Oct
29
2013
4:28 pm

Disney on Ice comes to Atlanta

Disney on Ice came to Atlanta and Gas South was excited to partner with Feld Entertainment to provide dozens of local families with special needs children a great night out to enjoy the on-ice extravaganza, featuring all of the favorites like Donald, Mickey and Minnie.

Prior to the show, our guests, who were selected by some of our Alliance partners, were treated to a pizza party and a special meet and greet with the costumed cast. It was the perfect start to a great evening, in which our Disney friends (and villains) skated through sets of winter wonderlands, haunted houses, a royal ball, and a medley of other fairytale scenarios. We hope this special night was a memorable one for the families in attendance and we look forward to next year!

Oct
24
2013
2:58 pm

Meredith Hodges named one of Georgia’s ‘Most Powerful & Influential Women’

Gas South is thrilled to announce that Meredith Hodges, our vice president of external affairs and human resources, was honored by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of the most powerful and influential women in Georgia. Meredith received the prestigious award on Sept. 27 at the 4th Annual Georgia Leadership Conference.

The awards are intended for businesswomen who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their fields, and Meredith certainly fits the bill. Her 20 years of experience in the utility industry make her a vital resource at Gas South and a true leader.

At Gas South, Meredith is really a Jill of all trades – she oversees human resources, legislative and regulatory affairs, public relations, and community involvement. I commonly and affectionately call Meredith our “Chief People Officer”, because she makes Gas South a great place to work and a great company to do business with. She has spearheaded many community service initiatives over the years, and stays involved in the community through her volunteer efforts with local organizations such as the Woodruff Arts Center, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, United Way, Junior Achievement, and others.

We’re extremely proud, go Meredith!

Oct
10
2013
2:24 pm

Gas South partners with Buckhead Coalition

We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Buckhead Coalition that will provide annual funding for the Buckhead-based Shepherd Center Adolescent Program. Sam Massell, Buckhead Coalition president and former mayor of Atlanta, made the announcement in a press conference late last month.

Under the partnership, Gas South will offer discounted natural gas rates to Buckhead residents and businesses. The Buckhead Coalition will receive funding from Gas South for each resident and business that opts in to the program and will then donate the funds to the Shepherd Center Adolescent Program, the country’s only special care unit for adolescents suffering from spinal cord injuries.

As a community energy provider, Gas South has similar programs with DeKalb County, several electric membership corporations (EMCs), and numerous municipalities across Georgia and has helped thousands of customers save more than $5.7 million to date. Home to more than 78,000 residents, Buckhead is the first community to donate the funds received to a non-profit organization.

“The Shepherd Center is a mainstay in the Buckhead community, serving thousands of patients across the country annually. We are pleased to be able to donate additional funds to this charitable organization, thanks in large part to Gas South,” said Sam Massell, Buckhead Coalition president. “It is our hope that this partnership will be an enduring source of funding for the Center.”

All Buckhead natural gas consumers are eligible for a discount off Gas South’s published rates for as long as they remain customers. Additionally, Gas South will waive the $60 connection fee for establishing service at a new residence. The initial funding pledged to the Center is $5,000, and will increase annually based on program participation. It is the goal of Gas South and the Buckhead Coalition that funding will eventually reach $25,000 per year.

“Gas South is excited to work with Mayor Massell and the staff and board of directors at the Buckhead Coalition. This win-win proposition will provide discounts on natural gas service for Buckhead residents and businesses as well as sustained annual funding for the Shepherd Center’s programs,” said Kevin Greiner, Gas South president and CEO. “The Buckhead Coalition is one of our region’s most respected civic organizations, and we are honored to have the opportunity to partner with them on this worthy cause.”

Gas South will fund all marketing efforts and contributions made under the program. All natural gas consumers in the Buckhead community have the option of selecting Gas South as their natural gas provider and opting in to the discount program. Buckhead residents and businesses should visit our website and use the promo code “BUCKHEAD” to opt in.

