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Columbia Gas of Ohio offers home energy efficiency program in preparation for cold winter

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

GAS BILLS SHOULD REMAIN MANAGEABLE

Much of Ohio is experiencing significantly colder weather today for the first time this fall. Projections are calling for the 2013-2014 winter heating season to usher in colder temperatures than the previous two winters. While this may lead to homes using more natural gas this winter, Columbia Gas of Ohio says stable, decade-low natural gas prices should help keep home heating bills manageable.

SAVE EVEN MORE MONEY, STAY COMFORTABLE

Columbia’s Home Performance Solutions program uses an in-home energy audit to provide customers comprehensive feedback about their energy use and how to make their home more energy efficient, saving up to 30 percent on utility bills. The audit includes a customized plan for lowering energy usage, an appliance safety check and generous discounts on insulation, air sealing and a high-efficiency furnace. Free programmable thermostats and energy efficient shower heads are also provided in homes where they are needed. During November, Columbia will offer the in-home energy audit to its customers for only $25, a savings of 50 percent.

NO-COST WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM FOR THOSE IN NEED

Some Columbia customers may qualify for WarmChoice, a weatherization program that may include a home energy inspection, attic and wall insulation, air sealing, safety checks on gas appliances and gas furnace and water heater replacement where needed. WarmChoice reduces gas usage by an average of 28 percent, or up to $400 annually.

PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Additional Programs are available for households that qualify for payment assistance. Columbia encourages customers to take steps today to secure assistance, if necessary. More information and eligibility requirements are available on the Columbia web site at ColumbiaGasOhio.com.

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. 

Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to SafeGasOhio.org.