We really need to talk about toilet rebates

A reminder from 'Mr. Toilet': Not all toilets are created equal, and not all toilets will land you a rebate.

July 27, 2016 | By: Jimmy Luthye
Mr. Toilet sporting the running toilet costume in February to cheer on the Denver Broncos before their Super Bowl 50 victory.
The author, aka. “Mr. Toilet,” sporting the running toilet costume in February to cheer on the Denver Broncos before their Super Bowl 50 victory.

As a wholly unintended consequence of my employment at Denver Water, my name has become synonymous with a topic I never thought it would: toilets.

How did this happen? Let’s see:

  • I regularly don our “running toilet” costume, including an appearance in the 2015 9NEWS Parade of Lights.
  • I publish stories featuring toilet GIFs and love affairs.
  • People are eager to tell me about things like a conceptual waterless toilet called the “Nano Membrane Toilet,” which, remarkably, creates water and electric power for those who need it. It was developed in response to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

So when we realized there was some confusion about our residential toilet rebates program, it was pretty clear who would be the one to help unclog the situation.

Just call me “Mr. Toilet.”

Here’s the deal: If you want a toilet rebate, please do the research BEFORE purchasing your new toilet. It’s very important, as not all toilets qualify.

Let’s flush (sorry) this out:

  • In 2016, only EPA WaterSense-labeled toilets that average 1.1 gallons or less per flush qualify for a $150 rebate.
  • “Low-flow” toilets (1.6 gallons per flush) and “high-efficiency” toilets (1.28 gallons per flush) do not qualify for a rebate.
  • You can buy a qualifying toilet at these local retailers, or by asking your plumber.
  • There is a limit of three toilet rebates per residence in a 10-year period.

Simple enough? Good.

Now, please enjoy this video of me in the toilet costume punching a man named Steve:

 

Can’t get enough? Me either. Check out this vintage toilet punching Steve video from National Prescription Drug Take Back Day:

 

Contributing: Steve Snyder and Dave Gaylinn

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