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7 Things You Should Know About Natural Gas Standby Generators

During the hot, dry days of August, few of us are thinking about hurricanes or ice storms. But now is exactly when you should consider what you’ll do in the event of a power outage that could occur when storms blow in to Georgia.

Natural gas from Walton Gas is a reliable source of energy for your home no matter the weather. If your home is equipped with a natural gas stove, water heater or gas logs, you’ll be able to cook, have a hot bath and keep warm — even if the power is out.

But what about home appliances or medical equipment needing electricity to operate?

Severe storms can occasionally result in prolonged power outages here in Georgia. Minutes, not to mention hours or days, without power can be crucial to some. If that’s your story, it’s time to think about installing a natural gas standby generator to ensure on-demand, dependable energy when it’s needed.           

Here are seven things you should know about a standby generator.

1. No power? No problem!

A stationary standby generator sits in a location beside your home and is permanently connected to your Walton Gas line. It is also connected directly to your home's electrical panel and can provide uninterrupted backup for days in the event of an electricity outage.

2. Power is restored in seconds.

Within seconds of an electrical outage, a standby generator equipped with an automatic transfer switch automatically starts and restores power. First, the transfer switch disconnects you from your utility. Then the generator turns on automatically and generates electricity that goes through the electrical panel to feed the home, just like the electricity that comes to your home from the electrical grid. When your electric service is restored, the generator automatically shuts down and reconnects your house to the grid. Note: Some manufacturers offer a manual start-up generator for a lower cost.

3. You don’t have to refuel.

You’ll never have to worry about having enough fuel on hand with a generator fueled by the same underground pipelines that bring natural gas to your home.

4. Installation is not a DIY project.

You’ll need to hire a qualified installer to help you assess both your load needs and the logistics of installing a standby generator at your home. To find a qualified contractor, check out this list recommended by Atlanta Gas Light. 

5. Know what you need to power.

The size of your generator should be determined by your needs in an emergency, temporary situation. To get an idea of how much electrical capacity you'll need, use this online size selector calculator. However, be sure to consult a professional for an accurate load analysis before making a generator purchase.

6. Expect to pay $4,000 and up for a whole-house generator.

For the average 2,500-square-foot home, a quality standby generator equipped with an automatic transfer switch starts at around $4,000. Installation is additional. Keep in mind that investing in a natural gas, whole-house generator can add significant value to a home.

7. A portable generator may fit your needs.

If a standby generator is too costly for your budget, a portable natural gas model might suit your needs. Portable models can’t generate enough power to operate many major appliances in the home, however they can provide enough emergency power to charge cell phones and run the refrigerator — which may be all you need in a pinch. Prices (without a transfer switch) start as low as $1,500. Note: A portable generator requires a natural gas outlet (quick disconnect) for its fuel supply and should have a transfer switch for safety and ease of operation. Purchase of these items should also be added to the price of the generator. Learn more about transfer switch options at Global Power Products of Lawrenceville. 

Before you buy, compare the benefits of standby and portable generators.This article by Consumer Reports provides details. 

A generator is an important investment for protecting your home and family during power outages. If a generator is in your future, schedule installation now before storm season arrives.

Enjoy an Endless Summer with a Patio Heater

It’s hot as blazes outside now, but chilly temperatures will become the norm all too soon. Don’t let cooler weather prevent you from spending time in your outdoor living space. Instead, enjoy an endless summer by installing an outdoor natural gas heater now.

Natural gas heaters are powerful, energy efficient and useful for residential outdoor areas like the patio or deck. Installing one now — before cool, crisp air arrives — will keep you and your guests comfortable long after the neighbors have gone inside.

