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.
Through our Power Smart Water and Energy Saver Program, we offer free Power Smart 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.
To apply for your free kit, you will need to provide your address, contact information, and indicate the type of fuel your water heater uses.
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Find out how much water you use each morning and how you can cut that amount in half.
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 showerheads use approximately 6 litres (1.5 gallons) 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 (1.5 to 2.5 gallons) per minute.
Power Smart low-flow faucet aerators have a flow rate of 6.0 litres (1.5 gallons) per minute, and standard aerators have a flow rate of 9.0 litres (2.25 gallons) 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 (120 F) 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 (2.5 gallons) 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.