Jul
12

5 Ways to Hack Your Move

Moving can be a tricky task. With boxes, newspaper and tape galore, it’s easy to lose your wits. Keep your cool and hack your move with these five simple tips:

  1. Get to Moving: Getting started can be the hardest part! Get your toolbox ready and tighten your toolbelt with these moving day essentials: packing tape, colored tape, box cutter, gloves, plastic wrap, etc.
  2. Keep It Together: Trinkets, treasures and tiny gadgets become casualties of a move far too often. Here’s a simple fix: place a sheet of plastic wrap around your utensil tray to keep forks, knives, spoons and other kitchen gear together—just where it belongs. You can do the same with your jewelry or bathroom vanity tray.
  3. Don’t Whine Over Broken Glasses: Say ‘pass’ to broken glass. Grab an old wine box and get to packing! And if you don’t already have one at home, you can usually snag one for free at a local package store. Use the pre-cut section dividers to safely store each piece of glassware and prevent scratching, breaking, chipping or cracking.
  4. Color Code Your Move: Instead of writing room names on packing boxes, you can use color coded tape to label your boxes for the right room. Designate a color to each room—let’s say green for the living room and blue for the kitchen. You’ll keep your boxes organized and your head on your shoulders. And if you have movers, they will easily be able to know what goes where!
  5. Just Roll with It: Rock and roll your heavy items all the way to your new home with this hack: pack your heavy items in a rolling suitcase. This nifty tip will help you carry a lot while lifting a little.

For more moving tips and how-to videos, visit HackYourMove.com. And be sure to share your best moving advice on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #HackYourMove.

Jun
22

Investing in your Employees

Setting yourself apart in a competitive job market and keeping employees engaged is not an easy task – but it’s something my team does every day. Growing from a company of 50 employees 11 years ago, to more than 230 people, creates challenges and opportunities but we’re taking it head-on.

The team of six has made some substantial changes in the past year –introduction of a $15 minimum wage, creation of a formalized corporate wellness program, revamping the internal learning management system and updating the attendance policy to allow more flexibility.

One area where we have focused is creating more programs and initiatives to inspire and engage employees. We launched Gas South University, an internal learning management system, to improve competency-based training opportunities for all employees. It’s important for us to offer training and classes to all employees, especially the Customer Care agents. They are the voice and ears of the company – if they aren’t happy doing their job, we can’t provide an amazing customer experience.

 

I’m also proud that we recently received a Bronze Stevie Award in the 2017 American Business Awards in the HR Department of the Year category.

We’ve been busy at Gas South, but we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to become a top workplace in Atlanta. Want to learn more about how we’re doing this? Read a recent article from HR Magazine where Secret Holland, Gas South HR director, shares her insights.

Jun
15

Bring the Heat to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Gas South is Bringing the Heat again this baseball season to fuel the good that our local nonprofits do for those in need. We are donating $25 every time an Atlanta Braves pitcher throws a strikeout at home games.

Last year, we donated more than $61,000 which was split between The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Since the campaign’s inception in 2010, Gas South has contributed nearly $350,000 to local nonprofit organizations!

This year, Gas South is fueling another source of good – youth development. Did you know that one in five children, teens and families that go to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta need financial assistance to participate in the youth programs? The YMCA gives more than $161,000 in scholarships each year to kids that are unable to pay the program fee. In 2016, more than 23,500 kids across 20 branch locations participated in swimming, tennis, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, lacrosse, track and field, martial arts, and volleyball.

That’s why we are giving the donations for all Braves strikeouts thrown during April and May to the YMCA of Metro Atlanta – over $8,400!

The YMCA is dedicated to ensuring that no child is turned away, and we are proud that our partnership allows everyone the opportunity to reach their full potential.

May
31

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Celebrates National Barbeque Month

Texas-raised pitmasters and twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox are the dynamic duo behind Atlanta’s famed Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. And, they’re a Gas South customer.

