Customers can contribute to help neighbors
Atmos Energy’s Sharing the Warmth energy assistance program is ready to aid customers who need help paying their natural gas bills this winter.
The Sharing the Warmth program helps people with low-incomes, the elderly, the disabled and families with young children. Program funds are donated by Atmos Energy’s customers, the company and its employees. Local energy assistance agencies qualify and distribute the funds to customers in need.
“Sharing the Warmth is a catalyst for improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Gary Schlessman, president of Atmos Energy’s Colorado-Kansas Division. “We are asking our customers to consider a voluntary donation to help their neighbors who have fallen on hard times to stay warm, healthy and safe this winter.”
Atmos Energy customers can make a donation by checking an amount on the back of their gas bill or by using the special envelope enclosed in their October natural gas bill. They also can contribute online at atmosenergy.com or by calling Atmos Energy’s toll-free number at 1-888-286-6700.
Schlessman said that those assisted by the Sharing the Warmth program are people who tend to be more vulnerable to illness, disease, malnutrition and insufficient medical care. “Especially elderly customers on limited incomes, who typically have always paid their bills on time, may put their health at risk by leaving their furnaces off to save expenses,” he said.
“We encourage everyone to check on his or her elderly relatives, friends and neighbors who may be in need during winter weather,” he said. “Atmos Energy will work with them on an individual basis and can offer an extension on their payment due date, payment installments, or refer them to energy assistance agencies.”
Atmos Energy’s Colorado-Kansas Division, headquartered in Denver, serves approximately 110,000 natural gas utility customers across Colorado. The division serves 241,000 customers in 171 communities in Colorado and Kansas.
Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest natural gas-only distributor, serving about 3.2 million natural gas distribution customers in more than 1,600 communities in 12 states from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains. Atmos Energy also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial, commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. Atmos Energy is a Fortune 500 company. For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com.