Say goodbye to oil - Return of green rebate at Gaz Métro



    MONTREAL, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Gaz Métro is pleased to announce the
return of its 'green rebate' from August 30 to November 23, 2007. The
additional $1,250 in financial assistance is aimed at facilitating conversions
from oil to natural gas - a cleaner and more affordable energy. The added
'bonus' comes from the Assistance Account for the Substitution of Pollutant
Energy Sources (known as CASEP), created at the request of the Régie de
l'énergie.
    By combining the green rebate with the other programs, Gaz Métro's new
customers can save up to 45% on the cost of the conversion, including the
purchase of a new, high energy-efficient heating unit.
    Natural gas, combined with energy efficiency programs, turns out to be
the ideal solution for replacing more polluting fuels like oil, which emits
50% more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than natural gas. As well, natural gas is the
solution of choice for better air quality and for combating phenomena such as
smog and acid rain, since its use as a replacement for oil greatly helps
reduce the principal atmospheric contaminants.

    With help from Gaz Métro

    Gaz Métro recommends calling on one of its Gaz Métro Authorized Partners
(GMAP) for the installation of a new natural gas heating system. They are
trained and accredited by Gaz Métro and respect high quality standards.
    GMAPs are exclusively authorized to offer financial assistance from Gaz
Métro. Homeowners located on the gas distribution network may obtain between
$1,350 and $1,800 toward the purchase and installation of a high
energy-efficient natural gas central heating unit.
    To improve your home's comfort, take advantage of a visit from a GMAP to
enhance your home with high-performance natural gas appliances such as a
range, fireplace, BBQ, clothes dryer, or water heater. These appliances bring
warmth and life to your home and at the same time increase the quality of life
for everyone who lives there.

    Live the blue life

    In Québec in recent years, the number of homes converting to natural gas
has been growing constantly. More than 110,000 families have opted for this
secure source of energy, along with about 900 schools, 200 CEGEP and
university buildings, 900 health care institutions and about 55,000 companies.

    Gaz Métro at a glance

    With more than $3.1 billion in assets and more than 1,500 employees in
Quebec, Gaz Métro is a leading Quebec energy company and one of Canada's
largest natural gas distributors. Gaz Métro serves about 167,000 customers in
Quebec through an underground pipeline network of almost 10,000 km.


    
    Example of the average cost of replacing an oil heating system by a high
    energy-efficient natural gas heating system

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    Example of average cost for     High energy-efficient   Superior energy-
    converting a central heating       warm air system      efficient steel
    unit to natural gas                                     hot water system
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    Connection to gas distribution
    system (approx. value $3,500)            Free                 Free
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    Average cost of purchasing and
    installing a natural gas unit
    (including labor and materials)         $5,690               $7,700
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    Rebate on purchase and
    installation of a central
    heating unit                            - $900             - $1,100
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    Financial incentive for
    purchasing a high efficiency
    unit that reduces energy
    consumption (certified ENERGY
    STAR(R))                                - $450               - $700
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    Total average cost                       $4,340               $5,900
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    Green rebate when heating
    unit replaced used oil                 - $1,250             - $1,250
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    Total average cost when
    heating unit replaced used oil           $3,090               $4,650
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For further information:

For further information: Frédéric Krikorian, Public Affairs Advisor, Gaz
Métro, (514) 598-3656, fkrikorian@gazmetro.com


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