Programs available to help residents stay warm this winter


Posted on October 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 19 at 5:30 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – October 17, 2011

Starting October 11, residents can apply for federal assistance funds through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP. The program, administered through the state Department of Social Services, is designed to help reduce monthly heating costs by providing a one-time benefit to low- and fixed-income residents, including senior citizens. The enrollment period ends November 11.

"Energy assistance funds are available to qualified residents that reduce the cost of heating a home," said Robert Duvall, vice president, Virginia Natural Gas. "These critical funds help families in need stay warm for the winter."

To qualify for LIHEAP assistance, a household’s monthly income cannot exceed 130 percent of the federally established poverty level. Residents should contact the departments of social services in the area in which they live to determine eligibility and enroll in the program.

– Virginia Natural Gas is advising consumers to take advantage of several programs that can help pay their home heating bills and save money by reducing their energy usage.

Residents can also apply for the LIHEAP program by attending one of the Virginia Natural Gas community meetings held during the four week application period.

Consumers may also be eligible for help with their bills under the EnergyShare program. Administered by the Salvation Army, EnergyShare is a local heating assistance fund comprised of donations from Virginia Natural Gas Customers. To apply, residents must call to make an appointment with their local Salvation Army.

In addition to heating assistance funds, Virginia Natural Gas customers also have the option of participating in energySMART, a VNG-sponsored energy conservation program. The program is designed to help consumers save money by reducing their energy consumption.

EnergySMART includes offers such as a $50 rebate on a seasonal check-up of a home heating system performed in the month of October, a free customized programmable thermostat, rebates on high-efficiency natural gas appliances and a low-income weatherization program.

EnergySMART also contains a low-income home weatherization partnership between state-certified weatherization agencies – the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project and the Williamsburg/James City County Community Action Network – and Virginia Natural Gas.

For a complete list of LIHEAP community meetings and information on the energySMART program visit the Virginia Natural Gas website at

About Virginia Natural Gas

Virginia Natural Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: AGL), provides retail natural gas sales and distribution services to 275,000 customers in southeast Virginia. For more information, visit

About AGL Resources

AGL Resources (NYSE: AGL), an Atlanta-based energy services company, serves approximately 2.3 million customers in six states. The company also owns Houston-based Sequent Energy Management, an asset manager serving natural gas wholesale customers throughout North America. As a current 85 percent owner in the SouthStar partnership, AGL Resources markets natural gas to consumers in Georgia under the Georgia Natural Gas brand. The company also owns and operates Jefferson Island Storage & Hub, a high-deliverability natural gas storage facility near the Henry Hub in Louisiana. For more information, visit

Contact: Duane Bourne, Virginia Natural Gas

Office: 757-616-7510

Cell: 757-955-0363