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Atmos says: Frigid weather creates peak demands for natural gas

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The following is a statement from Atmos Energy:

Lubbock (February 2, 2011)— Atmos Energy, the largest distributor of natural gas in Texas, has seen record demands for gas due to the extremity of the cold weather in West Texas.  According to Gary Gregory, president of Atmos Energy West Texas Division, "Our system has performed admirably due to a lot of preparation and the dedication of our service personnel who have been working around the clock. The prolonged cold weather, however, has put a strain on the supply system across our service area and we may be forced to begin curtailing some of our larger users." Gregory also noted, "The forecast continues to call for frigid temperatures over the next few days and we ask that our customers conserve energy by: 

  •  Setting thermostats to 65 degrees.  Keeping warm by insulating yourself with sweaters and jackets.
  •  Limiting early morning hot water use!  Taking showers, doing dishes and laundry in the late afternoon and early evening prevents additional use at the peak wake-up time.
  •  Limiting opening doors, etc.  If possible, use the smallest living space you can, and reduce the temperature in unused spaces to 60.
  •  Closing blinds and drapes to keep heat in unless there is direct sunlight available to help warm the space."

If a customer experiences any problem with their gas service, they should call 888-286-6700.  The company asks for patience as some response times have been affected due to hazardous driving conditions.

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