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
6

Employee Spotlight: Brandon Miller

Basketball may be just a game for some people. But, Brandon Miller is not one of those people. The sport means so much more.

Brandon has been volunteering his time to coach a basketball team of 9- and 10-year-old boys through the City of Acworth’s Park and Recreation Department. Brandon combines his passion for sports and helping children to give back to the community that’s given him so much over the years.

“The young men on my team come from various backgrounds,” Brandon said. “They’re all in need of positive role models. Many of these kids live in single-parent homes and face daily challenges that no one should be subjected to.”

Brandon’s goal is to not only help kids improve their basketball skills, but to also show them someone in their life cares. He also believes children learn many lessons through sports which will help them navigate life: the importance of teamwork, the idea that hard work leads to results, how to persevere in the face of adversity, and what it means to keep a commitment.

“All of these lessons are transferable to everyday life, and they’re the lessons I hope to instill in each of these young men.”

The team, named Crimson Tide, practices two or three nights a week and has a game once a week. Brandon doesn’t take for granted the time he spends with the kids. Every interaction is meaningful; if they aren’t discussing basketball, they’re talking about school or their goals and dreams.

Through Gas South’s sponsorship with the Altanta Hawks, Brandon had the opportunity to take his team to a game in December. Most of the boys had never been to a professional sports game and many never dreamed they’d get that chance. Needless to say, they had a great time.

“The guys were so excited about seeing their favorite team play. I can’t express enough how happy they were that night. It was very moving to personally experience the impact of what we see as a small gesture – to these kids, it means so much more.”

And, it means something to Gas South as well.

Brandon Miller is a senior residential channel coordinator at Gas South. When he’s not helping build our multifamily business and spending time with family, you can find him setting an example of what it’s like to be a fuel for good for kids in our community.

Jan
10

Educational Assistance Program Gives Employees Chance to Excel

Invest in Yourself

On September 23rd, 2017 Sheirra Granville, Gas South Customer Care Department representative, graduated from Strayer University with a master’s degree in adult education and development. She started school in July 2015 and graduated with a noteworthy 4.0 GPA.

Sheirra took advantage of Gas South’s Educational Assistance Program that supports employees who wish to continue their education. The program is designed to assist employees in their professional development by encouraging voluntary academic studies that contribute to improved performance.

Sheirra chose to attend Strayer University to enhance her skills and position herself for even more career advancement opportunities.

“The tuition reimbursement program is a great way to cover the cost of attending school,” Sheirra said. “This program has supported me financially by creating a way to pay off loans at the end of the course.”

Continuing her education has enhanced the training Sheirra offers her teammates at Gas South – specifically, the skills she needs to efficiently prepare training programs for adults and effectively guide a best-in-class customer care team.

“If you’re thinking about continuing your education, go for it,” Sheirra added. “It’s worth the investment to get the additional skills needed to make you more marketable in your industry or desired field. Investing in yourself will open doors for greater things.”

Sheirra isn’t stopping there—her next goal is to earn a Ph.D in educational leadership.

The Educational Assistance Program is just one of the many benefits that Gas South offers employees. Our company is proud to invest in employees because we want to help make their lives better—and  their commitment makes us better.

Nov
30

Championing a Great Place to Work. With an Unrivaled Team Spirit.

According to studies of Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, corporate cultures with a high level of trust among employees and leadership have significantly lower turnover and better financial performance compared to industry peers. These companies also experience increased innovation, higher customer satisfaction, greater brand recognition, more success in attracting and retaining top talent and increased agility and speed. In human terms – greater success and higher spirits.

In October 2016, Gas South established its Great Place to Work (GPTW) Team to help foster that sense of trust by uncovering meaningful insights and making positive changes to create a better overall employee experience.

The goal of the team is to understand what’s most important to our coworkers so that working at the company is an amazing endeavor for employees every day – and to set the standard for providing a productive and fulfilling company culture.

After more than a year of combined effort, the team has enhanced the flex/telecommute policy, modified work shifts for the Customer Care Center Reps, improved the tuition assistance policy, inspired one another through a companywide recognition program, and created unparalleled career development activities.

By continually launching new purpose-driven initiatives and improvements, Gas South’s GPTW Team is proud to help the company continue to lead the way in cultivating a truly outstanding work environment.

Nov
8

Building Robots. Shaping Young Minds.

Mentoring the Kell Robotics Team through the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Leadership Foundation takes real heart – something Rajiv Thomas, Gas South systems engineer, knows well.

The Kell Robotics Team is a group of about 16 high school students who participate in two regional competitions each year in hopes of making it to the state championship and ultimately, the world championship.

Every January, competing teams take part in a kickoff event at Georgia Tech where they’re tasked with building a robot in 60 days. That robot then has to complete a challenge to move forward in the competition.

Rajiv is part of a group of volunteers that mentor the team which meets at least twice a week to plan, design and build the amazingly efficient robot and ensure that it’s ready for the showdown.
Last year, the Kell Robotics’ team won the Chairman’s Award at the Georgia State Championships to make it to the world championship in Houston. And even though their robot didn’t place, the kids who get to learn from these experiences are the real winners.

