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September 7, 2006
Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project to Help 100 Regina Families Warm up for Winter
SaskEnergy, the Salvation Army and SIAST volunteers teamed up today to help 100 Regina families improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Today marked the launch of this year's SaskEnergy Share the Warmth™ Home Energy Efficiency Project.
The initiative, part of the Provincial Government's Saskatchewan Energy Share, began as a pilot project with 100 homes last year in Moose Jaw and has been expanded to 12 Saskatchewan centres this year, beginning with Regina. The SaskEnergy Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project is targeted to help 2,500 homeowners over the next five years.
"SaskEnergy is an industry leader in introducing innovative programs designed to help Saskatchewan homeowners save energy and money, "said Warren McCall, MLA, Regina Elphinstone-Centre, on behalf of Andrew Thomson, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. "All the programs that make up Saskatchewan Energy Share, including the Home Energy Efficiency Project, help people better manage their energy costs by creating annual savings for years to come."
The Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project will allow families in Regina to benefit from up to $200 worth of home improvements including - preparing windows and doors for winter, replacing furnace filters, installing gaskets around light switches and plug ins, replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights and installing programmable thermostats. These improvements, on average, will result in $150 worth of annual savings for the participating home owners.
This project has thrived thanks to the support of local organizations and institutions, allowing it to reach 12 communities in the province. Local Salvation Army centres have been responsible for selecting the families who will benefit from the project. The City of Regina has also donated Water Wizards™, water conservation devices for toilets, and low-flow showerheads to increase the energy efficiency of these 100 Regina homes.
"There is a great need in the community for this type of project," said Major Leonard Millar of the Salvation Army. "Keeping warm during Saskatchewan winters can be a bit of a challenge at times. It is great that the community can step forward and help."
Students from Cochrane High School's Building Trades Program, as well as volunteers from SIAST, the Salvation Army, SaskEnergy and the community will complete the energy efficiency improvements in two homes - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
"At SIAST, we're pleased to partner with SaskEnergy and the Salvation Army on this project. By volunteering their time and knowledge, our students are gaining practical experience and a whole new perspective on home energy efficiency," said SIAST's president and CEO, Dr. Bob McCulloch. "The Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Program is also a perfect opportunity for our students to help out the community."
The Share the Warmth Home Energy Efficiency Project is offered to homeowners with a combined household income of no more than $45,000 a year. This year's project will be helping families in Regina, Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Swift Current, Maple Creek, Melfort, Tisdale, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Meadow Lake, Saskatoon and Estevan.
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