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Bring it on, Jack Frost

Summer came and went, which means only one thing: Fall is here.  It’s time for apple picking, pumpkin carving and—you guessed it—winter prep.  It’s never too early to start thinking about what you can do now to prepare your home for the winter storms that are just around the corner.  To get a jump start, we’ve compiled some helpful tips and tricks that you can do now to prepare for winter.

1.  Raking is overrated 
Save time and provide your lawn with additional nourishment by mowing your leaves rather than raking them.  As the dried leaves naturally decompose, they will act as a fertilizer and weed control agent for your lawn.  Once spring rolls around, the melted snow will unveil a healthy and beautiful lawn.

2.  Clean your gutters
Gutters full of fallen leaves can cause serious damage to both the exterior and interior of your home.  Failure to remove debris from your gutters prior to the winter months will make your home more susceptible to leaks, roof damage and pest infestations.

3.  Drain exterior faucets and pipes
Frozen pipes are not only frustrating, but they can also be extremely costly.  That’s why it’s important to take preventative measures each fall and d
rain your exterior faucets and sprinkler pipes.  This will prevent pipes from bursting, which will save you money—and a massive headache—in the long run.

4.  Evaluate your roof
“Out of sight, out of mind” could be a dangerous mentality to have about your roof.  Loose or missing shingles can leave your home vulnerable to leaks when the snow begins to melt during winter months.

5.  Clean sweep
The safety of your family should always be top priority.  That’s why each fall you should plan to execute a clean sweep of all your heating appliances.  Be sure the vents of all your heating appliances are clean and in good working order prior to the heating season.  You should also plan to have your chimney cleaned to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

6.  Caulking is key
One of the simplest ways to save money and energy during the winter months is to caulk your windows and doors.  Without sealing these, about half of your air is leaking out of your home.  You could reduce your heating bill by as much as 14% by this simple home project.

These tips are a great start to protecting your home this winter, but don’t forget to check out our Guaranteed Pricing Programs to make sure you’re protecting your winter propane price.  To further protect yourself, be sure to enroll in Automatic Delivery today.  This way you won’t have to worry about being without propane when you need it most!


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Top 6 Reasons you Should Convert to an AutoGas Fleet


The buzz around AutoGas has become increasingly prevalent throughout the years.  From police cruisers to freight trucks, many organizations have already converted to an AutoGas fleet after learning about the benefits associated with this alternative fuel.  But the real question is:  What can AutoGas do for you?

1.  Reduce your costs
AutoGas can reduce your operating costs a number of ways.  The most talked about relates to the price difference between AutoGas and diesel fuel.  It’s no secret that historically, AutoGas has been priced 30-40% less than diesel—and that can certainly add up when dealing with a large fleet!  However, AutoGas’ low price is not the only cost-saving benefit associated with the alternative fuel; you’ll also see significant savings thanks to the increased engine efficiency.  For example, AutoGas engines require a fraction of the oil needed by diesel engines.  In addition, diesel engines also require two fuel filters costing $40 a piece whereas propane engines only require one filter at a substantially lower price.

2.  Incentive Opportunities
If reducing your overall operating costs isn’t enough to make you think twice about switching to AutoGas, then maybe the government incentive programs will.  The incentive programs offer a range of opportunities at both the federal and state level that can assist your organization with project funding, loan grants, alternative fuel tax exemptions and much more!

3.  Less maintenance
Propane burns much cleaner than gasoline or diesel, ultimately reducing the amount of buildup and contaminates in your engine.  The less buildup and contaminates in your engine, the fewer problems you’ll have to fix down the road.  AutoGas also eliminates the need for fuel additives, which are typically used to prevent diesel fuel from gumming up the engine in the winter.  This clean burning alternative fuel also has the ability to make your engine last three times longer than typical diesel engines!

4.  Protect the environment
Since AutoGas burns cleaner than diesel and gasoline, it should come as no surprise that it’s better for the environment.  AutoGas emits 17-25% fewer greenhouse gases, 20% less nitrogen oxide and 60% less carbon monoxide compared to diesel.  This green fuel alternative also reduces smog by an astonishing 80% in comparison to diesel fuel.

5.  Increased safety
Propane AutoGas tanks provide additional safety when compared to gasoline and diesel tanks.  In fact, AutoGas tanks are approximately 20 times more puncture-resistant than gasoline and diesel tanks.  The durable tank, however, is not the only safety feature AutoGas provides.  Engines powered by AutoGas reduce the overall noise level by 50%, which allows drivers to focus more heavily on their surroundings.

6.  Refueling stations
The increase in AutoGas’ popularity has made refueling more accessible than ever before.  There are about 2,500 AutoGas stations throughout the United States, with at least one station in every state.  But what if your closest AutoGas station doesn’t meet your organizations requirements?  Don’t sweat it!  An AutoGas refueling infrastructure is extremely affordable, especially when compared to CNG refueling station installations.  AutoGas station installations cost about $45,000 to $175,000, whereas CNG station installations can set you back over a million dollars.

Reach out to your AmeriGas representative to learn more about how your organization can benefit from an AutoGas conversion!

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Propane Tank Storage


Are you a seasonal griller? Someone who only uses their grill in the warmer months? If so, AmeriGas wants you to be prepped and ready to go as the temperatures start to fall. At AmeriGas we put safety first and safely storing your propane tank is a necessity when cleaning up your outside area for late fall and winter. Freezing temperatures do not pose a problem for propane; in fact, you don’t need to cover the tank outdoors. You can place the tanks on a piece of wood and store them uncovered, or covered, outdoors.

