Oct
4
2013
4:24 pm

Breathe easy this winter with these carbon monoxide safety tips

Cooler weather will be here before you know it, which means it’s almost time to crank up the heat! While heating appliances are operating in your home this season, it’s important to remember a few safety tips about carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a tasteless, odorless substance produced from the combustion of carbon-based substances, and can be emitted from fireplaces, faulty furnaces, generators, water heaters, and other heat sources. If inhaled, CO can be very poisonous and may cause severe side effects including sickness, nausea, headaches, drowsiness, and sometimes even death.

To keep your household safe this winter, practice these safety tips so you can breathe easy:

  1. Have a CO alarm and monitor in the home, and test it regularly. Keep the monitor at least 15 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
  2. Don’t use grills, generators, or camping stoves inside the home. These appliances can emit high amounts of CO, and it’s important to only use them in well-ventilated areas.
  3. Never leave a car running in the garage. Car exhaust is one of the substances commonly associated with CO poisoning.
  4. Keep gasoline stored in a locked location away from children, and keep only in small quantities. It’s also important to keep gasoline away from heat sources to prevent combustion and CO emission.
  5. Have home heating systems inspected and serviced annually by a trained technician. This includes appliances like furnaces, gas stoves and ovens, and water heaters.

Keep these tips in mind over the coming months so you can keep warm and stay safe as it gets cooler outside. For more information on natural gas and carbon monoxide safety practices, click here.

Sep
5
2013
11:40 am

Gas South lets freedom ring

At 3:00 PM on August 29, Gas South answered the call from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by joining the echo of bells ringing around the world to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Atlanta City Council President, Ceasar C. Mitchell led our city in the ringing of the bells to honor this important milestone.

I was 15 years old when Dr. King gave his speech. That speech was an important punctuation within the changes that were afoot. Here in Atlanta, when we traveled to other cities, we took a large box of food, as well as a small empty jar for me, since restaurants and restrooms were problematic. I remember that my race had to climb the outside fire escape and enter the balcony to attend shows at the Fox Theater. We never went. Lakewood Amusement Park, which had a roller coaster and dodgem cars, had a “Colored Day”, once a year. We went. And to have a complete football season, you had to play other black schools from Macon, Augusta, or Savannah. My, how times have changed.

Dr. King’s vision was for equality and for all people to be judged on the content of their character. The successes achieved against racial bias have been supplanted by the challenges of poverty and poor education. Let us not rest on our laurels. The work continues….

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Sep
3
2013
12:26 pm

Gas South at the JA Discovery Center

 

Junior Achievement’s Discovery Center is now open at Atlanta’s World Congress Center! We are thrilled to be one of the 36 companies with storefronts inside the learning simulation. The state of the art center is one of only ten in the nation and is expected to serve more than 30,000 middle school children each year. The new, interactive space is designed to teach kids about financial literacy with students from the Atlanta, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Marietta City school districts taking part in the program.

Students visiting the Gas South storefront will learn about natural gas, the cost of heating a household and energy saving tips. We are excited to be a part of this important program and our employees look forward to volunteering in the Center!

 

Kevin Greiner and Meredith Hodges at the Gas South storefront.

Want to get involved with Junior Achievement? Check out their website here.

Aug
27
2013
4:15 pm

Disney LIVE! Comes to Savannah

Recently, we had the pleasure of partnering with Savannah’s Head Start program and Feld Entertainment to sponsor more than 400 children and their families for a special performance of Disney LIVE! The kids got free popcorn and pictures with cut-outs of their favorite characters. The event drew a crowd of about 1,600 and we were happy to help create a fun night out for our guests. We hope everyone enjoyed the show!

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event.

Aug
21
2013
2:57 pm

Hey, Realtors: Want to make a lasting impression?

Realtors are fully aware of how important going the extra mile is. That’s because their livelihood depends on it. And, more often than not, it’s the last impression you leave on a client – not just the first one — that defines how favorably they viewed your service and whether they would recommend you to others.

