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The Heating Season has Begun, Consider Ways to Manage Energy Bills

Nicor Gas offers various options that may help save money and energy

December 4, 2012

NAPERVILLE, IL — With colder temperatures expected in the coming weeks, Nicor Gas is reminding its customers of programs that can help them manage monthly energy bills.

While natural gas prices are currently lower than they were during the same time last year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting additional upward pressure on natural gas prices due to higher seasonal commercial and residential demand. For the month of December, Nicor Gas has filed a gas supply charge with the Illinois Commerce Commission of $.46 per therm – 2 cents less than it was during the same time last year – yet up 5 cents compared to November. Nicor Gas makes no profit on the cost of natural gas. The cost the company pays for the commodity is passed through to customers with no mark-up.

“The heating season has begun and we can expect colder temperatures to last for several more months. Nicor Gas offers a number of ways to help manage energy costs, and we encourage our customers to take advantage of these options throughout the season,” said Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas.

Please see the following list for more information on available programs.

  • Budget Plan – spreads payments over a 12-month period and may be adjusted up or down periodically to correct for future gas prices and expected usage. This helps customers by providing some assurance of knowing how much their gas bill will be each month. During the summer, Budget Plan payments may be higher than actual bills – allowing customers to build up a credit balance to offset winter bills that may be higher due to increased usage.
  • Nicor Gas Sharing Program – provides one-time annual grants to qualified residential customers. The program is administered by the Salvation Army and is funded by direct contributions from customers, employees and Nicor Gas. Customers can make donations via their monthly gas bill.
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) – In partnership with the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Nicor Gas offers the PIPP Program, which allows eligible customers to pay a percentage of their monthly income to maintain their utility service. The program is designed to provide customers with an affordable, level payment plan and a chance to eliminate past due balances.
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, LIHEAP helps eligible low-income households pay for energy services. Qualifying households receive monetary relief once per year to be used for energy bills. Eligibility is based on several factors including household size and income.

Nicor Gas customers can also take advantage of a number of energy-saving opportunities available through the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program, which provides rebates and incentives to help homeowners and businesses save energy and money. Eligible customers gain education, resources and financial rebates to offset the cost of installing and implementing energy efficiency projects. For more information about the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, visit www.NicorGasRebates.com.

For more detailed information on Nicor Gas bill management options and government assistance programs, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 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 AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services, midstream operations and cargo shipping. As the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor based on customer count, AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than 1 million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Nicor National, which markets natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management, ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities, and ownership of Tropical Shipping, one of the largest containerized cargo carriers serving the Bahamas and Caribbean region. AGL Resources is a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.

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Annette Martinez
Director – External Relations
Office: 630-388-2781
Cell: 630-918-2321