In honor of National Barbecue Month, the restaurant dished out their recipe for its signature charred grilled wings. The recipe is easy to follow and best suited for a natural gas grill. So go ahead… gather your guests and get to grillin’!

 

Items Needed

Getting the Grill Ready

  • Fire up that grill, and get it hot and ready. Start off on high heat to get the grill hot, or move heat to medium or medium-high if you are more comfortable cooking at that temperature.
  • Use the zone method, where you’ll cook over both direct and indirect heat on the grill.
  • Light one side of the grill. For example, light the left side if the burners run left to right, or light the back burner if they run front to back. This will be your direct cooking zone.
  • Leave the opposite side off. This will be your indirect cooking zone, which will use the heat from the direct side when the lid is shut – like an oven.

 Prepping the Wings

  • Take the wings and rinse them.
  • Pat them dry and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Season liberally with Fox Bros. Dry Rub.
  • Toss the wings with your hands to make sure the rub is evenly coated.)

Cooking the Wings

  • Take the wings out to the grill, and place them on the direct cooking zone – evenly spaced and not touching one another. Make sure not to crowd them. If you can’t get all 24 wings on the direct cook zone at one time, then split up the cooking.
  • This is where you will char the wings, giving them that great grill color. You don’t want to burn the wings, so keep an eye on them. After several minutes flip the wings over. Crack open a beer and enjoy it cold, while still keeping a close eye on your wings.
  • Once the wings have good char color on both sides, move them to the indirect zone. Close the lid, and the wings will finish cooking here – as if they were in an oven. After this, crack open that second beer and relax.
  • When the wings reach 160 degrees, grab the bowl of Fox Bros. Original Barbecue Sauce and your basting brush. Baste both sides of the wings liberally.
  • Close the lid and let the wings cook for 5 more minutes. Drink more beer.
  • After 5 minutes, you can either pull off the wings, or repeat the basting step for a saucier, stickier wing. Remove the wings from the grill.
  • Allow 5-10 mins to cool, place the wings on a plate and enjoy!
May
30

Fire up the grill with these 3 summer-ready recipes

As the weather heats up, it’s time to gear up for grilling! So, get your list together and gather the essentials: burgers, potatoes, dessert and natural gas.

What? Did you say natural gas? That’s right!

Using natural gas to heat your grill carries the same benefits as using natural gas to heat your home. It’s abundant, efficient, affordable and it burns cleaner compared to other fossil fuels.

Natural gas can cost a third less than propane, saving you extra money for all the things you want to enjoy this summer season. And, you don’t have the risk of running out of natural gas during your cookout like you do with propane, saving you a mid-BBQ trip to buy a new propane tank. (It happens; we’ve seen it.)

Whether you’re a grill novice or a grill master, these three recipes will help spark some new meal ideas and naturally spark up the grill.  Bon appétit!

May
25

Making Headlines with Baseball, Branding and Relationship Building

Gas South is committed to providing Hometown Value, and we are proud to support the Atlanta Braves as our hometown team. As the official natural gas provider for the Braves, our partnership has been a “home run” since 2008.

With the inaugural season at SunTrust Park in full swing, there’s great excitement surrounding the Braves. Recently, President and CEO, Kevin Greiner, discussed baseball, branding and relationship building at the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Business of Sports Summit.

Kevin talked about our successful partnership with the Braves and our “Bring the Heat” campaign. Through this campaign, Gas South donates $25 to a local nonprofit each time a Braves pitcher strikes out an opponent throughout the summer. Each time one of the Braves pitchers “brings the heat,” our community wins.

The designated beneficiary for April and May is the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The United Way of Greater Atlanta will receive donations for June and July, and The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta is the recipient for August and September.

In addition to our “Bring the Heat” campaign, Braves fans can get involved in a more interactive way throughout the season. During select games during the season, fans can tweet their seat number using #GasSouthKissCam for a chance to make it on the jumbotron! Always wanted to get on the big screen? Well, here’s your chance!

