Union Gas Marks Earth Week By Delivering Big Energy Savings

    CHATHAM, ON, April 21 /CNW/ - Union Gas today announced it will mark
Earth Week by distributing more than 21,000 free Energy Saving Kits to
customers at giveaway events to be held at 15 Home Depot locations across
Ontario this spring(1).
    Each Energy Saving Kit packs easy-to-install items that reduce energy
used to heat water in the home - cutting both air emissions and water
    By using the kits, customers will save money and help eliminate close to
five million kilograms of carbon monoxide emissions - the equivalent of what
483,000 trees can remove in a single year - and total water consumption will
be reduced by more than 573 million litres.
    "Earth Week is the perfect time to lead by example and reinforce our
commitment to environmental stewardship," said Julie Dill, President, Union
    Union Gas has also taken important steps to reduce its own environmental
footprint by commissioning three new office buildings constructed to Gold
Standard Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standards in
Burlington, Windsor and Kingston. In addition, the company has introduced
energy conservation measures in its 60 company buildings across Ontario such
as a retrofit of existing lighting which has reduced the associated
electricity consumption by up to 58 per cent and the installation of water
saving devices which have reduced water consumption by up to 40 per cent.
    In the business, Union Gas has also focused on other innovative
energy-saving initiatives such as an anti-idling program for company vehicles
and an automated system that places all personal computers on low-power mode
after business hours. Support for environmental conservation, education and
research is highlighted as a main area of focus in the company's comprehensive
community relations program.
    "Union Gas has been a pioneer in designing and delivering energy
efficiency programs for customers for over a decade," said Mel Ydreos, Vice
President, Marketing and Customer Care. "We are continuing to build on this
commitment through education and energy savings tools in every area of our
    For more information visit uniongas.com/environment/energyconservation

    About Union Gas

    Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million
residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities
across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage
and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services
to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in
Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an
important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S.
supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. A Spectra
Energy company, Union Gas has assets of $4 billion and approximately 2,200
employees. Visit uniongas.com for more information.

    (1) Union Gas Energy Saving Kits will be distributed in Belleville,
        Brantford, Burlington, Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Milton,
        Oakville, Orillia, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Waterloo and
        Windsor. For dates and times visit uniongas.com/esk.

For further information:

For further information: Union Gas Limited: Andrea Stass, Manager,
Public Affairs and Media Relations, Union Gas Limited, Ph: 1-800-571-8446 ext.
5490, Cell: (519) 365-1010, Fax: (519) 436-4621, E-mail: astass@uniongas.com

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