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How Efficient Is Your Generator?

With a backup emergency power generator, severe weather such as thunderstormsice-storms, and hurricanes mean no-worries. A propane fueled generator starts reliably, immediately, and gives you all the comforts of home - in spite of the conditions outside.

Why Run A Generator on Propane?

Generators can run on most fuels including diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and Propane. Unfortunately, due to the standby nature of generators, they spend most of the time idle. When sitting for long periods of up to 6 months, diesel fuel and gasoline can gum up and clog the inner parts of the engine. Over time, these fuels can damage rubber seals and fuel lines. In addition, diesel fuel and gasoline can make for very hard starting in cold weather.

Propane has several advantages over diesel and gasoline. These include:

  • No degradation of fuel over time
  • Clean burning, reduces engine wear
  • Indefinite shelf life
  • Can use Propane supply for other appliances in home
  • How Long Will I have Power with Propane?

Usually a Generac 3250 watt generator will run for 9 hours on an AmeriGas 20 lb. tank when putting out 1625 watts of power. But run time depends upon engine size and electrical load demands on the generator.

With severe weather forecasted for much of the East coast this weekend, make sure you have enough propane on hand to keep your generator running. Pick up a spare AmeriGas tank at your neighborhood store. As always, make sure you are prepared for any severe weather by reviewing propane safety and emergency preparedness information.

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2016 Ford F-150 Offers Consumers with Propane Option


The year 2016 marks an exciting one for environmentalists.  “Why?” you may ask.  Because 2016 is the year Ford will add yet another model to its line-up of eco-friendly vehicles.  The 2016 Ford F-150 will have a CNG/propane-prepped option that allows the truck to run on clean-burning propane.  This addition marks the eighth alternative fuel option produced by Ford, making Ford the industry leader in alternative fuel vehicle production.  And don’t worry about having to compensate engine quality when selecting the propane option—this innovative truck comes fully equipped with a 5.0 liter Ti-VCT V8 engine!


The real question is: What’s so great about an alternative fuel vehicle?


Cleaner emissions.  When talking about the benefits of using alternative fuel, the first thing that probably pops into your head is its positive impact on the environment.  Propane-powered vehicles release 12-18% less CO2 than its gasoline-powered counterparts, resulting in a 20% overall reduction in greenhouse gases.

Your wallet will thank you.  It’s no secret gasoline is a more expensive fuel option, especially when compared to propane.  Switching to a propane-powered vehicle will save you, on average, $1 per gallon.  That’s a savings of approximately $700 per year with the Ford F-150!  Ford has even estimated that you’ll see a payback from switching fuel types in as little as 24-36 months.  Want to know how much switching to autogas will save you?  Check out our Propane ROI Calculator!

Keep your money local.  Most of the gasoline consumed within the United States is produced from imported oil.  That means every time you’re filling up at the gas station, you may not be supporting the domestic economy.  Propane vehicles, on the other hand, don’t have that problem.  Approximately 90% of the propane consumed in the United States is produced domestically.  So every time you fill up your propane vehicle, you know that you’re supporting our local economy.

Your engine will live a long, happy life.  What if I told you it’s possible for your engine to last 3 times longer and with less maintenance?  That’s exactly the case if you switch to a propane vehicle!  Due to its minimal carbon and oil contaminants, as well as its high octane rating, propane engines outperform gasoline engines by far.  Propane vehicles also require less maintenance than gasoline vehicles.


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UGI/AmeriGas Goes To The Golden Games!


The UGI/AmeriGas team is always happy to help the community and on Wednesday, September 16 it was never more apparent than when a group of our employees volunteered at the 2015 Golden Games sponsored by the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE). CARIE is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the well-being, rights and autonomy of older persons through advocacy, education and action.

The Golden Games are CARIE’s version of the Senior Olympics and the participating teams are nursing home residents and LIFE program participants (for those who live at home but are nursing home eligible). This year’s 27th Annual Golden Games were held at the Carousel House in the Fairmount Park section of Philadelphia, PA and thirteen teams from across the area competed for the coveted Golden Cup. Many teams practice all year long for this amazing event and you could tell from the moment they got off of their buses they were there to win. Participants competed in wheelchair and walker races; a volleyball toss; and relays. At the end of the day Bala Nursing Home took home the first place trophy and second place honors went to Fairmount Long Term Care.

UGI and AmeriGas have been volunteering at the games for more than 10 years now and this year’s team had so much fun they already said to sign them up for next year!



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4 Ways to Extend Your Summer with PROPANE!

Propane Patio Heaters:

The cooking, entertaining and relaxing that you do on your patio in the summer doesn’t have to end when the temperature drops. Benefits of having an outdoor patio heater include:

  • Allow you to enjoy the patio year-round
  • Affordable luxury in many styles
  • Usually portable
  • Safe to operate
  • Easy and inexpensive to maintain (Just add propane!)

Propane Pool Heater:

If you live anywhere other than near the equator, you will not be able to use your pool year-round without a pool heater. Here are some advantages of using a propane powered heater:

  • Clean burning
  • Tanks are portable
  • Heats the pool quickly
  • Heats water regardless of outside temperature

Propane Mosquito Traps:

No one likes to have their time outside ruined by bugs! Propane mosquito traps work by mimicking the gases and scents given off by humans. Warm CO2 and an environmentally friendly octenol scent attracts mosquitos the same way they are attracted to humans.

So, are you ready to reclaim your property and stay outside a little longer without the hassle of swatting!?

Propane Fire Pit:

There is nothing like spending time outside with friends and family around a fire pit. Propane-fueled fire pits are not only easier to use but are also safer to light than wood-burning models. They produce less smoke and you won’t need to deal with the ash and debris that remain after the fire is extinguished. Not to mention how much friendlier they are to the environment!

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The Perfect End of Summer BBQ

We all know that it is that time of year again. The trees change colors and the weather starts to change again, but that is no excuse to end summer early!  Here are 5 ideas to keep in mind when throwing that last summer bash!


Start by deciding where you will hold your cookout. Your backyard may be the perfect place if you have a deck or a patio. Outdoor parties tend to be more laid-back and great for reminiscing about past summer events.


What’s a summer party without grilling!? Choose an easy meal that can be made in large quantities like burgers, hot dogs, or BBQ chicken.


It is important to keep the party alive with music that your guests can enjoy. Keep it modern, while also throwing in some classics that everyone will know.


Set up a self-serve drink station so guests can help themselves. Whether its lemonade, water, or something a little stronger make sure you include everything your guests will need.


Don’t stress about the details. Grilling out can be great for a party because you can spend time with your guests while you cook. After the food is done, you can sit down and relax for the rest of the party!

Be sure not to run out of propane at the party, pick up a spare AmeriGas tank at a location near you!

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Don’t Fall Short When Prepping For Seasonal Changes


Recently you may have noticed a flood of pumpkin spice everything hitting shelves. That signals one thing, fall is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be seeing leaves turn and temperatures fall. While most of us may be experiencing warm weather right now, it’s not too early to start preparing for the upcoming fall, and dare I say, winter seasons.

Here are some things you can do to prepare, all while sipping on your pumpkin spiced beverage of choice.

Check your propane supply.  In most areas, fall brings surprise cold nights causing us to (begrudgingly) turn on the heat or our fireplaces for a night. Extra blankets and socks will only get you so far so check your tank; do you have enough propane for the upcoming colder nights? If it’s time for a delivery contact your local AmeriGas office to schedule.

Schedule Service. Speaking of turning on the heat, now is a good time to have your heating systems serviced. An annual service and cleaning will help keep your heating system, or fireplace, running smoothly all winter.  Contact us for more information on service programs.

Review propane safety guidelines. The most important thing to do to prepare for any season is to review propane safety guidelines. Visit for propane safety guidelines, tips, and weather-related safety information.  At AmeriGas safety is our highest priority; please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Enroll in a payment or price protection program. Know exactly what to expect this winter by enrolling in one of our monthly payment or guaranteed pricing programs. With our guaranteed pricing programs, you select how you’d like to pay- by month, by delivery, or in advance. Our monthly payment programs, SmartPay and AmeriGuard, allow you to spread the cost of your propane out across a full year. By starting your monthly budget program in the late summer or fall, you can make payments toward your account before you start receiving your seasonal deliveries. Contact your local office for more information.

Sign up for Automatic Delivery. Don’t worry about running out of propane or having to trudge through the yard to read your gauge. When you enroll in Automatic delivery, we’ll monitor your propane supply for you and schedule a delivery when you need it.

Want to know your estimated tank level? If you are an Automatic Delivery customer, all you need to do is login to your account to view your estimated tank level. (You may not even have to put your pumpkin spice beverage down!) On Automatic delivery but don’t have an online account? Enroll today, it’s easy- visit and select My Account to sign up.

Sign up to manage your account online. Manage your account online and sit back, relax, and enjoy the benefits of our worry-free service. From monitoring your tank level to managing your monthly payment program to paying your propane bill online, our online account services allow you to manage your propane account wherever you are.  Access your up to date account information without having to contact us; simply select My Account to enroll.

Share the love and earn referral rewards. Know someone who would benefit from becoming an AmeriGas customer? Refer them today! Visit to refer your friends, neighbors, or family members. You’ll receive a coupon for a future delivery. Plus when they become an AmeriGas customer, you’ll both receive a $100 Visa prepaid card. Use the $100 for a summer-extending backyard bbq, a whole bunch of pumpkin spice products, or whatever you’d like.

