updated 3/9/2011 9:46:27 AM ET 2011-03-09T14:46:27

STAMFORD, Conn., March 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Home Service USA Corp (HomeServe), the nation's leading provider of emergency home repair programs, is pleased to announce an agreement with South Jersey Energy Service Plus to provide emergency home repair plans to customers in southern New Jersey.

HomeServe, which serves more than 800,000 customers holding 1.2 million service plans across 36 states, has purchased the exclusive right to renew the home appliance repair contracts of South Jersey Energy Service Plus (SJESP) as the contracts become due for renewal this summer. SJESP currently services nearly135,000 service contracts.

South Jersey Energy Service Plus, a member of the South Jersey Industries family of companies, installs, maintains and services residential and small commercial heating, air conditioning and water heating systems throughout southern New Jersey. With a target market of more than 325,000 households, the addition of this fast-growing New Jersey region increases HomeServe's accessible households in the US to 20.7 million.

As part of the agreement, HomeServe will continue using the valued SJESP brands, including Service Sentry and the skilled SJESP technicians, continuing a long tradition of service that SJESP has been providing homeowners in the region.

The current suite of SJESP Service Sentry offerings that include heating, cooling, water heating, kitchen and laundry appliance repair plans will be expanded by HomeServe to meet customers' needs. All Service Sentry plans are designed to save customers from the hassle and expense of emergency home repair costs. With Service Sentry, homeowners are just a phone call away from having a skilled local service provider come to quickly solve their problem.

"This is an exciting development for HomeServe," Jonathan King, chief executive of HomeServe USA commented. "We are pleased that South Jersey Energy Service Plus chose us as a partner, and we are looking forward to working with their team to service customers in South Jersey for many years to come."

Michael Renna, president of South Jersey Energy Service Plus, and vice president of South Jersey Industries, stated, "We are confident that HomeServe is the right partner to meet our customers' service needs.  This agreement allows our business to continue growing while freeing up resources for us to install, service and maintain HVAC systems in South Jersey."

About HomeServe

Home Service USA Corp (HomeServe) is an independent provider of homeowner assistance services. The company was established in 2003 and has grown to protect more than 800,000 homeowners holding 1.2 million service plans across 36 states against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical and other home emergencies. HomeServe dedicates itself to being a customer focused company offering best practices in marketing and service. For more information about HomeServe, please go to www.homeserveusa.com

About South Jersey Energy Service Plus

A member of the South Jersey Industries family of companies, SJESP is a complete provider of residential and commercial HVAC installation, service, appliance repair and plumbing services, and is southern New Jersey's leading authority on energy efficiency.

CONTACT: HomeServe Contact:
         Myles Meehan
         SJESP Contact:
         Joanne Brigandi
         609-561-9000 x4240

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