Free Energy Saving Kits available this weekend

    Union Gas Limited has partnered with The Home Depot Canada to provide
    free Energy Saving Kits to Union Gas customers

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Union Gas, in partnership with The Home Depot,
is giving away thousands of Energy Saving Kits (ESKs) to help its customers
conserve energy and save on their energy bills.
    Union Gas customers can pick up a free ESK kit at any of The Home Depot
store locations in Burlington, Cambridge, Kingston, Thunder Bay and Windsor
between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday October 25 and Sunday October 26.
    Each ESK contains: one energy efficient massage showerhead, one energy
efficient kitchen swivel aerator, one energy efficient bathroom aerator and
two metres of foam pipe insulation - a $35 value. Installed, these products
can deliver up to $100 in energy savings every year.
    Water heating is the second largest user of energy in the home. On
average, 15 to 20 per cent of a home's yearly energy bill goes to heating
water for showers and washing dishes, clothes and hands.
    "These kits contain a number of do-it-yourself items you can easily
install in your home to reduce your energy use," said Mel Ydreos,
vice-president of marketing and customer care, Union Gas. "This can result in
a big payback both financially, and for the environment."
    By minimizing the energy used to heat water, customers are also helping
the environment by reducing air emissions. One fully mature tree can remove up
to 22kg of carbon dioxide a year. The contents in the ESK can reduce the
carbon dioxide equivalent to that of 10 trees in a single year.
    "People are searching for ways to save energy, and the Home Depot is
committed to helping our customers conserve through a variety of products,"
says Gino Digioacchino, Vice President of Merchandising, The Home Depot

    Union Gas and The Home Depot offer these tips to save energy:
       -   Install an energy efficient shower head (like the one included in
           the free kit, it has the same pressure but with less water flow),
           and save approximately 17,800 litres of water and 72 cubic metres
           of natural gas a year
       -   Install energy efficient tap aerators (included in the free kit)
           and save up to 9,800 litres of water and 28 cubic metres of
           natural gas a year
       -   Wrap all hot water pipes with foam pipe insulation (included in
           the free kit), and save 17 cubic metres of natural gas a year
       -   Install a programmable thermostat ($15 rebate available to Union
           Gas Customers visit or your local Home Depot
           Store for more information)

    For more on Union Gas' Energy Saving Kits and participating Home Depot
locations, visit

    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 for more information.

    About The Home Depot Canada

    Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement retailer currently operating 2,234 stores, including
166 The Home Depot stores across Canada. The company reported fiscal 2006
sales of US$90.8 billion and employs approximately 300,000 associates,
including more than 27,000 Canadians.

    Environmental sustainability is a priority at The Home Depot Canada, and
through an active merchandising and marketing strategy, The Home Depot
customers are making better choices for their homes and the environment. The
Home Depot provides hundreds of products that are the best in class in water
and energy efficiency, clean air and sustainable forestry promotion. The
company also provides customers the opportunity to participate in programs
that affect their environment, such as the Union Gas Energy Savings Kit
giveaway event.

For further information:

For further information: Union Gas Limited: Andrea Stass, Manager,
Public Affairs and Media Relations Union Gas Limited, Ph: (519) 436-5490,
Cell: (519) 365-1010, Fax: (519) 436-4621, E-mail:; The
Home Depot, Media Line: (416) 386-5847,

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