Search by zip code for incentives and rebates in your area.
• Aurora Water
Get rebates for water-conserving landscape changes (up to $1 per sq. ft.), through the Xeriscape Rebate Program. Aurora Water also offers free irrigation audits.
• Colorado Springs Utilities
Rebates available up to $200 for rain shutoff devices, irrigation heads with check valves, weather-based irrigation controllers, and matched precipitation sprinkler nozzles (which water more evenly and slowly than regular ones).
Drip irrigation supplies, sprinkler controllers, low volume nozzles, and soil amendments have rebates.
The Water Conservation Rebate Program gives rebates on buffalo grass (25 cents per sq. ft.), soil moisture sensors (up to $50), and drip irrigation systems (50 percent off purchase price, up to $50).
• Denver Water
Weather-based irrigation controllers (25 percent off price), rain sensors ($25–$50), and irrigation rotary nozzles ($5 per nozzle) get rebates.
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• Southern Nevada Water Authority
The Water Smart Landscapes program gives rebates for converting grass to desert landscaping (up to $1.50 per sq. ft.), for rain sensors (up to $25), and for smart irrigation controllers (up to $200). Rebate coupons offered for pool covers (up to $200). You can also get a free Indoor Water Audit and Retrofit Kit to test fixtures.
• Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
Get money back on multi-setting sprinkler controllers (25 percent off), rotor heads for sprinklers ($2 per head), rain sensors ($25), and for rainwater harvesting (up to $150), through the Outdoor Rebate Program.
• Eugene Water & Electric Board
EWEB customers can get cash rebates for certain types of timers for lawn irrigation ($25).
• Central Utah Water Conservancy District
Rebates for irrigation improvements (up to $150 for irrigation controller stations; 50 percent of hardware costs, up to $125) for nozzles, drip systems, etc., through Landscape Irrigation Product Rebates.
• Saving Water Partnership of Seattle and King County
Rebates (up to $375) for upgrading sprinkler systems or installing smart controllers are available.
• Cascade Water Alliance
In its Irrigation Efficiency Program, Cascade offers rebates for rain sensors and weather-based irrigation controllers (up to $400 for existing irrigation systems; up to $375 for new systems).
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