Commercial construction projects, interior work for tenants, renovations and efficiency upgrades are often measured in their environmental effectiveness by standards such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 and the new, enforceable International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Propane can go a long way toward helping a project meet these green building standards. For example, in LEED v4, commercial building projects may be eligible for up to 28 points – mostly related to the Energy and Atmosphere provisions.
A report from McGraw Hill Construction: A recent survey of builder and remodeler members of the National Association of Home Builders revealed the evolution of green building for single family homes from boom to bust to recovery through comparisons with previous studies from 2006 to 2011, and includes new data on multifamily housing to provide a comprehensive review of the sector.
According to the latest study:
• 62% of firms building new single family homes report that they are doing more than 15% of their projects green. By 2018, 84% of them expect this level of green activity.
As defined by Wikipedia, Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season.
With people hosting barbecues all across the country this weekend, we thought we should give you some new grill recipes from different regions in the country that you may want to try. You don’t have to live in the areas where these grilling favorites came from, you just have to enjoy them!
Recently, I was able to sit down with our Customer Advocacy Manager, Jill Donohue, to discuss her role and experiences in it. (and even a little bit of hula hooping too!)
Explain your role as our Customer Advocacy Manager here at AmeriGas.
Overall, my team and I handle customer complaints that come into our Field Service Center, as well as Better Business Bureau inquiries and Attorney General responses. We track trending customer complaints as well as root cause analysis. We monitor customer complaint response assistance as well as conduct reports on our customers satisfaction surveys.
My team and I are responsible for the following:
- To oversee the customer experience throughout the organization
- To represent the customer when discussing customer impacting processes
- To manage customer complaint handling
- To evaluate trends and root cause of customer complaints and work with appropriate departments to address findings
What is a typical day for you like?
Every day is different. Sometimes I am on the phone speaking with customers, other days I am responding to hand written letters and emails. The one constant thing is working hard for our customers. Our team is involved in many projects with different departments throughout our company to create an overall better customer experience. Several departments can be involved in accomplishing the common goal to delight our customers.
Landscapers are up and running this mowing season as warmer temperatures and sunshine have finally reached most of the United States. This past winter, Metro Lawn converted and sold hundreds propane conversions kits. Many landscaping companies will see the benefits of switching to propane – from fuel savings to reduced maintenance costs. Stop and think about the savings!
Let’s do the math. For example, if 300 mowers are mowing 5 days a week – 6 hours a day, that totals 30 hours of mowing time each week per mower. In most of the U.S., the average landscaper mows May through October, about 26 weeks of the year. 26 weeks at 30 hours a week totals 780 hours of mowing time.
Icom North America, LLC of New Hudson, Michigan is a pioneer in Liquid Injection. Icom manufactures, assembles and distributes the patented JTG II Liquid Injection System, which is available in Bifuel and Monofuel and has over 10,000 systems in use in North America. Icom Systems meet NFPA 58 and DOT FMVSS 303, are Canadian IGAC Certified to -40 degrees, E67R01 Certified and have been successfully Crash Tested on certain applications. Icom has the Industries Leading List of over 600 EPA Certified Platforms.
6 JTG II System Advantages
At AmeriGas, we specialize in serving companies with many locations spread across many states. Hundreds of companies have already utilized AmeriGas to make their propane purchasing easier and more cost effective.
As a National Account customer, you enjoy the benefit of having a single point of contact and solutions for all questions concerning your account. Our National Accounts Team strives to be a one-call resolution unit.
- Nationwide Service – AmeriGas operates from over 600 locations in 48 states. We will ensure that you get quality service.
- Automated Fuel Monitoring – AmeriGas can monitor inventory levels at all your locations. Our advanced forecasting system predicts when a delivery is needed so that you never run out of gas.
- Safety – Your safety means everything to us at AmeriGas. We’re committed to workplace safety, employee health and protecting the environment. We review the proper handling of our equipment with your employees and are available to instruct them on propane code requirements.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
Cities and citizens alike all find ways to participate and celebrate Earth Day, every day… by being more aware overall of the everyday decisions you and your family make towards the environment including conserving water, saving energy and incorporating the reducing, reusing and recycling. More specifically, you could try what the Earth Day Network’s recent blog suggests: Participate in Earth Day with an Earth Dinner! This blog explains how you can have fun with your family and educate yourselves on your dinner food’s origins:
How can you accommodate a homebuyer’s desire for gas when natural gas lines aren’t available? Do what more and more builders and homebuyers all across the country are doing – build and renovate with propane gas. AmeriGas Propane gives today’s homebuyers all the benefits of natural gas – and a greener choice beyond oil and electric.
The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has developed a new incentive program that encourages residential builders to implement the Propane Energy Pod model. Through this program, PERC hopes to increase the number of homes that use clean, efficient propane, as well as the number of propane gallons sold within the residential market.
The Propane Energy Pod Builder Incentive Program provides an incentive of up to $1,500 to qualifying and selected builders who construct homes that follow PERC’s Propane Energy Pod model. These homes feature an integrated, whole-home energy package that includes a combination of propane applications—space heating, water heating, cooking, fireplaces, clothes drying, and standby power.
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