Esquimalt Multi-Residential Buildings Tap into Savings

March 16, 2012

Owners and property managers of multi-unit residential buildings in Esquimalt have an opportunity to tap into savings this month by taking advantage of the ‘Tap By Tap’ Program. The Township of Esquimalt is partnering with City Green Solutions and the CRD Climate Action Service to provide up to 125 energy and water saving kits which include energy-saving low flow shower heads, and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators.

“The program benefits our residents by saving them money on energy and water,” said Marlene Lagoa, Sustainability Coordinator for the Township of Esquimalt. “Through this partnership, the Township is also making progress towards achieving its community greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of 38% by 2020, and 83% by 2050.

Each individual housing unit in a multi-unit residential building can save up to 58,000 litres of water each year and reduce annual water heating bills by up to $112. The program has funding to provide up to 125 kits which would result in total annual savings of 7,320,000 litres of water and a greenhouse gas reduction of 44 tonnes within the community.

City Green, a non-profit organization specializing in innovative building energy efficiency solutions, delivers the new fixtures, picks up old fixtures, and gathers program information to measure results. Building managers install the new fixtures throughout their buildings and collect old fixtures for recycling.

The project is a partnership between the federal Department of the Environment, the Township of Esquimalt and the Capital Regional District. The City of Victoria is supporting a similar Tap by Tap program for multi-unit residential buildings within Victoria.

To learn if your building qualifies for the free kits, owners or managers of Township multi-unit residential buildings can contact Kobi Thomson at City Green, 250-381-9995 local 117 or [email protected].  Participants must be registered no later than Friday, March 23. Quantities are limited so call today.

For more information on the Tap by Tap Program, please visit www.esquimalt.ca/sustainability.

Contact:

Marlene Lagoa, Sustainability Coordinator

Phone: 250-414-7114