Walton Gas has done the research to help you decide if a natural gas outdoor heater is a good investment for your lifestyle. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Provides exceptional warmth. Because of the combustion of natural gas, natural gas heaters have a greater heat output than other fuel options. The average natural gas patio heater radiates heat downward to warm a 12- to 20-foot area. They are most effective when the outdoor temperatures are between 40 and 60 degrees.
  • Good for the environment. Natural gas burns clean.
  • Never runs out of fuel. Because it’s connected to your Walton Gas line, fuel is always available.
  • Easy placement. Patio heaters must be placed in a ventilated space. Wall, ceiling and post mounts, as well as portable models, are available.
  • Choose from two ignitions. Manual ignitions have a push button that creates a spark to light the gas and use a knob to control the flow of gas to the heaters. Automatic ignitions require electricity to ignite the heater. They can be controlled with an on/off switch or hand-held remote. Both ignition types have built-in safety systems to shut off the gas flow if the flame goes out and can’t be relit.
  • Fits your style. Many outdoor heaters feature sleek exteriors and can blend in with outdoor décor. These features are excellent for outdoor bar decks, patios and pool decks.
  • Requires special plumbing and installation. If a gas line isn’t already available, you’ll need to hire a licensed professional to install a line for you.
  • Shop wisely. Look for patio heaters that are UL approved and CSA certified. These approvals ensure each heater has undergone rigorous testing to verify that they are a reliable and safe heating appliance.

How much?

A 45,000 BTU heater, which will heat an area of about 300 square feet, can be purchased in the Atlanta area starting at about $325, according to Homewyse.com

Prices can go much higher, depending on a unit’s style, size and heating efficiency.

Natural gas to fuel the average outdoor heater is about 50 cents per hour.

Ready to keep the party going? Summer is an ideal time to get a great deal and arrange installation of a natural gas heater for comfortable outdoor entertainment this fall and winter. Providing heat when and where it’s needed allows more time to enjoy the patio and deck, making a heater an investment that can easily pay for itself the first season you use it.

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Locate a qualified professional for installation or contact Atlanta Gas Light at (800) 599-3770.

Considering a Kitchen Makeover in 2019?

Gas appliances take center stage at world’s largest design show

Are you considering a kitchen makeover or maybe just a few updates? To help you determine what’s on-trend for the most important room of the house, Walton Gas hit the 2019 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). This year, the world’s largest kitchen design show had more than 1,500 manufacturers showcasing new products and ideas.

Here are six of the most exciting products and trends for natural gas consumers we spotted at this year’s show:

Signature Kitchen Suite’s 48-inch dual-fuel range
offering sous vide mode won the gold Best of KBIS award.

 

1. Sous Vide Cooking Mode

Foodies take note: Signature Kitchen Suite (the new luxury brand of LG Electronics) earned the gold Best of KBIS award given for product innovation for its 48-inch Pro Range. The innovative range is the industry’s first pro-style range for home cooks that offers built-in sous vide on the cooktop.

French for “under-vacuum,” sous vide (sue-veed) is a cooking technique where food is vacuum sealed and then submerged in water and slow-cooked at a constant precise temperature until it’s perfectly cooked. With the industry's first built-in sous vide range, home chefs have the capability to achieve professional-level results and capture the full, true flavor of foods.

 

2. Dual-Fuel Ranges

Cars aren’t the only machines bringing together the best of what gas and electricity have to offer. A dual-fuel range pairs the power and control of a gas cooktop with the baking precision of an electric oven in one appliance. The award-winning Signature Kitchen Suite Pro Range was among the dual-fuel ranges garnering much attention at this year’s KBIS show.

Duel fuel ranges have been around for a while, but were cost-prohibitive for most. This year’s models have come down in price, so home chefs can finally afford them — even if you still need to set aside a few thousand dollars to do so.

Hestan’s Circuflame burner offers the fastest boil time in the industry.

3. Faster Boil Times

Hestan, the award-winning culinary brand renowned for creating the market's most advanced, powerful and versatile commercial kitchen equipment, has introduced its powerful gas Circuflame burner for its residential kitchen gas range line. Claiming the fastest boil time in the industry, the Hestan burners deliver up to 30,000 BTUs per minute for quick heat.

