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Union Gas boosts energy efficiency at Simcoe social housing

February 28, 2014 - Union Gas says it has helped Simcoe County, Ont., make its social housing more energy efficient. With the help of the Union Gas Affordable Housing Conservation Program, two social housing facilities installed energy efficient upgrades, which include an upgraded ventilation system and a new condensing tank water heater.


February 28, 2014
By Alyssa Dalton

The upgrades are projected to save $150,000 in energy costs over the life of the new equipment, and lower its natural gas use by 430,000 m3, which will fuel more than 200 homes.

The affordable housing program is part of the Union Gas EnerSmart program, which offers incentives to municipal, commercial and industrial customers to implement projects that will use natural gas more efficiently and reduce energy costs.

“We want to help our municipal partners lower their energy use and manage costs as efficiently as possible through the wide range of incentives we offer through our EnerSmart program,” said Gerald Laforest, Union Gas commercial/institutional markets account manager for the northeast district.

Laforest and Moe Lapointe, Union Gas utility services manager for Orillia, presented a $54,000 incentive cheque to warden Cal Patterson and councillor Alicia Savage, chair of the Simcoe County Housing Corporation Board, yesterday.

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“As a corporation, we continually make strides to help ensure conservation and green initiatives guide our thinking and actions,” said Patterson. “County Council has shown leadership by approving the Energy Management Program and the Green Fleet Action Plan, which are aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.”