Tap by Tap Program Achieves Big Savings for Residents

Sep 24, 2013

Victoria, BC - Since the launch of the Tap by Tap program earlier this year, the Capital Regional District has made significant progress in meeting its goal of reducing water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions in multi-unit residential buildings.

The Tap by Tap Program, supported by both BC Hydro and Fortis BC, provides participating buildings with free low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, as well as a customized walk-through assessment report to identify additional energy saving opportunities in the building’s common areas.

Nearly 1,000 residential units were retrofitted over the summer and 23 building walk-through assessments completed. Close to 2,000 units are scheduled for completion this fall. When the program concludes later this year, Tap by Tap is expected to save a projected 72,000,000 litres of potable water, 1,792,860 kWh of electricity, 8,734 gigajoules of natural gas and nearly 500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

“We are extremely pleased with the interest from both building owners and property management companies;” says Nils Jensen, Chair of the CRD Environmental Services Committee. “Tap by Tap is a convenient, measureable and comprehensive program for apartments and condominiums that helps to achieve regional climate action and water conservation goals.”

“The energy savings walk-through assessment is a great added bonus for residents” says Robyn Wark, Senior Key Account Manager with BC Hydro. “After the low-flow fixture retrofits are complete, Tap by Tap helps building owners identify further ways to conserve electricity in common areas such as hallways, laundry rooms, and parking garages and connects them with additional BC Hydro incentive programs.”

“The Tap by Tap program helps customers make simple changes that reduce their energy consumption,” says Sarah Smith, Director of Energy Efficiency and Conservation for FortisBC. “Heating water is a big energy user, so reducing the amount of water customers use can reduce their energy bill.”

Tap by Tap is scheduled to run until November 30, 2013 or until the program meets its goal. 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.

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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492