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A $139,382 rebate? Whoo hoo!

Sunday, March 23, 2014   by: Staff



Union Gas is helping the Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation to make its social housing more energy efficient through $139,382 in affordable housing rebates.

The funds are helping to offset the cost to assess and install higher-efficiency central boilers in four high-rise social housing buildings since 2012.

The new equipment is expected to lower the organization's costs by $631,000 over its useful life, and save enough natural gas to fuel more than 900 homes for an entire year.

The incentives are provided through the Union Gas EnerSmart program, which offers incentives to municipal, commercial and industrial customers to implement projects that will use natural gas more efficiently, reducing energy costs and emissions.

Gerald Laforest, Union Gas commercial/institutional markets account manager for the northeast district and Don Van Daele, Union Gas utility services manager for Sault Ste. Marie, presented the cheque to Rick Niro, city councillor and chair of the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board and David Edgar, chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation, at City Hall today.

"Through our wide range of EnerSmart energy efficiency incentives we are helping our non-profit social housing service providers and municipal partners lower their energy use and manage costs as efficiently as possible," said Laforest.

"The investments the Sault Ste. Marie Housing Corporation has made to its upgrade its facilities will reduce energy consumption and lower operating costs every year."

"Reducing our energy use makes sense at every level," said Niro.

"With the support of Union Gas' conservation program, we've been able to make two of our facilities much more energy efficient, which helps us manage our costs better and contributes to Ontario's overall energy conservation goals."

Union Gas has been dedicated to energy conservation and reducing its environmental footprint for over 15 years.

Since it first began offering Demand Side Management programs in 1997, Union Gas has delivered over 6.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas savings, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of removing 2.1 million cars from Ontario's roads for a year.

About Union Gas 
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers.

The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers  for 2014, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees.

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irishfey 3/23/2014 6:03:03 PM Report

Is that going to help the independent home owner????
macgyvr 3/23/2014 6:33:36 PM Report

Unkle Kracker 3/23/2014 6:41:23 PM Report

Wow, this will really help me out with the price hike coming in April......
Eagles Fan. 3/23/2014 7:05:28 PM Report

Hmmmmm, announce a huge rate increase one week, then announce a huge rebate donation the next!!! The working man/woman take it up the a$$ again!!!

I had a 40 year old inefficient furnace. I sure wish the nice people at Union Gas offered me a rebate to help offset the price of replacing it with a new, more energy efficient one
edz 3/23/2014 7:05:50 PM Report

wow but we can still get 3 feet of pipe wrap for free can't we??
Zap 3/23/2014 7:08:18 PM Report

20% increase then the 13% tax on top of it why not say a 33% increase. That is why the government is in bed with the corporations even though we pay them to work for us.
opinionated 3/23/2014 7:24:01 PM Report

The 15 % is on top of the 20 %, so its actually more than a 33 % increase, actually more like 36 %

Either way, its going up by quite a bit.
phantom 3/23/2014 7:44:29 PM Report home owners need to bend over and lube up so maybe it won't be so pain full. No help for us,as usual!
RStephens 3/23/2014 7:50:24 PM Report

20% increase, plus taxes:

20% x 1.13 = 22.6%

The kicker is that Union Gas doesn't profit in any way from collection of HST - so let's stick with 20%, as no company or person can influence prevailing sales tax rates.

Less time complaining and expressing your opinion on message boards; more time brushing up on basic math.
therazor_ 3/23/2014 8:01:34 PM Report

Above is the residential incentive program, it will give you details on how to save on residential upgrades. This program has been available for years before the announcement of the potential 13% increase.
Partsman772 3/23/2014 8:13:13 PM Report

how about giving the home owner a break for a change
Stugatzu 3/23/2014 8:20:19 PM Report

Too bad that this energy saving incentive program only applies to Central and Southwestern Ontario only.

Us folks in Northern Ontario don't qualify... for _ANY_ of the Union Gas incentives or rebates listed except for the $25 credit for having a programmable thermostat.

macgyvr 3/23/2014 8:23:37 PM Report

macgyvr 3/23/2014 8:29:12 PM Report

Prrrrrrr 3/23/2014 9:35:11 PM Report

There is a social housing grant available for up to 20,000 for homeowners who make under 65000.00 a year.
toto 3/24/2014 10:50:43 AM Report

Been on it for 2 years.
Still 198th and they have no money.
campfiregirl 3/24/2014 4:07:10 PM Report

Most of the people in social housing don't directly pay for their gas usage.
And if you are on welfare or disability, you pay a lot less than the person that works for a living. Why give them more discounts when it is us hard working people that have to pay through the nose for everything!!!!!!!!
And we pay for them to live there in the first place !!!! I used to live in housing and I had to pay $1100 a month plus puc for a 3 bedroom townhouse while the person who lived next door to me was on welfare and paid about $300 a month plus puc....I'm asking you is that fair? I'm all for giving people a hand up when it is needed but you have people who just abuse the system and it's just wrong.
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