Feb
22
2013
11:31 am

Gas South goes to the Circus

Mance, Camille and Lloyd Irvin from Decatur

You’ve all heard of the Greatest Show on Earth, right? Gas South helps make it great for local special needs children by partnering with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus producer, Feld Entertainment to host a pre-show event just for them and their families.

Last week, Gas South hosted more than 200 special needs children at Philip’s Arena for a night of circus magic. Working with our partners, we provided them with free admission to the Friday night show and a unique pre-show event created especially for our guests. The children interacted with circus animals and performers on the arena floor, enjoying full VIP treatment and experiences tailored to their special needs.  It truly was a magical night!

Cooper Radford from Atlanta makes friends with a clown.

Melissa Waller Longshore, the mother of twin boys who both have cerebral palsy, wrote to us to tell us about their experience at Philip’s last week, “Gas South, I want to thank you for allowing 425 special needs families an opportunity to attend the Ringling Brothers circus. I was one of those 425 families and I want to speak for those special needs families who attended the circus and let you know that your actions speak volumes about who you are as people and about Gas South, the company. That you see merit in reaching out to the community, every member in it, that you see value in people. I wanted to let you know that your generosity meant so much to so many….Thank you.”

We are now gearing up for more circus fun tonight at Gwinnett Center! We’ll be hosting the whole event again for another big group and we couldn’t be more excited.

Stay tuned for more pictures and updates next week. So, what’s your favorite circus memory?

Gas South employees, Wakeeta and Geoffrey team up with a circus clown to get ready to greet our guests!

Feb
12
2013
4:31 pm

Customer Spotlight – Marlow’s Tavern

This week on The Hot Spot, we are featuring one of our valued customers. So we sat down with John Metz, the Executive Chef and Co-Founder of Marlow’s Tavern to talk about his fantastic restaurants.

Thanks for joining us, John. So tell us, how and when was Marlow’s Tavern first started?

We wanted to create a great neighborhood place where we could go to enjoy friends, family, excellent food, great adult beverages and a warm environment. We wanted to re-invent the tavern segment: take the best of the older classic taverns and modernize it.  We opened our first Marlow’s Tavern in November 2004.

How is the menu chosen?

We have assembled a small and well-balanced menu, which is changed every season on both the food and the adult beverage side.  We take great R&D trips around Atlanta, around the country and around the world.  We want to bring unique ingredients and flavors to the neighborhoods we serve.  We combine those ingredients with core elements and ingredients on the menu to make it approachable for our guests.

That sounds delicious! So, what is your favorite thing about Marlow’s?

I really like the fact that the menu is small enough to execute at a very consistent and high level, but that we have a broad appeal with many unique ingredients that you would not traditionally see in a tavern or casual restaurant.

How do you choose your live entertainment?

We have music in every tavern – some taverns one day a week and some taverns five or seven days a week. It just depends on the neighborhood.  Our General Managers coordinate all of our music selections with support from our market/operating partners.

What is the best way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Marlow’s?

We try very hard to keep our website and Facebook pages up to date, but it is hard in this fast moving world we live in. We supplement with a great quarterly newsletter and email notices with events, features and fun at the taverns every couple of weeks. To really stay on top of everything at Marlow’s and get some good deals too, sign up to be an Insider on our website.

Why does Marlow’s use Gas South?

We have been partners with Gas South for many years in all of our businesses, not just Marlow’s.  I think our cultures, level of service and hospitality align, and we like to support our friends and partners who like to support us.  It is very much a two-way collaboration and we need Gas South as much as Gas South needs Marlow’s.

Does Marlow’s have any specials coming up that you would like our readers to know about?

Yes, we are bringing NOLA to ATL with our annual “Bayou ‘n Bourbon” menu full of cuisine from the Deep South. Starting today through Monday, March 25, all Atlanta-area tavern locations are featuring the menu full of jazzed up dishes and classic cocktails that will take diners taste buds on a trip to the Big Easy. Check out our Facebook page for more info.

That’s great, John. We really appreciate your time. So readers, be sure to check out Marlow’s at any of their metro Atlanta locations and tell us, what’s your favorite item on the Marlow’s Tavern menu?

Jan
25
2013
12:02 pm

Gas South Employee Spotlight

For this month’s employee spotlight, we interviewed Greg Dunavant about his experiences at Gas South and his plans for his new position. Greg was recently promoted and is now our Senior Manager of Customer Care.

Greg, congratulations on your promotion! So, what are the responsibilities of your new position?

Thanks Meredith. As the Senior Manager of Customer Care, my goal is to provide our customers a best-in-class customer care experience. To do this, I am working with our team to identify processes and policies which can be improved, and once these processes are identified, we can implement solutions. I am also focused on empowering our team to help customers, developing our leadership team and associates, keeping the customer care team involved with the communities we serve and ensuring that Gas South is a great place to work.

Wow! That is great, Greg! Now, how long have you been working for Gas South?

I have been with Gas South since its inception in 2006.  I started with Gas South on the Supply and Risk Management Team as an analyst, and have been part of the Mass Markets team since 2007, working in both operations and marketing.

