Equipment upgrades expected to save $631,000 and reduce natural gas use
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping the
Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation to make its social housing more
energy efficient through $139,382 in affordable housing rebates. The
funds are helping to offset the cost to assess and install
higher-efficiency central boilers in four high-rise social housing
buildings since 2012. The new equipment is expected to lower the
organization's costs by $631,000 over its useful life, and save enough
natural gas to fuel more than 900 homes for an entire year.
The incentives are provided through the Union Gas EnerSmart program,
which offers incentives to municipal, commercial and industrial
customers to implement projects that will use natural gas more
efficiently, reducing energy costs and emissions.
Gerald Laforest, Union Gas commercial/institutional markets account
manager for the northeast district and Don Van Daele, Union Gas utility
services manager for Sault Ste. Marie, presented the cheque to Rick
Niro, city councillor and chair of the District of Sault Ste. Marie
Social Services Administration Board and David Edgar, chair of the
Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation, at City Hall today.
"Through our wide range of EnerSmart energy efficiency incentives we are
helping our non-profit social housing service providers and municipal
partners lower their energy use and manage costs as efficiently as
possible," said Laforest. "The investments the Sault Ste. Marie Housing
Corporation has made to its upgrade its facilities will reduce energy
consumption and lower operating costs every year."
"Reducing our energy use makes sense at every level," said Niro. "With
the support of Union Gas' conservation program, we've been able to make
two of our facilities much more energy efficient, which helps us manage
our costs better and contributes to Ontario's overall energy
Union Gas has been dedicated to energy conservation and reducing its
environmental footprint for over 15 years. Since it first began
offering Demand Side Management programs in 1997, Union Gas has
delivered over 6.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas savings, and
reduced carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of removing 2.1
million cars from Ontario's roads for a year.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4
million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than
400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario.
Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014, is a
Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and
approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.
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