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Money Savers: trimming your water bill

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Published on May 24, 2017

Jeff Moravec upgraded his irrigation system controller at his Brooklyn Park home last summer. When he compared the water bills of summer 2016 to the year before, he found his bill went down by 18 percent.
“The old one had a dial and if you set it and it was pouring down rain and it was set to go on, it would go on,” says Moravec. “I wanted to reduce my water bill and to control everything by phone.”
Moravec even got a rebate from the city of Brooklyn Park for his upgrade. The rebate was offered by a grant from the Metropolitan Council. The city is again offering water efficiency rebates.
Plymouth is also offering the grants. “You can save a lot of gallons of water, which equates to dollars,” says Ben Scharenbroich, senior engineering technician. “To date, we’ve had over $29,000 worth of grants funded, that’s equating to 6.5 million gallons saved annually so far, which is incredible.”
In Plymouth, rebates can reimburse property owners for 75 percent of the cost of the device—up to a maximum of $50 for WaterSense toilets, $100 for Energy Star washing machines and $200 for WaterSense irrigation controllers, rain sensors or irrigation system audits by a certified professional that results in equipment replacement.
Rebates are first-come, first-served and the deadline is June 30. Details available on the website.
Shannon Slatton, reporting
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