With temperatures in the 70's, Georgia customers who heat their homes or businesses with natural gas might not be thinking about their monthly heating bill yet, but now is the time to save money before winter truly kicks in, by shopping for a competing natural gas supplier offering a low rate.

Even as colder weather looms, Georgia customers can still find significant savings by shopping around for a lower natural gas rate.

With the competition that has been introduced into Georgia's natural gas market, customers at Atlanta Gas Light can choose among competing providers for their natural gas supply -- just like customers can shop for long distance, cellular, and internet service.

That puts the power in your hands, so you can maximize the power of competition by getting natural gas suppliers to compete head-to-head for your business. Shopping for a new natural gas supplier is simple and takes just a few minutes, but can save you hundreds of dollars per year.

Currently, natural gas suppliers competing to win residential customers by offering natural gas rates as low as the mid-50 cent per therm range.

If you haven't shopped for a natural gas supplier recently, you may be paying 20-40% more for your natural gas supply. Some rates are as high as 80 or 90 cents per therm, or even as high as $1.00 per therm.

Even if you previously shopped for a good deal, your contract may have expired, and your supplier may be serving you on a post-contract rate that's well above competitive price offers for new contracts. That's why you need to check your energy rate to make sure you're still paying the lowest rate.

Shopping for a natural gas provider doesn't change anything about your natural gas service, except you get a lower bill. Your local utility, AGL, will still respond to all emergencies and service disruptions, regardless of who you buy your natural gas from. In fact, AGL doesn't even sell natural gas anymore, it only delivers supply from competing energy providers through its pipes. So there's no reason not to shop around for a better deal.