Dec
18

Dedicated to making a difference.

And we couldn’t do it without you.

 

As we look back on 2018, we‘re grateful for the opportunity to serve our customers—and our community.

We’re committed to giving back 5% of our profits to help children in need and proud to work with local partners to provide financial assistance in three key areas:

Illness/Disability
Bert’s Big Adventure
Ser Familia
Shepherd Center

 

Through your continued support, we’re warming the lives of kids in our community during the holidays and throughout the year.

Thank you for being a part of it all!

 

Dec
7

It’s been cold (already).

A higher gas bill may be coming soon.

You may have noticed – it’s been cold earlier than usual this year. That means, if you’ve been keeping the house warm, you may expect to see higher gas bills as early as December.

While there’s not much you can do about the weather, there are a few steps you can take to save on your heating costs this winter.

Lock in a low fixed rate.

Fixed rates will save you money because they’re lower than variable rates and don’t fluctuate with the market month to month. Right now, we’re offering great, low fixed rates. And if you compare them to the high variable rates we’ve seen in the market recently, you’ll see that a fixed rate could save you hundreds of dollars when your usage is at its highest.

So be sure to look at your rate plan, and if you’re not already on a fixed rate, visit gassouth.com or call 877-472-4932 to select one.

Eliminate the winter spikes with Budget Bill.

Gas South also offers a free, convenient solution that allows you to pay the same amount every month. With Budget Bill, you can avoid winter spikes and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a predictable, consistent monthly payment. There are no additional fees and you’ll only pay for the natural gas you use. If you’re interested in enrolling in Budget Bill, visit your Online Account Service at gassouth.com.

Keep out the cold. 

To help offset higher utility costs during the cold months, take advantage of energy-saving tips like programming your thermostat, sealing off cracks and leaks around windows and doors, and replacing your furnace filters for maximum heating efficiency.

We’re here to help.

At Gas South, we always want to help you save money and avoid any surprises that come from unseasonably cold weather. Be sure to check back often for more helpful ideas—and stay warm this winter.

Dec
7

10 (Brilliant) Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays.

If you’re making your list and checking it twice, finding extra ways to save is always nice. Here’s how to cut back on your home-heating expenses this holiday season:

Ask Santa to upgrade your thermostat. Investing in a newer thermostat (and programming it to lower the temperature certain times of the day in the winter) can save consumers more than 15% on energy costs.

Let the sunshine in. Keep draperies and shades open during the day but remember to close them at night to reduce chill and cut down on drafts from cold windows.

Deck the halls with LED lights. LED Christmas lights use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights and you can purchase them for about $10 a strand.

Bake several dishes at once. If you’ll be doing a lot of cooking this season, take advantage of the energy that goes into warming your oven by baking as many dishes at once as possible.

Turn lamps off when the tree is lit. You’ll have plenty of light (and can enjoy the peaceful ambiance) simply by using the light of the Christmas tree to illuminate the room.

Lower the thermostat when the party starts. While hosting guests, turn down the heat since holiday cooking and having a few extra warm bodies automatically raises the temperature in your home.

Find and seal leaks. Be sure to seal air leaks around pipes, chimneys, outlets and unfinished spaces. Don’t forget to caulk or weather-strip drafty doors and windows.

Put holiday lights on a timer. Set the timer to turn lights onwhen it gets dark and off at bedtime. Aim to keep Christmas lights on for less than six hours a day.

Close the damper when the fire is off. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like leaving a window wide open because it allows air to escape out of the chimney.

Unplug electronics before leaving town. TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many other electronics use energy even when they aren’t turned on. Take the time to disconnect these phantom energy users before going away for the holidays.

For year-round savings, visit GasSouth.com/energy-saving-tips. Happy holidays from your friends at Gas South!

Oct
24

Save money this winter by locking in a low fixed rate.

At Gas South, we believe in showing you how to save on your natural gas service. And with cooler temperatures ahead, now’s the time to select a natural gas plan. When you consider locking in a low fixed rate for the most savings this winter.

Don’t pay more than you need to.

Many people aren’t sure whether a fixed rate or a variable rate natural gas plan will make the most financial sense for them. Fixed rates will save you money because they’re lower than variable rates and don’t fluctuate with the market month to month. You do have to sign a contract that has a cancellation fee with a fixed rate, but Gas South doesn’t charge this fee if you move outside of our service territory and can’t transfer your service.

Choose the rate that works for you – with no deposit.

To save on heating your home this winter, choose the fixed rate that works for you for 6,12, or even 24 months. If you lock in for two full years, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re protected from increasing rates, winter after winter.

The difference is good.

Keep in mind, Gas South will never charge you a deposit (a savings of up to $150). And since we give back 5% of our profits to help children in need, you’ll know your choice is making a difference – not only for your family, but for our community.

Discover the difference with a low fixed rate and no deposit. Sign up today.
Call 866.762.6427 or visit GasSouth.com.

Sep
25

How to Read Your Natural Gas Meter

Reading a gas meter isn’t what you’d call easy, so we’ve broken it down into basic steps to help you make sense of it all.

There are two types of meters—a rolling digit meter and a dial meter.

Reading a digital meter is a no-brainer because you read it from left to right just like you’d read the odometer on a car.

How to Read a Digital Gas Meter

Reading a dial gas meter, on the other hand, can be more challenging since there are typically four or five dials running both clockwise and counterclockwise.

