Manage Your Heating Bills As Cold Temperatures Arrive

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410
(804) 512-1425 - Mobile

Chester, VA – December 15, 2016 –Columbia Gas of Virginia is offering simple tips to help keep your home safe, affordable and warm this winter.

• Change or clean furnace filters to maximize air flow efficiency.
• Eliminate drafts with weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.
• Columbia’s WarmWise Energy Efficiency and Conservation program offers cash rebates as well as other simple ways to save energy costs. To experience the savings go to
• Do not store flammable materials near your natural gas furnace, water heater or stove.
• Make sure your furnace is inspected and operating properly
• Columbia’s Budget Payment Plan can help manage your monthly energy bills.
• Never use stoves, ovens or outdoor grills as a source of indoor heat.
• Protect your water pipes in outside walls - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing.
• Check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are operating according to manufacturer’s recommendation.

What to Do If You Smell Natural Gas
If you smell natural gas “rotten eggs” in your home or at any other time, evacuate immediately. Do not operate anything that could cause a spark including lights, cell phones, flashlights and appliances. From a safe location, call 911 and our emergency number at 1-800-544-5606.

To learn more about natural gas safety, visit

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 264,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Lynchburg region and Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at