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For Release: 09/24/2013

North Shore Gas Says Fall into the Winter Preparation Mode

Having Furnaces and Appliances Inspected Will Help Ensure Home Safety

Fall is officially here and with colder temperatures approaching, North Shore Gas is encouraging residents to get your heating system ready to warm your home safely and efficiently by following these tips:

  • Have your furnace/boiler inspected by a licensed, qualified technician.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter as needed (follow manufacturer’s guidelines).
  • Check the flame in the burner to make sure it’s blue. A yellow flame may indicate the need for adjustment.
  • Check your chimney flues for corrosion and make sure all vents are clear of any blockages or debris.
  • Keep the area around your furnaces, boilers and water heaters clear. Do not store flammable liquids or other combustible nearby.

Getting a tune-up on your furnace or boiler is an important first step in winter safety preparations. It can identify safety hazards and ensure your heating is working efficiently. North Shore Gas encourages customers to access a $50 rebate on furnace and boiler tune-ups through the North Shore Gas Home Energy Rebate Program.

Customers can save money and energy by replacing old furnaces with a high-efficiency model of 97% AFUE and qualify for a $600 rebate. Replacement boilers of 95% AFUE or greater qualify for a $700 rebate. Please call the program office at (855) 849-8928 or visit for more information.

As you purchase new heating equipment or have furnaces and other appliances inspected, North Shore Gas reminds customers to check the batteries in fire alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to ensure they are in working order. The presence of carbon monoxide alarms in the home can save your life.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can come from any inadequately burned and vented fuel sources, including water heaters, furnaces, ranges/stoves, clothes dryers, grills, fireplaces and portable generators. Residents are required by Illinois law to have working CO detectors in their home and apartments. Taking the time to have heating equipment and other appliances inspected and ensuring CO alarms are in working order will help keep your family and friends safe.

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North Shore Gas would also like to remind you that federal law requires regular inspection of natural gas meters and service pipes located inside homes. To avoid disruption to your natural gas service or any financial assistance with heating bills, please allow North Shore Gas to inspect your meter when necessary.

About North Shore Gas

North Shore Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 158,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located in 54 communities within the northern suburbs of Chicago. For more information about North Shore Gas visit the company's website:

For More Information, Contact:

  • Bonnie Johnson
    Manager, Public Relations
    (312) 240-3661
    (312) 907-7333 (CELL)