How to Read Gas Meter Dials

To read a gas meter with dials, follow these steps:

  1. Read only the dials with numbers. Read them from left to right. Record the number each hand points to. When the hand is between numbers, use the smaller number.
  2. Keep this reading and read your meter one month later. The difference between the two readings is the amount of energy you used during the month.
  3. Remember, your numbers may differ slightly from the numbers on your bill unless you read your meter at the exact same time as your meter reader.

Keep in mind, Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) reads your meter each month since they own and maintain the gas pipelines and your meter. They’ve gotten meter-reading down to a science. And now you have a better understanding of it as well!

Jul
11

Moving Checklist

Let’s face it, moving gets a bad rap. But with planning and organization it can be a breeze. We’ve put together this simple checklist for you to follow during your next move to help keep you on-schedule and stress-free (or at least less stressed).
At Gas South, we try to make moving as simple as possible by letting you schedule service as far as 60 days in advance and offering $25 in bill credits when you transfer or sign up for service. Learn more about our moving services here.

The Gas South Moving Checklist

Gas South’s Printable Moving Checklist
May
29

Save time and money when you move with Gas South

If you’re planning to move soon, you may want to make note of a few things Gas South is doing to make relocating even easier – and to help you save.

Simply visit us online or call and let us know about your upcoming move. We’ll confirm that we offer service at your new location and we’ll transfer service for you to avoid a cancellation fee. Remember, we never charge a deposit (which is up to a $150 value).

And, to give you a little extra cash to tip the movers or pizza guy, we’re throwing in a $25 bill credit.

If you’re super-organized and checking things off your moving checklist, we’re pleased to be able to schedule your natural gas turn-on at your new address up to 60 days in advance of your move.

Be sure to check out a special offer from our partner, Atlanta Peach Movers—a 5% discount on your move anywhere in the U.S.. To cut down even more on more moving hassles, our home service connection partner, AllConnect, will walk you through setting up your internet, phone and cable services when you move.

It’s easy to transfer or start your natural gas service with us. Just go to GasSouth.com/move. We’re here to answer any questions you may have – and we’re ready to move when you are!

May
8

Employee Spotlight: Brenda Turner

Brenda Turner, senior residential channel coordinator, is passionate about her job here at Gas South, as well as her role as a mentor for kids in our community.

In 2015, she started teaching and mentoring students every Sunday as a small group leader at Decatur City Church. Brenda has witnessed the eight students grow from preschoolers to second graders after spending her Sundays with them for the last three years. She teaches them weekly life lessons, listens to their stories with enthusiasm and is continuing to set an example for kids on what it means to serve others.

Volunteering as a small group leader is fulfilling Brenda’s urge to look beyond herself to do something greater. She started volunteering as a mentor at Woodson Park Academy –  a Title 1 school – in August 2017. Of the students enrolled at Woodson, 98 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunches, which is an indication of the need within the community.

“I’ll never forget the day I met my mentee,” Brenda said. “I walked into the school and they announced her name. Everyone started cheering and celebrating. It was like she won the lottery and it was just me meeting her for lunch.”

The program pairs volunteers with elementary students, and then volunteers are asked to visit the school once a month to spend an hour with the mentee. During that hour, volunteers teach the students a different virtue each month, and provide games and fun activities to do together.

“Obstacles we think will keep us from volunteering are not really obstacles at all,” Brenda added. “We often discredit what we have to give. The look on my mentee’s face when she sees me every month shows me that I’m a part of something special.”

Gas South employees are given eight hours of paid volunteer time a year, and since the volunteer program is eight sessions, Brenda is able to use those hours to give back to children in need. And for one little girl, that makes all the difference in the world.

Thank you, Brenda, for showing us all what it means to be a fuel for good.

Feb
26

Putting our Purpose into Action.

A couple months ago, we talked about our company’s purpose: Be a Fuel for Good, and we’ve been very busy since then, so here’s an update on what we’ve been up to!

Our goal is to give back more than a million dollars by 2020 which we’re doing by giving back 5% of our profits to help children in need. By focusing on nonprofits, startups and sponsorships who share our passion for supporting local families, we believe we can make the biggest impact in our community.

Here are a few examples of the ways we’ve been putting our time, talent and financial contributions into action:

  • In 2017, Gas South donated more than $411,000 to our community partners.
  • During December, 38 employees volunteered in the community (out of a total of more than 200).
  • Gas South supplied heating assistance to more than 86 families in need this winter.
  • Employees raised more than $700 for the Salvation Army by ringing the Kettle Bells.
  • In partnership with the Smyrna Police Department, Gas South sent 12 Cobb County kids shopping for Christmas gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a fuel for good is about building partnerships large and small. Large partnerships like the Salvation Army, United Way, Junior Achievement, Must Ministries, Action Ministries and Title 1 Schools. And smaller partnerships like Pebbletossers and the Kell Robotics Team.

As Gas South enters its 12th year, everything we’ve done to this point has been about being a fuel for good. It’s part of the DNA of the people who make up this company. And it has the potential to grow.

For instance, Pebbletossers focuses on giving children volunteer opportunities to show them what it means to serve others. This relationship has the potential to become a movement in the sense that we’re not just supporting kids financially, we’re encouraging them to be a part of something bigger—something that will benefit them throughout their lives as well as the community.

It takes an army to make an impact. So when we talk about giving 5% of our profits back to our community, it’s not just a corporate check; it’s a corporate check with an army of volunteers behind it.

I’m incredibly proud of our employees, leadership and partners for working every day to make a difference in people’s lives. We want our customers to know that by being a customer, you’re helping make a difference too.