|For Immediate Release
September 29, 2003
GNG Contacts: Randy Lewis 404-843-8228
Georgia Natural Gas® Completes Local Community Project To Launch "Weatherization And Conservation" Campaign
Home Project is part of Hands on Atlanta Day
Atlanta - Georgia Natural Gas' (GNG's) TrueBlue Crew of employee volunteers will weatherize the home of a Dekalb County senior on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. until noon as part of the 2003 Hands On Atlanta Day. "Weatherization and conservation" is a current campaign of GNG, which encourages all natural gas consumers to take action to weatherize their homes to conserve energy and curb winter heating expenses.
To celebrate Hands on Atlanta Day, nearly 20 percent of GNG's employees have volunteered to make energy conservation improvements to the home of Tucker resident Mildred Smith. Improvements to Smith's single-level home will include weather stripping exterior doors, caulking interior windows and sinks to prevent air seepage, installing insulated electrical outlet gaskets, installing attic stair and air conditioner covers, and installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators. In addition, GNG is providing professionally installed insulation for Ms. Smith's basement.
"We are pleased to make these energy conservation improvements to Ms. Smith's home, said Mike Braswell, GNG's Chief Operating Officer. "This not only helps a deserving consumer, but it also demonstrates to everyone how easy it is to make simple home improvements that save energy and money. Every homeowner should be undertaking these same efforts now, while temperatures are still mild."
Since its inception, GNG has supported the Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.) through annual contributions. H.E.A.T. distributes energy assistance funds to qualified elderly and low-income residents throughout Georgia. Ms. Smith, who is retired and qualifies for state heating assistance based on her income, was one of several qualifying seniors initially recommended by H.E.A.T. to be the beneficiary of GNG's weatherization effort.
GNG is the only natural gas marketer in Georgia to consistently offer a special discount for qualified senior citizens. In addition to receiving a $10.50 discount off their Atlanta Gas Light Company base charge, seniors who qualify for the GNG discount also enjoy a reduction in their gas price of at least 10 cents per therm. Information about GNG's senior discount and energy assistance can be found on GNG's web site, www.gng.com/residential/seniors.html.
Energy Conservation Tips
There are simple ways to conserve energy that may result in lower energy bills – without discomfort or inconvenience. A full list of money-saving energy tips is attached and also can be found on GNG's web site, www.gng.com. Seniors with special needs always should check with their doctor before changing their normal home temperature.
About Georgia Natural Gas
GNG is Georgia's leading natural gas marketer, serving the energy needs of nearly 550,000 Georgians. GNG is part of SouthStar Energy Services, a Georgia-based joint venture between AGL Resources and Piedmont Natural Gas. SouthStar operates in other parts of the Southeast as SouthStar Energy Services and Piedmont Energy Company.