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July 21

Veridian’s Conservation Ambassadors arrive in Gravenhurst this weekend to help residents stay cool during summer’s heat
Ambassadors to educate customers on conserving electricity during heat wave, managing electricity costs and new conservation programs

Gravenhurst, ON –Veridian’s Conservation Ambassadors will be in Gravenhurst this weekend at the Muskoka In-Water Boat & Cottage Show and Ribfest, running July 22 to 24 at the Muskoka Wharf. The event provides a great opportunity for Veridian customers to learn how they can stay cool during the summer heat, as well as how they can conserve energy during peak times and manage their electricity costs.

“The extreme heat that’s gripping most of Ontario increases the demand and strain on the province’s electricity grid,” explains Eryn Wishnowski, Veridian’s residential conservation program manager. “Visitors to the Veridian booth can learn how they can reduce their electricity consumption, effectively manage their bills without compromising their comfort and learn tips for staying cool during summer heat waves.”

The Conservation Ambassadors will also be promoting the new saveONenergy programs being offered by Veridian and funded by the Ontario Power Authority, including peaksaver® and Fridge & Freezer PickupOM. The Conservation Ambassadors will explain the benefits customers can achieve by taking advantage of these energy-saving measures and incentives available by participating in these conservation programs.

The peaksaver program is available until August 15, 2011. peaksaver is an innovative program that helps to ensure a reliable power supply in the province. The program allows a participating customer’s air conditioner to be cycled down when electricity demand is at its highest through a programmable thermostat installed in their home. The program is available to customers with central air conditioning in good working order. Participants receive a free, professionally installed Honeywell programmable thermostat ($350 value) and a $25 ‘thank you’ payment. Customers interested in participating in the program can call Veridian’s peaksaver hotline at 1-866-323-0206 or sign-up online at www.veridian.on.ca.

“The Conservation Ambassadors will have information and material on a wide range of topics, from valuable coupon booklets that provide discounts on energy-efficient products for the home to time-of-use decals, energy conservation handbooks and brochures,” says Wishnowski. “Veridian is committed to providing its customers with tips and resources to help reduce their energy use during peak times, lowering their energy bills and providing comfort during the hot, summer months.”

The Conservation Ambassadors’ schedule of appearances at events, festivals and libraries is posted on Veridian’s website at www.veridian.on.ca.

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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.

For more information, contact:
Chris Mace
Sales & PR Representative – Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218