For Release: 04/23/2019

North Shore Gas Energy Efficiency Squad brings Earth Day Surprises to Lake County customers

Company partners with community groups to deliver $1,000 in gift cards and energy-saving products to each deserving customer

WAUKEGAN – The North Shore Gas Energy Efficiency Squad brought Earth Day Surprises to three customers on Monday, April 22. Earth Day is celebrated globally to recognize the importance of environmental protection. In its first year, the Earth Day Surprises program helps customers celebrate the occasion.

Arriving in North Shore Gas vehicles, the company’s revelers surprised the customers at their homes in Publishers Clearing House fashion. Each customer received a large check for $500 and a basket filled with energy-saving products, including a smart thermostat, showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation and other eco-friendly products valued at an additional $500.

North Shore Gas joined forces with Waukegan Township and the Highwood Public Library to surprise three of their most active affiliates.

“We were happy to be able to celebrate these community members because they make a major impact on our environment,” said Christina Pagnusat, director – energy efficiency and major accounts, North Shore Gas. “We are excited to not only brighten their days, but also enable them to save more money and energy long term. They have done so much for others — we are happy to be able to do something special for them.”

The customers who were selected to receive an Earth Day Surprise are leaders who embody the spirit of caring for their communities — they positively contribute to their neighborhoods and the neighborhood groups they support.

Jeannette Keyes was referred by the Waukegan Park District. She works regularly with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Winchester House, National Association of University Women, College of Lake County and Community Action Partnership of Lake County. As a five-year cancer survivor, she also speaks publicly on cancer awareness and health issues.

Fabio Gomez has been volunteering for more than five years to help community members build their literacy skills to obtain their GEDs. He was referred by the Highwood Public Library. With Gomez’s help, close to 90 students from the Lake County area have successfully obtained their GED. He gives of himself so that others can have a better life.

Carolina Estela was also recommended by the Highwood Public Library. She has been volunteering for more than a decade throughout the Highwood community. Her current volunteerism includes the local school district Parent Teacher Organization and BPAC groups where she seeks resources for the children in the area. Carolina is a dedicated individual who is committed to the well-being of others, especially the children she represents.

The Energy Efficiency Squad will arrange to have energy-efficient products installed in each customer’s home through Home Energy Jumpstart, leaving them well prepared to start saving money on their energy bills. The squad also will educate each customer about available Home Energy Rebates for qualifying high-efficiency products and energy-saving services.

The North Shore Gas Energy Efficiency Program offers free energy-saving products and rebates for homeowners to help reduce their natural gas use. For more information, call 855-849-8928 or visit

For More Information, Contact:

  • Vanessa Hall


WEC Energy Group