Glenwood Springs offers residents up to $2,000 for water-saving projects

The City of Glenwood Springs has announced its 2024 water-efficiency rebate program, which pays residents to conserve water in their homes, lawns and gardens. While funds last, residential water customers can tap into cash rebates on water-efficient appliances, toilets, fixtures and irrigation equipment. 

Turf-replacement projects qualify for the biggest rebates – $2 a square foot, up to a maximum of $2,000. It’s a great way to save money on water, save time on mowing, and keep more water in local rivers and streams. Qualifying projects must replace irrigated, non-native lawn with water-smart landscaping. 

While Glenwood’s rebate program is designed primarily to reduce water use, it will also save residents on their gas and electric bills and lower the city’s water and wastewater plants' carbon footprint.

Reducing water use in lawns and gardens is especially important for keeping more water in local rivers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing 1,000 square feet of turf with water-efficient landscaping can save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year.

Last year, the city paid out over $24,000 in irrigated turf replacement rebates to 18 residents. This year it has $32,000 to give out.

Clean Energy Economy for the Region, the nonprofit that runs Garfield Clean Energy, manages the program along with the energy-efficiency rebates that it already administers for the city’s electric department.

For a full list of rebates and application forms, see the Glenwood Springs page on this website. Rebate funding is limited, so act quickly!