When storing your propane tank detached sheds and garages are best. These structures provide coverage for the tank while also supplying them with a well-ventilated area to stay until temperatures warm-up. Remember propane is heavier than air and it will settle so give it a chance to dissipate when you open the door. Never store your tank in your living areas or anywhere that is attached to your home.

You don’t want to store it too far away though! Make sure it is easily accessible in the event a power outage should occur and you need to run your propane powered generator.

For more information on tank storage check out our website and Facebook pages!

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Propane Pricing Series: Pricing Factors

There’s a crisp chill in the air now (in most parts of the US, anyway) and that can only mean one thing: people are thinking about propane prices! Propane pricing is a complex topic, mostly because there are a vast array of factors impact the price of propane.

We’ve posted some write-ups on pricing on this blog in the past such as Winter Propane Pricing and Understanding Propane Spot Pricing.

This time around, we are doing a three-part pricing series focusing of the following topics:

Part 1: Pricing Factors — In this part we’ll take a look at what factors influence the price of propane what affect those factors have had on prices in past years.

Part 2: Current Trend Part two will focus on what’s currently happening in the market and how that’s impacting prices. We’ll take a look at current production, infrastructure and the climate outlook for the 2015-2016 heating season; when prices and demand are most likely to fluctuate.

Part 3: Future/Long-Term Trend —This third and final part of the series will highlight pricing predictions for the next couple of years. We’ll also take a look at the global economic environment impacting propane and energy in general as well as anticipated energy consumption.

Let’s get on with Part 1 and take a closer look at the five largest factors which affect prices.

Production and import volume

The supply of propane available to US consumers plays one of the largest roles in price determination. Even as recently as a decade ago, propane prices were much more likely to spike unexpectedly because there simply wasn’t enough being produced (or imported) to handle any unforeseen uptick in demand. Residential consumers generally require large amounts of supply in the winter months, therefore propane inventories are amassed prior to the winter. Currently, the United States produces more propane than it ever has before.


Consumer Need

Consumer demand varies depending on residential or commercial applications for propane. Commercial customers generally have a predictable need throughout the year. Think of propane being used in warehouses to fuel forklifts, restaurant appliances, etc. If seen on a graph, you will see fluctuations in consumption of propane for commercial use but for the most part, the line will stay predominantly steady. Residential consumers on the other hand may use a small, steady amount throughout the year but the amount of gallons they use increases dramatically in the winter months; which leads us to the next contributing factor for price: Weather.


We still can’t get it quite right. It seems like when there’s a “15% chance of rain” it actually rains most of the day. And when you hold off on buying that snow blower because you’re told it’s going to be a “mild winter”  snows two feet at a time until spring. This very unpredictability of weather is why it can have a large effect on prices.

Inventories are generally built-up prior to the winter months. That means propane producers estimate how much propane will be needed throughout the year. Anything that is produced over that estimate generally gets exported. Since we can’t accurately predict weather for an upcoming season, any unforeseen cold weather can put a strain on existing inventories.

Here’s how the U.S Energy Information Association (EIA) describes this strain on inventory:

“Colder-than-normal weather can put extra pressure on propane prices during the high-demand winter season because there are no readily available sources of increased supply except for imports. And imports may take several weeks to arrive, during which time larger-than-normal withdrawals from inventories may occur, sending prices upward. Cold weather early in the heating season can cause higher prices sooner rather than later, because early inventory withdrawals affect supply availability for the rest of the winter.”


Price of Crude Oil

Propane is a bi-product of crude oil and natural gas. When oil is being turned into other products such as gasoline or heating oil, some propane is produced as a bi-product of that event. The same holds true for raw natural gas processing. During this processing, other gasses are emitted which form propane. Because propane can only be made by producing another product (oil and natural gas), the volume produced cannot be controlled during times where demand or prices fluctuate. Propane availability is dependent on the production of oil and natural gas. Even though propane comes from these two sources its price, however, has historically followed that of crude oil rather than natural gas.


Price of West Texas crude compared to propane. Source: EIA

Although propane prices (similar to prices for most widely used fuels) have fluctuated up and down, they have risen at a steady rate, overall for the past ten-plus years.



The distance propane has to travel to reach a particular region of the United States will impact the price in that area. From the time it is extracted from oil and natural gas processing, propane must travel long distances to reach most consumers.  The majority of bulk terminals and distribution centers are located along US Gulf Coast and in the Midwestern states. From these locations, everything from a network of pipelines, trucks, railroad cars and barges/tanker ships are used to distribute propane around the United States. Therefore, consumers who live closest to major distribution terminals often pay the lowest prices because their propane does not have the added cost of long-range distribution.

Diagram from EIA showing movement of propane from production to end consumer.


Now you can see why propane pricing is so complex. There are various factors which influence price and some of these factors are not very predictable. Stay tuned for the second installment in our Pricing Series where we’ll look at the current pricing trend including current production levels, infrastructure and the upcoming 2015-2016 winter season.

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AmeriGas Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and AmeriGas recognizes just how important it is to get the message out to the communities we service. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the world among women and about 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will be diagnosed at some point in their lives.*

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides the opportunity to spread the word about the importance of early detection. As awful as this disease is, many men and women can, and do, survive breast cancer when it is detected and treated early.

AmeriGas does its part in helping the fight against this terrible disease by sponsoring pink breast cancer awareness trucks. For every gallon these trucks deliver AmeriGas donates a penny to the American Breast Cancer Foundation (up to $10K per vehicle annually). The foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender.

In addition to our pink trucks, some of our local offices show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month in other ways, such as painting their signs or tanks pink.




AmeriGas is proud to support this cause and our communities. For more information please visit


*source: American Breast Cancer Foundation

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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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