CHARLOTTETOWN – Starting Feb. 10, Charlottetown will start offering an Energy Star clothes washer rebate program.
In a press release, city Mayor Clifford Lee said this is a move to help encourage water conservation, which has been a challenge for the community over the last several years.
“We want to ensure we continue our support for increasing water efficiency in Charlottetown homes and businesses,” said Lee.
Customers can receive one rebate of $100 when they purchase a water-efficient top or front-loading clothes washer.
The release states that Energy Star certified clothes washers use about 20 per cent less energy and 35 per cent less water than regular clothes washers.
A full-sized Energy Star certified clothes washer uses, on average, 57 litres of water per load, compared to the 87 litres used by a standard machine. Over the machine's lifetime, that is a savings of 102,000 litres of water.
Other water-saving related rebates from the city’s Utility Department include the Toilet Replacement Rebate Program, which is re-launching for 2014, and the Showerhead Exchange Program.
“We continue to be impressed with the uptake for these rebate programs,” said Councillor Edward Rice, chair of water and sewer utility. “Charlottetown residents and business owners have shown great commitment to conserving water.”
For more information on the Clothes Washer Rebate Program www.charlottetown.ca/clotheswasherrebateprogram.php
For more information on the Toilet Replacement Rebate Program www.charlottetown.ca/toiletrebate.php
For more information on the Showerhead Exchange Program www.charlottetown.ca/showerrebate.php
For more information about water conservation and ways to save visit, www.BeWaterFriendly.com