Severe Drought Has California Utilities Incentivizing No-Cost Toilet Upgrades

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For a limited time only, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power commercial and multifamily customers receive no-cost high-efficiency toilet upgrades. News source: RenewAge Energy Solutions.

Getting paid to receive free toilet upgrades and reduce water costs by over 20% sounds too good to be true, but for those who wait it just may be.

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.

Several communities have begun restricting municipal water use, and water deliveries to California farmers have been curtailed. However, no conservation effort may be as lucrative and beneficial to everyday Los Angeles based California citizens than the SoCal WaterSmart Program. As of June 1st 2014, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power business and multifamily customers are being incentivized with cash rebates to upgrade their existing 3.5 or 1.6 gallon per flush toilets to the latest Water Sense approved 1.28 gallon per flush high efficiency toilets; saving up to 60%.    

To participate in the SoCal WaterSmart Program, LADWP customers must first apply and be approved for rebates. Companies like RenewAge Energy Solutions, an LADWP Trade Ally, are helping to make simple work of the application process. LADWP Trade Allies not only submit the rebate paperwork on behalf of customers, but they also can help administer the upgrades to make the entire process a painless experience. “Working with utility rebate programs can be complicated for those who are unfamiliar with the process,” says Dustin Cavanaugh, CEO of RenewAge Energy Solutions. “We uncomplicate things by working on behalf of our customers to streamline applications, pull any necessary city permits, purchase the toilets, perform the installations and recycle the removed equipment. We will even front all of the costs associated with the upgrade and wait for the utility to issue the rebate check, making the upgrade a 100% cost-free process for the end user.” As a matter of fact, RenewAge even pays its customers a $5 rebate per toilet they upgrade. “We have arranged for the installation of over 10,000 HET toilet upgrades which has given us tremendous purchasing power,” says Cavanaugh. “We feel it is only fitting to pass on those savings to our customers through a $5 per toilet rebate.”

Getting paid to receive free toilet upgrades and reduce water costs by over 20% sounds too good to be true, but for those who wait it just may be. Funding for the SoCal WaterSmart Program is available for a limited time only. Reservations for funding are available on a first come, first serve basis. It is not anticipated that funding will last for long, so LADWP business and multifamily customers who are looking to take action against the drought while simultaneously benefit from it are urged to act quickly.

To find out more, visit To request a Trade Ally like RenewAge Energy Solutions to administer upgrades on your behalf call (800) 630-6851 or email toilets(at)renewage(dot)com and visit

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