Verger Roger Côté received
in grants.

Verger Roger Côté saved at least
compared to using oil.

The apples of our eye

Cleaning apples after they’re harvested makes them lose their natural protection, so they must be waxed to retain their goodness until they’re displayed in grocery stores. If the wax hasn’t dried properly, apples get damp and chalky looking, but natural gas did the job for Mario Côté.

"We can now maintain a constant temperature despite the weather,” this fourth-generation grower proudly said. “That wasn’t possible with oil. The crunch: My apples are more beautiful than ever.”

"Clean, cheap and efficient... natural gas is a ripe advantage to pick!"

An investment that pays off quickly

In addition to a dryer, Verger Roger Côté converted the heating in their warehouse to natural gas. Installing four heaters cost $18,510, minus the $8,550 grant obtained with the help of Plomberie Sylvain Lamy, his Gaz Métro Authorized Partner. One year later, the investment had paid for itself. “Natural gas didn’t just improve the quality of my apples—it’s more economical, efficient and cleaner than oil.”