Free program helps BC landlords save energy, water and money

Monday, January 20, 2020

As CEO of Gateway Property Management, Scott Ullrich is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of rental apartment buildings in BC. Like most property managers, he knows maintenance, controlling operating costs and keeping clients and tenants happy are cornerstones of the business.

So when he heard about FortisBC’s Rental Apartment Efficiency Program, he recognized how it could help Gateway with those ongoing challenges, and at no cost. The program offers landlords and property managers of apartment buildings with nine or more units in BC an energy assessment of their building conducted by a professional consultant and free installation of water-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators in each unit. Buildings in FortisBC’s electricity service area in the Southern Interior can also get up to 10 LED light bulbs installed in each rental unit.

The program helps owners of rental apartment buildings—which are often older and less energy efficient—save water and energy. More than 40 Gateway buildings have already received energy assessments and had old fixtures replaced with free upgrades. Ullrich reported that residents particularly like the new showerheads, which have pressure-compensating technology that saves water while offering good water pressure.

“Our residents were quite happy with the water and the new fixtures. Our clients were exceptionally happy about the cost benefits of their energy savings and their water consumption,” said Ullrich. He has already signed up more Gateway buildings to participate in the program.

The on-site energy assessment helps identify further energy-efficiency improvements that could be made, and property managers and building owners can access continued support and rebates from FortisBC. “The program allowed us to make energy-efficiency improvements much sooner than would have happened otherwise,” said Ullrich. “We were also able to have larger upgrades of our boilers and water heating systems. We received support from start to finish, from the team at FortisBC, and the contractors.”

It’s easy to get started

Join Gateway Property Management, along with hundreds of other rental apartment buildings in B.C., in saving energy, water and money with the Rental Apartment Efficiency Program. Watch the short video at to learn more and get full details on eligibility criteria and program terms and conditions.

Special sign-up bonus offer

If you’re a landlord or property manager, apply before February 15, 2020, and receive a $100 Amazon® gift card for each apartment building you sign up for the program.

For more information, call 1-877-327-6137 or email


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