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Controller rebates

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Colorado Springs has been giving rebates if on different things to help conserve water. One is upgrading the sprinkler timers. But hey must meet certain requirements.
    Multiple programs
    Multiple start times
    Seasonal water % adjust

    So I mainly change out with the Rainbird ESp, and usually with the modular timer. Here are some photos of ones I've taken out. Many others that I did not photo. Any one want to buy them???

  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    timers from $100-$199 get a $50 credit to the utility bill.
    timers above $200 get $100

  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    They also are giving rebates on upgrading to heads with check valves, changing grass to xeriscaping, appoved washers, shower heads, toilets.

  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Anyone have similar programs?

  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Last one - this has been a great way for me to upsell to the customer. If there is a slight chance the old timer was having problems, we pushed for a mew timer while the city still has money for the rebate program

  6. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,274


    Great photos. Was that JM still working? Did it have the little booklet still with it?

    Old Weathermatic and Imperial were good reliable controllers as long as you didn't want to get too fancy with the programming. And we still use the Superior 906 and 911 for a no-nonsense -" turn on the water - turn off the water on the days I want. " systems. Usually on some ranch around the hunting camp or garden areas.

    Another upsell that fits in with the xeriscape theme is a rain switch and even a freeze switch. When I was in Central Texas we sold this package to our commercial accounts. It was a quick $125 - $150 install and it gave the property managers a little piece of mind.

    We don't need them (freeze switch), down here in South Texas - last winter I believe we had two days of temp around freezing - for about 30 minutes and then it got hot again.

    Jerry R
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    I forgot about the rain/freeze switches. they rebate for those as well. But from what I can figure out, you can get a max of $100 back for any or all of the options combined. I have done a few rain sensors and may send out mailings to drum up some biz. Things are slow due to....... The rain.
  8. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,415

    i throw away more old controllers, most of them quit working, i have very few people that just want to upgrade.

    lightning is the major factor
  9. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,654

    Not long ago I got called in to fix a system with one of those JM controllers at an apartment complex. The derned thing didn't work, but I sure spent a lot of time trying to figure why I couldn't get it programmed correctly on every zone. Bad memories.

    And guess what... management got the thing at a garage sale. Oye vey! Doesn't it figure.
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    jerry - I believe the JM works, but no booklet for it. Most confusing timer I ever worked on.

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