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Peoples Gas North Shore Gas

For Release: 07/08/2008

Rising Gas Prices Could Lead to An Expensive Heating Season

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Urge Customers to Plan for the 2008-2009 Heating Season

CHICAGO, IL – As the price for almost all goods and services is on the rise, natural gas has become no exception. Natural gas prices for July are $1.50 per therm for Peoples Gas customers and $1.34 per therm for North Shore Gas customers. This compares to a per therm charge of $0.82 for Peoples Gas and $0.88 for North Shore Gas for July 2007. These are not only the highest natural gas prices this year, but the highest in history.

While prices fluctuate month-to-month, it is forecast that they will remain higher than last year as we head into fall and winter. This means consumer attention that is currently focused at the pump will dramatically shift to their home heating bills this winter season.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, the natural gas delivery companies for the Chicagoland area, recognize this critical issue and are taking steps now to help customers prepare for the upcoming heating season.

“As summer sets in, customers are not thinking about heating their homes this winter, but they should,” said Rodrigo A. Sierra, vice president, Public Affairs. “It is critical that we do as much as we can to educate and arm customers with tools and information that will help them manage their energy usage and bills year-round.”

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas encourage their customers to start thinking about and planning their energy usage now.

Conserve

Energy conservation is the primary way to reduce energy usage and bills. The company’s newly designed Web site has a section which provides tips and ideas to increase energy efficiency at little or no cost.

Some quick and easy tips to conserve energy include:

  • Raise the thermostat in the summer, lower it in the winter
  • Close curtains and blinds during the day to keep rooms cooler in the summer, open them during the winter to let in warm sun rays
  • Open doors and windows for cross ventilation in the summer
  • Use shorter wash cycles and cold water rinse
  • Always run FULL LOADS in dishwashers and clothes washers
  • Clean lint filters in dryers

Low-Cost Investments That Pay You Back

  • Tune-up heating and cooling systems
  • Install ceiling fans
  • Caulk around doors and windows
  • Insulate outlets
  • Fix drippy faucets
  • Invest in CFL light bulbs
  • Install a programmable thermostat

Energy Calculator

To help customers understand how much energy household appliances use, a new natural gas appliance calculator has been added to www.peoplesgasdelivery.com and www.northshoregasdelivery.com. Using this easy tool, customers can determine the approximate energy usage and cost of most major natural gas appliances to help them plan how to save energy while helping the environment and their pocket book.

Budget Payment Plans

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are strongly encouraging customers to consider enrolling in the budget payment plan. This will ensure bills are more stable and avoid high bills that may be difficult to pay in winter months. By signing up now, customers will pay more in the summer when they use less gas to build credit for the winter months. Spreading natural gas payments over the year allows customers to budget more accurately for their monthly payments and avoids big swings in bills.

“With the potential for a costly winter, our goal is to reach our 1 million customers across Chicagoland to educate them about rising natural gas prices and what they can do to better manage their energy use and bills,” said Sierra. “While the power to control the actual cost of commodities such as natural gas is out of our hands, the power to manage energy usage is totally within our control and an important way to help lower our bills.”

About Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

Peoples Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 840,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the City of Chicago. North Shore Gas is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 54 communities in Northeastern Illinois. The companies are subsidiaries of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). For more information on Peoples Gas, visit www.peoplesgasdelivery.com. For North Shore Gas visit www.northshoregasdelivery.com.

About Integrys Energy Group, Inc.

Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG) is an energy holding company headquartered in Chicago, IL., with regulated subsidiary utilities in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, serving about 2 million customers. Integrys Energy Services is a non-regulated energy company serving wholesale electric and natural gas markets primarily in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. For more information, visit the company’s web site: www.integrysgroup.com.

For More Information, Contact:

  • Rodrigo Sierra
    312-240-4567