4. Air Frying in a Full-size Oven

Frigidaire is breaking new ground with its 30-inch Gallery Front Control Freestanding Gas Range that includes an air fry mode in the oven. Air fryers were a popular countertop appliance in 2018, but the new Frigidaire line is the first to offer it in a full-size oven. The folks at Frigidaire explained that the air fryer mode heats up the air inside the oven to a higher temperature than what is used in a convection oven. It then gradually cools down as the fan circulates air around the cavity rapidly. Look for models with the air fry option to debut later this year.

At KBIS 2019, Thor Kitchen debuted a pro-style black stainless kitchen suite for under $6,000.

5. Black Stainless

New models of every kind of kitchen appliance, including gas ranges, are now being offered in black stainless as well as the traditional stainless steel. At the 2019 KBIS, manufacturer Thor Kitchen debuted the first Pro-style Black Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite for under $6,000. The suite includes a 30-inch gas range, ventilation hood, dishwasher and recessed-handle French-door refrigerator. Other manufacturers are following suit and will roll out more gas appliances in black stainless around mid year. Expect to pay about $200 extra per appliance for the option.

6. Affordable, Pro-Style Outdoor Kitchen Suite

If your kitchen remodel will extend to an outdoor space, there’s good news on this front, too. At the KBIS, Thor Kitchen, manufacturer of pro-style kitchen appliances, introduced its new eight-piece Modular Outdoor Kitchen Suite, offering homeowners the flexibility to put the appliances in any arrangement, while eliminating the need for built-in costs. This stainless steel modular suite is half the price of other outdoor kitchen suites on the market. The centerpiece is a gas grill featuring a rotisserie, four 12,000 BTU tube burners and one 10,000 BTU infrared side burner. Also included: 24-inch refrigerator drawers, commercial-grade pizza oven, sink cabinet, corner cabinet and appliance cabinet. 

Winning for charity

Children and the homeless will reap the rewards from the Georgia Bulldogs’ successful 2018 football season. On the way to repeating as the SEC Eastern Division champion, the Dawgs posted 11 regular-season victories. Every win scored a $1,000 contribution from Walton Gas’s Champions for Charity, adding $11,000 to the total being donated to three local nonprofits.

Through Champions for Charity, Walton Gas and its customers are contributing money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Salvation Army and Camp Twin Lakes. The $11,000 football donation is supplemented by contributions from new Walton Gas customers.

Through Champions for Charity, Walton Gas and its customers
are contributing money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,
The Salvation Army and Camp Twin Lakes.

 

Every new Walton Gas customer can choose between receiving a $25 bill credit or donating that amount to Champions for Charity. Every customer donation is matched by Walton Gas, meaning another $50 is added to the year’s Champions for Charity contribution. This year’s total will be finalized after May 30, the last day of the giving period.

During a Georgia Bulldogs game last fall, Walton Gas presented checks totaling $42,000 to the three organizations. This represented the amount raised during the 2017-18 giving period. Since 2013, when the program started, Walton Gas and its customers have contributed $218,000 to the charities that collectively benefit thousands of Georgians each year.

The Results Are In!

After all the donations are tallied, this year’s contributions will again be divided among the three charities based on online voting by Walton Gas customers. Voting concluded with the Bulldogs’ final post-season game on New Year’s Day.

Now…drum roll, please….

The top vote-getter for 2018 is Camp Twin Lakes! The camp received 70% of all votes cast. The donation will help subsidize the cost of attendance at the camp, which is designed exclusively for children with extraordinary medical needs. Camp Twin Lakes serves Georgia youths with a range of serious illnesses and special needs, from cancer and diabetes to kidney disorders, asthma and burn injuries.

The Salvation Army was second in the voting, receiving 17% of the total. Their share of the Champions for Charity donation helps the organization further its mission of offering prevention, refuge and stability to men, women and families who find themselves without shelter due to personal and financial circumstances.

