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    Union Gas to change customer rates July 1, 2016

    June 27, 2016

    Union Gas announced today that the Ontario Energy Board has approved a change in the rates its customers will pay for natural gas effective July 1, 2016.

    Residential customers in northern and eastern Ontario who buy gas from Union Gas will see an annual net increase of about $15 which represents an increase of about 2 percent of their natural gas bill. Residential customers in southern Ontario who buy gas from Union Gas will see an annual net increase of about $22 which represents an increase of 3 per cent of their natural gas bill.

    "Natural gas is the most affordable choice for consumers." said Steve Baker, president of Union Gas. "Natural gas supplies are abundant and as a result the price has steadily declined over time."

    The approved rate changes largely reflect an increase in the market prices Union Gas expects to pay for natural gas supplies for the next year combined with adjustments to recover the difference between the forecast for natural gas market prices and transportation services and the actual costs from prior periods, which varies by location. While there are seasonal market fluctuations, the average natural gas bill for a residential Union Gas customer is about $210 less today than five years ago.

    Union Gas customers can realize even greater savings by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. For energy-saving advice, rebates and promotions visit uniongas.com/residential/save-money-energy.

    Union Gas recommends FIVE Easy Tips to Save Money and Energy:

    1. Reduce hot water use: A low-flow showerhead can reduce the amount of hot water used by up to 50 per cent and can save homeowners up to $100 a year in energy and water costs.
    2. Install a programmable thermostat: Heating and cooling accounts for 65 per cent of energy costs. By installing a programmable thermostat households can save up to $100 a year in energy costs. In winter, lower temperature by just 1°C over a seven-hour period to save about 1 per cent on heating bills. In summer, raise the thermostat while out and program cooling to start just before returning home.
    3. Furnace maintenance: Combine an annual inspection with simple do-it-yourself tasks to keep heating systems working reliably and safely. Change furnace filters every one to two months. A dirty air filter reduces airflow and makes furnaces run longer.
    4. Do an energy audit: Evaluating energy efficiency of homes will help identify improvements needed for heating, cooling and hot water systems that will give the most value for money. A free do-it-yourself Wise Energy Checklist is available on uniongas.com/residential/save-money-energy.
    5. Prevent air leakage: Caulking and weather stripping keeps homes comfortable and energy bills under control. Inspect windows and doors for gaps that let cold air in and let heated air escape.

    Union Gas Limited

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