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School’s Out For the Summer: AmeriGas School Days Update



At AmeriGas we’re proud to support the communities in which our customers, employees, and families live. Each year we donate to local schools and community organizations via our School Days and Community Care programs. We’ve tallied up how much money AmeriGas has donated to local schools this year…drumroll please, and it’s over $75,000! This school year, we donated $78,960.36 to schools in the communities we service.

Schools enrolled in the School Days program are eligible to purchase items for any school-related need with funds earned from our program. Schools have purchased books, computers, sports equipment, band equipment, art materials, vocational technical supplies and more.

Organizations participating in these either of these two programs earn $.02 per gallon, up to $2,000 in a calendar year, simply by collecting AmeriGas receipts. Schools or organizations 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!

We’re proud to support our customers and the organizations they support. For more information on the School Day and Community Programs, contact us.

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Independence Day, Grill The Right Way!

According to the Weber GrillWatch Survey, it looks like the 4th of July still holds the number one spot as America’s top grilling holiday. An astounding 84% of Americans grill on the 4th of July, followed by 71% on Labor Day, 62% on Memorial Day, and 45% on Father’s Day. So this weekend, impress your guests by not making these common mistakes.

Skip the Nonstick: Spraying a hot grill with a nonstick spray can cause flare-ups in some cases. If you like your eyebrows where they are, try dipping a paper towel in oil and letting it heat up until it is smoking. Then it’s time to get your grill on!

Room Temp is Best: Placing cold meat on a hot grill can lead to a raw interior and a charred exterior. To prevent this from happening, make sure you take out the meat a couple hours prior to cooking it.

Flip Theory:  Yes, I am talking about flipping burgers more than once people! Because burgers can be thin it is okay to flip them more frequently, this can also lead them to cook more evenly. Just don’t go too master chef on us and flip them every 10 seconds!

To Baste or Not to Baste: For sweeter sauces and longer-cooking foods, only baste for the last 20 to 30 minutes of grilling. The sugars in the sauce will be less likely to burn and leave a harsh taste in your mouth.

Is It Done Yet…: Put the spatula down and do NOT press down on the meat, or cut it for that matter. You will lose all the juice that you just worked so hard for! Instead, pick up an internal cooking thermometer which will indicate when your meat is cooked to perfection.

Rest Easy: After working so hard to keep all the juices in, don’t go slicing your meat quite yet. Having the meat rest before cutting it allows it to absorb the rest of the juices left in there from the grill. Patience is key to becoming a grill master!

Lastly:

Get ready for your barbecue the right way and head to your local retailer to get yourself an AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange grill cylinder!

We hope you enjoyed our tips and would love for you to share yours! Happy grilling this 4th of July!!!

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Grilling Up A Healthy Burger

Summer just isn’t summer without burgers sizzling on the grill. And with more healthy options than ever, burgers are becoming even more popular than ever. Top any of these burgers with colorful lettuce greens and slices of red and yellow tomato, and then serve in a whole-grain bun for a nutrient-packed meal.

Beef

Ground beef ranges in fat content from 11 grams to more than 20 grams per patty, so for a healthier burger make yours with lean or extra lean meat. A four-ounce burger contains about 21 grams of protein (almost half of your daily need) and 15 percent of your daily iron needs.

Turkey

With only five to seven grams of fat per patty, turkey burgers offer a definite caloric savings over beef. A turkey burger also supplies 22 grams of high quality protein.

Fish

When made from salmon, these burgers add healthy omega-3 fats to your plate. A four-ounce patty also supplies 23 grams of protein.

Veggie

These burgers are typically made from soy or a combination of grains, mushrooms, and beans. While generally a bit lower in protein (with 12 to 15 grams per patty), these burgers provide a dose of fiber—up to 12 percent of your daily need.

Grilling 101: For the best cookout results, keep these tips in mind.

  1. Clean the grill surface: Knock off charred remains with a wire brush or bake off at high heat before putting food on the grill.
  2. Use non-stick spray: Use a spritz of olive-oil cooking spray directly on meats and seafood to keep foods from sticking.
  3. Add flavor: Marinating meats and fish for 30 minutes to four hours improves the flavor and helps tenderize leaner cuts. Use low-fat, bottled marinades or make your own with vinegar or citrus juice (which helps tenderize) and flavorful herbs.
  4. Handle fish delicately: Use medium rather than high heat for fish, since it cooks quickly.  Wrap thin fish filets in foil first (add lemon and dill for flavor). Turn just once since repeat flipping may cause the fish to flake apart.
  5. Use the right tools: For smaller pieces of seafood or vegetables, cook in a grill basket or on kebabs (pre-soaking wood skewers in water will help avoid burning.)
  6. Keep it clean: Serve cooked food on a clean platter to avoid cross contamination with raw meats.