Third place goes to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), which garnered 13% of the votes cast. Treating more than 400,000 Georgia children and teens annually, the not-for-profit pediatric hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report.

Thank You

Thanks to all the Walton Gas customers who voted during the 2018 season — and thanks to the Dawgs for delivering 11 victories to benefit charity. And a big thanks to every new Walton Gas customer who has chosen to donate to Champions for Charity. Together, we’re scoring a big win for children and the homeless in our communities. 

Dawgs Win, Charities Score!

Vote now for your favorite.

The 2018 college football season is underway — and Georgia Bulldogs fans couldn’t be happier with how things are going. There are reasonable expectations that another Eastern Division championship is coming to Athens. And there are optimistic whispers of even bigger things to come before the post-season wraps.

But die-hard Dawg fans aren’t the only ones happily counting the numbers in the win column. Walton Gas customers as well as those who benefit from the work of three Georgia organizations are keeping close tabs, too.

Walton Gas is donating money to
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Salvation Army and
Camp Twin Lakes for every game the Bulldogs win this season.

Through it's Champions for Charity program, Walton Gas and its customers are donating money to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Salvation Army and Camp Twin Lakes for every game the Bulldogs win this season. The company is donating $1,000 for every regular season victory. Plus, Walton Gas adds another $5,000 to the total if the Bulldogs win a bowl game.

Last year, Walton Gas donated $50,000 that was divided among the three organizations. Since 2013, when the program started, Walton Gas and its customers have contributed more than $175,000 to the charities that collectively benefit thousands of Georgians each year.

More than $175,000 has been donated to charities
that collectively benefit thousands of Georgians each year.

In 2017, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta received a check for $27,000 for receiving the most votes and matching contributions from new Walton Gas customers. The Salvation Army was presented a $13,000 donation, and Camp Twin Lakes received $10,000.

On Nov. 11 when the Bulldogs host Auburn at Sanford Stadium, Walton Gas officials will join representatives of the three charities to present this year’s checks. If you’re at the game, keep an eye out for the on-field presentation of the donations during pre-game activities. Or, check the Walton Gas website the following Monday to learn which organization took home the biggest check this year. 

Choose your charity 

While every organization is a winner in Champions for Charity, it’s up to Walton Gas customers to determine which organization will collect the most money. Voting for the checks that will be presented during the 2019 season is now underway. To help you choose, here is some information about each organization.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)

From life-saving pediatric cancer treatments and organ transplants to fracture care and appendectomies, the not-for-profit CHOA is meeting the medical needs of Georgia’s children and teens. U.S. News and World Report ranks it as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals.

In 2017, more than 390,000 sick or injured children
received care at CHOA.

In 2017, more than 390,000 sick or injured children received care at CHOA. Its new Center for Advanced Pediatrics, which opened in July, is expected to welcome more than 100,000 patient visits per year.

All this care comes at a hefty price tag. The daily cost to operate all of CHOA’s hospitals is nearly $4 million. Donations like those made by Walton Gas provide amenities that aren’t covered by the operations budget.

With the $27,000 CHOA received from Walton Gas last year, the hospital could buy 13 wheelchairs for patients or eight special gliders where parents can sit and cuddle infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. The donation was also enough to purchase 54 iPads to entertain children while they are undergoing radiology treatments, plus 20 music soothers for infant cribs and also 100 sets of supplies that allow patients and their medical team to celebrate when something extraordinary happens.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers prevention, refuge and stability to men, women and families who find themselves without shelter due to personal and financial circumstances.

In metro Atlanta, three shelters offer 500 beds to individuals in need. The shelters also provide meals, laundry, rehabilitation and spiritual counseling. During times of natural disaster, such as hurricanes and flooding, Salvation Army units are deployed to provide food services and care to those in crisis.

Walton Gas’s $13,000 donation was enough
to provide a bed in a shelter for 390 nights this year.

