Heating help is available to eligible Tennessee residents text in field
Chattanooga Gas recommends residents apply now as funds are limited
December 5, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – With the arrival of colder temperatures, Chattanooga Gas is encouraging eligible customers who may need help with paying their energy bills this winter season to apply for the available financial assistance program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers a one-time payment to a resident’s monthly heating bill regardless of the energy source used in the home.
“Financial assistance is available for households who may need help with their energy bills. There are many individuals who can benefit from this program. It is far too often that the individuals who need assistance the most are the ones who don’t know about programs like LIHEAP,” said Bryan Batson, president of Chattanooga Gas. “Funds are limited therefore residents are encouraged to apply now while they’re available.”
LIHEAP funds are administered locally by the Chattanooga Department of Social Services and are available for applicants who have an income level not exceeding 150 percent of the poverty level, published each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Tennessee reported more than 125,000 households in Tennessee received LIHEAP funds in 2011.
In addition to applying for heating assistance help, customers of Chattanooga Gas may be eligible for a free programmable thermostat under the company’s energySMART program. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by using the recommended manufacturer settings on a programmable thermostat, consumers can save up to $180 a year on their home’s heating and cooling bills.
Residents interested in learning how to apply for LIHEAP, or any other heating assistance program, should call Bradley-Cleveland Community Services at 423-479-4111 or Hamilton County Social Services at 432-757-5551 (inside city limits) and 423-209-6855 (outside city limits).
Customers interested in obtaining a free programmable thermostat can apply online at www.chattanoogagas.com.
About Chattanooga Gas
Chattanooga Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides retail natural gas sales and transportation services to approximately 61,000 customers in Hamilton and Bradley counties in southeast Tennessee. The Chattanooga Gas service area includes the communities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Red Bank, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain and Signal Mountain. For more information, please see www.chattanoogagas.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. As the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor based on customer count, AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Nicor National, 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.