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Energy and water savings kits available
The municipality is offering free energy and water savings kits to Summerland residents in an attempt to promote conservation.
The Tap by Tap Summerland promotion to encourage water conservation will begin on April 16.
“The program is designed to help families lower their energy and water bills,” said Chris Birchall, Tap by Tap program coordinator. “It is also important to communicate the value of our natural resources and that conserving water is critical here in the Okanagan Valley.”
The kits include one water-saving shower head and aerators for the kitchen and bathroom taps as well as a waterproof shower timer to encourage people to take shorter showers.
Julie McGuire, Summerland’s climate action coordinator, said one-third of all energy used in a typical home is for heating water.
Water-saving fixtures can reduce water consumption by 20 to 50 per cent, which in turn can result in savings of $40 to $100 a year.
“Setting behavioural goals like keeping showers to under five minutes gets the whole family working together to lower home energy costs and protect the environment too,” McGuire said.
The energy savings from one kit is roughly 2,188 kilowatt hours or eight gigajoules a year and the amount of water saved is around 38,880 litres or more than 100 litres a day.
There are 275 kits available through the municipality. Anyone interested in having a kit for their home should contact the municipality as soon as possible.
Tap by Tap is sponsored by FortisBC. The project has received financial support through the federal government and has received support of the Okanagan Basin Water Board and Okanagan WaterWise.
For information about the initiative please visit www.tapbytap.ca.