Manitoba Hydro launches Power Smart Water & Energy Saver Program
July 17, 2018 — Manitoba Hydro recently launched its Power Smart Water & Energy Saver Program (WESP), which offers Manitobans free Water and Energy Saver Kits to help them save water and energy.
By Ellen Cools
The kits can be self-installed or installed by a Manitoba Hydro Ecofitt technician. Each kit contains one to two low-flow showerheads, two low-flow bathroom faucet aerators, one low-flow kitchen faucet aerator, three metres of water heater pipe wrap insulation, plumber’s tape and a refrigerator/freezer thermometer.
According to Manitoba Hydro, up to 12% of Manitobans’ energy bill can be from heating water. Installing high-efficiency Power Smart low-flow plumbing devices can reduce water and energy consumption.
For example, an average shower uses 9.1L of water per minute; with the kit, Manitoba Hydro says that is cut to about 5.7L per minute. Additionally, installing an energy efficient showerhead can help save 20% of water used in a shower.
By using less hot water, the utility says Manitobans will save $30 on their energy bills and up to $30 on their water bill.
To find out more about how to qualify for a Power Smart Water and Energy Kit, click here.