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Newmarket Hydro contributes over $330,000 to social housing groups

Funds are part of utility and housing provider partnership on conservation in residential units

Newmarket, Ontario (January 3, 2007): Newmarket Hydro has allocated over $330,000 to five organizations that provide social housing accommodations for residents in Newmarket.

At the utility’s invitation, the housing providers—German-Canadian Housing of Newmarket, Housing York Inc., Interfaith Homes, Newmarket Co-operative Housing and Trinity Glen—prepared requests for funding detailing energy-saving actions for their individual complexes.

Funds from Newmarket Hydro’s conservation plan were then allocated in support of those requests. This collaboration is part of a joint commitment to conservation, affordability and environmental issues related to electricity.

Together the housing groups will receive $334,203 from Newmarket Hydro’s conservation plan for encouraging community energy-saving activities. The funds are to support such plans as purchasing new energy-efficient appliances for residents, installing weather-stripping around windows and door openings and retrofitting existing lighting systems to improve energy savings.

“We believe that conservation must have a conscience,” says Paul Ferguson, president of Newmarket Hydro. “That means making sure our conservation programs reach those individuals in our community who have limited financial resources and encourage their participation.” Ferguson adds that “getting the money in the hands of the social housing providers is only the first step” and that the utility is “pleased to assist these groups in improving their homes as a way of managing energy consumption and reducing electricity bills.”

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For further information: Pam Riley 905-953-8548 ext. 2338, Rick Butts 905-853-7395 (cell: 905-717-2878).