Union Gas launches program for local families in need

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

    WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Representatives from Union Gas and the
Downtown Mission gathered today to unveil a new program that provides energy
conservation tools for families in financial need. Offered for the first time
in Windsor, 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 Lindsay Boyd, District
Manager, Union Gas. "We are grateful to the Downtown Mission 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 Downtown Mission to continue its work serving the
    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 for 200 people.
    "This event offers our clients, who are struggling financially, to pick
up energy saving tips for the home," said Barry Furlonger, Executive Director
of the Downtown Mission. "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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