Wyden Proposes a Water Efficiency Retrofit Rebate Program Amendment

to S. 3434, Senate Home Star Energy Efficiency Retrofit Legislation

2010-06-14

Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR, is proposing a water efficiency retrofit rebate program which he plans to offer as an amendment to the Home Star Energy Efficiency Retrofit bill.  Senator Jeff Bingaman’s bill, S. 3434, was introduced on May 27, 2010 and contains no water efficiency retrofit/WaterSense program language.  The Bingaman bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.  To date no further action on the legislation has been scheduled.  With two weeks remaining before the July 4 congressional recess, it appears likely that any further action on the bill will be AFTER the recess.

Senator Wyden’s Water Efficiency Rebate Program Amendment promotes the purchase and installation of WaterSense products and services as follows:

  • Adds a water efficiency retrofit rebate program to the Silver Star section of Home Star.

  • Promotes  WaterSense and the importance of water efficiency through the water efficiency retrofit rebate program.

  • Rebates would be available for all WaterSense certified products intended for residential use – toilets, showerheads and lavatory faucets.

  • Rebates would also be available for the services of a WaterSense certified irrigation contractor.

  • A rebate would be available for on the purchase of a WaterSense product, with an additional rebate for the installation of a WaterSense product.

      1.  Rebates

For WaterSense products that are not installed by a qualified contractor.

  • Toilets:   50% or $125, whichever is less, of the cost of the purchase of a toilet that bears a WaterSense label.

  • Showerheads:  30% or $25, whichever is less, of the cost of the purchase of a showerhead that bears a WaterSense label.

  • Lavatory Faucets:  30% or $75, whichever is less, of the cost of the purchase of a lavatory faucet that bears a WaterSense label.

 For WaterSense products that are installed by a qualified contractor. 

  • Toilets:   50% or $200, whichever is less, of the cost of the purchase and installation of a toilet that bears a WaterSense label.

  • Showerheads:  30% or $100, whichever is less, of the cost of the purchase and installation of a showerhead that bears a WaterSense label.

  • Lavatory Faucets:  30% or $150, whichever is less, of the cost of the purchase and installation of a lavatory faucet that bears a WaterSense label.

      2.  Irrigation Services

  • 50% or $100, whichever is less, of the cost for each audit of a residential irrigation system by a WaterSense certified provider.

  • 50% or $150, whichever is less, of the cost of the retrofit installation of system components within an existing residential irrigation system, or installation of a residential irrigation controller, by a qualified WaterSense qualified provider.

The House of Representatives passed their Home Star Energy Retrofit bill, H.R. 5019, providing incentives to consumers to make their homes more energy efficient on May 6, 2010.  The House bill contains no incentives for water efficient products.