Union Gas launches program for local families in need



    
    Hamilton community agency plays a key role in promoting new conservation
    program
    

    HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Representatives from Union Gas, Neighbour to
Neighbour and the Housing Help Centre gathered today to unveil a new program
that provides energy conservation tools for families in financial need.
Offered for the first time in Hamilton, this program helps low-income families
cope with the rising cost of living by reducing household energy costs up to
$200 a year - ongoing savings that can be used for other household
necessities.
    Through the Union Gas Helping Homes Conserve program, qualifying
households receive up to two energy-efficient massage showerheads, foam pipe
insulation, a programmable thermostat and a water-saving bathroom and kitchen
aerator. All products, with the exception of the aerators, are installed
free-of-charge by a professional technician. Participating community agencies
play a key role in raising awareness of the program amongst their clients.
    "Coping with rising prices on everything from food to transportation is a
challenge, particularly for low-income families," said Kathy Webster, Manager
Distribution Systems Development, Union Gas. "We are grateful to Neighbour to
Neighbour for its role in raising awareness of this conservation program that
can help families in the greatest need save money year after year."
    For its assistance in promoting the program to its clients, Union Gas
donated $10,000 to the Neighbour to Neighbour Center to continue its work
serving the community.
    Union Gas also held a free Home Energy Conservation workshop for the
agency's clients. Participants were provided information on low-cost and
no-cost solutions to save energy around the home. The afternoon was topped off
with a barbecue lunch.
    "This event provides our clients, who are struggling financially, energy
saving tips and tools for the home," said Denise Arkell, Executive Director,
Neighbour to Neighbour. "And the money they save in energy costs when they
participate in Helping Homes Conserve can be spent on other household needs."

    About Union Gas

    Union Gas is an integrated natural gas storage, transmission and
distribution company serving about 1.3 million residential, commercial and
industrial customers in more than 400 communities in northern, southwestern
and eastern Ontario. The company also provides storage and transportation
services to other utilities and energy market participants in Ontario, Quebec
and the United States. Union Gas is a Spectra Energy company. Visit
www.uniongas.com for more information.





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