Four lo­fal homes more en­ergy ef­fi­fient

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Four low-in­come home­own­ers in Moose Jaw will be­gin to see the re­sults of an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency home makeover, thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween SaskEn­ergy and Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity. The se­lected Moose Jaw home­own­ers will each re­ceive up to $10,000 in en­ergy ef­fi­cient up­grades which may in­clude: top-of-the line EN­ERGY STAR® qual­i­fied fur­naces and wa­ter heaters, toi­let or door re­place­ments. Re­cip­i­ents were cho­sen through an ap­pli­ca­tion se­lec­tion process ad­min­is­tered by Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, based on in­come, im­prove­ments needed and per­sonal cir­cum­stances. Moose Jaw is the fi­nal stop in the 2012 ur­ban SaskEn­ergy Home En­ergy Legacy Pro­gram. “For all of those par­tic­i­pat­ing, HELP will pro­vide en­ergy con­sump­tion and util­ity bill sav­ings. HELP also al­lows home­own­ers to stay in their homes for many years to come which to some may not have been an op­tion,” said Shan­non Doka, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment leader at SaskEn­ergy. All homes had a struc­tural in­spec­tion and Saskatchewan En­erGuide for Houses (SEGH) eval­u­a­tion done. The SEGH eval­u­a­tion pro­vides an en­ergy rat­ing for the home, as well as rec­om­men­da­tions for retrofits that will re­duce en­ergy costs and im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. A team of SaskEn­ergy em­ployee vol­un­teers along­side Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity was at one of the homes where a ‘Day of Car­ing’ was held for a sin­gle mother. SaskEn­ergy’s 2011 Home En­ergy Legacy Pro­gram was a pilot pro­ject where a to­tal of seven homes were up­graded in Saska­toon and Regina. As a result of HELP, those home­own­ers saved on av­er­age 30 per cent on their en­ergy con­sump­tion in the first 10 months with their new fur­naces. HELP 2012 has al­ready as­sisted

five home­own­ers in Saska­toon and two in Regina. Other sup­port­ers of the 2012 SaskEn­ergy Home En­ergy Legacy Pro­gram in­clude: Nu-Trend In­dus­tries, the Car­rier whole­saler in Saskatchewan, and Car­rier Canada that pro­vided EN­ERGY STAR® fur­naces at a sub­stan­tially re­duced cost for the pro­ject; Brad­ford White Canada Inc. and Wolse­ley Me­chan­i­cal Group pro­vided three EN­ERGY STAR® wa­ter heaters; and Saskatchewan Wa­ter­shed Au­thor­ity spon­sored the WaterSense la­belled prod­ucts; In­stal­la­tion of the Car­rier fur­naces will be com­pleted by SaskEn­ergy Net­work Mem­bers: Ra­zor Heat­ing and Air Con­di­tion­ing, Saska­toon; C & E Me­chan­i­cal Inc., Moose Jaw; and All-Pre­mium Plumb­ing and Heat­ing Ltd., Regina. Cen­ten­nial Plumb­ing, Heat­ing & Elec­tri­cal will also be pro­vid­ing an in­stal­la­tion ser­vice.

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