“Anyone can build a robot and compete, “said Rajiv. “We push kids to problem solve on their own. We don’t do the work for them – we just guide them. It’s truly fulfilling to watch the kids think outside the box and work through obstacles.”

The Chairman’s Award recognizes teams for how they encourage STEM education – it honors the team that inspires others to get involved in STEM. The Kell Robotics Team has proudly won the award a few times.“We encourage a love of STEM – and see our students become better people,” Rajiv added. “When we were at the World Competition, the team from Israel was not able to get their batteries through Homeland Security. Our students offered to let them borrow our batteries when we weren’t using them. That was a proud moment for me.”

Rajiv tirelessly encourages students to grow outside the classroom. He’s passionate about igniting the imaginations of young minds and is truly an inspiration to others who also have a desire to be a fuel for good.

 

 

 

Oct
12

Connecting with Young Women in the Community

For Kristen Hopper, Gas South Operations Analyst I, cheerleading is more than just a sport. It’s a way to connect with young women in her community, and help to build their confidence and develop important life skills through performances and friendships.

In high school, Kristen developed a passion for working with kids with special needs after volunteering with the Special Olympics. She was coaching cheerleading when she decided to put her talents to work to make a difference – and that’s how the Fabulous Flames Cheerleaders were born. The cheerleaders range in age from as young as five years old, to women in their 20s. They also have a wide range of abilities – there’s no disability that can preclude someone from joining. All that’s needed is a desire to cheer and a will to learn!

The Fabulous Flames perform at local cheerleading competitions through Impact Cheerleading, a competitive league that brings together faith and a love for cheerleading.

When Kristen established the team in 2011, there were only seven girls on the team. Today, it has now grown to almost 30 members.

“I’ve been so blessed to see the original seven as well as the rest of the team grow up together over time – becoming more mature, kind and ever-loving each year,” said Kristen. “Our biweekly practices are simultaneously the most high energy and most relaxing hours of my week. There is just something about our team that leaves you both recharged and serene after being with us.”

Kristen is pursuing her own desire to Be a Fuel for Good. She’s elevating her community and positively influencing the lives of the girls she mentors every week. She’s also inspiring others to get outside of their comfort zone.

Kristen – Thank you for your dedication to warming the lives of friends and neighbors!

Aug
16

Gas Leak Detection Tips

Often times we only think about natural gas leaks during the holidays when we’re using the stove a lot, or during the colder months when we have the heat cranked. Even though you may not be thinking about gas leaks during the summer, accidents happen. We’re here to give you tips on detecting gas leaks in your house and how to prevent them.

Signs of a gas leak:

  • Natural gas is colorless and odorless, so a chemical called mercaptan is added to give it the distinctive gas leak smell of rotten eggs.
  • If you smell rotten egg, and you’ll know it when you smell it, leave the area immediately and stay away until assistance arrives.
  • A leak can also be heard through a hissing sound or seen as discolored vegetation, blowing dirt or continued bubbling water around a buried gas line.

What to do if you detect a gas leak:

  • Call Atlanta Gas Light at 877-427-4321 or call 911. Never try to find the leak yourself.
  • Don’t use any devices that might create a spark including lighters, light switches, phones or electric appliances.

How to prevent a gas leak:

  • Check your pilot lights and burners for a steady, blue flame. If you see the blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception – the flame is usually yellow.)
  • Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
  • Never let small children play with, or near, natural gas appliances or pipes.
  • Don’t use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home).
  • Store household chemicals or combustible materials away from gas appliances.
  • Call 811 before you dig, so underground lines can be marked.
  • When to enlist a professional:
    • Every year or two to have your gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected.
    • When moving or installing a gas appliance, or changing a connector.

We hope you never have to deal with a gas leak but if you do, now you know how to act quickly and keep everyone involved safe.

Jul
26

A Warm Welcome for Live! at The Battery Atlanta

When new neighbors move in, it’s Southern hospitality to extend a warm welcome and maybe even a warm pecan pie. So when the Braves moved into their new home at SunTrust Park, it was only appropriate that we spread the warmth with outstanding natural gas service.

Just as balls, bats and gloves are essential to baseball, Gas South is essential to fueling the fan experience at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. Gas South has been the official natural gas provider for the Atlanta Braves since 2008, and things are heating up at Live! at The Battery Atlanta this season.

With three restaurant concepts – Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta and Todd English Tavern – Live! at The Battery Atlanta is a go-to dining and entertainment destination. As the natural gas provider for Live!, Gas South helps fuel everything from the kitchen to the outdoor heaters.

“When evaluating a natural gas provider, Gas South’s standout customer service was a differentiating factor,” said Ben Brengle, director of operations for Live! at The Battery Atlanta. “Plus, partnering with a locally-operated company like Gas South has helped us build and expand our community relationships.”

In addition to providing natural gas, Gas South and Live! have established a collaborative business relationship that’s a real homerun. Although baseball season is the star of SunTrust Park, Live! hosts year-round events on the 284 days a year that there isn’t a home game.

Check out Live! at the Battery Atlanta’s website for upcoming events, including the movie series starting in August that are brought to you by Gas South. Hope to see you there!