Last season Bring the Heat raised more than $61,000 for local nonprofits, and we hope the team and pitchers are even more successful this season!

Read more about Gas South, the Braves and our involvement with Live! at the Battery in this Atlanta Business Chronicle article.

Apr
19

5 Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Go au natural this Earth Day with natural gas! As the most diversified fuel in the U.S., natural gas heats our homes, business, restaurants and schools just to name a few. It also powers vehicles, stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, lighting fixtures and other appliances. And, it can even generate electricity and run air conditioners.

Natural gas is the ultimate alternative fuel of the future—and it’s fueling a better earth. It’s abundant, efficient, affordable and cleaner burning compared to other fossil fuels. We’re taking a moment on Earth Day 2017 to reflect on the environmental benefits of natural gas because our Earth is worth it. To learn more, check out this infographic.

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Apr
17

Welcome Home, Braves Fans

It’s the beginning of a new era in baseball history, and Gas South is excited to launch our 10th season as the Atlanta Braves’ official natural gas provider. To mark the team’s homecoming, we’re offering several opportunities for you to secure tickets and join us in cheering on the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Score Free Braves Tickets:  As a new Gas South customer, you’re eligible to receive two FREE Terrace Corner tickets to a Braves home game when you enroll online at gas-south.com/braves. Or, simply call 1-855-GAS-SOUTH (427-7688) and mention promo code BRAVES.

Of course, our current customers can also get free tickets. Through our fabulous Pick Your Perk program, Gas South customers are eligible to receive two FREE Grandstand Infield tickets to a Braves home game.  Pick one perk per year — and join us in cheering on our home team. For more information on our Braves perk and perks for other favorite Georgia attractions, visit www.gas-south.com/perks.

Braves Ticket Discounts: Coming soon, Gas South customers may save 20% on tickets to Monday through Thursday games throughout the season. Visit www.gas-south.com/offers for more information and choose from three seating options with this discount.

Braves VIP Experience: Starting April 25th, we’ll have a contest for two lucky winners to receive a Braves VIP Experience package, which includes four home game tickets and one parking pass, a private tour of SunTrust Park, batting practice viewing (from the field!) and a Braves goodie bag. Visit www.gas-south.com/braves to learn more.

Gas South Kiss Cam: Pucker up, Braves fans! While you’re at the game, tweet your selfie and your seat number using #GasSouthKissCam for a chance to capture your loveable moment on the big screen! Chosen lovebirds will receive their keepsake video from the Braves within 48 hours. Be sure to share your video using #GasSouthKissCam!

Pitching Match-Ups: Gas South is excited to bring Braves fans pitching match-ups on digital outdoor boards this season as they travel to SunTrust Park. We’ll announce starting pitchers for home games to fans traveling along I-285 and I-75 all season long.

Bring the Heat: Gas South is proud to Bring the Heat again this year by donating $25 for every strikeout recorded by a Braves pitcher. More strikeouts means more money raised for our charitable partners like the YMCA, the United Way and the Salvation Army. Last year, the Atlanta Braves and Gas South raised $61,350 for charity through the program. Since its inception, Bring the Heat has raised more than $311,000, with funds going to projects aimed at improving the communities where we live, work and play.

Feb
16

Natural Gas 101: 5 Reasons You Should Invest in a Smart Thermostat

Today, it seems like every type of technology is going “smart” – from smartphones and smartwatches, to smart cars and smart thermostats. As smart thermostats such as The Nest grow in popularity, the reason why is no surprise: the energy-saving and cost-saving benefits are undeniable.

Curious for more? Here are five reasons why making the switch to a smart thermostat is the way to go.