In terms of your new position, what are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to partnering with our customer care associates to continue to improve how we serve our customers. Since “in-sourcing” our customer care center in May 2012, we have empowered our team to make sound business decisions for the good of our customers and we’ve also implemented several system-wide changes which have improved the quality of service we are providing.  I am excited to build on this momentum. I am also looking forward to learning from the team and helping our employees develop professionally.

What is your favorite part about working at Gas South?

Our culture of empowerment is my favorite part of working at Gas South. This culture encourages employees to identify opportunities, recommend changes and implement solutions. I also love our commitment to the communities we serve.  All of our 150+ employees live in Georgia and are encouraged to give back through volunteering time and resources.

Those are a few of my favorite parts too! So Greg, how do you spend your free time?

Well, I am graduating from the Georgia Tech MBA program in May so much of my free time is dedicated to preparing for class, going to school and studying. When I am not focusing on school, my wife and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring Atlanta and pulling for the Auburn Tigers.

Thanks Greg. We are all looking forward to working together with you to continue to grow and improve. 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year!

Jan
18
2013
5:21 pm

Atlanta Corporate Fight Night VI: Fighting for a Worthy Cause

We are excited to be a sponsor of the Atlanta Corporate Fight Night VI where one of our analysts, Josh “TNT” Tittle will be boxing. The event takes place Thursday, January 24th at The Foundry at Puritan Mill where Josh will face Austin Joseph in the heavyweight division. Josh is looking forward to competing in his second Atlanta Corporate Fight Night, representing Gas South and our commitment to the communities we serve.

The Atlanta Corporate Fight Night is an event where each boxer chooses a favorite charitable organization that they fight for, both in the ring and in the community.  Boxers market their cause within the community and get sponsors and donations for their fight.  The winner’s charity receives the funds that both boxers raised for their match.  Last spring, Josh won his fight and $750 was donated to his charity, Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

This year, Josh’s charity is Positive Growth, Inc. in Clarkston, GA. Their mission is to strengthen the lives of children, youth, adults and families during difficult life transitions.  One of their programs is a home for boys between ages 6 and 21 that are in the foster system.  Currently there are about 20 boys in the home.  Having been involved with this charity for over a year, Josh plans to continue being a mentor and assist some of the boys as they train for a 5k combination run and obstacle course in the spring.

Although Josh was on the Georgia Tech football team and a club wrestling team, he had never participated in boxing prior to last year, but you’d never know by his performance.  In anticipation of this year’s fight, he has been training about 4 days a week.

If you’d like to see Josh in this black tie, black eye affair, you can purchase tickets or make a donation here. General admission tickets are $25 (may or may not get a seat) and preferred seating tickets are $50. For more information about tickets or the event, leave a comment here or email Josh at josh.tittle@gas-south.com.

 

Jan
7
2013
3:35 pm

5 Ways to Keep Your Natural Gas Costs Down

As the winter season begins, our customers often come to us looking for the best way to keep their natural gas costs down.  We are prepared every year to provide our customers with tips to do just that.  Here are a handful of ways you can potentially cut your natural gas usage during the winter months.

1.) Invest in a programmable thermostat. The majority of programmable thermostats allow you to set multiple time frames and temperatures to fit your lifestyle.  There are even a few that can adapt to those frequent “nudges” that you give the thermostat to take the chill off and automatically change their programming to fit.  Avoid changing the temperatures once you have it programmed to avoid unnecessary increases in your natural gas usage.

2.) Avoid large swings in temperature. Avoid raising or lowering the temperature settings more than 5-8 degrees in a daily period to save on natural gas usage.  The only exception should be when you are not at home for an extended period of time when you can set it at a lower temperature than normal.  Large swings in temperature can cause your unit to work harder to heat your home.  Remember, you are not only heating the air but everything in your home as well.

3.) Change the filter in your furnace or air handler regularly. Most HVAC companies recommend inspecting, cleaning, or replacing the filter every month during the summer and winter seasons.  A dirty air filter causes your system to work harder to push the air throughout your home, causing increased energy usage.

4.) Keep windows and doors shut. Another easy way to save on heating costs is to make sure that all windows and doors remain closed.  Close blinds or drapes to further decrease the amount of heat loss through your windows.

5.) Wear warm clothes. This is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to lower your energy bills during the winter.   Most energy efficiency websites recommend a maximum heating temperature setting of less than 70 degrees.  For those of you who feel cold at temperatures below 70 degrees, a light jacket, sweat shirt, or long sleeve shirt can help keep you warm without having to raise your thermostat temperature and therefore your natural gas usage.

Though heating bills are ultimately dependent on how cold the winter is, these tips should allow you to save on your natural gas usage. What are some ways you try to save during the colder months?

Dec
21
2012
12:07 pm

Happy Holidays!

As we move further into the Holiday Season, we just wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable Holiday. Thank you for choosing Gas South as your natural gas provider, we look forward to serving you in 2013.