The Salvation Army’s homelessness prevention program includes housing for low-income elderly, handicapped and disabled persons. The charity’s Veterans on the Move program is a three-month residential substance abuse program for homeless veterans with an honorable discharge. There are also residential recovery programs for individuals battling addiction and sex trafficking victims.

Walton Gas’s $13,000 donation was enough to provide a bed in a shelter for 390 nights this year.

Camp Twin Lakes

Georgia’s Camp Twin Lakes is one of only a handful of camps in the nation designed exclusively for children with extraordinary medical needs. The camp serves children with a range of serious illnesses and special needs, from cancer and diabetes to kidney disorders, asthma and burn injuries.

Each year, some 10,000 campers spend time at one of the Twin Lakes campsites (Rutledge, Winder, Warm Springs) or participate in its day camp program at children’s hospitals. The camp offers medically intensive services such as chemotherapy and dialysis as well as wheelchair accessible outdoor recreation and lodging.

With the help of donors like Walton Gas, Camp Twin Lakes
subsidizes 70% of the cost of each camper.

With the help of donors like Walton Gas, Camp Twin Lakes subsidizes 70% of the cost of each camper. More than 70% of all campers attend camp at no cost to their family.

A $10,000 donation by Walton Gas sponsors 20 campers for a week of camp, or it can provide outdoor adventure programs such as horseback riding and rock climbing for 36 camper cabins. The donation can also fund 10 day camps at Georgia children’s hospitals. 

Walton Gas is Fighting Breast Cancer — One Clay Pigeon, One Step at a Time

More than 10,000 Georgians are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. With the help of area target shooting enthusiasts, Walton Gas is fighting breast cancer – one clay pigeon and one step at a time.

On Aug. 17, we were the presenting sponsor of the Walton EMC Charity Shoot 2018, which raised $16,700 to benefit local breast cancer organizations. To date, the annual event has raised a total of $120,000.

The event raised another $16,700

to benefit local breast cancer organizations.


The funds raised benefit numerous agencies that provide information and services to breast cancer patients. Every clay pigeon shot down during the Charity Shoot helps to fund free breast health education, screening, examinations, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies as well as assistance to individuals who are financially challenged by a cancer diagnosis.

A Shout-Out to Shooters

This year’s contest attracted 33 teams, bringing together 165 individual competitors. Among them was Buddy Johnson, a member of the Southern Sanitation team that claimed first overall. Buddy has participated in the competition every year and says everything about the event is “first class.”

Vickie Rollins of Statham has participated since we started a ladies division three years ago. Not only is she winning in life as a breast cancer survivor, but she’s also a sharp shooter who has won the ladies’ division every year.

Be sure to see the complete list of winners at the end of this post. Congratulations to every winner and all the competitors for helping us shoot down cancer.

As the presenting sponsor, Walton Gas provides funds

as well as manpower for the Charity Shoot.

Making it happen

As the presenting sponsor, Walton Gas provides funds as well as manpower for the event. Without the behind-the-scenes work of many Walton employees and their families, the Charity Shoot would not be possible.

Before the big day, Walton office employees manage registration and put together goody bags and snack bags for participants. Meanwhile, others handle logistics such as setting up the shooting stations, putting out tents and signs and filling coolers.

An army of employees are on hand the day of the event to register arriving teams, sell raffle tickets, work at the shooting stations and keep score — whatever is needed to ensure participants have a good time. And when the competition ends, shooters head back to the gun club pavilion for a BBQ chicken lunch prepared by Walton employees who started cooking before most got out of bed that morning.

Next up: Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Though we’ve closed the books on another successful Charity Shoot, the active community caring by Walton Gas employees doesn’t stop there. It’s just one of the many hands-on community activities we are actively engaged in as a company throughout the year.

Walton Gas is a sponsor of the Georgia 2-Day Walk

for Breast Cancer, Sept. 29-30.
 

