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“Show Us Your Skills!” Forklift Photo Contest

Show Us Your Skills! Photo Contest:

 

Own or operate a propane forklift? Now’s your chance to show off your sweet forklift skills! Share a photo of your propane forklift at work, and you’ll be entered to win a GoPro camera: a great prize to record your forklift on the job.

 

AmeriGas wants to say “Thanks!” for the hard work our propane-powered forklift operators do each day!

 

In order to enter the Show Us Your Skills! Propane Forklift Photo Contest, visit the official entry page here. Share a photo of your propane forklift at work, and contestants are automatically entered to win the prize, a GoPro camera with head strap, so you can record your forklift at work while safely operating your forklift! Restrictions apply. Visit entry page to review official rules.

Good luck from all of us here at AmeriGas!

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What’s the Difference Between Propane Refill and Propane Exchange?

It happens to all of us; you are grilling up dinner or sitting out on your patio with your propane patio heater on high and suddenly you realize you are out of propane.  Don’t panic! You have options: Propane Refill or Propane Exchange.

So exactly what is the difference between propane refill and propane exchange?

To some, refilling your tank might make you think of a propane truck backing down your driveway to fill your tank at your house.  The term propane refill is also used to describe filling propane tanks at a propane provider or retail location. With propane refill you bring your propane tank, most often a grill tank, to a propane provider (like us) or a retailer to have it filled. Retailers who offer propane refill services have a large propane tank with special equipment, called a dispenser, which allows them to safely refill your propane tank. In addition to grill cylinders, propane refill locations can fill other portable propane tank sizes usually up to 100lb tanks. In certain locations these dispensers can also refill your RV/Camper and vehicles running on Propane AutoGas.

Propane exchange, just as the name suggests, is when you exchange your empty propane tank for a new, already refilled tank.  Exchanging your propane tank is a convenient option for consumers to swap out an empty grill cylinder, or grill tank, for a new one. Propane exchange is found at thousands of retailers across the U.S. but propane providers, like AmeriGas, will sometimes have propane exchange available at their office locations. Exchange generally requires an employee to assist you with returning and getting a new tank; however, some locations offer vending machines which allow for 24 hour access.

Now that you know the difference between propane refill and propane exchange, all you need to know is where to find a refill or exchange location. We have you covered there too. Whether you are looking for a propane exchange location, a 24-hr propane exchange location, or a propane refill location, you can visit www.amerigas.com/find-propane-locations to find the location nearest you.

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Top 7 Propane Appliances you Need This Summer

It’s finally here—sunscreen-wearing, lemonade-drinking, ice cream-eating, schools-out-of-session season! For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: It’s the official start of summer!

That means the next 10 weeks will revolve around BBQs, pool parties, water balloon fights (ok, you get the picture)—but is your backyard ready for all the excitement? No need to panic! Check out our top picks to get your backyard summer ready!

1.  OUTDOOR KITCHEN.  Love to cook? Then you should seriously consider investing in an outdoor kitchen. With an outdoor kitchen, you can keep the mess (and smell) associated with cooking out of your home. Best of all, you don’t have to settle! Powering your outdoor kitchen with propane offers better temperature control than electric. That means you’ll have the same delicious home cooked meals as you would in your kitchen!

2.  MOSQUITO TRAPS.  We entered the 21st century more than a decade ago, and I think it’s time to start acting like it! Why do we continue to use those primitive (and stinky) bug sprays and candles that—quite frankly—don’t work? Not only will a propane mosquito trap protect your entire backyard from those unwanted pests, but it’ll do so noise-free and odor-free (take that stinky sprays).

3.  LIGHTING. Simple touches (like lighting) can make your backyard go from “basic” to “way sick”. And when it comes to backyard lighting, nothing holds a candle to propane. Unlike electric, propane lamp posts offer a flickering, old-world charm that just can’t be beat. And with an underground propane tank, you don’t have to worry about any unsightly gas line!

4.  FIRE PIT.  If you’re looking for the perfect conversational piece for your backyard, then you’re in luck! With a multitude of uses and designs, fire pits are definitely where it’s at. From freestanding to dugout, metal to stone—finding a fire pit that fits your style (and budget) will be a piece of cake! And you can forget the wood.  Propane fire pits are easier to use and don’t leave behind the same ashy mess of wood-burning fire pits.

5.  POOL HEATER.  Never worry about jumping into artic-grade waters again! Propane pool heaters will heat your pool more quickly and efficiently than electric, all while reducing your home’s overall carbon footprint!

6.  OUTDOOR SHOWER.  If you have a pool then you know all about the inevitable water trail leading from the backyard to the bathroom. Installing an outdoor shower is a great way for swimmers to clean off without tracking water throughout your home. Outdoor showers require minimal cleaning and are a great alternative during warmer months. And when you’re powering your outdoor shower with a tankless propane water heater, you’ll have 222 gallons of hot water per hour.