For more information on AmeriGas programs and services, visit or contact us.




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Shake That Fall Chill

As these last few weeks of summer come upon us we seem to find ourselves wanting to extend the time we spend outdoors. Whether it is grilling up our favorite recipes or hanging around the fire pit with friends and family, we are pushing our time spent outside further and further into the fall season. This is mostly due in part to the dramatic surge in the number of propane powered patio heaters now being used. These provide great heat when the sun sets and enable us to extend the amount of hours we spend outside, even on those brisk summer nights.

Outdoor propane heaters are for the most part portable and use Propane tanks as a fuel source. This makes them ideal for construction sites, backyards, outdoor events and of course, patios. Outdoor propane heaters come in different styles and models and emit heat by convection, forced air or through infrared heating. They vary in capacity, output adjustability, size and capability and can accommodate areas of all different sizes. The two most common heaters are:

Infrared Propane Outdoor Heaters – Similar to infrared space heaters, these units are most commonly seen on patios due to their ability to provide heat in breezy conditions. Stand-up models such as the one pictured above have reflective covers that redirect heat down to the surrounding area. Radiant propane heaters are available in different designs with propane “tank top” heaters being a great solution for small outdoor areas.

Propane Convection Heaters – use cold air from the floor (at the base of the heater) and push the warmed air through the top. No fans are needed in convection heaters as hot air rises and cool air falls. These heaters are mostly used in warehouses, garages and similar indoor/outdoor type work areas.

For more information on different uses for propane check out our website and Facebook pages!

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Back to School Means Giving Back At AmeriGas


AmeriGas is always happy to give back to the communities we service and “Back to School” time is no exception. Many of our local offices participate in projects which help prepare students to start the new school year out right.

On Saturday, August 15 our Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, FL offices were the proud sponsors of the 4th Annual Slate Barbershop Back to School Cut-A-Thon.  This event featured free food, drinks, school supplies and a free haircut, every hour from 8 a.m. to midnight. This event which began in 2011 was the brain-child of Darin “Slate” Slater, 44, of Fort Pierce who began this event as a thank you to all of his faithful customers who support his business year round. He knows how big of an expense this time of year can be on a lot of families and feels like this is his way to give back. AmeriGas couldn’t agree more and was happy to sponsor the free hourly haircuts. We recognize there are people in the communities we service who need our help and this event was just one way for us to do so!  Luke Lewis, Sales Manager for Area 20, said it best when he explained why we got Involved. “When it comes to giving, it’s not always about receiving something back or being recognized. There are people out there with real needs, and that‘s where AmeriGas wants to concentrate our efforts on being good stewards in the community.”

Our Rhinelander, WI office also got into the Back to School spirit of giving by holding their second annual Customer Appreciation Day. Customers were encouraged to bring in items to help fill the backpacks of those students in need and in turn received a discount on their cylinder refills. In addition, for every 120lb cylinder filled during the event $5 was donated to the local Rhinelander school system. In addition to all of the great items collected a total of $600 was donated from the proceeds of this event.

In addition, AmeriGas is proud to offer our School Days program, which helps raise funds for the local schools in the communities we service. Those schools participating in the program earn $.02 per gallon, up to $2,000 in a calendar year, by simply collecting AmeriGas receipts. Schools enrolled in the School Days program are eligible to purchase items for any school-related need with the funds earned. Schools have purchased books, computers, sporting and band equipment, art materials, vocational technical supplies and more. Schools who would like to participate in the program should contact their local office to get set up. After that, simply collect AmeriGas receipts and watch the gallons add up!

For more information on the School Days Programs, contact us.

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Take the “Labor” Out Of Labor Day!

Squeeze the most you can out of the last bit of summer by hosting a Labor Day weekend barbecue for friends and family. One food that has to be present at any BBQ is obviously THE BURGER. Why not take the labor out of Labor Day and grill up this simple and easy mini burger sliders recipe below. Anyone can grill up a burger, but you will surly impress all of your friends and family this weekend with this fun and yummy recipe that is super easy, and did we mention tasty too!?


Chipotle Mayonnaise:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, 80/20
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cheese slices, your choice
  • Mini burger buns

Burger Bar (if desired):

  • Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Red onion slices


Chipotle Mayonnaise:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and puree. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.


  1. Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
  2. Form the meat into 2 to 3-ounce portions, packed tightly. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the sliders on the grill. Wait until they are nice and crusty on the first side, about 4 to 5 minutes and then flip and cook another 4 minutes. When the sliders are about done, top with desired cheese and close the grill, allowing the cheese to melt.
  4. Place the slider on mini burger buns and top with chipotle mayonnaise and any other desired toppings.

Check out more recipes on our Facebook page and don’t forget you can’t call it grilling without AmeriGas!

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