 

  1. It can save you some cash. Only a few months after installation, a smart thermostat has the potential to save you a decent chunk of change. Three studies of Nest Learning Thermostat found that a smart thermostat can save you about 10 to 12 percent in heating costs and 15 percent in cooling costs in homes with central air conditioning. That can add up to ­­more than $140 a year!  You can put those extra savings into a sweet vaycay to the beach during those cold, winter months —and then save even more by setting your smart thermostat to vacation mode.
  1. It learns on its own. What’s beautiful about this innovative product is that if you really wanted to, you could go without ever having to actually touch it. The device is considered a learning thermostat, meaning it can sense even the smallest change in temperature and adjust accordingly. So whether your oven is pushing extra heat into the room or the outdoor temperature unexpectedly dropped 10 degrees, your home temperature will automatically stay right where you want it.

Additionally, some thermostats come with a built-in occupancy sensor. After a week or so of manual adjustments, the system will begin to recognize your presence and adjust on its own. A smart thermostat will correct your home to the right temperature before you even realize the change.

  1. You can control it on-the-go. Most smart thermostats come paired with iPhone and Android apps that give you the power to control your heating and cooling system anywhere you are. If you opt-out for the learning thermostat and want to keep it basic, you can manually adjust the temperature of your home with a few swipes on your phone. With the unpredictability of the outdoor weather (especially in Georgia), this feature allows you to quickly snap into action so you can at least have temperature predictability in your own home.
  1. You get instant alerts. Another perk of smart thermostats is the ability to immediately receive updates through text, email or direct notifications. For example: If a cold front comes through and your thermostat adjusts to accommodate the drop in temperature, you can opt in to be alerted of this change, along with an explanation. If you feel that the adjustment was unwarranted, you have the option of immediately reversing the change. The thermostat will then learn your preference and take it into consideration when making future automatic adjustments.
  1. See how you save. Some smart thermostats offer you a monthly report outlining your energy usage. The easy-to-read tracking system offers you insights for why certain days spiked or how you can save even more next month. You can learn how your spending compares to other users and even be rewarded for using energy-efficient settings.

Making the switch to a smart thermostat is a smart move. During the winter months, it’s the perfect tool to cut down on natural gas usage and save some cash – even throughout those hot, humid Georgia summers!

Feb
9

Natural Gas 101: How to Read Your Natural Gas Bill

We’re taking it back to the basics! Your monthly natural gas bill from Gas South provides more information than you may realize.

Reading your bill shouldn’t be a hassle, so we’ve created a tell-all guide to clear up any confusion and help you understand your Gas South bill.

  1. Account Details: This section provides your account details at a glance. It lists whether you’re enrolled in a fixed or variable rate plan. If you’re enrolled in a fixed plan, your rate remains the same month after month while variable rate plans fluctuate, according to market conditions.

The section also includes a number for the DDDC factor. What’s the DDDC factor? It’s simple. The DDDC factor, or Dedicated Design Day Capacity, is a calculation done by Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGL) that indicates how much natural gas is reserved (or “dedicated”) to you based on demand on the coldest day of the year. AGL is the company that owns and operates the pipelines that deliver natural gas directly to your home or property.

  1. Monthly Summary: This graph is a snapshot of what you owe this month. It includes your Gas South account number, your payment due date and the total amount that is due.
  1. Explanation of Charges: Here, we itemize the charges, fees and taxes associated with this month’s bill. The gas charges indicate the total cost of gas used during the billing period. The customer service fee is Gas South’s cost of servicing your account, and the AGL Pass Through Charges are regulated charges on behalf of AGL.
  1. Calculations: On each bill, Gas South provides more detailed information on your current charges. The grid encompasses readings from your meter. We then take the readings and calculate it by the thermal factor to obtain the amount of gas that is used in therms. A therm is simply a unit of heat, similar to the watts on your electric bill. Next, we multiply the therms by your current rate plan (e.g. $0.51 per therm) to determine this month’s charges.

Understanding your natural gas bill can save you a lot of grief – and using natural gas efficiently can save you money! If you ever have any questions regarding your bill, please contact us at 1-877-472-4932 to speak with a Gas South customer care representative.