PORT HURON, Mich., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEMCO ENERGY GAS
COMPANY encourages customers to use conservation methods to combat higher
heating costs during the 2003-2004 heating season, which began November 1.
Simple steps, such as sealing windows and unused doors in addition to
dialing down the thermostat can have a significant impact on peak season
energy use. And making their homes more energy efficient is one way customers
can counter the increasing cost of natural gas, said Francis Lieder, Director
of Corporate Communications and Media Affairs for SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. SEMCO
ENERGY, Inc. is the parent company of SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY.
"All indicators are that natural gas prices will continue to rise. SEMCO
ENERGY makes the most prudent gas purchases possible, but we are encouraging
our customers to take steps to limit the amount of gas they are using," he
The Gas Company also is willing to work with customers who find it
difficult to pay their complete energy bill each month during the winter
months, he said.
"We recognize that energy costs, including the cost of natural gas
payments, are taking a larger portion of our customers' incomes. We have a
variety of programs available to help people better budget their payments."
If a customer is going to be unable to pay their full bill, they should
contact SEMCO ENERGY at 1-800-624-2019 before the payment is due. A payment
plan can be set up for them.
"We don't want to shut off any customer's service at any time of the year,
certainly not in winter. We just need them to contact us before the situation
gets to that point," Lieder said.
Customers also can consult the SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY web site
(www.semcoenergygas.com ) for tips on energy saving measures. The site also
offers a link to the U.S. Department of Energy "Energy Savers" web page.
SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. distributes natural gas to more than 385,000 customers
combined in Michigan, as SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY, and in Alaska, as ENSTAR
Natural Gas Company. It owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas
pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and
natural gas storage in various regions of the United States. In addition, it
provides information technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the
mid-range computer market.
SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY