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PGW OFFERS 50 PERCENT DISCOUNT FOR EARLY HOUSE HEATER CHECK

 PGW OFFERS 50 PERCENT DISCOUNT FOR EARLY HOUSE HEATER CHECK
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Philadelphia Gas Works is offering a 50 percent off-season special on service charges to its residential customers who check their house heaters early.
 Any customer who detects a problem with his/her house heater, will get 50 percent off PGW's $30 normal charge for service. This offer is for a limited time only. Service on a house heater must be completed by Sept. 26. The discount does not apply to repair charges when replacement parts are required.
 To avoid any possible service delays during cold weather, customers should check their heaters before winter to make sure its working correctly. Customers who detect a problem should call 215-235-2050 for service.
 PGW customers with a Parts & Labor Plan will not have to pay a service charge.
 Information of Philadelphia Gas Works
 The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is a non-profit natural gas utility owned by the city of Philadelphia, supplying gas service within the city limits to more than 524,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.
 Philadelphia's gas service began on February 1836, when PGW turned on 46 gas lights on Second Street between Vine and South. Originally, PGW was managed by 12 trustees chosen by the city government's Common and Select Councils. In 1841, the city bought out the original stockholders and in 1887 took over the direct management of PGW. Ten years later, the United Gas Improvement (UGI) Co., now UGI Corporation, began operating PGW under a management contract with the city, which continued for 75 years.
 PGW is today managed by the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC), created by the city government in 1972. The seven members of PFMC are mayoral appointments.
 The Philadelphia Gas Commission serves as the regulatory authority for PGW. The five commission members include the city controller, two appointed by the mayor, and two by city council. Among its responsibilities are approving gas rates, other gas service tariff issues and PGW's operating budget. The commission also makes recommendations to city council regarding the capital budget, natural gas contracts, financing and real estate transactions.
 Natural Gas -- A clean, non-toxic, colorless, lighter-than-air mixture of combustible hydrocarbons, mostly methane, recovered from underground via oil and gas wells. Natural gas is used as a fuel for cooking, space heating, water heating, clothes drying, cooling and thousands of industrial and commercial uses. A chemical odor is added for easy detection.
 Facilities -- Administration and operations building, 800 W. Montgomery Ave. Service buildings and neighborhood offices are located throughout the city. Storage plants where natural gas is supplemented as necessary with Liquefied Natural Gas are Passyunk Plant, 31st Street and Passyunk Avenue, and Richmond Plant, 3100 E. Venango St.
 LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) -- LNG is natural gas converted into liquid by refrigeration to -258 degrees F. LNG requires 620 times less storage space than natural gas in gaseous form. PGW's Richmond LNG plant can regasify up to 450 million cubic feet per day; a satellite storage facility at Passyunk Plant can regasify up to 90 million cubic feet per day.
 Sales -- PGW receives gas from two transcontinental gas pipeline companies; Texas Eastern Transmission Company and Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation; distributes it through more than 6,000 miles of underground mains and service pipes, and 527,544 active gas meters. Total sales: 71.9 billion cubic feet; total operating revenues: $497.5 million, both for the 12 months ending June 30, 1992.
 Service -- PGW repairs gas appliances, and charges for service, labor and replacement parts. PGW offers a plan which covers specified service, labor and replacement parts for house heaters and water heaters.
 Customers -- 500,093 residential; 23,498 commercial; 1,392 industrial; 1 municipal; total 524,984.
 Gas Appliances -- Approximately 1.95 million in Philadelphia, including 660,000 ranges, 536,000 automatic water heaters, 428,800 heating units, 171,000 clothes dryers.
 Employees -- About 2,426 as of June 30, 1992. All carry identification cards. Most are in uniform. Average length of service, 12.4 years.
 Executive Vice President: Alfred P. Degen
 For further information:
 Public relations -- 215-684-6624
 After 4:30 p.m., weekends, holidays -- 215-235-2050
 Gas odors, emergencies -- 215-235-1212
 Appliance service -- 215-235-1000
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 /CONTACT: Audrey Dean of Philadelphia Gas Works, 215-684-6622/ CO: Philadelphia Gas Works ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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