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SaskEnergy Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project Looking to Help 500 Saskatchewan Families

May 22, 2007

SaskEnergy Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project Looking to Help 500 Saskatchewan Families

Thanks to the combined efforts of SaskEnergy, The Salvation Army and SIAST, Saskatchewan homeowners thinking about volatile energy costs may once again be able to get some help from the Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project this fall.

The program, part of the Provincial Government's Saskatchewan Energy Share Program, will take place in the fall and will allow 500 families across the Province to benefit from over $200 worth of home improvements including - preparing windows and doors for winter, replacing furnace filters, installation of electrical outlet and wallplate insulators, replacing some standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs and installing a programmable digital thermostat. Families can save on energy and water consumption and will notice a difference on their utility bills soon after work is completed.

"Last year's program was a tremendous success," says Major Len Millar of The Salvation Army. "We were able to help 434 homeowners in 19 communities around the Province. There is need to help many more homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes so that they can save money. This program is an excellent opportunity to do this, so I encourage all those who are interested in the program to apply."

The Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Program is committed to helping 2,500 homeowners by 2010. New for 2007, renters who pay all their utility bills may be considered. In order to execute a program of this magnitude, volunteers from each community are required to assist with the energy efficiency upgrades. SIAST students and teachers from around the Province have played a major role in ensuring a successful delivery of the program by offering much of their time and commitment to the cause.

"Volunteers are the heart of this program," says Shannon Doka, Community Involvement Coordinator for SaskEnergy. "We could not have achieved the success that we did last year if it weren't for the hundreds of volunteers who came out and gave us a day of their time to help homeowners in their own communities save energy and money. We are once again looking for volunteers for project day. No technical skills are required and those who participate will be trained on site. However, those with specialized skills such as door weather-stripping and electrical experience are in demand."

In order to apply, homeowners and renters can contact their local Salvation Army. Applications are also accepted online at saskenergy.com. While any homeowner can apply, preference will be given to homeowners with an annual combined household income of no more than $45,000. The deadline for these applications is June 1, 2007. Only those applicants selected will be contacted.

In you are interested in putting in a team of volunteers, please contact SaskEnergy at 1-800-567-8899.

For more information contact:

Rachel Sala Major Leonard Millar
Communications Officer The Salvation Army
SaskEnergy Saskatchewan Division
Phone: 306.777.9153 or 306.537-3565 (cell) Public Relations and Development
  Phone: 306.757.3111 or 306.533.0756 (cell)