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Media Release: Solar Colwood Savings Giveaway Launch for the New Year, 2012

Colwood Residents Head to City Hall for FREE Fixtures

Solar Colwood, January 17, 2012

Media Release: Solar Colwood Savings Giveaway Launch for the New Year, 2012
Paula Steele

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2012 (Colwood, BC) –
Four year old, Rio Encinas reaches over the counter at Colwood City Hall to collect his family’s free energy and water savings kit from Solar Colwood, several hundred of which are available now on a first-come first-served basis at Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road.

“We are a large family of seven so anything we can do to lower our energy bills helps,” says Rio’s Father, Keith Encinas, “We already took advantage of the ductless split heat pump and solar hot water grants so then when I saw the free Kit offered on the Solar Colwood Facebook page, I gathered up the kids and here we are.”

The Energy and Water Savings Kit include one low flow showerhead, an aerator for the kitchen tap and one for the bathroom as well as a waterproof timer for the shower to encourage people to reduce their overall shower time.

“The shower timers have been very popular items, too,” says Michael Baxter, City Engineer, whose department distributes the Kits for the City of Colwood. “Setting behavioural goals like keeping showers to under five minutes gets the whole family working together to lower home energy costs and protect the environment, too.”

When the fixtures offered in the Energy and Water Savings Kit are used to replace inefficient fixtures, the average savings, based on a family of three, is estimated at between $62 and $122 each year. The energy saved – 1390 kWh (5.00 GJ) – could run a laptop for 1.5 years and the amount of water saved is approximately 36,500 L, or 100 Litres per day.

“Solar Colwood has something for everyone,” says Paula Steele, Solar Colwood Outreach Coordinator. “Each step towards improving the community’s energy efficiency is a step in the right direction, so it is wonderful to see so many people taking advantage of the great incentives available now.”

The highest combination of grants is available now. The federal ecoENERGY program expires March 2012 but the provincial program and Solar Colwood grants will still be available. Find out more by booking a visit at the Solar Colwood showroom through, attend the next information session on February 9th, 7-8:30pm, Colwood City Hall, 3300 Wishart Road, or visit us online on Facebook: Solar Colwood or at


Media Contacts:
Paula Steele, Solar Colwood Outreach Coordinator, 250 216 7527,
Councillor Judith Cullington, Solar Colwood Program Lead, 250 360 7653,
Michael Baxter, City Engineer, 250 478 5999, x111,


Solar Colwood is a demonstration of a whole community moving towards energy conservation and renewable clean energy. Colwood homeowners and businesses are eligible for discounted energy assessments and financial incentives for solar thermal hot water heating systems ($2500+) and/or ductless split heat pumps for space heating and air conditioning ($1000), in addition to provincial and federal grants. The program goal is to install 880 solar hot water heaters and 120 ductless split heat pumps in the community over the next three years.

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