Oct
12

Connecting with Young Women in the Community

For Kristen Hopper, Gas South Operations Analyst I, cheerleading is more than just a sport. It’s a way to connect with young women in her community, and help to build their confidence and develop important life skills through performances and friendships.

In high school, Kristen developed a passion for working with kids with special needs after volunteering with the Special Olympics. She was coaching cheerleading when she decided to put her talents to work to make a difference – and that’s how the Fabulous Flames Cheerleaders were born. The cheerleaders range in age from as young as five years old, to women in their 20s. They also have a wide range of abilities – there’s no disability that can preclude someone from joining. All that’s needed is a desire to cheer and a will to learn!

The Fabulous Flames perform at local cheerleading competitions through Impact Cheerleading, a competitive league that brings together faith and a love for cheerleading.

When Kristen established the team in 2011, there were only seven girls on the team. Today, it has now grown to almost 30 members.

“I’ve been so blessed to see the original seven as well as the rest of the team grow up together over time – becoming more mature, kind and ever-loving each year,” said Kristen. “Our biweekly practices are simultaneously the most high energy and most relaxing hours of my week. There is just something about our team that leaves you both recharged and serene after being with us.”

Kristen is pursuing her own desire to Be a Fuel for Good. She’s elevating her community and positively influencing the lives of the girls she mentors every week. She’s also inspiring others to get outside of their comfort zone.

Kristen – Thank you for your dedication to warming the lives of friends and neighbors!

Oct
2

Be a Fuel for Good

When Gas South entered the natural gas market, we knew we could be a different kind of provider. Because we believe people are important—the customers we’ve come to know, the business owners we serve, and the coworkers who are family to us.

Our Purpose is to Be a Fuel for Good.

That means helping you save money with simple rate plans. Trusting you from the beginning by never asking for a deposit. And always treating you with dignity, honesty and respect.

It means letting our employees know that while their work is important—they’re important, too. By helping pay for school and encouraging our employees to grow in their careers, we can make their lives better. That makes us better.

Being a fuel for good also means working to inspire others in the industry to do right by customers. When we focus on doing the right thing, everyone benefits—even our competition (and we’re okay with that).

We’re dedicated to making sure our success directly benefits our community. That’s why we’re committed to giving back 5% of our profits to help children in need.

We approach every day knowing we have an opportunity to improve people’s lives. Because we believe that, together, we can be a fuel for good.

During the next several months, we’re rolling out employee and partner stories that are examples of Being a Fuel for Good. Check back every week to read what inspire us!

Are you Being a Fuel for Good? Do you know someone who is a Fuel for Good? If so, let us know in the comments.

Aug
16

Gas Leak Detection Tips

Often times we only think about natural gas leaks during the holidays when we’re using the stove a lot, or during the colder months when we have the heat cranked. Even though you may not be thinking about gas leaks during the summer, accidents happen. We’re here to give you tips on detecting gas leaks in your house and how to prevent them.

Signs of a gas leak:

  • Natural gas is colorless and odorless, so a chemical called mercaptan is added to give it the distinctive gas leak smell of rotten eggs.
  • If you smell rotten egg, and you’ll know it when you smell it, leave the area immediately and stay away until assistance arrives.
  • A leak can also be heard through a hissing sound or seen as discolored vegetation, blowing dirt or continued bubbling water around a buried gas line.

What to do if you detect a gas leak:

  • Call Atlanta Gas Light at 877-427-4321 or call 911. Never try to find the leak yourself.
  • Don’t use any devices that might create a spark including lighters, light switches, phones or electric appliances.

How to prevent a gas leak:

  • Check your pilot lights and burners for a steady, blue flame. If you see the blue flame, they are operating correctly. (Decorative gas fire logs are the only exception – the flame is usually yellow.)
  • Keep the areas around all appliances and equipment clean and unblocked to allow for proper air flow.
  • Never let small children play with, or near, natural gas appliances or pipes.
  • Don’t use your stove or oven for anything other than cooking (for instance, to heat your home).
  • Store household chemicals or combustible materials away from gas appliances.
  • Call 811 before you dig, so underground lines can be marked.
  • When to enlist a professional:
    • Every year or two to have your gas appliances, furnaces, vents, flues, chimneys and gas lines in your home or business inspected.
    • When moving or installing a gas appliance, or changing a connector.

We hope you never have to deal with a gas leak but if you do, now you know how to act quickly and keep everyone involved safe.

Jul
28

Moving’s not easy. Gas South wants to help.

Moving this summer? Between scheduling movers, packing boxes and endless to-do lists, moving can be stressful and expensive. So, at Gas South, we’d like to make your move as hassle-free as possible.

When you’re ready to move, let us know. We’ll check to see if we can serve you at your new location, and can easily transfer your service helping you avoid any cancellation fee and a costly deposit (which saves you hundreds of dollars). We can also schedule your natural gas turn on at your new location up to 60 days in advance of your move, and we’ll even throw in a $25 bill credit. Use the extra cash to tip your movers, order pizza for your first night in your new home, or buy a few new accessories if you’d like.

Not a Gas South customer yet? We’d love to serve you, and we can make your move easier too! It just takes a few minutes to sign up online to save with our low fixed rates. And, since we never charge a deposit – that’s more money in your pocket. We’ll also start you off with $25 in bill credits so you, too, can start your service with savings.

Be sure to check out a special offer from our partner, Atlanta Peach Movers—they’re extending a 5% discount on your move anywhere in the United States. Want more? Our home service connection partner, AllConnect, will help make things even easier by walking you through setting up your internet, phone and cable services.

To transfer or start your natural gas service with us, visit gas-south.com/move. We’re here to answer any questions you may have – and we’re ready to move when you are.

Jul
26

A Warm Welcome for Live! at The Battery Atlanta

When new neighbors move in, it’s Southern hospitality to extend a warm welcome and maybe even a warm pecan pie. So when the Braves moved into their new home at SunTrust Park, it was only appropriate that we spread the warmth with outstanding natural gas service.

Just as balls, bats and gloves are essential to baseball, Gas South is essential to fueling the fan experience at SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta. Gas South has been the official natural gas provider for the Atlanta Braves since 2008, and things are heating up at Live! at The Battery Atlanta this season.

With three restaurant concepts – Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta and Todd English Tavern – Live! at The Battery Atlanta is a go-to dining and entertainment destination. As the natural gas provider for Live!, Gas South helps fuel everything from the kitchen to the outdoor heaters.

“When evaluating a natural gas provider, Gas South’s standout customer service was a differentiating factor,” said Ben Brengle, director of operations for Live! at The Battery Atlanta. “Plus, partnering with a locally-operated company like Gas South has helped us build and expand our community relationships.”

In addition to providing natural gas, Gas South and Live! have established a collaborative business relationship that’s a real homerun. Although baseball season is the star of SunTrust Park, Live! hosts year-round events on the 284 days a year that there isn’t a home game.

Check out Live! at the Battery Atlanta’s website for upcoming events, including the movie series starting in August that are brought to you by Gas South. Hope to see you there!

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!