Dec
20
2012
11:56 am

PJ Follows the CNG Revolution to DC

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the American Trucking Association Summit on Natural Gas in Trucking in Washington D.C. Topics ranged from Natural Gas 101 to The Politics of Natural Gas. This particular conference was focused on the trucking industry and it was a packed house, full of regional and national truckers, natural gas companies such as ConocoPhillips and other companies that service the industry.

We heard from gas station owners and developers such as Frank Love of Love’s Travel Stops and James A. Haslam III, the Chairman of Pilot Flying J. They spoke about the benefits and challenges of natural gas from an infrastructure standpoint.  Gas station owners are actively looking at natural gas in LNG(Liquefied Natural Gas) and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) forms as a viable fuel ,but believe that demand and economics will drive the change.

The clear star of the show was Mr. T. Boone Pickens. Mr. Pickens, or as he asked me to call him later, T. Boone, spoke at the conference and gave a brilliant and candid perspective on the natural gas revolution. T. Boone has championed the effort behind the natural gas boom with the Pickens Plan and has invested millions of dollars in Clean Energy. Clean Energy is the leading provider of CNG and LNG in the United States.

It took diesel fuel 30 years to be adopted by this industry after WWII. So as the CNG Revolution continues, how long do you think it will take this industry to adopt natural gas?

 

Dec
17
2012
4:25 pm

Project SHARE – Teaming Up with the Salvation Army

 

Have you heard the news? Gas South is partnering with the Salvation Army to bring Project SHARE to our customers. Last week, we collected donations of new and used blankets to bring to the Salvation Army’s shelter in Atlanta. Our President and CEO, Kevin Greiner, joined several of our employees at the shelter, as we worked with the residents to make the beds. It was a great way to kick off the program and give back to those who need it most.

Gas South employees, Salvation Army employees and shelter residents gather together to start making beds with the donated blankets.

Project SHARE is an initiative through the Salvation Army that collects money to assist those who are less fortunate with acquiring food, shelter, clothing, medical supplies and paying utility bills. Donations through the program help citizens in all 159 counties of Georgia and the money collected stays in the county from which it originates. You can sign up with Project SHARE by pledging to contribute any whole dollar amount you choose each month. The amount will be automatically added to your Gas South bill. Gas South will also be matching your donation up to $5 per month in 2013.

We are looking forward to participating in Project SHARE and we hope you are too. Find out more information and sign up for the program here.

Our President & CEO, Kevin Greiner teams up with Major Todd Hawks, the Metro Atlanta Area Commander for the Salvation Army to make beds in the bunk room at the shelter.

Dec
4
2012
2:26 pm

Georgia Gives Day

Georgia Gives Day, a project started by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, is scheduled for December 6th. This is the first year of the program that pulls together Georgia’s nonprofits in an effort to raise as much money for them as possible. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits will not receive any of the contributions. Instead, you donate to the organization of your choice through the website. Hundreds of nonprofits throughout the state have registered to participate through the website and all you need to do is search by area or category to find the organization you like. After placing your donation electronically, you’ll receive an email with the tax deductible information.

- Nonprofits ranging from the United Way, the Salvation Army, Action Ministries, The Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, to the Woodruff Arts Center are registered with their own landing pages on the site. Search to find the organization that means the most to you.

- Many of the organizations registered have a special side bar that tells you where your money will be going. For example, St Vincent de Paul provides the following information: a donation of $26 will feed a family of 4 for a day. A donation of $50 will feed a family of 4 for 4 days. Finally, a donation of $100 will provide direct assistance to clients through services and programs. This is a helpful way to determine exactly what your donation will be used for.

As part of our Gas South Cares initiative, we are a contributing sponsor for the program and are proud to be a part of such a great project. So, if you are planning to give this Holiday Season, consider giving through Georgia Gives Day to the organization of your choice on or before December 6th. Let’s help Georgia raise millions for our nonprofits that keep our state growing!

Nov
28
2012
4:31 pm

What is Pay-As-You-Go?

Have you heard about our Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) program yet? We created PAYG in 2008 to help credit challenged customers get natural gas service. This program allows customers to obtain service without a deposit or a pre-payment. PAYG is an alternative to the regulated provider program and can actually help people strengthen their credit scores.

How does it work?      

Each month, our PAYG customers are billed only for the gas they are forecasted to use over the next 30 days. This estimate is based on historical usage and the current gas prices. We also calculate the difference between the usage from the prior month and the charges you received. This calculation is reflected in the next bill to ensure that you only pay for the gas that you use. After 12 months of good payment history, you can move to a lower rate plan and we will report your good history to a consumer credit reporting agency to help improve your credit score.

The PAYG program offers low fixed and variable rates without any upfront costs. We also partner with several non-profit organizations through the program to help those in need. CredAbility, The Salvation Army, United Way, St. Vincent de Paul, Atlanta Community Food Bank and Action Ministries are all PAYG partners of Gas South.

How can I sign up?

If you think PAYG would work for you, please check out our website for more information. You can also call us at 1-877-347-7243. Temperatures are dropping outside, so let us know if you want to Pay-As-You-Go!

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