So what does all this have to do with natural gas or Gas South? Quite a lot, actually. Our new Realtor Advantage Program (RAP for short…and, yes, I chose the catchy acronym) was designed to provide realtors with a great, impression-setting housewarming present for their clients: an exclusive discounted rate on natural gas with no deposit ever required plus other special enrollment incentives.

And not only is RAP more generous with your clients than other referral programs, it’s not a one-way street — you also receive special gift opportunities for your client referrals. (What’s the gift? Call 770-763-4678 to find out)

Another key difference: Our user-friendly realtor portal. The portal allows you to track the status of your client referrals so you can see who’s signed up (or who hasn’t) and when you will receive your rewards. Another bonus: There’s also a section which has printable materials that explain our great offer to your clients, saving you the trouble.

However, as great as RAP is, it still lacks something important. A rap! That’s right – a tune with lyrics that are as catchy as the program…a rap for our RAP, so to speak. In fact, I brought this up in a meeting the other day and, surprisingly, there were few takers for the assignment.

Anyway, before I go off on a tangent, I’ll (w)rap up my debut blog post (sorry, couldn’t resist) by encouraging you to sign up for RAP or spread the word. We’re really excited about our program and know you will value your rewards as well as the special benefits for your clients. So, sign up today and learn all of the details.

Oh, and there’s another reason to sign up right away. Our Summer RAP contest is in full effect.  We’re giving away an iPad this August, and every realtor who refers a client will be submitted into the drawing. Anyway, for now, that’s a (w)rap!

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Aug
19
2013
2:43 pm

Gas South 101: Teaching middle school students about natural gas and household finance

Gas South is thrilled to be part of the Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Chick-fil-A Discovery Center – a $15 million state-of-the art, brand-new interactive experience designed to educate kids about financial literacy and adult responsibilities.

More than 30,000 local middle school students from Atlanta Public, DeKalb County, Fulton County and Marietta City school systems are expected to visit the center in downtown Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, with doors opening for business on August 20.

What will the unique experience entail? A hands-on learning environment in which kids tackle the ins and outs of managing money. From creating household budgets to making investment decisions, an 18-course classroom curriculum covers many aspects of personal finance, with students then given the opportunity to practice these concepts in real-life scenarios.

That’s where we come in! JA Finance Park, part of the center’s experience, features mock storefronts where students learn to plan for and budget their monthly expenses — including utilities like natural gas.

We’ve spent weeks perfecting our Gas South store, which features an educational wall display to teach students where natural gas comes from, how it is used throughout our community and in our everyday lives. A mock natural gas pipeline and an actual gas meter are included so students learn how natural gas reaches their home and how consumption is measured. We also provide great energy-saving tips that we hope they will share at home.

We’re honored to have the opportunity to help kids master an important life skill. For more information on the Chick-fil-A Junior Achievement Discovery Center, click here. For more information on Gas South community initiatives and updates, visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GasSouth.

Jul
31
2013
7:08 pm

Gas South packs 1,000 summer lunches for Action Ministries

This month, Gas South employees packed nearly 1,000 lunches for Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program, which provides summer lunches to children who typically receive free lunch during the school year.  Everyone contributed by bringing peanut butter and jelly, while Gas South donated lunch bags and other supplies. Many employees even invited their own kids to help out!

We also wrote special notes on the bags for the kids to read when they received their lunch.

The break room at our company’s headquarters turned into an assembly line of bread, peanut butter, jelly and a stack of potato chips so high our employees had to stand on their toes to reach the top. Kevin Greiner, our CEO, had a spot in the assembly line and proved to be a whiz with the peanut butter and jelly!

This past week, team members at our call center held a similar event to pack more lunches for the program to help reach our goal of feeding 1,000 children in July.

For the second year in a row, Gas South pledged to help Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program meet its goal of providing 200,000 lunches to Georgia children who typically receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. With school out for the summer, many of these kids are at risk of going hungry. Action Ministries and Gas South are working to address this problem and provide kids with the nutrition they need.

