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Applications available for 2008 Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project

July 4, 2008

Applications available for 2008 Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project

SaskEnergy is pleased to announce that Saskatchewan homeowners concerned about rising energy costs may now apply for the 2008 Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project (HEEP).

SaskEnergy, The Salvation Army and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) will once again partner to help Saskatchewan homeowners and home renters improve the energy efficiency of their homes this fall. The Ministry of Social Services has also joined the project this year and will promote the program to its low-income clients.

"The SaskEnergy Home Energy Efficiency Project continues to help hundreds of families in every corner of the province save thousands of dollars on energy costs," says Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Crown Corporations. "This program is very accessible and provides easy low-cost solutions that will reduce the energy used by families who participate. Simple changes are something all homeowners can do to save energy and money, and also reduce the impact on the environment."

"We are pleased to partner with SaskEnergy to encourage low-income people to make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient," Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said. "By participating in the Share the Warmth program, families will be able to reduce their energy consumption and help the environment."

Up to 500 families will benefit from home energy efficiency improvements worth over $200, including winter preparation for windows and doors, replacing furnace filters, installation of electrical outlet and wall plate insulators, replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, installation of digital programmable thermostats and installation of water saving devices.

"To date, the Home Energy Efficiency Project has helped 974 families improve the energy efficiency of their homes," says Major Len Millar of The Salvation Army. "The Salvation Army is proud to partner with SaskEnergy and SIAST to administer this program. SaskEnergy genuinely cares about the customers they serve."

Research from past participants show families can save, on average, $100 annually on their natural gas and electric bills and will also see long-term water consumption savings. Participants will continue to benefit from these annual savings year after year.

Any homeowner or home renter can apply, but preference will be given to homeowners with an annual combined household income of no more than $45,000. Home renters who are responsible for paying 100% of their utility bills may be considered. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2008. Only those applicants selected will be contacted.

Interested homeowners or home renters may call The Salvation Army in their area, visit the nearest SaskEnergy/TransGas office, or apply online at www.saskenergy.com.

For more information, contact:

Dave Burdeniuk Major Leonard Millar
Manager of Communications - SaskEnergy Director of Public Relations & Development - Saskatchewan
(306) 777-9842 (306) 757-3111
(888) 535-6569 (cell)
(306) 535-6569 (Cell)

For information about SaskEnergy's community involvement please visit www.saskenergy.com.