Start the new year off right with energy savings

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Start the new year off right with energy savings, 2016 calendar

Take advantage of Union Gas tools and incentives that will help you reduce your household energy use - and utility bills - all winter long. Use less, pay less. Happy New Year!

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Save up to $100 a year in water-heating costs by installing energy efficient showerheads and faucet aerators. They deliver lots of pressure but use only half the water.

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Buy and install a programmable thermostat. By automatically turning down the heat when you're in bed or away from home you can save up to $100 year on heating costs.

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Weather stripping and caulking will keep you from wasting 40 per cent of your home heating dollars, warming up cold air which sneaks in through cracks around windows and doors. Such an easy fix.

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Let the sunshine in to warm things up during the day and close curtains to keep out the chill at night.

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A clean furnace works more efficiently so change your filters every three months and be sure to get an annual inspection from a Technical Standards and Safety Authority registered heating contractor.

Make a resolution to cut your energy bills this year: for even more tips, visit

What's that smell?

You can't see or taste natural gas so we made sure you can smell it.

A harmless gas called mercaptan is added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs (or sulphur). So if there's a leak, you'll know it right away. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms will not pick up on it. But your nose will.

What to do if you smell that smell

  1. DO get everyone out of the home and away from the property immediately.
  2. DO call 911 or Union Gas at 1-877-969-0999 from outside or a neighbour's home.
  3. DON'T call from inside your home or garage.
  4. DON'T use electrical switches, appliances, lighters or matches and DON'T smoke.
  5. DON'T start any motors or motor vehicles on the property.

No energy source is safer or more reliable than natural gas.

Leaks are rare, but if one does occur, you need to know what to do to keep your home and family safe. For added protection, you can install a natural gas alarm or combination natural gas/CO alarm, available at most hardware stores.

Visit to learn more about gas safety.