Next for us is the 16th Annual Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Sept. 29-30. Walton Gas is proud to be a sponsor of this event that funds grants that provide breast cancer education, screening, early detection, support services and continuing care for Georgians.

Earlier this year, Walton Gas helped those affected by breast cancer as the official rebranding sponsor for the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer (formerly named the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer). We designed a new logo and helped to introduce the event’s new name in January.

Walton employees are also stepping up for the cause. Several have been training to participate in the 30-mile walk that runs around and through metro Atlanta. Funds raised at the Charity Shoot will be donated by the team. If you’re in the area, keep a lookout for the hundreds participating in the event. If you see the Walton team, give them a wave and a shout.

We’re caring for the community — one shot, one step at a time. It’s simply the Walton Gas way of doing business.

RESULTS

Walton EMC Charity Shoot
Cherokee Rose Gun Club
Aug. 17, 2018

Class 1
1st place: Alex Doster, Monroe
2nd place: Jeff Brewer, McDonough

Class 2
1st place: Doug Ruark, Monroe
2nd place: Jere Rowe, Monroe

Class 3
1st place: James Brooks, Sandersville
2nd place: Chip Morrow, Braselton

High Individual Overall
Men: Barry Zuckerman, Roswell
Women: Vickie Rollins, Statham

Team – Men
1st place: Southern Sanitation
2nd place: Cobb EMC
3rd place: Jackson EMC

Team – Women
1st place: Coweta-Fayette EMC

Get Grillin’ for a Super Shindig

Chicken Wings Score for the BIG Game

Super Bowl Wings

Here in Georgia, it seems we can’t get enough of football. That’s why it’s a sure bet that many Walton Gas customers will join about a third of the nation’s population — an estimated 115 million people — to watch Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. For many, though, the day’s gridiron matchup in Minneapolis will play second string to the real star of the game... food.

Football fans will nosh their way through the game at more than 25 million Super Bowl parties this year, a National Retail Federation study predicts. By the time the battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy ends, party-goers will have packed away a feast amounting to the year’s second-highest food consumption day, topped only by Thanksgiving.

What’s on the menu at these super shindigs? Chicken wings — and lots of them! Last year, chicken wings eclipsed pizza as the most-consumed food during the game. The National Chicken Council estimates more than 1.33 billion wings will be gobbled on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s an average of four wings per American!


FUN FACT: 1.33 billion chicken wings weigh about 166 million pounds —338 times more than the combined weight of all 32 NFL teams.


That fowl fact is good news for the more than 100,000 Georgians employed in the poultry industry. Georgia leads all states in chicken production. Our state produces 26 million pounds of chicken each day, which amounts to a whopping 7 billion pounds annually. From farms to processing to allied industries, poultry packs a powerful economic punch, adding $38 billion to Georgia’s economy, according to the Georgia Poultry Federation.

Wing It!

Game day is synonymous with grilling for many. Super Bowl Sunday is the seventh most popular grilling day of the year. This year, you can get your grill on to make no-fuss, no-mess grilled chicken wings.

Here’s your Game Day Playbook for making these savory meat appetizers, according to the gas grilling experts at Char-Broil:

  1. Purchase about 5 pounds of wings, either whole or separated.

  2. Prep a baking sheet with two layers of aluminum foil. The first layer should fit the sheet tightly. The second should just lay on top of it.

  3. If you bought whole wings, cut them up into smaller pieces. You’ll be cutting through two joints. Cut through the joint that connects to the wing tip first. Discard the tip. Then cut the wing in half through the other joint, which is between the middle section and the drummette.

  4. Put the wings on the baking sheet and cover them with a light coating of oil. Season both sides with salt, pepper and onion powder.

  5. Preheat your gas grill to medium. Too much heat will char the outside of your wings while leaving the inside undercooked. Let the grill heat up for about 15 minutes. Discard the top layer of foil from the baking sheet.

