Free Water & Energy Saving Fixtures Available to Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

“This program has proven to be an easy way for eligible MURBs to reduce water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Judy Brownoff, Chair, CRD Environmental Services Committee.  

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Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) has teamed up with FortisBC, City Green Solutions and municipalities to once again offer its popular and effective water and energy efficiency program for multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), through the Tap by Tap MURB Program.

The Tap by Tap MURB Program will provide building and property managers representing up to 3,000 units, with free water and energy saving fixtures, including showerheads and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators.

“This program has proven to be an easy way for eligible MURBs to reduce water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Judy Brownoff, Chair, CRD Environmental Services Committee. “We are extremely pleased that more apartments, condominiums and other multi-resident unit buildings will benefit from this program, helping us meet our regional sustainability goals.”

Roughly 25 per cent of the energy used in a typical BC home can be attributed to water heating. Residential buildings are responsible for approximately 21 per cent of total regional greenhouse gas emissions. MURBs account for approximately 20 per cent of potable water use in the Greater Victoria area.

“FortisBC is committed to helping our customers become more energy efficient,” said Sarah Smith, Director of Energy Efficiency and Conservation, FortisBC. “This program shows that installing low-flow, energy efficient fixtures are a simple way for customers to reduce their energy use, which can lead to savings on their energy bills.”

The Tap by Tap Program was first piloted in the region in 2011. The 2013 MURB-focused program resulted in over 3,000 residential unit retrofits saving approximately 43,767,052 litres of potable water, 548,085 kWh of electricity, 5,029 gigajoules of natural gas and 265 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Tap by Tap is available across the region until June 30, 2015, on a first-come, first-served basis. Building eligibility and program registration can be found by visiting the Tap by Tap link on the CRD’s home page at www.crd.bc.ca.

The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.

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CRD Corporate Communications
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