7.  PATIO HEATERS.  Extend your home’s patio season with a propane patio heater! Propane patio heaters come in all shapes and sizes, so you can easily find one that fits your needs. You can choose freestanding or wall-mounted; some models even include thermostats and/or blowers! Propane patio heaters even work in an electrical outage—all while producing fewer greenhouse gases than its fuel oil counterparts.

Still have questions about updating your outdoor living space? Contact us or call your local office to speak with an outdoor living expert!

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Enter for a Chance to win the AmeriGas Propane Backyard Giveaway!

Looking to “WOW” your friends and family this summer? Why not give your backyard a makeover for FREE? (That’s right, I said free!)

We’re giving one lucky winner a brand new propane grill and a $100 VISA® gift card so you can fill your grill cylinder or buy some hamburgers and hot dogs for your next BBQ. But that’s not all! Our grand prize winner will also receive a brand new propane patio heater so you can keep your backyard party going well past Labor Day!

Here’s how it works:
When you register your AmeriGas account online, you’ll automatically be entered in the AmeriGas Backyard Giveaway! Already registered your AmeriGas account online? Then click here to enter the sweepstakes!

Why register your account on My AmeriGas?
When you register online, you can manage your AmeriGas account from the convenience of your home. Your online account also lets you view your bill, make payments and review your account history!

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AmeriGas Donates to Local Schools Through School Days Program

 

As a part of our ongoing commitment to our local communities, each year AmeriGas donates money to local schools and organizations through our School Days and Community Care programs.

Since most schools are now out for the summer, now is good time to take a look back at how these programs impacted our communities last school year.

So far this school year we’ve donated over $90,000 to over 165 local schools, PTOs, and other community organizations.  These donations, earned through the School Days program, can be used to purchase any school-related items including computers, books, sports equipment, art materials and more.

How do schools earn up to $2,000 through the school days program? The answer is easier than you think! All a school needs to do to participate in the School Days program is contact their local office to enroll and then start collecting AmeriGas Propane School Days receipts. When an AmeriGas customer receives a delivery, their invoice will contain a special School Days receipt which they can cut off and drop off at any school or organization participating in the program. AmeriGas will donate $0.02 per gallon, up to $2,000 per school in a calendar year. Schools can collect receipts for as long or as little time as they need before turning them into their local office for redemption.

For more information on the School Days or Community Care program, please contact us.

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AmeriGas Supports National Forklift Safety Day

Propane Operated Forklift (Courtesy of RCCL Pvt. Ltd)

 

National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association, serves as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts. This special day – scheduled for June 14, 2016 – provides an opportunity for the materials handling industry to enhance awareness of forklift safety practices and the importance of operator training.

Safety is our highest priority at AmeriGas as well as ensuring that your propane-powered forklifts run efficiently. Forklifts are the most common type of powered industrial truck and propane has become a leader in the industrial market. As with other propane appliances, propane-powered forklifts produce lower emissions, engage in higher productivity, and enjoy an abundant supply produced in the United States. These three factors support the safety and job satisfaction of forklift operators and businesses across the nation.

Safety of your propane-powered forklift is not just a one day task. Daily safety inspections and compliance with OSHA standards are very important. Here are 5 OSHA required and recommended practices for refueling LPG industrial trucks:

1. Do not refuel LPG-powered trucks in confined areas where LPG vapors could collect if a leak occurs.
2. Do not leave LPG-powered trucks near heat sources, stairways, exits, or other egress areas.
3. When parking LPG-powered trucks for a long period of time, turn the service valve off.
4. Only trained and authorized personnel should replace LPG containers.
5. Follow proper procedures for storing and handling liquid petroleum gas

Propane is clean burning and has no evaporative emissions, making it safe for indoor and outdoor services. Propane is the best option for a safe warehouse because refueling is quick and easy.  With cylinder exchange there is little to no wait time, whereas with an electric forklift you may have to wait until the battery is charged to resume productivity. There are also a number of workforce safety and training guides specific to propane powered industrial trucks readily available to maximize safety and knowledge of your fuel.

Happy National Forklift Safety Day from AmeriGas!

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Grasping the 80 Percent Fill Rule for Propane Tanks

It’s a common question asked by propane users, why isn’t my propane tank filled all the way? The answer is a preventative safety measure called the 80% fill rule.

Consider this: propane, like water, expands when heat is added. Propane, however, will increase in volume nearly 17 times greater than water over the same temperature increase.  You can imagine this phenomenon because liquids take the shape of their container (in our case the tank) and volume rises as heat rises. If your tank was 100% full at any given time and the temperature inside the tank got a little hotter, your tank would become dangerous.

This is why propane tanks are filled to 80 percent. The same amount of propane may read differently at 80 percent on a mild March day than in mid-July. The extra space in the tank is a cushion against the pressure that builds up in a tank when it’s hot.

To calculate the fill capacity of your propane tank, multiply the tank’s total capacity by 0.8. For quick reference, here is a cheat sheet:

 

Propane 80 Percent Capacity Chart

 

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3 Daily Safety Tips for Propane Forklift Operators

Did  you inspect your propane powered forklift today? Here are 3 good practices for daily forklift safety.