  6. Now it’s time to cook the wings. Put them on the grill and reduce the burners to medium/medium-low.

  7. Cook the wings for about 20 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes. Check the internal temperature with a digital meat thermometer. Poultry needs to be cooked to 165°F.

  8. Remove the wings and place them on the baking sheet to rest.

  9. Once the wings have finished on the grill,  sauce them with different flavors — buffalo, barbecue, peachy mango jerk sauce. Simply toss the wings with your sauce in a large bowl. Then enjoy!

Get Cooking with Walton Gas

Each month, we feature a New Recipe Shared by a Walton Gas Customer in the Gasette newsletter. See what’s cooking at Walton Gas Recipes.

Going the Extra Mile

Walton Gas Powers Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer

At Walton Gas, our employees are supporting breast health one step — one mile — at a time. A team representing our company and sister organization, Walton EMC, has walked in the 30-mile Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer annually since 2010. Securing pledges for every mile completed, our Pink Power Teams have raised more than $200,000.

Walton Gas supplements our employees’ charitable efforts by sponsoring the annual fundraising event. That has added another $38,000 to money that It’s The Journey, producer of the Walk, can use to fund grants that pay for breast health and breast cancer programs throughout the state.


As a subsidiary of electric cooperative Walton EMC, caring for community is a natural part of who we are as a company.


Over the years, we’ve seen first hand how these grants benefit our customers and communities through breast health and breast cancer programs that focus on screening, diagnostics, genetic counseling and testing, support services and research in Georgia. So when Kim Goff, executive director of It’s The Journey, asked for our help with a special project last year, we enthusiastically agreed to go the extra mile.

New Name

What Kim needed was help launching the event’s new name. After 15 years at the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, it was being renamed the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. Walton Gas stepped up as the official rebranding sponsor.

Walton Gas employees Savannah Chandler and Kathy Ivie were on hand at the walk’s 2017 closing ceremonies to help Kim and other volunteers unveil the refreshed name and a new logo.  

“We wanted the event name to better represent the scale of what we do and the fact that our grants serve people in over 100 counties in Georgia,” Kim said. Since 2003, the 2-Day Walk has raised more than $14 million and awarded 300 grants to breast cancer organizations in Georgia. 


More than 10,000 Georgians are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.National Cancer Institute


Two Days, 30 miles

The new name debuts with the 16th annual walk, which steps off on Sept. 29–30. Walkers will individually raise funds before striding through a 20-mile walk on Saturday and a 10-mile walk on Sunday. Members of Walton’s Pink Power team invite our customers and friends to join us as participants in this year’s event. Registration is now open at 2daywalk.org. All money raised by the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer stays in our local communities.

10 Home Security Facts that Burglars Hope You Won’t Read

What are the odds you will be a victim of a home burglary this year? Better than you might think.

A few weeks ago, the FBI released its latest crime statistics (from 2016 records), which reveal that a home burglary occurs every 20 seconds in the U.S. In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, about 10 homes will have been burglarized somewhere.

We’re sharing this startling statistic with Walton Gas customers because burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. EMC Security, another Walton EMC company and one of Georgia’s most trusted service providers, offers these facts every homeowner should know to protect your precious valuables and home from thieves.

1. Burglars Tend to Avoid homes with Security Systems

Multiple studies show that a home without a security system is three times more likely to be broken into. Sorry, that beautiful privacy fence around your yard or that cute puppy your son received for Christmas doesn’t count as reliable security.

Prevention: Get a monitored home security system, such as those offered by EMC Security (link https://emcsecurity.com/). Use the yard signs and window stickers you’re provided to alert potential intruders to your security system. Good to know: EMC Security is currently offering two free months of monitoring to new customers. Use the code WALTONEMCSECURITY when ordering.

2. Most Burglaries Occur Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. Burglars tend to strike when most people are at work or school.

Prevention: A monitored security system will automatically alert police if a burglar enters your home when you are away.

