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Elizabethtown Gas encourages customers to prepare for winter heating season

UNION, NJ – Oct. 8, 2013 – The fall season has begun and the cooler temperatures also will arrive soon.  Elizabethtown Gas wants to help customers better prepare for the winter season by encouraging them to take advantage of available programs that can provide assistance with managing heating bills and natural gas use:

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible customers pay for their winter heating service and also may cover the cost of may cover certain medically necessary cooling expenses. Eligibility is based on household size and income. 
    • The application period opened on Oct. 1, 2013 and continues April 30, 2014.
    • LIHEAP application is also an application for the Universal Service Fund Program (USF), a program created by the state to help make natural gas and electric bills more affordable for low-income households.
    • For more information about LIHEAP and USF or to locate an authorized local community action agency or community based organization in your area, call 2-1-1 or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Hotline (toll-free) at 1-800-510-3102. 
  • NJ SHARES is a program made up of the voluntary contributions from Elizabethtown Gas customers. The program provides a one-time annual grant benefit to eligible applicants in a temporary crisis who exceeds the income guidelines for other energy assistance programs. For information, call 1-855-465-8783. 
  • The Elizabethtown Gas Budget Plan is a bill management program that provides a convenient way for customers to pay their natural gas bills, making household budgeting much easier. The plan minimizes the "peaks and valleys" in natural gas bills by allowing customers to pay a consistent amount every month for a 12-month period. Customers interested in enrolling in the budget plan should visit virginianaturalgas.com or call the Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-5830.
  • The energySMART program offers ideas and tools to help customers save energy and money. Combined with other programs and incentives, energySMART provides the resources and financial rebates to reduce energy use and make homes and businesses more energy efficient. 

For additional information about each of these programs and a list of other utility assistance programs, and managing natural gas costs, please visit elizabethtowngas.com.  

About Elizabethtown Gas

Elizabethtown Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 277,000 residential, business and industrial natural gas customers in New Jersey. In operation since 1855, the company serves parts of Union, Middlesex, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Morris and Mercer counties. For more information, visit www.elizabethtowngas.com 
  

About AGL Resources 

AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves approximately 630,000 retail energy customers and approximately 1.2 million customer service contracts through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com. 

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