California's Proposed Drought Rebate Programs
Funding for California’s Proposed Drought Rebate Programs was not included in the 2014-2015 legislative session. Launch of these programs are suspended until funds are available.


Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end in sight to the multi-year drought, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Executive Order B-29-15 in April 2015, directing the first ever-statewide mandatory water reductions. These actions will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response, and invest in new technologies to address California's drought this year and beyond. .

One of the four California Energy Commission responsibilities in the Executive Order calls for a short-term, statewide rebate program for water-efficient appliances and devices. The Energy Commission is proposing two separate programs to save water: a clothes washer residential rebate program and a targeted disadvantaged community direct install program. The programs will help residents capture water and energy savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Program Objectives

  • Save water by encouraging Californians, through a consumer rebate program and direct install program, to replace inefficient appliances with water-efficient models.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing inefficient appliances with energy-efficient models.
  • Partner with other existing programs to combine rebates, direct installation, and leverage outreach opportunities.
  • Keep program implementation steps simple for the participants.
  • Keep program administration costs low while complying with funding source reporting requirements.
  • Use existing ENERGY STAR® consumer education and outreach materials and supplement with drought response information.

Proposed Programs

Funding for the programs has been requested from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), created under Government Code section 16428.8, administered by the California Air Resources Board. The programs are on hold pending funding authorization from the State Legislature.

Clothes Washer Rebate Program
Expected Start Date: Fall 2015

The proposed statewide residential clothes washer rebate program provides $100 rebates to consumers to replace old inefficient clothes washers with water and energy efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified models.

Direct Install Program
Expected Start Date: Fall 2015

The direct install program, in partnership with the Department of Community Services & Development, focuses on providing water and energy efficient appliances and devices in disadvantaged communities. The Energy Commission will add water and energy efficiency clothes washers, dishwashers, showerheads, and kitchen and bathroom faucets to the existing Low-Income Weatherization Program, Weatherization Assistance Program, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Key State Agencies

The California Energy Commission collaborates with the following state agencies to implement California’s Drought Rebate Program


Water Appliance Rebate Program email:

Members of the News Media:
Please contact the Media and Public Communications office at 916-654-4989.

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