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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.

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