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Nicor Gas Reminds Customers of Energy Assistance Resources Available

LIHEAP applications accepted through May 31

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – March 23, 2018 – Nicor Gas serves communities in the northern third of Illinois where winter weather persists despite the calendar’s spring equinox. Nicor Gas is reminding customers that energy assistance programs are available to help offset their continued heating costs because every family deserves reliable energy at a price they can afford.

The application period continues through May 31 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally funded energy assistance program helps low- and fixed-income families meet their energy needs during the winter heating season. Eligibility is based on several factors, including fuel type, geographic region, household size and income. The program also has reconnection assistance, which offers an additional monetary benefit to LIHEAP customers whose service is disconnected.

The program is open to all households with income up to 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, or about $36,900 for a family of four. In Illinois, LIHEAP is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. For more information, or to locate a local application agency, call 877.411.9276 or visit liheapillinois.com.

Other energy assistance programs available to Nicor Gas customers are:

  • Nicor Gas Sharing Program provides one-time grants to qualified residential customers. The program is administered by the Salvation Army and funded through direct contributions from Nicor Gas employees and customers who can make donations via their monthly gas bill payment.
  • Nicor Gas Budget Plan provides a convenient way for customers to plan for and pay their monthly natural gas bill. Customers pay a more consistent amount by estimating natural gas usage and natural gas prices for the next year and adjusting quarterly to allow a credit balance to build up and help offset bills that may be higher during the winter heating season. 
  • Nicor Gas’ energySMART program helps customers manage their costs by lowering out-of-pocket expenses for energy efficiency improvements through rebates for energy efficient equipment, energy assessments and free energy-saving products. For more energy-saving tips, visit nicorgasrebates.com.

For more information about each of these programs or help managing natural gas costs, please visit nicorgas.com/residential/energy-assistance.

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas is one of seven natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.6 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit www.southerncompanygas.com. 

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Golz
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