“This winter season is shaping up to be over 20% colder than normal, which means natural gas consumption among our customers is on the rise,” said Marvin Sweetin, Atmos Energy senior vice president of utility operations. “When you factor in the modest uptick of natural gas prices on the market along with this week’s extremely cold weather across the nation, our customers can likely expect bills to be higher next month.”
To combat those high energy bills, Atmos Energy is advising customers to scale-back on energy use inside their homes or businesses.
“Using energy wisely and making a few household changes can create substantial savings for customers,” said Sweetin. To learn more, visit www.atmosenergy.com or follow the energy saving tips below:
Energy Saving Tips:
- Change or clean furnace filters today and then once again each month during the heating season. Furnaces consume less energy if they “breathe” more easily.
- Set your water heater’s temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Lowering the water heater’s setting could cut your water-heating costs by 20 percent.
- During the winter, set your thermostat to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 58 degrees when away from home for more than a few hours.
- Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close cabinet and closet doors on outside walls, which can leak a great deal of air.
Atmos Energy also offers several payment options to help customers manage high natural gas bills. One of the most effective programs we have is Budget Billing.
“Budget Billing is designed to ease monthly fluctuations in natural gas bills,” Sweetin said. “It affords customers the convenience of having a more predictable bill each month by using a 12-month average to calculate bills.”
To learn more, visit www.atmosenergy.com.
If you are having trouble paying your utility bill, please visit our website to learn more about energy assistance programs. Low-income customers are eligible for federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps pay energy bills and weatherize homes.
About Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving approximately 3 million natural gas distribution customers in more than 1,400 communities in eight states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy also manages company-owned natural gas transmission pipeline systems and provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Atmos Energy can also be accessed through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.