Oct
8
2013
5:20 pm

Bring the Heat – 2013

The Braves and Gas South present UWGA with $31,000

Velvet Washington with Gas South and Carley Jacobs with the United Way of Greater Atlanta

Few people are called to take to the turf at Turner Field, and those lucky enough are typically Major League Baseball players and officials. There was, however, one notable exception to the rule prior the last regular-season finale between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, Velvet Washington, a Gas South employee.

Velvet was the toast of ‘The Ted’ for a few memorable moments as she presented the United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) with a hefty $31,000 check from Gas South as part of our Bring the Heat campaign with the Braves.

What’s Bring the Heat? Every time a Braves pitcher records a regular season strikeout, Gas South donates $25 to the UWGA. For the record, the Braves’ regular season strikeout total for 2013 was 1232 (note to all you mathematicians, we rounded our donation up by $200 to make an even $31,000).

Since 2008, Bring the Heat has contributed more than $200,000 to local nonprofits as part of Gas South’s Hometown Value promise to advance the communities in which we live, work and serve. While the campaign is officially over for 2013, Gas South is already looking forward to continuing Bring the Heat next year. Go Braves!

Oct
4
2013
4:24 pm

Breathe easy this winter with these carbon monoxide safety tips

Cooler weather will be here before you know it, which means it’s almost time to crank up the heat! While heating appliances are operating in your home this season, it’s important to remember a few safety tips about carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless substance produced from the combustion of carbon-based substances, and can be emitted from fireplaces, faulty furnaces, generators, water heaters, and other heat sources. If inhaled, CO can be very poisonous and may cause severe side effects including sickness, nausea, headaches, drowsiness, and sometimes even death.

To keep your household safe this winter, practice these safety tips so you can breathe easy:

  1. Have a CO alarm and monitor in the home, and test it regularly. Keep the monitor at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
  2. Don’t use grills, generators, or camping stoves inside the home. These appliances can emit high amounts of CO, and it’s important to only use them in well-ventilated areas.
  3. Never leave a car running in the garage. Car exhaust is one of the substances commonly associated with CO poisoning.
  4. Keep gasoline stored in a locked location away from children, and keep only in small quantities. It’s also important to keep gasoline away from heat sources to prevent combustion and CO emission.
  5. Have home heating systems inspected and serviced annually by a trained technician. This includes appliances like furnaces, gas stoves and ovens, and water heaters.

Keep these tips in mind over the coming months so you can keep warm and stay safe as it gets cooler outside. For more information on natural gas and carbon monoxide safety practices, click here.

Sep
5
2013
11:40 am

Gas South lets freedom ring

At 3:00 PM on August 29, Gas South answered the call from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining the echo of bells ringing around the world to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Atlanta City Council President, Ceasar C. Mitchell led our city in the ringing of the bells to honor this important milestone.

I was 15 years old when Dr. King gave his speech. That speech was an important punctuation within the changes that were afoot. Here in Atlanta, when we traveled to other cities, we took a large box of food, as well as a small empty jar for me, since restaurants and restrooms were problematic. I remember that my race had to climb the outside fire escape and enter the balcony to attend shows at the Fox Theater. We never went. Lakewood Amusement Park, which had a roller coaster and dodgem cars, had a “Colored Day”, once a year. We went. And to have a complete football season, you had to play other black schools from Macon, Augusta, or Savannah. My, how times have changed.

Dr. King’s vision was for equality and for all people to be judged on the content of their character. The successes achieved against racial bias have been supplanted by the challenges of poverty and poor education. Let us not rest on our laurels. The work continues….

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Sep
3
2013
12:26 pm

Gas South at the JA Discovery Center

 

Junior Achievement’s Discovery Center is now open at Atlanta’s World Congress Center! We are thrilled to be one of the 36 companies with storefronts inside the learning simulation. The state of the art center is one of only ten in the nation and is expected to serve more than 30,000 middle school children each year. The new, interactive space is designed to teach kids about financial literacy with students from the Atlanta, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Marietta City school districts taking part in the program.

