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.

Save more than $500 this winter.

Right now, we’re offering a low fixed rate of 49¢ per therm for six, 12 or 24 months. If you lock in this 49¢ rate for six months, you’ll spend just under $300 on your natural gas charges. However, if you’re on a variable rate as high as $1.399 like we’ve seen in the market recently, you’ll spend more than $800. That means our fixed rate could save you more than $500 this winter alone.

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.

Oct
31

Tips to Avoid Five Natural Gas Nightmares

Halloween is here, the weather is getting chilly, and things are about to get a little spooky. But, have no fear – we have a few tips (no tricks!) up our sleeves to help you avoid five natural gas “nightmares!”

Nightmare #1
Unexpectedly high bills can be frightening – especially when you’re not used to having your heat turned on for the past few months – but there are ways you can save on your home energy costs.

One thing you can do is invest in a programmable thermostat. During the winter months, we recommend setting your thermostat to 60 degrees when you’re away and 68 degrees when you’re home. You can save about 5 percent on heating costs for every degree lowered in the winter months. And of course, you can do this manually if you don’t have a smart thermostat.

Nightmare #2
Remember to change the filter in your furnace or air handler regularly. A dirty air filter can cause a lot of hocus pocus – forcing your system to work harder to push air throughout your home. This results in increased energy usage, which also means a higher bill. Not to mention the added creepy crawlies like dust and allergens that can’t be properly filtered out. To avoid this potential nightmare, most HVAC companies recommend inspecting, cleaning or replacing the filter every month during the summer and winter seasons. 

Nightmare #3
Don’t let carbon monoxide creep up on you. There are easy ways to maintain your household, so you can breathe easy. Think of carbon monoxide as a ghost – you can’t see it even if it’s there. It’s a tasteless, odorless substance produced from the combustion of carbon-based substances. It can be emitted from fireplaces, faulty furnaces, generators, water heaters and other heat sources. If inhaled, carbon monoxide can be very dangerous.

Everyone should have a carbon monoxide detector in their home that will alert you when carbon monoxide levels are elevated. It’s also a good rule of thumb to never use grills, generators or camping stoves inside the home, and never leave a car running in the garage without opening the garage door. Car exhaust is one of the substances most commonly associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. Lastly, never ever try to heat your home using your stove.

Nightmare #4
A natural gas leak is the scariest of all nightmares, but there are simple ways to identify a potential leak. Because natural gas is a colorless, odorless fuel, we add a chemical odorant called mercaptan that gives natural gas the smell that’s often associated with rotten eggs. This distinctive scent allows you to detect a potential leak if it occurs. So keep a nose out for that!
When you’re inside your home, you can also listen for an eerie blowing or hissing sound. A sign of a leak outdoors may be indicated by dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area as well as dirt or dust blowing from a hole in the ground, or bubbling in wet or flooded areas.

If you detect a natural gas leak, remain calm and leave your home immediately. There’s no secret potion to fix a gas leak, but you can call Atlanta Gas Light at 877.427.4321 and emergency responders at 911 once you are in a safe place – away from the area of the suspected leak. Stay put until emergency personnel say it’s safe to return.

Nightmare #5
Besides asking ‘Trick-or-Treat?you should ask –Have I turned on my natural gas yet?” For seasonal natural gas customers, it’s important to sign up early so you have heat as soon as temperatures begin to drop. A lot of folks wait until it gets cold to schedule their service, but sooner is always better since it takes a few days to schedule Atlanta Gas Light to come to your house, make sure the gas line is safe and turn on your gas.

Sep
21

The Gas South Winter Survival Guide

It may be hot now, but those cold winter months are right around the corner. If you’re worried about staying warm and keeping money in your pocket, we’re here to help!

We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help throughout the cold winter months. You may be surprised by how a few simple changes can add up to big savings on your natural gas bill and keep you nice and toasty!

So, before the big chill comes, apply some of our Winter Survival Guide tips and show winter you mean business.

Bring the heat
This one is a given, but we’ll say it anyway: the best way to show winter who’s boss is to turn on the heat with a killer natural gas service provider. May we recommend Gas South’s fixed and variable rate plans? We hear they’ve got it going on.

Rate Plans: VARIABLE OR FIXED — Which One is Best for You?

What’s the difference?
Variable rate plans fluctuate every month according to market conditions. That means what you pay per therm this month could be more, less, or the same as the previous month. Fixed rates, on the other hand, are locked and remain unchanged throughout the term of your contract — usually 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.

Why go variable?