1. Keep your daily checks documented.

A daily forklift safety check inspects more than just the fuel source; it’s everything about a forklift. Though it is required by OSHA to do a daily safety check on your forklift, it is not required that you document the check. It is up to your employer’s discretion to determine the duration of powered industrial truck examination record retention. To ensure safety, keep a daily check log of any maintenance of your forklift. Remember that it is your responsibility to keep your forklift maintained and operable, which is why adequate documentation of daily checks can be helpful to you and your employer to prevent workplace accidents or other harmful situations.

2. Always wear personal protective equipment.

Safety should be your top priority when operating a forklift or any powered industrial truck. AmeriGas recommends always wearing personal protective equipment and making sure it is properly worn and cared for.

3. Schedule a free fuel safety check for your forklift:

It is important to ensure the fuel source of your forklift is safe and follows all regulations. This is why AmeriGas offers free forklift fuel checks for your business. More information about this program is available at your local AmeriGas location.  AmeriGas forklift fuel checks will ensure your forklift is optimized for efficiency and safety.

 

 

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Top 3 Reasons to Choose a Propane Tankless Water Heater

Did you know home water heaters account for nearly 17 percent of a home’s energy use,  consuming more energy than all other household appliances combined? The traditional tank water heater consumes a lot of energy keeping water hot while you’re not using it, wasting hundreds of dollars each year. Propane powered tankless water heaters are more advanced than ever before and are becoming increasingly more popular.

Here are the top three reasons to choose a propane tankless water heater:

1. Comfort and Convenience

  • Tankless water heaters are great for families because there is continuous hot water. Unlike the traditional tank water heater, a tankless water heater heats on demand so there is no need to schedule bathing times or compromise hot water usage.
  • Tankless water heaters are mounted to a wall, either outside or inside your home depending on climate in your area. The compactness will free up closet or garage space in your home.
  • Tankless water heaters can have life expectancy of 20+ years.

2. More hot water

  • Propane tankless water heaters allow more hot water to more appliances at one time. You could take a shower while your laundry and dishwasher are running. Tankless water heaters also provide a better experience to Jacuzzi tubs or Roman baths.

3. Environmentally Friendly

  • Tankless water heaters are 30 percent more efficient than the standard 50-gallon tank water heater, which means better for the environment and your wallet. This efficiency can cut your cost up to 30 percent each year!

The cost-effective, very popular tankless water heater is a simple concept that can reap great benefits.  Here is how the tankless water heater works:

What will it cost?

Though tankless water heaters may have a high cost for purchase and installation, there are ways to save. Contact your local AmeriGas office  for more details, promotions or specials.  Check out propane incentive programs  or local incentives for using energy efficient appliances.

Selection and Installation

Once you’ve decided that a tankless water heater is right for your home or business you can begin to explore a wide variety of propane tankless water heaters and contractors for installation. Proper installation of your propane tankless water heater can optimize energy efficiency and ensure safety.

Contact your local AmeriGas office for more information about propane appliances and tankless water heaters.

 
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Stay Saucy

Having the perfect BBQ sauce at your next cookout will get everyone talking! It is the perfect complement to a nice burger, steak or chicken that you are grilling up! Here are the top 5 BBQ recipes that will be sure to get people talking!

1.  St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

St. Louis Style Barbecue Sauces are thinner and tangier than those served in Kansas City. St. Louis is at the crossroads of barbecue and has many influences. There is a variety of way of preparing this style of barbecue sauce, but this one has the perfect combination of flavors that make St. Louis Barbecue. Recipe Here

2.  Memphis Barbecue Sauce

Traditionally, Memphis Barbecue is served without sauce, but since there are no real rules in barbecue, several Memphis BBQ Joints have sauces available, either on the side or by special order. This sauce captures the flavors of Memphis Barbecue in a fantastic sauce that has both sweet and vinegar and a hint of heat. Recipe Here

3.  Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

Kansas City sauces are the most popular on the market. This one, so much better than bottled, has all the thick richness you want in a great barbecue sauce. The perfect combination of tangy sweetness works with everything it goes on and you can kick of the heat if you want. This is the classic, sticky sweet barbecue sauce. Recipe Here

4.  Texas BBQ Sauce

In Eastern Texas, barbecue is a melting of flavors from around the world. This is a classic, thick and rich sauce that starts with ketchup and builds from there. This is a sauce that combines so many flavors. Take the time to let it blend to perfection and it will be the kind of barbecue sauce you keep on hand to top almost everything. Recipe Here

5.  Southern Barbecue Sauce

The barbecue sauces of the deep South have a tangy flavor that makes them pop out on anything they are added to. While this tomato and vinegar based sauce is perfect for pork, it goes well with everything and has a distinctive flavor that will have everyone asking for more.  Recipe Here

Don’t forget to pick up your AmeriGas Propane Tank at your closest location for that summer cookout!

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