Durham Region utilities begin rollout of home assistance program
DURHAM REGION, ON, Nov. 20, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
Benefits of energy efficiency coming for income-eligible residents
served by Oshawa PUC Networks Inc. (Oshawa PUC), Whitby Hydro Electric
Corporation (Whitby Hydro) and Veridian Connections (Veridian) are
being offered assistance - free of charge - to make their homes more
energy efficient through the saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE program.
Offered by Durham-based electric utilities Oshawa PUC, Whitby Hydro and
Veridian, the HOME ASSISTANCE program is helping income-eligible
homeowners and tenants manage their energy use while making their homes
more comfortable by offering in-home energy assessments as well as
installing energy-saving measures at no cost. Social assisted housing
providers may also qualify for assistance in make their buildings more
The HOME ASSISTANCE program features three key strategic elements that
include a detailed in-home energy assessment; professional installation
of energy-efficiency measures (such as energy-saving light bulbs,
low-flow showerheads and programmable power bars); and
energy-efficiency advice to maximize impact through behaviours that
lead to savings and proper use of the new technologies.
Windfall Ecology Centre is delivering the HOME ASSISTANCE program on
behalf of Oshawa PUC, Whitby Hydro and Veridian to qualified
homeowners, tenants, and social/assisted housing providers located in
the communities served by the utilities. The program is one component
of Ontario's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) strategy, and
complements other energy assistance programs offered through electric
and gas utilities as well as the province.
To find out more about the saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCE program,
eligibility and how to apply, please call 1-866-214-4770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- "We're delighted to provide this free, innovative program to
customers who may not be able to pay the up-front costs of
energy-efficiency upgrades to make their homes more
energy-efficient," said Nadeige Carter, CDM Program Manager,
Oshawa PUC. "We want to maximize opportunities for our
customers to conserve electricity, help them manage their
energy costs and reduce the demand on the electricity system."
-- "This new program encompasses an educational element that
offers customers the necessary tools to become and remain
energy efficient," explains Joseph Jedinak, Conservation and
Demand Management Program Manager, Whitby Hydro.
-- "We are pleased to offer a program that is focused on bringing
conservation and energy efficiency to those who are least able
to afford it," said Eryn Wishnowski, Conservation Specialist,
Veridian. "Some of our customers want to do their part but lack
the finances to do so. This program will help them manage their
energy costs, and at the same time help Ontario achieve its
-- The HOME ASSISTANCE Program - funded by the Ontario Power
Authority - is one of a suite of province-wide saveONenergy
conservation programs offered by Oshawa PUC Networks Inc.,
Whitby Hydro and Veridian to help Ontario achieve its
-- Overall, Ontario has 733,000 low-income households, or 16 per
cent of households based on pre-tax income criteria. More than
one-quarter of these households are electrically heated and
almost one-third have electric water heaters.
-- Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan sets out one of the most
ambitious conservation goals in North America - reducing peak
demand by 7,100 megawatts and overall demand by 28
terawatt-hours by 2030. That's the equivalent of taking over
2.4 million homes "off the grid."
Oshawa PUC Networks Inc.
Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation is an infrastructure assets
holding company providing innovative energy and communication related
services that include electricity distribution services; fiber optics
based high speed communications; and the development, construction and
operation of energy generation assets.
Whitby Hydro Electric Corporation
Whitby Hydro Electric Corporation is one of the oldest public utilities
in Ontario, serving approximately 40,000 customers within the Town of
Whitby and the communities of Brooklin, Myrtle and Ashburn. With over
106 years of providing progressive and innovative distribution
services, we continue to lead the utility industry in engineering
design, customer service and conservation. By focusing on high quality
customer service, diverse conservation program offerings, and creative
marketing strategies, Whitby Hydro Electric Corporation is committed to
fostering 'a culture of conservation' in its distribution territory.
Veridian Connections Inc.
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 115,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville,
the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of
Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton,
Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of
Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly
own Veridian Corporation.
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Nadeige Carter CDM Program Manager Oshawa PUC Networks Inc. Phone: 905-743-5207
Joseph Jedinak CDM Program Manager Whitby Hydro Electric Corp. Phone: 905-444-1980
Eryn Wishnowski Conservation Specialist Veridian Connections Inc. Phone:905-427-9870
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