Power Smart Water & Energy Saver Program
Up to 12 per cent of your energy bill can be from heating your water. Install high-efficiency Power Smart low-flow plumbing devices in your home to reduce both water and energy consumption.
Save up to $30 per year
Through our Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Program, we offer free Water and Energy Saver Kits that will help you save water and energy, while reducing your carbon footprint. The Water and Energy Saver Kit can save you approximately $30 a year on your residential energy bill.
Each kit contains:
- 1 to 2 low-flow 1.5 GPM showerheads (choice of handheld massage or wall mount massage);
- 2 low-flow faucet aerators;
- 3 metres of water heater pipe wrap insulation;
- plumber's tape;
- refrigerator/freezer thermometer.
We have Ecofitt technicians going door-to-door in various communities and neighbourhoods throughout Manitoba to offer on-the-spot installation of free water and energy saving devices. Ecofitt technicians carry Manitoba Hydro-issued identification badges. Installations in Winnipeg are ongoing. No more than one kit installed per address. If you would like to book an installation appointment, phone 1-877-326-3488.
For information on free Water and Energy Saver Kits for your municipality, email us.
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To qualify for a Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Kit:
- You can't have ordered a Water and Energy Saver Kit in the past at your current household. If you have moved, you may be eligible for a new kit.
Participants of the Affordable Energy Program will have already received water and energy saving devices that have the same energy saving benefits as those included in the Water and Energy Saver Kits.
- You must be the homeowner or tenant.
If you are a property manager and/or landlord, you may be eligible for the Water & Energy Saver Program for multi-unit residential buildings.
- Your home must be occupied year-round.
Seasonal residences (i.e. cottages or cabins) are not eligible. The water use and water heater energy consumption in a seasonal home (e.g. cottage) is less than an average residential home, so the energy and water savings don't provide sufficient economic benefits to offer a free kit to seasonal homeowners.
- The kit must be sent to an address within the province of Manitoba.
If you are a homebuilder and would like to participate in the program, email the New Home Program.
If you have questions regarding the components of the Water and Energy Saver Kit, or would like more information on how to install any of the kit's components, contact our service provider Ecofitt.
Power Smart low-flow standards
Power Smart low-flow showerheads use approximately 6 litres of water per minute, while other low-flow showerheads often use more. Low-flow showerheads on the market today, range from 6.0 to 9.5 litres per minute.
Power Smart low-flow faucet aerators have a flow rate of 6.0 litres per minute, and standard aerators have a flow rate of 9.0 litres per minute.
Thermal shock can occur when different household appliances are in use at the same time as a showerhead. A sudden drop in water pressure can result in a sudden change in water temperature (hot or cold). Adjust water temperature to 49°C at the end use side of your hot water system.
Some homes have an automatic compensating mixing valve installed as part of the plumbing system, and are required to be tested and certified only at a flow rate of 9.5 litres per minute. It is recommended that this valve be installed to help reduce any risks of thermal shock or scalding. When used in combination with a low-flow showerhead, the automatic compensating mixing valve may not provide protection.
Contact a licensed plumber with concerns about water pressure changes in your home's plumbing system or questions about automatic compensating mixing valves.