The Great Toilet Rebate

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toilet_rebate_programYou know that random “caaaaaaaaaah” that your toilet does now and again, even when it’s not in use? That’s so not good. Many loos in homes randomly cycle and in doing so, waste buckets of water each year. Even if you’ve never heard this cry for help from your older toilet, there’s a good chance it’s using more water each flush than it should or needs to.

With this in mind, many cities are encouraging people to replace their older (but still functioning toilets) with one that’s more green, eco-friendly and easier on your water bill and the motivation is through municipal toilet rebate programs. They differ from city to city, but the gist is that if you buy a Low Flow or High Efficiency Toilet (HET) you’ll get a bit of coin back. It’s cash from your can! Pay from the potty! Scrilla from the shi… well, you get the picture.

To find out the deal in your city, we suggest checking out or Active Rain. Together, they hold the most comprehensive listings of municipal toilet rebate programs in the country. If you don’t see your city listed, consider searching around online or visiting your local home improvement store – most have information on this money-saving program if it’s in effect in the town you live in.

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About Jen

Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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2 thoughts on “The Great Toilet Rebate”

  1. I can’t tell you how many homes I’ve visited where the toilet runs …. we are getting ready to rehab an old, old Victorian home and I will definitely check this out before purchasing the new toilets for it. It would be great to save a little cash when purchasing the new fixtures!! Thanks for the info.

  2. Toilets account for approx. 30% of water used indoors. By installing a Dual Flush toilet you can save between 40% and 70% of drinking water being flushed down the toilet, depending how old the toilet is you are going to replace.
    If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. On an average of 5 uses a day (4 liquid/ 1 solid) a Caroma Dual Flush toilet uses an average of 0.96 gallons per flush. The new Sydney Smart uses only 1.28 and 0.8 gpf, that is an average of 0.89 gallons per flush. This is the lowest water consumption of any toilet available in the US. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard
    d by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the nineteen eighties and has since perfected the technology. Also, with a full 3.5? trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s (High Efficiency toilets) and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. Please visit my blog
    to learn more or go to to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only. Best regards, Andrea Paulinelli


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