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Applications for heating assistance open for eligible low-income households

Atlanta Gas Light recommends residents apply now as funds are limited.

ATLANTA - December 5, 2012 – Throughout the month of December, Georgia residents whose total gross yearly household income is at or below 60 percent of Georgia’s median income level can apply for federal assistance funds through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program, administered through the state Department of Human Services, is designed to help reduce monthly heating costs by providing a one-time benefit to low- and fixed-income residents. 

“These funds are obtainable for a home’s primary heating energy source, such as natural gas, electric, propane or fuel oil,” said Bryan Batson, president of Atlanta Gas Light. “Residents are encouraged to apply now before the temperatures begin to drop or funds become exhausted.” 
  
According to the Georgia Department of Human Services, more 225,000 households in Georgia received LIHEAP funds in 2011. 
  
Residents who would like more information should contact their local LIHEAP office by calling 2-1-1 in metro Atlanta or Savannah. Customers outside of these areas should contact their local community action agency. Those who call 2-1-1 also may request a referral to other energy assistance programs that are available. Some of these programs include:  
  • Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.) offers low-income households assistance with their energy needs. Funds are distributed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources through local community action agencies. Call 678-406-0212 or visit www.heatga.org for more information.
  • Project Share is a Georgia Salvation Army initiative which provides emergency financial assistance. Call 1-800-257-4273 or visit www.salvationarmy-georgia.org
  • The Atlanta Gas Light Senior Citizens Discount is available for customers who are 65 years of age or older and have a total annual combined household income of $14,355, or less. Those who qualify receive a monthly credit of up to $14.00 on their bill.
 
Atlanta Gas Light, through its parent company AGL Resources and the AGL Resources Private Foundation, donated $300,000 to energy assistance programs in Georgia this past year. The funds are used to assist residents in paying their monthly heating bills.
 
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 1.6 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit www.atlantagaslight.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. 

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