Residential High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebates

The San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have teamed up to streamline the rebate process for qualifying high-efficiency clothes washers. Residents in SDG&E’s service area can now receive two rebates totaling $135 per high-efficiency clothes washer using one application at www.SoCalWaterSmart.com. Previously, customers needed to complete two applications to receive rebates of $85 and $50.

Clothes washing is among the most water-intensive activities inside a typical home, accounting for 22 percent of home water use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. High-efficiency clothes washers (HEWs) use 65 percent less water and 55 percent less energy than conventional clothes washers, according to the California Urban Water Conservation Council. The water savings for each residential HEW can be as much as 11,000 gallons per year. HEWs save energy because they use more efficient motors, require less hot water and reduce the amount of drying time needed for clean clothes.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies, including the Water Authority, fund the $85 HEW rebate along with rebates for other water-saving devices available at www.SoCalWaterSmart.com. SDG&E funds the $50 HEW rebate. The Home Depot and Sears will continue to offer SDG&E’s rebate at the point of purchase. Customers purchasing HEWs from other retail locations or online can now apply for both rebates at the SoCal WaterSmart website, which includes a complete list of approved HEWs.

Rebate applicants must reserve their HEW rebate at the website before making their purchase. Addresses that have already received an HEW rebate are not eligible for another. Funding is limited. Rebates will be offered until Dec. 31, 2015, or when funds run out.