ATLANTA, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Natural Gas (GNG), the state's leading natural gas provider, recently donated $75,000 to the Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.) to help low-income Georgians meet the costs of home heating during the crucial winter months. The donation comes at a time when temperatures have been recorded as below freezing throughout the state of Georgia and cold weather grips much of the nation.
"Georgia Natural Gas' donation and support to H.E.A.T., comes at a critical time when deserving families and households are in need of crucial heating energy assistance," says Janet Joseph, executive director of H.E.A.T. "Extreme cold weather can severely impact the household budgets of Georgia's struggling seniors and families. Often, households on limited fixed-incomes are forced to make excruciating budget decisions, with few resources to rely on." Joseph estimates that more than 200 needy families will receive heating energy assistance this winter because of the $75,000 GNG donation.
"H.E.A.T. is an important state-wide partner and resource in the lives of many Georgians," says Georgia Natural Gas president and CEO, Mike Braswell. "GNG remains committed to supporting H.E.A.T.'s efforts to provide energy assistance during the cold winter months," he says.
About Georgia Natural Gas
Georgia Natural Gas has been the leading provider of natural gas to homes and businesses in Georgia for more than 15 years. Georgia Natural Gas is part of SouthStar Energy Services, a preeminent retail natural gas marketing company operating in 11 states. Based in Atlanta, SouthStar is a joint venture between AGL Resources Inc. and Piedmont Natural Gas. SouthStar manages ten brands across its footprint including Georgia Natural Gas in the state of Georgia, Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Solutions in Illinois, and in other states, Ohio Natural Gas, Florida Natural Gas, New York Natural Gas, Maryland Energy, and Grand Rapids Energy. SouthStar also does business in the Carolinas as Piedmont Energy Company and in other parts of the Southeast as SouthStar Energy Services. For more information: www.gng.com.
The Heating Energy Assistance Team brings together government, business and private citizens to raise funds to help meet the energy needs of Georgia citizens. Originally established by Atlanta Gas Light Company in 1983, with the deregulation of Georgia's natural gas industry H.E.A.T. became a separate 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in May 2000. The organization provides energy assistance regardless of the energy source. For more information, visit www.heatga.org or call 678-406-0212. Households must meet established eligibility guidelines to receive assistance.
SOURCE Georgia Natural Gas