Union Gas launches program for local families in need

    Sudbury community partners play key role in promoting new conservation

    SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Representatives from Union Gas, the
Canadian Red Cross and the Social Planning Council gathered today to unveil a
new program that provides energy conservation tools for families in financial
need. Offered for the first time in Sudbury, participating households can
realize up to $200 in savings every year on their energy bills.
    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.
    "We are very proud to be working with the Canadian Red Cross and the
Social Planning Council of Sudbury," said Doug French, District Manager, Union
Gas. "Through this partnership, families in the greatest need are given access
to tools that will reduce their energy costs, while at the same time, help to
protect our environment."
    For their assistance in promoting the program to their clients, Union Gas
donated $10,000 to each agency to support the continuation of their work
serving the Sudbury community.
    Union Gas also held a free Home Energy Conservation Workshop for the
agencies' 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 for 200 people at Sudbury Market Square.
    "This event offers our clients, who are struggling financially, to pick
up energy saving tips for the home, while sharing a meal with friends and
neighbours," said Lynn Stevens, Housing Coordinator, Canadian Red Cross. "I
can't tell you how much something like this can brighten someone's day."

    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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