Several customers have agreed to share their experience with natural gas. See case studies to explore the many benefits of natural gas for Québec businesses.
Heating greenhouses is no mean feat and costs can quickly skyrocket. An environmentally friendly choice is all well and good, but economic concerns take precedence. In 2012 the price of natural gas became more attractive and commercial programs encouraged the purchase of new equipment. It was time to try something new.
Already seasoned property owners, Ricardo Tarquinio and some friends decided to buy a rental unit. And then they bought several more. Unsurprisingly, a few of the buildings were older and required some work. As investors who care about profitability, they had little choice but to modernize certain heating systems.
Heating large spaces can often involve a great deal of energy loss. When building the Parc Chauveau indoor soccer complex, the goal was clear—ensure efficient heating and ventilation, excellent air quality, and especially a comfortable environment for the players, without overheating them.
The Fleurimont Hospital, now part of CHUS, was built in the 1960s and converted to natural gas in the 80s. At the time, the goal of the conversion was simply to save money and reduce pollution.
Gaz Métro has worked alongside EBI on its biomethane and CNG projects from the very beginning. Moreover, Énergir subsidies helped EBI convert its fleet of vehicles to natural gas.
Éric Paquette and Jean-François Caron decided to join forces to create a homegrown hotel chain that offers business travellers a unique experience. When it came time to build their hotels, they chose natural gas without hesitation. Today they own two properties near Laval, and don’t intend to stop there.
Louis McNeil opened the first Cosmos restaurant over 20 years ago. This “modern tavern” in Sainte-Foy rapidly became one of the Québec City region’s iconic chains. When McNeil converted his four restaurants to natural gas, Énergir guided him through the process.
Established in 1968 when it was awarded six school contracts, Robert Paquette Autobus et Fils Inc. now operates 140 vehicles and employs 140 qualified people. The company provides services for schools and cities, as well as extracurricular trips and organized groups. When it started looking at a more cost-effective and energy-efficient heating solution, the company had faith in its heating contractor’s experience and insight.
Fromagerie Boivin is a family business founded in 1939 that makes some of Quebecers’ favourite cheeses. When the La Baie factory was consumed by flames in 2011, company directors decided to start fresh.
Buanderie Blanchelle has been providing linen and bedding supplies rental, maintenance and supply services to the healthcare sector since 1977. It operates in Québec and the United States with a team of 250 employees who share a common objective: contribute to the improvement of hygiene and quality in the hospital environment by providing customers with the very best services and products.
The Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries (CSPS) has 74 schools, training centres and administrative buildings in the Québec City region. Over the years, the school board has benefited from Énergir incentives to convert some 20 buildings to natural gas and, as a result, has been saving money since 1990.
In a small business, each financial decision matters; to save money, you most often have to choose to invest. That’s what Bellini Coiffure did when it decided to upgrade the heating system for its salon.
Over 30 years ago, all the pavilions at the Granby Zoo were heated by bulky old equipment that ran on heating oil. At the time, Énergir was already offering small natural gas units and financial assistance programs.
The idea behind housing cooperatives is to pool together everyone’s work and resources, and allow everyone to get involved on a daily basis in order to live better while spending less. Michel L’Espérance has a good grasp of this concept, which is why he turned to natural gas when it came time to upgrade the cooperative’s heating system.
All non-profit organizations must juggle financial considerations and the Centre Regain de vie is no exception. To provide services such as listening, support, a community kitchen, food distribution and free drop-in daycare, they have to think about saving money and being energy efficient, but also well-being and safety.
At a garage, the doors are constantly opening and closing. There are so many opportunities for energy and potential savings to disappear into thin air. When Yves Fredette had to renovate in 2008, it was with a view to increase profitability, but also improve his staff’s working conditions that he consulted an Énergir Certified Natural Gas Partner.
In 1975 Edward Stern founded Olymbec, an agency that owns and manages residential and commercial properties. Today, his sons Derek and Richard have taken over the reins. In order to leave a profitable company for their children and grandchildren, the Stern family chose natural gas as their main energy source, which offers heating that’s comfortable, affordable and cost-effective.
Take advantage of Énergir grants to add or replace natural gas equipment and reduce your energy costs. In addition to offering a better performance, natural gas is cheaper than electricity and fuel-oil.