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Esurance Saves More Green in San Francisco, Chicago, and Tampa

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San Francisco, CA — August 29, 2005

Esurance, the direct-to-consumer auto insurance company, announced its latest round of initiatives to help citizens of San Francisco, Chicago, and Tampa really "save some green."

John Swigart, Esurance's Managing Director and CMO, stated, "Esurance is a young, rapidly growing company that probably sees the world a little differently than some of our competitors, particularly in terms of issues like safeguarding the environment. Our paperless customer experience helps us save on operating costs, savings that translate into lower rates for Esurance customers. Of course, Esurance's paperless customer experience also helps save hundreds of trees a year. To demonstrate our environmental commitment, we're very excited to work with great organizations in San Francisco, Chicago, and Tampa."

In San Francisco, Esurance has an ongoing partnership with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), a non-profit organization that has planted nearly half the street trees in San Francisco. Esurance recently showcased FUF at a "save some green" event. The event, which was staffed by Esurance volunteers and featured Esurance's hybrid claims vehicle, helped build awareness of FUF while also raising some additional funds for the organization. Kelly Quirke, Executive Director of Friends of the Urban Forest, stated, "Esurance is a great partner, enthusiastically working on our behalf. With our city's government facing some tough financial issues, it is vital for organizations like ours to diversify funding sources. Having a supportive, energetic partner like Esurance makes this challenge a lot easier for us."

Esurance has also recently launched its relationship with Chicago Gateway Green, a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the Chicago area. Through the organization's Expressway Partnership program, Esurance has sponsored improvements for the outbound Bryn Mawr exit, off the Kennedy Expressway. Bill Bracken, Chicago Gateway Green's Executive Director, explained, "Through our Expressway Partnership program, we implement long-term landscaping plans and carry out ongoing maintenance and cleanup, enhancing the quality of life in our communities. However, by greening roadside areas, we also help reduce the effects of car emissions on surrounding environments. This important work, that benefits so many Chicago residents and visitors, is impossible without corporate partners like Esurance."

In Tampa, Esurance has also recently started working with the Tampa Bay Reforestation and Environmental Effort, Inc. (T.R.E.E. Inc.) Esurance's first event with T.R.E.E. Inc. will consist of a tree planting in St. Pete Beach, Florida on September 24. Nine varieties of native trees will be planted at six parks throughout St. Pete Beach. William Moriaty, President of T.R.E.E., stated, "Our organization has planted over 43,000 native trees since we started our work in 1983. This would have been impossible without the cooperation of state and local governments, without our dedicated volunteers, and without donations. That's why we are always happy to establish new relationships with companies like Esurance."

Swigart concluded, "In terms of Esurance's environmental commitment, the best 'outdoor advertising' is the great outdoors itself. Through our inherent environmental benefits and our additional work with great partners like FUF, Chicago Gateway Green, and T.R.E.E. Inc., our customers and associates can proudly say they're a part of a company that truly saves some green."

About Esurance®

Esurance Insurance Services, Inc., a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), provides personal auto insurance direct to consumers online. Esurance is dedicated to constantly improving the way people shop for, buy, and manage their auto insurance. By combining the best of technology with industry know-how, Esurance is able to offer hassle-free auto insurance coverage with 24/7 customer service and claims handling at competitive prices.

Through Esurance's Web site, www.esurance.com, customers can get instant quotes, view comparison quotes, buy an Esurance policy, and print their proof of insurance card — all in minutes. Esurance also offers policyholders the ability to make policy changes and file claims instantly online, demonstrating its commitment to improving the entire insurance process from quote to claim.