Students visiting the Gas South storefront will learn about natural gas, the cost of heating a household and energy saving tips. We are excited to be a part of this important program and our employees look forward to volunteering in the Center!

 

Kevin Greiner and Meredith Hodges at the Gas South storefront.

Want to get involved with Junior Achievement? Check out their website here.

Aug
27
2013
4:15 pm

Disney LIVE! Comes to Savannah

Recently, we had the pleasure of partnering with Savannah’s Head Start program and Feld Entertainment to sponsor more than 400 children and their families for a special performance of Disney LIVE! The kids got free popcorn and pictures with cut-outs of their favorite characters. The event drew a crowd of about 1,600 and we were happy to help create a fun night out for our guests. We hope everyone enjoyed the show!

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.

Aug
21
2013
2:57 pm

Hey, Realtors: Want to make a lasting impression?

Realtors are fully aware of how important going the extra mile is. That’s because their livelihood depends on it. And, more often than not, it’s the last impression you leave on a client – not just the first one — that defines how favorably they viewed your service and whether they would recommend you to others.

So what does all this have to do with natural gas or Gas South? Quite a lot, actually. Our new Realtor Advantage Program (RAP for short…and, yes, I chose the catchy acronym) was designed to provide realtors with a great, impression-setting housewarming present for their clients: an exclusive discounted rate on natural gas with no deposit ever required plus other special enrollment incentives.

And not only is RAP more generous with your clients than other referral programs, it’s not a one-way street — you also receive special gift opportunities for your client referrals. (What’s the gift? Call 770-763-4678 to find out)

Another key difference: Our user-friendly realtor portal. The portal allows you to track the status of your client referrals so you can see who’s signed up (or who hasn’t) and when you will receive your rewards. Another bonus: There’s also a section which has printable materials that explain our great offer to your clients, saving you the trouble.

However, as great as RAP is, it still lacks something important. A rap! That’s right – a tune with lyrics that are as catchy as the program…a rap for our RAP, so to speak. In fact, I brought this up in a meeting the other day and, surprisingly, there were few takers for the assignment.

Anyway, before I go off on a tangent, I’ll (w)rap up my debut blog post (sorry, couldn’t resist) by encouraging you to sign up for RAP or spread the word. We’re really excited about our program and know you will value your rewards as well as the special benefits for your clients. So, sign up today and learn all of the details.

Oh, and there’s another reason to sign up right away. Our Summer RAP contest is in full effect.  We’re giving away an iPad this August, and every realtor who refers a client will be submitted into the drawing. Anyway, for now, that’s a (w)rap!

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Aug
19
2013
2:43 pm

Gas South 101: Teaching middle school students about natural gas and household finance

Gas South is thrilled to be part of the Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Chick-fil-A Discovery Center – a $15 million state-of-the art, brand-new interactive experience designed to educate kids about financial literacy and adult responsibilities.

More than 30,000 local middle school students from Atlanta Public, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Marietta City school systems are expected to visit the center in downtown Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, with doors opening for business on August 20.

What will the unique experience entail? A hands-on learning environment in which kids tackle the ins and outs of managing money. From creating household budgets to making investment decisions, an 18-course classroom curriculum covers many aspects of personal finance, with students then given the opportunity to practice these concepts in real-life scenarios.

That’s where we come in! JA Finance Park, part of the center’s experience, features mock storefronts where students learn to plan for and budget their monthly expenses — including utilities like natural gas.

We’ve spent weeks perfecting our Gas South store, which features an educational wall display to teach students where natural gas comes from, how it is used throughout our community and in our everyday lives. A mock natural gas pipeline and an actual gas meter are included so students learn how natural gas reaches their home and how consumption is measured. We also provide great energy-saving tips that we hope they will share at home.

We’re honored to have the opportunity to help kids master an important life skill. For more information on the Chick-fil-A Junior Achievement Discovery Center, click here. For more information on Gas South community initiatives and updates, visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GasSouth.

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