Program Extension Helps Residents in Financial Need with Free Energy Retrofits

    Enbridge Gas Distribution's Free Home Energy Efficiency Retrofit Pilot
    Helps Customers in Peel and Toronto Reduce Energy Bills

    TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Despite predictions of an early spring winter is
still in the air, and Enbridge Gas Distribution is pleased to extend its free
home energy efficiency retrofit pilot program for qualifying customers in the
City of Toronto and Peel Region to late 2008.
    Participation in the Home Weatherization Retrofit Pilot Program is free,
voluntary and could result in significant savings on customer energy bills.
Approximately 300 qualifying customers can receive energy audits to identify
and implement the most cost-effective energy upgrades to improve energy
    The pilot was launched in August 2007 and initially ran until the end of
that year. So far, 61 homes have qualified for the program and received an
average of more than $2,000 each in free retrofits through the program.
Retrofits may include work such as draft proofing which includes caulking and
the addition of insulation. On average these customers are expected to save
more than 1,100 cubic metres of natural gas each year - or more than $400 a
year in savings based on Enbridge Gas Distribution's January 1, 2008 rates.
    "Enbridge Gas Distribution is a leader in energy efficiency and committed
to helping customers reduce their energy bills," said Enbridge Gas
Distribution Vice President Glenn Beaumont. "We're proud to extend this
program specifically for customers in Toronto and Peel Region who are in
financial need. We encourage eligible customers to apply now so they can
benefit from significant financial savings."
    Eligible customers can lower energy bills and increase home comfort,
while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
    Green$aver, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental energy
efficiency, will deliver the program. Green$aver calculates that home energy
efficiency upgrades can result in an average 30 per cent decrease in energy

    To qualify for a free energy audit:

    -   the applicant must live in the City of Toronto or Peel Region
    -   the total adult household income must fall below a specified level
        (ie. a family of four with a household income under $30,855 a year)
    -   the applicant must own or rent from a private landlord a detached,
        semi-detached, row house or mobile home that was built at least 25
        years ago
    -   the applicant must have a valid Enbridge Gas Distribution account
        number and pay their own natural gas bill
    -   the applicant's home must be heated by natural gas
    -   and the application must be received before November 30, 2008.

    Enbridge Gas Distribution customers may be eligible for the pilot if they
are benefiting from one or more of the following programs: Ontario Works,
Ontario Disability Support Program, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Allowance
for Seniors, Allowance for Survivors and the National Child Benefit
    Enbridge Gas Distribution customers who meet the eligibility criteria can
simply fill out an application and send it to Green$aver or Enbridge Gas
Distribution, along with proof of eligibility.
    An energy advisor will contact customers who qualify for the free energy
efficiency audit and schedule a visit to their home. The initial visit will
typically include an inspection of the attic, wall and foundation insulation,
heating systems, water heaters and ventilation systems. A typical visit will
take three hours or less.
    If the home can achieve a minimum level of energy savings economically
(typically this is the case for homes built more than 25 years ago), a crew of
trained contractors will return at a later date to install improvements as
recommended by the energy advisor. Once the work is complete, a second audit
will be conducted within a few weeks to measure the increased energy
efficiency of the home. There is no charge for these visits or upgrades.

    More information and application forms are available from:

    -   Green$aver at 416-203-3106 ext. 304
    -   or Enbridge Gas Distribution at or

    Enbridge Gas Distribution has a 160-year history and is Canada's largest
natural gas distribution company. Enbridge Gas Distribution is owned by
Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and
distribution. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates
distribution services in Ontario, which distributes natural gas to more than
1.8 million customers in Ontario, New York State, New Brunswick and
southwestern Quebec.
    Enbridge Gas Distribution offers a wide range of energy efficiency
programs and also supports customers in need through initiatives including the
Winter Warmth Fund, which offers direct financial assistance to help
low-income families and individuals living at or below the poverty line having
difficulty paying their energy bills.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Debbie Boukydis, Enbridge Gas
Distribution, Tel: (416) 495-5682,

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