SaskEnergy Helps Beaver Creek Camp

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Beaver Creek Camp is more energy efficient thanks to SaskEnergy.

The Salvation Army Beaver Creek Camp, just south of Saskatoon, is more energy efficient these days, thanks to SaskEnergy.

In early December, 2010, all the buildings at Beaver Creek were retrofitted with furnace filters and programmable thermostats through SaskEnergy’s Home Energy Efficiency Project (HEEP).

Other products installed included water-saving showerheads, toilet tank inserts, weather stripping, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and electrical outlet wall-plate insulator kits.

Energy efficiencies can help improve year-round air quality and temperatures, and knock down monthly energy costs. Camp manager Murdy Hutton is convinced he’s noticed improvements in cabin comfort. However, the true dollars-and-cents savings cannot be calculated until after the summer rush of campers has come and gone.

Every penny saved will mean a lot at Beaver Creek Camp, which welcomes hundreds of children every year, most from lower-income homes. Without the camp, many of these families might not otherwise be able to introduce their kids to the joys of outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, and campfires.

Beaver Creek is not the only beneficiary of HEEP’s cost-cutting. Through the program, SaskEnergy has installed similar products in more than 2,600 Saskatchewan homes. The Salvation Army has always encouraged eligible homeowners to apply.

This year, the project has a new name: The Home Energy Legacy Project or HELP. Two homes in each of Saskatoon and Regina will be selected to receive up to $15,000 in energy efficiency home improvements.

Qualified homeowners must have an annual combined income of less than $52,000 and meet other criteria. To find out more about HELP, contact SaskEnergy or attend an information session.

SASKATOON: Monday March 28th, 2011 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Elementary School, 337 Avenue O. South. For information, call 306-343-7772

REGINA: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Regina, 1740 Broder St. For more information call 306-522-9700