Learn more about AmeriGas’ safe grilling practices and pick up a tank today!

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AmeriGas and UGI Employees Give Soldiers the Gift of Communication

Employees from AmeriGas and UGI Corporate Offices in King of Prussia, PA recently participated in their annual Corporate Clean-Up Day. In years past the day provided employees the opportunity to clean up their work spaces and purge any non-essential items to create a more efficient work setting for everyone. However, this year members of the Activities Committee wanted to use the day to do more than just clean their desks they wanted to give back, so they decided to hold a cell phone recycling event with donations going to “Cell Phone for Soldiers.”  

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Mailing approximately 3,000 calling cards each week they have provided more than 213 million minutes of free talk time to our men and women in the military. The organization funds its mission through monetary contributions and the recycling of donated mobile phones. Newer or gently-used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted and each donated device valued at $5 will provide troops with 2.5 hours of FREE talk time.

The event which took place in Mid-May yielded more than 50 phones for this great cause and provided employees not only with a chance to help our military but also help our environment. Donating old cell phones in ways such as this help keep them out of our local landfills!

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Summer Propane Essentials

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When most people think of summer propane season, they think of firing up their propane powered grill. (We think grilling is a year-round hobby but we digress…). Did you know propane has a lot of summer, or warm season, applications? Check out a few of our favorite summer propane applications below.

For those cooler summer nights, turn on your propane powered patio heater. Patio heaters are a great way to warm up your outdoor space and come in a variety of styles and sizes, from floor-standing models to tabletop heaters. Patio heaters are available at home improvement stores and can run on a 20lb tank (from AmeriGas Propane Exchange of course). Running on propane, these heaters can increase the outdoor temperature by 10 to 30 degrees, leaving you with a cozy outdoor space to enjoy even when the temperature dips.

Extend your outdoor living space with an outdoor fireplace or hearth. A propane hearth or fireplace is easy to install, low maintenance, and provides a cozy touch to your outdoor space. Fuel your fireplace with clean-burning propane to avoid smoke, soot, and ashes.

Keep your patio or backyard even more comfortable by using a mosquito trap. These small, portable and easy to set-up devices attract mosquitos and other biting bugs, trapping them before they bite you. Utilizing propane mosquito traps will attract and possibly eliminate the mosquito population before they can get to you and your loved ones this summer.

Lastly, propane is the fuel of choice to heat your pool or spa. Why? High efficiency propane pool heaters save you money since they warm pools faster than electric units and maintain the heat in colder conditions. Keep your pool or spa open throughout the summer and into the fall, with a propane pool or spa heater.

No matter what you use propane for, you can count on AmeriGas to deliver reliable, safe, propane service.  For more information on propane uses, appliances, and installation, contact us.

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AmeriGas Donations Help Prepare First Responders

AmeriGas representatives were among the more than 200 attendees who joined Chester County Commissioners, staff from the Department of Emergency Services and first responders to celebrate the May 15 ribbon cutting at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus Tactical Village. AmeriGas donated tanks, parts and fittings for propane-fueled fire training stations at the center and was named as one of the top corporate donors. 

 “I believe this is a tremendous opportunity for AmeriGas to further enhance our commitment and involvement within the community,” says AmeriGas Area Director Mike Taylor. “The new tactical village is a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit thousands of people living in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.  For us at AmeriGas to be able to partnership in such an important and worthy endeavor promotes a sense of pride that is difficult to duplicate.”  At AmeriGas safety is our highest priority which makes sponsoring projects like these an easy decision.  We always put the safety of our customers, community and employees at the forefront and this training facility will help prepare thousands of first responders each year on how to handle a propane emergency.

Four 1,000-gallon tanks and four 2,000-gallon tanks fuel simulators used to train fire and rescue personnel.  One simulator replicates a car fire, while another replicates a fire in a multi-story apartment complex.

To learn more about propane safety: http://www.propanesafetyfirst.com/

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Taking Action To Stop Hunger

 

Our employees care about the local community and on April 15 a team from AmeriGas and UGI Corporate Offices in King of Prussia, PA spent their morning proving it! The team joined forces with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and other volunteers from across the area to participate in UNITED2FEED. This annual event which hosted a total 500 volunteers is a great way to give back locally to the communities in which these volunteers live and work in every day. In total 84,000 meals were packed to aide 7,000 families and be distributed to 1,312 food pantries throughout the community. To learn more about the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey: http://unitedforimpact.org/

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