EXCITING CCA FINALS:
SaskEnergy and the SaskEnergy Member Network have teamed up on a project to promote the importance of maintaining your natural gas heating equipment.
The Tune-Up Assistance Program (TAP) for homeowners provides a hands-on examination of home heating equipment by qualified plumbing and heating contractors, to ensure it operates efficiently and safely when needed most.
Applications were received from 73 different communities, and 270 low-income homeowners will be receiving a one-time SaskEnergy Network Home Heating Tune-Up at no charge.
The 2018 TAP homeowners are from 39 communities including Gravelbourg, Lafleche, and nine from Swift Current.
As an added safety measure, a multi-gas detector that detects both natural gas and carbon monoxide will be provided to each homeowner.
“We were very excited by the great response this year. We’re also so grateful to have 65 SaskEnergy Network Members participating in the Home Heating Tune-Up across the province – they are key to making this valuable program possible,” Shannon Doka, Community Involvement Leader with SaskEnergy, said. “Targeting low-income homeowners is a way to give back to those in our community and assist eligible families in need – benefiting them with this important piece of safety maintenance for their home, and helping them make their energy dollars go a little further.”
TAP serves as a reminder to all Saskatchewan homeowners about the importance of furnace maintenance and cleaning, including replacing furnace filters every one to two months during the winter heating season. Dirty filters reduce airflow and force the furnace to run longer, leading to higher energy bills, potential costly repairs, poor indoor air quality, or even no service during cold winter temperatures.
“Safety is a very, very important benefit of furnace maintenance and if you can’t afford to get it done yourself, it's helpful that SaskEnergy is out there doing this program for people that can’t afford it. And everyone needs to be safe,” said Shane Haddad, TAP participant.