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A low-flow shower head costs between $10 and $30 but can save nearly $200 in only one year for a family of three where everyone showers daily.

Clothes washed in cold water tend to hold their colour better so they stay like new longer!

Approximately 75% of children’s burns are due to scalding in the home. By turning down your hot water tank’s temperature, you can prevent this from happening.

Nothing wakes you up better than a cold shower.

Roughly 25% of the energy used in your home is for heating water.  Reducing hot water use is easy and pays for itself in months!

Install low-flow shower heads.

Hot water accounts for a quarter of the energy used in the home, and hot showers are one of the main culprits.  Low-flow shower heads use 60% less hot water and pay for themselves in months.  Installation takes minutes and they cost $10-$30.  If you aren't happy with the shower quality, try a different brand as not all are created equal.

The City of Vancouver also offers water saver kits (retail value of $30) to Vancouver residents for only $12!  Kits include a shower flow rate tester, low flow shower head, tap aerators, and a toilet tank displacement bag.  These kits can be purchased at the Vancouver City Hall at 12th and Cambie on the main floor.

Switch to cold water washing.

Between 80 and 90% of the energy used to wash clothes is for heating the water.  By switching to cold water washing, you could save up to $52/year.

New detergents have been developed to work in cold water.  For more information visit  And let not forget that clothes washed in cold water retain their colour longer.

Run full loads only.

Always run your dishwasher and laundry appliances with full loads.

Vancouver Solar Hot Water Acceleration Project

Vancouver is one of the flagship communities in the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association's Solar Hot Water Acceleration Project.  Be one of the first 25 homes to install a solar hot water system before July 2006 and receive up to $900 in additional grants. Visit the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association website for more details.

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