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Replace Your Old Clothes Washer for a $100 Rebate

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, April ​9, 2019 – Coquitlam residents who are considering replacing their old clothes washers could get a $100 rebate – and save on their energy bills – by upgrading to energy-efficient models before May 31.

From April 5 to May 31 or until funding is exhausted, Coquitlam residents who purchase and install qualifying ENERGY STAR models can apply for a rebate online by visiting BC Hydro’s website: www.powersmart.ca/appliances.

Offered each spring and fall since 2015, the clothes washer rebate program is jointly funded by the City and BC Hydro. BC Hydro also offers other appliance rebate programs available on their website.

The program is a financial win for Coquitlam residents, who receive the one-time rebate and ongoing energy bill savings while also helping the community save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce water use.

Heating water can account for 90 per cent of a washer’s energy use. Compared to a conventional top-loading washer, energy-efficient models can cut water use by almost 40 per cent and electricity use by 65 per cent.

BC Hydro estimates that Coquitlam’s rebate program has saved an average of 37.2 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) and 4 million litres of water per year. That’s equivalent to taking eight vehicles off the road and saving almost two Olympic-sized swimming pools full of water in one year! These benefits will continue to increase as more residents make the switch.

Eligible washers must be purchased between April 5 and May 31, 2019 or before funding is exhausted, and applicants must be a Coquitlam resident to qualify for the rebate.

More information about the program and eligible ENERGY STAR models can be found at www.powersmart.ca/appliances. To learn more about Coquitlam’s Climate Action Plan, visit www.coquitlam.ca/climateaction.

Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager Environmental Services Division
swarriner@coquitlam.ca
604-927-3536