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SaskEnergy Offers Two More Programs to Help Customers With Rising Energy Costs

August 5, 2008

SaskEnergy Offers Two More Programs to Help Customers With Rising Energy Costs

SaskEnergy is announcing two more energy efficiency programs to help customers become more energy efficient. The ENERGY STAR® Prime Rate Loan Program and a $15 Programmable Thermostat Rebate are available as of August 1, 2008 and will continue through until March 31, 2009. These programs are designed to help customers make changes in their homes to minimize the effects of rising natural gas prices.

Participating SaskEnergy Network Members are offering prime rate loans (oac) to customers who purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace with a high efficiency DC variable-speed motor. By upgrading from a standard furnace to a high efficiency furnace with a DC variable-speed motor an average home can save over 30% each year in energy costs.

The Programmable Thermostat Rebate provides customers a $15 incentive to purchase a thermostat that can automatically turn down the temperature at night or during the day when no one is home. Customers can save up to 2% on their heating bills for every 1°C they turn down their thermostat at night and when they aren't at home.

"We understand the potential impact that rising energy costs will have on our customers," says Jacquie Kerr, Director of Customer Solutions at SaskEnergy. "Together with our existing programs, these two new offerings make it easier for customers to reduce their overall energy consumption and save money on their monthly bill while having a positive impact on the environment."

These two initiatives will be added to the existing energy efficiency programs offered by SaskEnergy and the Province of Saskatchewan. It is important that customers have programs available now so they can make changes to reduce their energy use prior to this winter.

To ensure that heating equipment continues to operate properly and efficiently, SaskEnergy recommends that customers purchase and have their programmable thermostat professionally installed by a SaskEnergy Network Member. SaskEnergy also wants to remind customers that their old thermostats may contain mercury, which can be harmful if not disposed of properly. Customers can drop off their old thermostats at a participating SaskPower customer service office, or ask their contractor if they participate in SaskPower's Mercury Thermostat Recovery Program.

For details about these programs or to find out about other energy efficiency programs, visit www.saskenergy.com.

For further information, please call:

Rebecca Rogoschewsky

Communications Officer, SaskEnergy

Phone: (306) 777-9722 or (306) 535-5275 (cell)

Email: rrogoschewsky@saskenergy.com