North Shore Gas Encourages Residents to Jumpstart Energy Savings with Free Products

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WAUKEGAN - North Shore Gas urges customers to jumpstart their energy savings this summer by taking advantage of programs that offer free products and rebates for energy upgrades.

The Home Energy Jumpstart Program provides free energy- and water-saving products to owners of single-family homes, two-flats, individually-metered condos and townhomes. Customers receive free installation of faucet aerators, showerheads, pipe insulation, programmable thermostats and CFLs. Renters are also eligible, with their landlord's permission.

For additional energy savings, residential customers can earn rebates when they install qualifying items through the Home Energy Rebate Program. Rebates are available for high-efficiency furnaces, boilers and water heaters and for other items such as attic insulation and duct sealing. By participating first in the Home Energy Jumpstart Program, customers can receive a $150 bonus rebate when they install a qualifying furnace or boiler.

"Summer is a great time to make energy-saving improvements to your home," said Patrick Michalkiewicz, manager of Energy Efficiency and Major Accounts for North Shore Gas. "Customers who make improvements now will start saving energy right away and will be on track to better manage their energy costs this winter."

To learn more information about energy-saving incentives from North Shore Gas, visit northshoregasrebates.com or call 855-849-8928. Customers can also find low and no-cost energy-saving tips at northshoregasdelivery.com.

Since launching its Natural Gas Savings Programs in 2011, North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas have issued more than $35 million in incentives and have helped customers save more than 21.6 million net therms of natural gas – an amount equal to the annual energy use of more than 10,400 homes. The therm savings represents a reduction in about 66,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in Chicagoland, the equivalent of taking nearly 14,000 cars off the road annually.

The Home Energy Jumpstart Program and a similar program for businesses have helped North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas customers save nearly 290 million gallons of water-enough water for more than 2,275 households each year.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 159,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. For more information about North Shore Gas visit the company's website: northshoregasdelivery.com.

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