Cochrane offers several rebates to encourage residents to save water. Rebates are available for a variety of water-saving upgrades you can make.
You can submit a rebate application using the form below. Please be prepared to include proof of purchase for each item submitted for rebate.
Outdoor water use can account for up to 50 percent of your water use in the summer. Reducing or eliminating grass can reduce your outdoor water use. This rebate is available for homes with and without existing landscaping.
You can receive a 50 percent rebate on the purchase of:
- drought-tolerant ground cover, including micro clover or lawn replacement blends
- artificial turf
- rubber mulch
- hardscapes (concrete slabs do not qualify)
A maximum of $150 is available through this rebate. The following conditions apply:
- front and backyards only
- no side yards, but corner lots will be considered
- materials purchased after January 1, 2023 are eligible for this rebate
Using wood mulch as ground cover reduces the need for watering and reduces soil erosion. You can receive a 50 per cent rebate on the purchase of wood mulch, to a maximum of $100. Wood mulch purchased after January 1, 2023 is eligible for this rebate.
If you have an underdeveloped lawn and want to try something different, fescue sod is a great option. Once established, fescue sod requires no watering beyond what nature provides.
You can receive a rebate of $75 for every 500 square feet of fescue sod purchased, up to a maximum of $300. Fescue sod purchased after January 1, 2023 is eligible for this rebate.
Collecting and reusing rainwater can reduce your utility bill. You can receive a 50 per cent rebate on the purchase of a rain barrel, to a maximum of $50 per barrel. There is a limit of three barrels per application. Rain barrels purchased after January 1, 2023 are eligible for this rebate.
You can easily reduce household water use by replacing your old toilet with a new high-efficiency model. 4.8L-per-flush, WaterSense-approved toilets are eligible for $50 on the purchase price.
The following conditions apply:
- maximum three toilet rebates are allowed per household
- homes built after 2006 and new basement developments are not eligible
- toilets purchased after January 1, 2023 are eligible for this rebate
The average ENERGY STAR Most Efficient clothes washer uses just 42 litres of water per load. Compare this to the average 140 litres used by standard non-efficient machines, and you can save about 70 per cent on water per load by upgrading.
The purchase of an ENERGY STAR Most Efficient clothes washer is eligible for a $100 rebate. Rebates will only be issued for washing machines that are Most Efficient-certified by ENERGY STAR. Please check the complete list of machines that meet these criteria.
Please note that homes built after 2014 are not eligible.
Washers purchased after January 1, 2023 are eligible for this rebate.