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PEOPLES GAS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CONSUMERS WEEK

 PEOPLES GAS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CONSUMERS WEEK
 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The 11th annual National


Consumers Week, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, takes place Oct. 25-31.
 The event raises awareness of the need to foster informed consumer choice through education and information.
 The theme for this year's event is "Operation Wise Buy." The theme emphasizes the responsibility of consumers to make wise choices among marketplace offers and alternatives.
 Nationwide, businesses and organizations are sponsoring numerous activities during National Consumers Week to promote their ongoing customer programs, introduce new programs and show their appreciation of their customers.
 Locally, a Senior Citizens' Expo, sponsored by state Sen. Melissa Hart (R-Allegheny), will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Hills Village Mall. Representatives from federal, state and local government, as well as other organizations (including the Peoples Natural Gas Company), will be in attendance.
 Peoples Gas will be participating in the Westmoreland County AAA (Area Agency on Aging) Silver Celebration Health and Services Exposition. Approximately 60 area companies and agencies will have information available on their products and services. The event is taking place at the Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa., on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 Peoples Gas also will be represented in the "Information Fair" on Friday, Oct. 30, in the lobby of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Bureau of Consumer Protection, in conjunction with various "help" agencies.
 The fair will promote general consumer education and protection against fraud in today's marketplace, not only consumer products, but also in the areas of housing, personal finance and credit.
 In recognition of National Consumers Week, Peoples Gas would like to remind consumers of its commitment to customer service.
 Peoples Gas has many consumer-oriented programs which include:
 -- Weatherization - This program assists eligible customers with low or fixed incomes to reduce energy bills through various energy conservation measures such as caulking, weather stripping and heating system retrofits.
 -- CARES - The Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Services which helps customers with special needs.
 -- Gatekeeper Program - A community support program for the elderly or customers who may not be able to get the help they need on their own.
 -- Third-Party Program - A program which protects past-due customers, especially disabled or senior citizens, whose gas service may be terminated. A friend or relative also will receive a copy of any past-due notices but is not responsible for payments.
 Other free programs include thermostats for the visually impaired and telecommunication devices for the deaf.
 Peoples Gas provides natural gas service to over 333,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in 16 counties throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
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 /CONTACT: Elmore Lockley, manager, news and video services of Peoples Gas, 412-392-2467/ CO: Peoples Gas ST: Pennsylvania IN: OIL SU:


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