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Take advantage of water-saving rebates

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As you know by now, I'm always on the lookout for things that will make sustainable living easier and cheaper for us all. There are quite a few rebates and schemes to make saving water more affordable for everyday Aussies, which I hope you take advantage of when you're buying water devices.

Firstly there's the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative from the federal government. You can get a $500 rebate for rainwater tanks which are hooked up to your toilet or laundry, or any permanent greywater system. That's a pretty big saving for most people! For some reason, surf lifesaving clubs are eligible for tank rebates too - I'm not sure why they get singled out, but it's still a good idea.

The federal government offers rebates for solar hot water systems too. Those are more of an energy-saving device than a water-saving one, but hey, it'd be convenient to sort out all your plumbing at once.

Each state also has their own incentive plans: rebates for rainwater tanks, swimming pool covers, upgrades to your washing machine or toilet, and so on. They're listed here at the SaveWater.com.au website. If you take advantage of all the rebates on offer to you, it can make the difference between being able to afford a full water-saving system or sticking with the old brick in the toilet trick!

There are also several smaller banks who offer cheaper personal loans for people using them to make sustainable improvements to their homes - Mecu's goGreen loan and Bendigo Bank's generationGreen are the two that I know about. If your bank doesn't offer something like this, you should ask them when they're going to start.

Hopefully in the near future, all showerheads will be water efficient, all homes will come with a rainwater tank and greywater systems, and everyone will find it easy to save water. But for now, you should absolutely take advantage of any offer that makes it cheaper to do it yourself.