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Invite Earth Day Over For Dinner

 

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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:

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Propane Energy Pod Builder Incentive Program from PERC

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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Getting to Know the American Alternative Fuel GEN3 Conversion System for Your Fleet

 

American Alternative Fuel and AmeriGas Propane can help you convert your existing vehicles to run on clean, American-made alternative fuel. Specializing in aftermarket EPA-certified conversion systems that drastically lower costs, reduce emissions, and lower your dependency on foreign oil, the GEN3 Conversion system could be the perfect answer for converting your fleet.

Here are the 7 components of the GEN3 Conversion System:

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Fireplace Options That Add to Your Home Decor

(Indoor fireplace photo: Heat & Glo’s Twilight II indoor/outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplace photo: Montebello ST is a double-sided, direct-vent fireplace by Innovative Hearth Products)

April showers bring May flowers but there’s much more to entertain as we welcome the much anticipated Spring season. We are excited to finally be able to enjoy being outside as the temperature is starting to warm up and the daylight is starting to last longer through the evening. During this seasonal transition, a new see-through fireplace design might be just the added decor for your home.

In a recent article from buildwithpropane.com, this see-through fireplace was highlighted to show how you can boost your design options as a homeowner. Versatile indoor/outdoor propane fireplaces capitalize on the outdoor living trend while sealing out fluctuating weather conditions.

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Bobtails: Your 2014 Propane Champion!

The 2014 Propane Champion Bobtails!

The 2014 Propane Champion Bobtails!

Bobtails are your 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Champions!  In the end, Tankless Water Heaters just couldn’t beat a true-blue blood of the industry, the Bobtail.  After the match, the Bobtails’ drivers and fan stormed the court celebrating the win and reveling in their shining moment!

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2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Finals!

The finals are set!!  It’s going to be a surprise contender in Tankless Water Heaters from the Appliance Region versus the  Bobtails from the Fleet Region.  New technology up and comer vs. propane stalwart.

2014 Propane Bracket - Finals

2014 Propane Bracket – Finals

Game 1: Tankless Water Heaters vs. Heat

Tankless Water Heaters just keep on surprising!  Another shocking upset for the Tankless Water Heaters!  This team has guts (but no grit – traditional water heaters can build up rust and scale inside their tank, where the hot water is stored. With Tankless Water Heaters you get fresher, cleaner water).  They stood tall in the face of a mighty hot air offensive onslaught from Heat and have been rewarded with a coveted spot in the 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories finals.

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2014 Propane Semi-Finals: Last 4 Standing

The winners of each propane region are now complete!  These last 4 are some of the best that the propane industry has to offer.  They are energy efficient technology with Tankless Water Heaters from the Appliance Region;  cold-weather, winter-busting Heat from the Use Region; the enduring symbol of propane, Bobtails from the Fleet Region; and our core values from the Safety Region with Daily Personal Risk Assessments.

2014 Propane Semi-Finals: Last 4 Standing

2014 Propane Semi-Finals: Last 4 Standing

Appliances - #5 Tankless Water Heaters

#5 Tankless Water Heater vs. #6 Pool Heater - Continuous hot water, space savings, greener, and with an unmatched longevity (tankless water heaters have a typical life expectancy of up to 20 years—twice as long as a tank-style unit), all while saving money – up to 30% every year.  Tankless water heaters are solid champs of the Appliance Region and will be tough against Heat in the semi’s.

Uses - #1 Heat

#1 Heat vs. #2 Hot Water - Two old-guard, propane standby’s battling for supremacy.  No better way to describe this contest.  Heat and Hot Water are the 1st and 2nd thoughts when it comes to propane and Heat won this round.  Heat will be a formidable foe in the next wound.

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New Scents for Propane that Make Sense

 

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A
variety of new propane additives are currently being tested in laboratories to determine if the incumbent smell can be substituted by other unique but recognizable aromas.

Propane is a colorless and odorless gas, therefore an odorant, currently ethyl mercaptan, is added to allow for its detection. This smell resembles that of rotten eggs.

Regulations state that because propane is clean burning, producing negligible amounts of pollutants when properly consumed, the revised smells must comply with these regulations.

In order to begin implementation of the new scent options, focus groups have been selected all over the country to sniff out their favorites of the new scents.

Last year at this time we first mentioned this innovative idea in one of our blogs. This Fall is the expected time frame for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) to have selected and approved new additive odorants to offer for the 2014 upcoming heating season.

 

For the first few months of distribution, only three additional scents, not including the current rotten egg smell, will be provided to our customers depending on our customer’s preference.

Once the new scents have caught on, we will be adding up to a total of six new scent options for our customers to choose from for order on delivery.

Our goal is to have given our customers the ability to choose the scent that is most appealing to them instead of only providing one generic odorant for everyone.

Let’s be honest, not all scents are created equal!

Smell additives that have tested the highest in our polls so far include: “Old Fish”, “Sweaty Shoes”, and “Dead Skunk” so that our customers have a choice when it comes to propane smell. There may be different additive options for your AmeriGas Propane Exchange tanks when your BBQ, including but not limited to “Lime Fish”, “Honey Eggs”, and “Hickory Shoes”.

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Propane-Powered First Glimpse of Spring

Although spring has sprung in most parts of the U.S., we are eagerly awaiting warmer weather for it to truly feel like the season has changed. After a harsh winter with unprecedented snowfall, some sunshine and flowers seem like a much needed escape. It may take a little longer for most of us to see some flowers and greenery outside, but propane has been powering a way for you to get a sneak peek of what’s to come this season.

University of New Hampshire Greenhouse, Photo courtesy of UNH Today

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The Exceptional 8: 2014 Propane Playoff

Another round of our 2014 tournament is complete with the Exceptional 8 of propane prevailing!  And the list is definitely not all chalk.  Although #7 Transports are the lowest seed to make it this far, they’re not a complete surprise (there is just no way a tanker full of propane can be discrete).  If anything, #6 Pool Heaters, could be considered the Cinderella of this tournament.  With #5 Tankless Water Heaters also still standing in the Appliance region along with Pool Heaters, we will definitely have a lower seeded competitor in the semi’s.

The Exceptional 8: 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Bracket - Round 2

The Exceptional 8: 2014 Propane and Propane Accessories Bracket – Round 2

Appliance Region

  • #1 Grill vs. #5 Tankless Water Heater - I can’t say enough about the powerful, always-on style of play that Tankless Water Heaters brought in this game.  The deserved this win and a shot to keep moving forward.
  • #2 Furnace vs. #6 Pool Heater - Furnaces just came out lifeless in the game.  A brutally cold winter season and spring that just won’t get here faster enough, had fans cheering against the Furnaces and for the Pool Heaters.

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