Franklin, MA Rebates for Energy Efficiency

The guys at G&C Plumbing and Heating were excited to discover that the city of Franklin provides rebates for WaterSense® labeled products and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.

“This is a great opportunity to upgrade to an energy efficient dual flush toilet and save some serious water and cash,” said Greg Sheck, Grand Master Plumber from G&C. “It’s awesome that the Town of Franklin is helping families by providing this rebate.”

What are these dual flush toilets?

Dual flush toilets have a larger hole (AKA trapway) at the bottom of the bowl and a flushing design that actually pushes waste down the drain instead of siphoning.  “The larger trapway makes it easy for waste to exit the bowl, requiring less water per flush even for solid waste,” said Greg. “For liquid waste, the dual flush toilet has a half-flush button on the top of the tank. Between these two design elements, a dual flush toilet can save you over 50 percent more water than even a conventional low-flow standard toilet.”

The average Franklin family spends $800 per year in water and sewer costs. By upgrading your home with WaterSense® labeled products and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances, you can save over $200 annually. Toilets and clothes washers account for approximately 45% of water used inside your home.

A rebate of $50 is available for each toilet and clothes washer replaced (limit two toilets and one washer per household) and each rain barrel installed (limit two per household), for a total rebate of up to $250!  In addition, the Town will waive the disposal fee for your old toilet or washer at the Franklin Recycling Center, for an additional savings of $15 per item!

“By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense® labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent,” said Greg. “That’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings every year.” If you need help determining which appliances qualify, check out this handy site the guys recommend:

G&C broke the small print down for you

The rebate is $50 per toilet, limit to two per household and you will be responsible for verifying that the new toilet is an EPA WaterSense® labeled high-efficiency toilet.

According to the application (which can be found at, an unaltered dated sales receipt, listing the make and model numbers, must accompany your application. Rebates are available to residential Franklin Water Department (FWD) account holders, and you must be the owner of the property listed on the rebate application.

New construction projects do not qualify for rebates. To be eligible to participate in the rebate program, applicants must have an account in good standing with the FWD and agree that the FWD or its representative has the right to inspect the installation of the fixture before or after the rebate is awarded.

This rebate won’t be around forever

This Franklin rebate offer is on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. Toilet(s) must be purchased on or after June 1, 2016. Applications must be received within 90 days of purchase. The new toilet must be installed, and old toilets cannot be reused. The applicant will be issued a voucher to dispose of the used toilets at the Franklin Recycling Center free of charge.