New offer helps homeowners save money and the environment

    SURREY, BC, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Terasen Gas is encouraging homeowners to
turn over a new leaf when it comes to saving money and the environment.
    "We've teamed up with FortisBC and BC Hydro to offer homeowners the new
ENERGY STAR(R) Heating System Upgrade," said Sarah Smith, Terasen Gas Manager,
Marketing and Energy Efficiency. Homeowners are looking for ways to reduce
their energy use, save money and help the environment with lower greenhouse
gas emissions. This offer helps customers do all that."
    Simply upgrade your old home heating system to an ENERGY STAR
high-efficiency, natural gas furnace or boiler between September 1, 2007 and
March 31, 2008, to receive a $250 credit on your Terasen Gas bill. If the
furnace you install has a variable speed motor, you'll also get an extra
$50 credit.
    ENERGY STAR models are also exempt from provincial sales tax - giving you
another seven per cent in savings. And, if the upgrade and installation are
completed by January 31, 2008, you can save an additional $150 to $1,000 from
one of 15 different leading-brand manufacturer rebates.
    Home heating accounts for the biggest share of your household energy
costs - about 60 per cent - so it makes sense to upgrade to a high-efficiency
natural gas heating system. An ENERGY STAR furnace operates at 90 per cent
annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), meaning that for every dollar you
spend, you get at least 90 cents worth of heat. If your furnace or boiler is
more than 10 years old, it's likely a low-efficiency model only averaging
about 60 to 70 per cent AFUE.
    "By encouraging our customers to use energy as efficiently as possible,
we're helping them conserve energy, as well as lowering their monthly bills
and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And we're getting results. Over the
past five years we have helped customers reduce their costs by $7 million
annually and greenhouse gas emissions by 45,000 tonnes per year," said Smith.
    If you want to save on your monthly energy bills and help save the
environment - natural gas is the cleaner, greener way to heat your home. For
details about the Terasen Gas ENERGY STAR Heating System Upgrade offer visit

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves almost two million gas and electric customers and has
approximately $10 billion of assets. Its regulated holdings include Terasen
Gas and electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean
countries. Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets
across Canada and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and
commercial real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at or

    Hot tips to help you save money this heating season

    Regular inspection, cleaning and maintenance ensures your safety and the
efficient operation of your natural gas furnace. So it makes sense to take
care of your home heating system. Here are a few tips:

    -   Contact a registered gas contractor to tune-up your furnace as early
        in the fall as possible, so it's working as good as new when the
        temperature drops.

    -   While the gas contractor checks your furnace, have them inspect your
        home's natural gas piping.

    -   Your owner's manual is the best source of instructions for
        maintenance you can do yourself, like checking and changing the
        furnace filter regularly. If you have a reusable filter, mark your
        calendar for periodic cleaning.

    -   Don't crowd your furnace or boiler. Leave both space and air around
        it. Make sure there are no combustible materials nearby.

    For more energy efficiency and safety tips, visit to
download a copy of  Hot Tips: an energy conservation booklet

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Scott Webb, Marketing and
Customer Communications Manager, Terasen Gas, Phone: (604) 592-7649, E-mail:

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