There is now a convenient way for even more landlords to increase the value of their properties while reducing operating costs. The new Multi-Unit Residential Building Program, offered by BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC, offers personal expertise and support by an energy advisor, access to financial incentives through existing utility programs, in-suite incentives exclusive to this program, and communication materials.
Need proof that it works? Recently, a 48-unit low-rise building in the West End participated in a case study that proved they could save energy, water and money with energy conservation measures (such as boiler upgrades, pipe insulation, and high efficiency washing machines, toilets, faucet aerators and showerheads). The landlord was impressed by the expected reduction to his energy bill and anticipated increase in building value upon upgrades.
This was just one of 23 buildings that participated in this case study. Ninety-six per cent of participating buildings had opportunities for cost effective retrofits.
If you live in a market rental building with 15 suites or more in Vancouver, ask your landlord or property manager to visit this webpage for details. The offer expires on March 1, 2015 or when all the funding has been allocated.
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