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Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project helps families in Regina make their energy dollars go further this winter

September 22, 2008

Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project helps families in Regina make their energy dollars go further this winter

Today, volunteers from SaskEnergy, TransGas, The Salvation Army, SIAST, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, SaskEnergy Network Members, and the community worked together to help 100 Regina families improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the SaskEnergy Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project.

Over the next four weeks, the Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project will assist 500 families in communities throughout Saskatchewan. To-date, the Home Energy Efficiency Projected has helped 974 homeowners with a goal of reaching 2,500 homeowners by 2010.

"The Home Energy Efficiency Program is one of the many successful energy efficiency programs led by SaskEnergy," said Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Crown Corporations. "The true success of this project is that it impacts the whole community beyond the volunteers and homeowners directly involved. We all can learn that small, simple changes will save energy, money, and reduce the impact on the environment."

The Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project will allow families in Regina to benefit from more than $200 worth of home improvements including: replacing furnace filters; installing programmable thermostats; replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs; preparing windows and doors for winter; and installing water saving showerheads and toilet tank inserts to save water. Families will save on energy and water consumption, noticing a difference on their utility bills of approximately $100 every year after the work is completed.

"We at the Salvation Army enjoy being a part of this program because of what it stands for - neighborhood support, community partnerships, and a legacy of energy efficiency for our generation," said Major Leonard Millar of the Salvation Army. "When one sees members of the community working together, they want to get involved as well."

The Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project is available to homeowners with a combined annual household income of no more than $45,000. Local Salvation Army chapters, along with help from the Ministry of Social Services, have been responsible for selecting the families who will benefit from the project. This year's project will help families in Regina, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Prince Albert, Muskoday First Nation, and Saskatoon.

"The positive impacts of program have not gone unnoticed. Volunteers won big at the Canadian Environment Awards in Toronto this summer," said Dr. R.G. (Bob) McCulloch, President and CEO of SIAST. "We are very proud of our SIAST students, not only are they gaining experience outside of the classroom setting, they are addressing environmental issues in a very practical way."

Homeowners interested in next year's project should contact the Regina Salvation Army at 757-4600. For energy efficiency tips, visit www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy.

For further information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk Major Leonard Millar
Manager, Communications The Salvation Army
SaskEnergy Public Relations and Development
Phone: (306) 777-9842 Phone: (306) 757-3111 or (306) 533-0756 (cell)
Email: dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com
Email: len_millar@can.salvationarmy.org

Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty, Manager of Communications
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Phone: (306) 659-3857
Email: j.wasacase-merasty@siast.sk.ca