Gas South is dedicated to helping the communities we serve through our Gas South Cares program. To learn more about Gas South Cares and our community efforts, click here.

Have you volunteered for Smart Lunch, Smart Kid yet? Learn how to get involved here!

Jul
26
2013
11:44 am

Gas South honored by COVA for community service efforts

At Gas South, we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. That means taking part in social service projects, partnering with local schools, and sponsoring community events. It’s a part of an initiative we call Gas South Cares.

I’m thrilled to report that our efforts have been recognized. Gas South was recently named Corporation of the Year by the Council of Volunteer Administrators (COVA) of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Gas South was nominated for the award by the Georgia chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, one of the oldest and largest charitable organizations in Georgia.

COVA, a nonprofit membership organization of volunteer administrators founded in 1972, awards the Corporation of the Year award to businesses that have expressed a commitment to promoting volunteerism within the workforce.

The award recognizes Gas South employees’ dedication to reinvesting in the hometown community of our company.

Gas South received the award at COVA’s annual meeting, which took place in June. John Berry, president and CEO of Saint Vincent de Paul Georgia, gave the keynote address.

Guests also participated in a silent auction, with all proceeds providing funding for grants to help COVA members attend conferences and professional development workshops.

 

Jul
18
2013
9:10 am

Gas South and the Braves are ‘Bringing the Heat!’

Atlanta Braves fans have a lot to be excited about this year. Led by one of the game’s best pitching rotations, the Braves lead the NL East division at the season’s halfway point and are primed for a playoff run.

We’re cheering and tomahawk chopping to show our support. But the team’s dominant pitching means more than just another shot at a title. Each time a Braves pitcher records a strikeout, Gas South donates $25 to the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

It’s all part of our Bring the Heat™ campaign, now in its sixth season. To date, the Braves have thrown 826 strikeouts, translating into $20,650 donated to the United Way.

Since 2008, Gas South’s Bring the Heat™ program has contributed more than $200,000 to the United Way and other local nonprofit organizations. It’s just another way that we give back to the communities we serve.

So the next time you visit Turner Field to cheer on our Braves this summer, be sure to keep count of how many times a Braves opponent is sent back to the dugout on strikes – and remember that with each ‘K’ recorded, Gas South is helping build a better community.

Click here to read more about Gas South’s community involvement efforts.

Jul
11
2013
5:45 pm

Natural gas exports on the rise

Over the past few years, the U.S. energy landscape has been transformed.

New drilling techniques have unlocked vast reserves of natural gas within shale rock formations and as the supply of natural gas soared, prices dropped. The U.S. is now producing more oil and gas than it imports. Experts are even raising the possibility that the country may one day be energy independent.

All of this serves as background to discuss an interesting development in the natural gas industry: The federal government recently granted permission for a terminal on the Gulf Coast of Texas to ship liquefied natural gas to Japan.

Now, this may not sound like a big deal. But gas producers have been lobbying to increase the amount of natural gas they can send overseas. Gas prices are much higher on the global market than they are here at home.

The decision is seen by many industry observers as an indication of the government’s willingness to approve even more gas exporting agreements. (Terminals are allowed to export natural gas to countries with whom the U.S. has a free trade agreement, but they must seek government approval to send gas elsewhere.)

So, what does this trend mean for the natural gas industry?

One concern is that exporting more natural gas will reduce domestic supply, raising prices for consumers. However, some say an increase in prices will provide an incentive for companies to produce more natural gas, keeping prices in check.

It’s important to remember that the volume of natural gas deposits accessible via new drilling techniques is vast. The contemplated increase in gas exports is comparatively much smaller and some expect a limited impact on domestic prices.

At Gas South, our natural gas experts study the industry closely with one goal in mind: to offer our customers great prices and the most reliable service.

So, what do you think about exporting natural gas?

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