Free Toilet Program
Amber Byfield
Oct 15, 2008

101508_toilet.jpgA number of our friends and coworkers have been raving about their new toilets, which seems like a funny thing to go on about. But not if you know about the great deal going on in Austin. Not only were they free (a gift from the city), but they're high-performance HETs: High Efficiency Toilets. Now, we like anything free as much as the next person—but a free low-flow toilet sounds...awesome. And you know we're doing everything we can to green our bathroom! Jump below for more on this program that's turning the city green, flush by flush (um, Earth-friendly-green, that is).

Thanks to Austin's progressive leadership, free low-flow toilets are all the rage. The idea is to replace up to three toilets in every household with water-efficient ones. The only parameters? Homeowners must get their water from the City of Austin, or eligible Municipal Utility Districts, and the toilets being replaced were installed prior to 1996. Austinites who qualify simply fill out a form, take it in, and pick up their potties.

They can be installed as a DIY project (one friend tried it that way and had the second one installed, wisely), or a $60 installation credit—per toilet—can be used. There are even rebates if you decide to shop for your own low-flow that matches your style. So if you live in Austin, jump on this—tomorrow (they happen to be closed today)!

The city also offers rebates on water-efficient washers, rainwater barrels, and irrigation systems.

We love the idea of a city stepping up and starting the low-flow revolution. So we're wondering, does your city offer something similar? And have you participated?

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