I like free stuff. But if you asked me to list the free things I like most, toilets probably wouldn't be at the top. In fact, they probably wouldn't make the top 100. However, I certainly won’t turn down a free toilet (or three, as the case may be).
Did you know you can get up to three free toilets from the Truckee Donner PUD? Or how about $100 if you buy a new washing machine or refrigerator? Hell, they’ll give you an extra $30 if you let them take your old refrigerator away.
I’ve been aware of these rebates for several years now, as SmallPond has been creating the marketing pieces for the PUD’s conservation programs, but it wasn’t until I bought an old house downtown that I actually paid attention to the details. I had to replace one toilet during a bathroom remodel, and I figured if they were giving them out, I might as well get two. Yep, just dropped off the two old toilets at Western Nevada Supply and loaded up two brand new ones. Didn’t pay a dime.
Then recently when I moved in with my new husband, I played the “but we’ll get $100 back on that pretty new front-loader washing machine” card. Guess who has a shiny red Maytag in her laundry room. Yep, that’s right. All thanks to the PUD.
Have I convinced you that you should at least check out the rebates the PUD is offering? My budget currently only extends to a few new appliances, but they have programs for bigger building and remodeling projects like fixing leaky pipes and installing ground source heat pumps. I’m not sure what a ground source heat pump is, but they’ll give you $200 per ton for it. And even if you’re not in the market for toilets or appliances, just pop into the PUD’s conservation department – they’ll give you free CFL light bulbs and LED Christmas lights.
There are a few rules to follow, like how old your toilet is and if the new appliances are energy star certified, but you can get all of the details on the PUD’s website here. You know, in case you want to drop a few hints around the house tonight.
It's pretty, isn't it?