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Rebates and Discounts Currently Available:





Compost Bin Rebate Program
Composting is Nature’s Way of Recycling… With a little help from You! 

The City of Santa Cruz will give you a $40 rebate when you purchase a City approved compost bin or worm bin from either our website on-line at or from one of our participating retailers at ProBuild Garden Center, The Garden Company, and Soil Solutions. They each have a great selection of compost and worm bins. Pay the full price at the time of purchase and submit your request for the $40 rebate [PDF]

Lawn Removal Rebate Program
Help control summer watering costs and beautify your landscape!

The City of Santa Cruz Water Conservation Office offers a rebate amount of $1.00 for each square foot of lawn removed. Eligible homeowners may receive up to $1000, multi-family and commercial customers may receive up to $5,000 per calendar year.

ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Rebate Program
By choosing an ENERGY STAR® clothes washer, you will be saving thousands of gallons of water every year and benefit by lower energy and water bills!

The City of Santa Cruz offers a two tiered rebate when you purchase an ENERGY STAR clothes washer. ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers are eligible to receive $100 and the Most Efficient ENERGY STAR of 2016 certified washers are eligible for $200.

ENERGY STAR clothes washers use only about 15 gallons per load, about 35% less water and 20% less energy compared to a standard clothes washer. A typical household of four does about 400 loads of laundry each year. Old clothes washers use 40 to 50 gallons for each full load. That adds up to 16,000 gallon of water a year, or more, just for clothes washing! 

Rain Barrel Program
Conserve water and protect water quality by collecting and reusing rainwater!

The City Water Department is offering subsidized rain barrels to residents and businesses in the service area. The 50 gallon “Ivy” rain barrels are $50 each.  SCMU customers can purchase them online at Pick up your barrel at on of the City's monthly distribution events during the fall and winter months.

Smart Business Rebates  
Commercial customers can qualify for a variety of water saving rebates.

The Smart Business Rebate program offers up to $400 for the purchase of an ENERGY STAR certified Clothes Washer, $200 for a High Efficiency Toilet, and $300 for a high efficiency urinal. 

Toilet Rebate Program
You have the potential to reduce your household water use by thousands of gallons per year!

City of Santa Cruz water customers can receive up to $150 for replacing an existing toilet that uses 3.5 gallons or more in their home with a qualifying High Efficiency Toilet. The term “high-efficiency” means the toilet is rated to flush using 1.28 gallons of water or less, which is 20 percent below than the current national standard of 1.6 gallons.

In addition, an Ultra High Efficiencey Toilet (1.0 gallons per flush or less) can now receive a rebate of up to $150 regardless of the type of toilet replaced or whether a cusotomer has previously received a rebate.

For more information about additional rebates that may be available, visit the PG&E website.

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