3. The Highest Percentage of Burglaries Occur During the Summer Months

A report from the U.S. Department of Justice showed that from 1993 to 2010, on average, burglary rates were highest when homeowners were away on vacation and on hot days when windows and doors are most often left open or unlocked.

Prevention: Alert trusted neighbors and your security company when you plan to be out of town. Ask someone to bring in the mail and pick up newspapers out of the driveway. Arrange to keep the lawn mowed.

4. The Majority of Break-Ins are Committed by Someone Living Nearby

The typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home.

Prevention: Vary your routine as much as possible. Set timers or use your smartphone to turn on lights in the evening. 

5. About 30% of Burglars Enter a Home Through an Unlocked Door or Window

First floor windows and doors, especially those concealed behind overgrown vegetation, are especially attractive to would-be intruders.

Prevention: Keep all entry points closed, locked and alarmed, even when you’re at home. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed back.

6. An Astonishing 34% of Burglars Enter Through the Front Door

Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

Prevention: Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. Never give your house key to workers or hide a key outside your home.

7. The Master Bedroom is the First Thing Burglars Target

This is a jackpot room for the burglar because items like jewelry, collectibles, safes and cash can be found here. Next on the burglar’s list is the home office, living room and dining room where valuables are often openly displayed.

Prevention: Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor, or hide them in unlikely locations.

8. Money, Electronics, and Weapons are the First Things Stolen

Intruders are looking for items that are easy to sell at a pawn shop. Insurance claims indicate the items most often appealing to burglars are cash, electronics, gold, guns, jewelry and silver.

9. Most Criminals can Burglarize a Home in 8 to 10 Minutes

Burglars look for homes they can easily enter, get what they want and take off before being noticed.

Prevention: Strengthen your home’s defense by getting a monitored home security system, keeping all entrances closed and locked and installing a high-quality front door.

10. On Average, a Burglary Results in a Dollar Loss of About $2,361

The FBI reports that burglary victims in 2016 lost a total of $3.6 billion, and nearly 70% of the burgled locations were residential properties.

Prevention: A basic security system will cost you far less than what the average burglary will. EMC Security offers monitoring for as little as $16.95 per month. Additionally, most homeowners insurance companies reduce premiums by up to 20% with proof of having a security system installed in the home. 

ABOUT EMC SECURITY

EMC Security is the only company in the market that gives customers the freedom to choose how they want to purchase and pay for home security, including their popular no-contract option. Using the most advanced technology, EMC Security strives to provide the best security systems and monitoring service available, as well as additional features, such as remote system control, home automation, video monitoring and other connected services to protect life, property and peace of mind. Learn more at emcsecurity com.

Bundle Up! (Billing, that is.)

Here’s a great time-saving resolution for 2018 - Bundle your billing.

Two of Georgia’s most trusted service providers — Walton Gas and EMC Security — are now offering a combined monthly statement for customers served by both companies. With Bundled Billing, you’ll find bill payment is faster and easier, leaving you with more time for the things you enjoy.

What is Bundled Billing?

Billing from Walton Gas and EMC Security is combined into one clear, simple monthly statement. Your natural gas service and home automation charges are detailed separately in a single, easy-to-read bill.

Why should I sign up for Bundled Billing?

Convenience! In addition to providing outstanding value, we want to be easy to

do business with – and receiving one less bill saves time (and money!).

What if I am a Walton Gas and Walton EMC electric customer?

Good news! You are already receiving bundled billing as an added benefit for being our customer.

Who is eligible?

Any customer served both by Walton Gas and EMC Security is eligible. This offer, however, excludes Jackson EMC and Greystone EMC customers.

How do I sign up?

Simply call Walton Gas at 770-Gas Heat (427-4328) to bundle your bills today!

Here at Walton Gas, we’re always looking for ways to improve your customer experience. You can always count on us for competitive, reliable service. Now, you can count on us for an easier way to pay your bills, too.

Bundle up, for a better 2018!