Low-income home owners can TAP into program

The Tune-Up Assistance Program (TAP) will be available again this year for low-income homeowners in Weyburn, providing maintenance of natural gas home heating systems.

The program is offered by SaskEnergy and their network of plumbing and heating contractors. For those who are eligible, a network member will provide a home heating tune-up service free of charge. The value of the tune-ups are about $250.

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Any homeowner can apply, but preference will be given to those with an annual combined income of no more than $68,000. Renters and rental properties are not eligible for this program.

SaskEnergy will select homeowners based on need, location and other criteria relevant to SaskEnergy.

The Tune-Up service will include an examination of the chimney and removal of debris; a visual check of the heat exchanger and an examination of the blower compartment.

The contractor will clean and lubricate the motor and fan as needed, clean and reset burners, examine the operation of the fan and high limit controls, inspect the gas pilot system, adjust the drive system, and test the thermostat and switch.

The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, Sept. 14.