  • You plan to stay less than six months in your current residence.
  • You prefer not to commit to a contract.

Why go fixed?

  • You can save money. Fixed rates are generally lower than Variable rates.
  • A consistent rate helps you better manage your household budget.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t have one yet, get one ASAP. They allow you to program temperature settings by time and day, meaning you can set the temperature lower during the hours you’re out at work or on vacation, and have it automatically raise before you return, so you’re walking into a nice and warm home. These beauties can save up to 15% on energy costs — a big return for a small investment.

Set Your Thermostat to 68º
Keeping comfortable and saving energy is important — and setting your thermostat to 68 degrees achieves both in cold weather. For every degree you lower your thermostat below 70, you’ll save an easy 5% on your heating costs. So, just a 2-degree decrease, from 70 to 68 degrees, rounds up to a nice 10% cut in your energy expenses.

With that said, DON’T turn the heat off while you’re away. It takes more energy to bring your home back to a comfortable temperature, and your pipes could burst if the temperature drops below freezing. Instead, simply lower your thermostat down a few degrees to save.

Increase Ceiling Insulation
Looking for a quick 5-25% reduction in heating loss? You can find it right above your head. If your ceiling isn’t properly insulated, it’s letting warm air out and costing you serious change as your thermostat works constantly to keep the temperature up. For best results, consider increasing your insulation to R-38.

Flip Your Fan Switch
If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, you’ll want to flip that when you turn your heat on, making your fan’s blades spin clockwise. This causes the fan to produce an updraft, forcing the hot air that rises to your ceiling down and into the rest of the room.

Seal Ducts and Plug Door and Window Leaks
Another often overlooked energy-waster is leaking ductwork, which can account for more than 25-30% of heating costs in some homes! Check the tightness of ducts and be sure to plug any visible open spots with insulation material. While you’re at it, check your doors and windows — they could be responsible for wasting 10% of your energy costs. It’s worth fixing this by installing weather-stripping or caulk around leaky doors and windows.

There you have it – a winter survival guide that leaves you warm and stress-free financially. If you need help getting your natural gas up and running this winter, drop us a line!

Sep
20

How to Prepare for Heating Season

Ensure your gas service is turned on. If you are a seasonal natural gas customer, schedule to have your gas service connected. For most residents and businesses who only use gas for heating, seasonal accounts allow service to be turned off during the summer months to prevent being charged taxes and fees when the gas isn’t being used.

Have your home heating system professionally inspected and serviced before the cold months to ensure its functioning properly. Its recommended to have natural gas furnace systems serviced at least every other year. A properly functioning furnace is one of many ways to save on heating bills.

How to Save on Home Heating Bills

  1. Check your gas rate plan. Natural gas prices usually rise in the fall and winter months as demand increases. If you are on a variable rate, you may save money by switching to a fixed rate. Learn more about our gas rate plans.
  2. Seal leaks around windows and doors. Sealing up openings and replacing worn weather stripping is one of the best ways to save on heating bill, an estimated 5 to 10 percent in savings on your energy bill.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat. You can save up to 20 percent of heating cost by lowering the thermostat 10 degrees when the house is unoccupied and at night. Smart thermostats allow you to pre-set when your heating turns on.
  4. Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters slow down airflow and cause your heating system to use more energy, slowing down the heating process.
  5. Adjust airflow. Closing the vents to unused rooms will help focus the home heating efforts to the important portions.

It can take up to five days for Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) to turn on your gas service, especially during heating season.  If you need your natural gas service turned on, the sooner you call, the less likely you will have to wait. AGL is the company who owns the pipelines that natural gas flows through in Georgia and is responsible for turning the gas on or off for customers.

We hope these home heating tips help. Call us or visit us online to check on your account or turn on gas service before it gets too cold.

Sep
12

Things Are Cooling Down, So We’re Heating Up

Fall is here and it’s time for back to school, football season and colder temperatures! The coming of the chillier weather also brings Gas South’s busiest time, the heating season. We want to make sure that we are fully prepared to provide you with the best customer service, so we’ve made a few changes which we think will make things easier:

-We have extended our Customer Care Center hours and you can now reach us anytime between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

-We’ve hired additional employees to our local customer care team to handle the increased call volumes we experience around this time of year.

-We’ve updated our online options to help us respond to your emails within 4 business hours.

-We will start offering a live chat option on our website for customers who do not want to call, but have a question on their account.

We hope that these changes will help ease you through the heating season. Don’t forget to make sure your natural gas service is prepared for the coming months. When the temperatures start dropping, we are ready to BRING THE HEAT™!

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