Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tracy Burleson Give the Gift of Comfort—and More—with a Natural-Gas Fueled Tankless Water Heater

Guest Blogger: Mike Peacock on behalf of Rinnai America Corporation*

Is ultimate comfort important to your prospective homeowner clients? Are they interested in saving money on monthly utility bills? Is space an issue? If you answered yes to any—or all—of these questions, Rinnai America Corporation may have the solution: The natural-gas fueled Rinnai Tankless Water Heater.

Never worry about running out of hot water again.
Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters offer homeowners an endless supply of hot water for limitless comfort. Hot water can be used for multiple tasks—such as showering, washing dishes or doing laundry—at the same time without worrying about running out.

More room for shoes, toys or tools. The size of a small suitcase, a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater requires a fraction of the space of its traditional tank-style counterpart. Easily mounted on virtually any wall, inside or out, this space-saving appliance offers design flexibility.

Peace of mind. Built on Rinnai’s long-standing tradition of excellent products, the Tankless Water Heater is engineered for reliability, including a longer life expectancy—up to two times that of a traditional tank-style storage unit. Plus, it’s covered by a 12-year limited heat-exchanger warranty.

Go Green. Engineered with Rinnai’s leading-edge technology, its Tankless Water Heaters are ENERGY STAR®-qualified and have an Energy Factor (EF) rating from .82 to .96, depending on the model.

Save more on energy costs. Unlike traditional tank-style water heaters, Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters only heat water as needed, offering homeowners increased monthly energy savings—in some cases up to 40 percent.**

Home builders will have the opportunity to see the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater, along with other leading-edge natural gas and propane appliances, at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV. The American Gas Association (AGA) will be part of the American Natural Gas and Propane Industries exhibit (C2614) on January 22 through 24. In the meantime, visit Rinnai America Corporation’s website to learn more about this exciting innovation.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of Rinnai America Corporation alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.

**As based on the average cost to run an electric tank water heater per the DOE Average Energy Costs (

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Lisa O'Leary The Gifts of Natural Gas: U.S. Jobs

Among the many gifts of natural gas is the significant job creation in the United States. Every day, 622,000 people work to explore for, produce, transport and distribute natural gas.  Natural gas distribution alone provides nearly 20 percent of these jobs. In addition, more than 700,000 jobs are created in industries such as agriculture and manufacturing that support and supply goods and services to the natural gas industry. And as a whole, the natural gas industry employs nearly 3 million people in all 50 states.

The past several years have been truly game-changing in the natural gas industry thanks to improved technologies that are allowing energy producers to access significant and growing supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations and other unconventional reservoirs. As a result, the natural gas supply picture looks extremely bright, both for the industry and customers.

According to a study by IHS Global Insight, natural gas production from shale is expected to support 1.5 million jobs by 2015 and 2.4 million by 2035.

“At a time when the U.S. economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession and struggling to create enough jobs to sharply reduce the unemployment rate, the growth in shale and other unconventional natural gas production is a major contributor to employment prospects and the U.S. economy,” said IHS Vice President John Larson, the lead author of the study.

By introducing cash back into the economy, natural gas employees have supported 1.5 million jobs and created demand for further goods and services. Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a multibillion-dollar plant in Texas that will convert natural gas into the building blocks of plastic– creating 2,000 construction jobs. Sasol Ltd, a South African chemical company, recently announced plans to build a “gas-to-liquids” plant in Louisiana that will convert natural gas to diesel. According to Chief Financial Officer Christine Ramon, Sasol Ltd has completed a feasibility study for the plant and estimates it will produce 96,000 barrels of diesel and other fuels per day.

AGA and our members will continue to collaborate with policymakers at all levels to deliver this abundant, affordable and clean energy source and help create jobs in our nation.

AGA will highlight the many gifts of natural gas throughout the month of December. Let us know what your favorite gift is in the comments section below.

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Richard Meyer IEA Study: Natural Gas Supplies Will Continue To Grow Globally

Natural gas supplies are growing globally and demand for this low-carbon resource will continue to grow, according to a new report.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) recently released its annual World Energy Outlook, a comprehensive study that examines global energy markets, as well as the policies and market dynamics that shape the supply and demand trajectory of oil, coal, gas, nuclear and renewable resources. The IEA models a number of different market and policy scenarios to report projections of energy markets by country and sector.

The study found that natural gas demand grows no matter what scenario is examined. The robustness of the global natural gas resource, and the multitude of diverse uses for natural gas, leads to increased usage. Greater natural gas consumption in buildings, power generation and industrial usage, and as a transportation fuel, leads researchers to believe that natural gas will overtake oil to be the largest fuel in the domestic energy mix in 2030.

The global energy map is changing, spurred by a resurgence of natural gas and oil production in the United States. New technology has unlocked the potential for shale in North America and shifted our country’s global energy position from a net importer to a potential exporter.

A recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy indicates that U.S. exports of natural gas would allow for continued stable pricing for the 177 million Americans who depend on the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas every day, which is a priority for AGA and its members. The IEA study states that, “[Un]conventional gas accounts for nearly half the increase in global gas production to 2035.” However, the uncertainty of future supplies in international markets where shale development is in its nascent phase is noted.

IEA has positive news for renewable energy as well. By 2035, renewables will account for one-third of total electricity output globally, a result of a steady increase in hydropower and rapid growth in solar and wind. Energy efficiency will play a key role as well.

End-use matters. How we use a fuel and what fuel we use are the most important factors in reducing emissions. According to new data on global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), carbon dioxide – principally from fossil fuel combustion – is the most important GHG emitted by human activities. It accounts for 85 percent of the warming over the last decade. Yet of all fossil fuels, natural gas is the least carbon-dioxide intensive. Greater natural gas use in place of other fossil fuels reduces emissions.

Our country needs to focus on optimizing our natural gas resources, recognizing the benefits of increased use in homes, businesses, power generation, industrial plants and vehicles. A home with natural gas emits 37 percent less GHG than a house with all electricity and spends 30 percent less on energy. Increased use in the transportation sector decreases greenhouse gas emissions—by 29 percent compared to gasoline powered vehicles—and increases our national energy security by decreasing our reliance on oil imports from less stable nations.

Furthermore, investments need to continue to be made to help improve our pipeline infrastructure to further reduce emissions and continue to lay the groundwork – quite literally – for new and more efficient uses of our gas resources. The potential is significant.

Natural gas can affordably meet the energy requirements of the country and the globe as part of a diversified energy mix. The savings, combined with increased trade and additional jobs will help grow our economy.

The IEA says the resource is here to stay. Let’s make sure we use it right.

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