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Tracy Burleson

About Tracy Burleson

As Communications Director for the American Gas Association, Tracy serves as editor and publisher of American Gas magazine. In addition, she works to increase the visibility of natural gas in the residential market with a focus on opportunities to expand the use of natural gas in new construction. Her other responsibilities include projects to expand AGA’s work in the international energy community. Previously, Tracy served as director of residential programs at the Propane Educations & Research Council for nine years where she planned and executed the annual marketing and communications programs and instituted a formal training program for construction professionals. Tracy started her career as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters of Science in Consumer Sciences from the University of Alabama.

Tracy Burleson 2014 New American Home Showcases Emerging Energy Efficiency Technology

The abundance and affordability of natural gas provides many new opportunities to expand its use throughout different sectors of the economy, including increased numbers of uses in the residential sector. The use of natural gas appliances in the home can not only help improve total energy efficiency, but can also help lower your energy bills and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

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Visitors to the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV next week will have the opportunity to experience these emerging energy-efficient technologies and products first-hand inside the 2014 New American Home. The stunning, 7,400-square-foot home integrates an array of natural gas appliances and features, including a compressed natural gas (CNG) home fueling station supplied by Southwest Gas, which delivers a convenient, on-site way to refuel CNG vehicles using the home’s existing natural gas supply line.The efficiency created by using natural gas is just one of the many ways this home reduces its carbon footprint.

The New American Home was constructed to the highest level of the National Green Building Standard by custom builder Element Building Company with state-of the-art technology, including a solar water heater, photovoltaic panels, closed-cell spray-foam insulation and a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage relative to the immediate climate. The house, dubbed the greenest New American Home in the program’s 31-year-history, also features tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces and sustainable building materials.

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Natural gas plays an important role in increasing household energy efficiency while also being extremely cost effective. Appliances using this fuel help consumers save money and increase comfort while improving the environment. According the American Gas Foundation’s new study “Fueling the Future with Nature Gas: Bringing it Home,” households with natural gas heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $654 less annually than households using electricity for the same appliances.

The American Gas Association (AGA) is proud to once again partner with utility member Southwest Gas to deliver clean and efficient natural gas to the New American Home. Utility member Questar will be providing a CNG pickup outside the home, specifically a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab 153.7.

This dynamic home will be open for free daily tours from February 4-6 via free shuttle buses (ticket required) departing every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center. For a sneak peak of the New American Home, watch this video below:

Reminder: AGA will also be participating in IBS on February 4-6. Stop by booth C2615 to meet with leading manufactures and learn about the latest industry innovations and technology. You can also follow AGA’s livetweet on Twitter using @AGA_naturalgas and #IBSVegas.

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Tracy Burleson World CNG Revved Up to Spotlight NGV Pickup at International Builders’ Show

Guest Blogger: John Hodgkinson on behalf of World CNG

As thousands of construction professionals from across the country arrive at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Opening Ceremony, a 2013 Ford F150 bi-fuel truck will be on display at the entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center. World CNG, with the American Gas Association and Southwest Gas, is excited to display the truck at IBS held February 4 – 6, 2014. The Seattle-based company, with additional conversion facilities in Chicago and Las Vegas, specializes in compressed natural gas (CNG) upfits of small and medium-duty passenger and cargo vehicles.

WorldCNG Passengerside2 300x114 World CNG Revved Up to Spotlight NGV Pickup at International Builders’ ShowThe 2013 5.0 L Ford F150 is a bi-fuel CNG conversion with 21 Gasoline Gallon Equivalent Cylinder providing an overall range of approximately 750 miles.  With a technical and sales staff that includes some of the industry’s leading experts in CNG vehicle technology, World CNG develops custom CNG conversion packages for pickup truck applications designed to meet the requirements of fleet operations.

According to the new “Fueling the Future of Natural Gas: Bringing it Home” study by the American Gas Foundation and IHS CERA, a natural gas vehicle can save consumers an average of $4,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to a gasoline vehicle.  IHS CERA reports that natural gas prices will remain in the $4-5 per mmBtu range (in constant 2012$) on an annual average through 2035. In contrast, the price of crude oil is projected to be $90 per barrel, or almost $16 per mmBtu. This translates to projected retail costs for gasoline and diesel fuel that are approximately twice the natural gas price. IHS CERA reports that the volume of natural gas used as a transportation fuel in the U.S. will triple by 2020.

In addition to World CNG, AGA will also partner with appliance manufacturers to feature the latest in natural gas technology in booth C2615 located in the Central Concourse of the Convention Center. AGA will be livetweeting throughout IBS and encourages you to join the conversation on Twitter using @aga_naturalgas and #IBSVegas. For more information, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

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

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Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas

NAHB IBS 2013 logo Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las VegasThe National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) is America’s largest annual residential housing construction trade event for home construction products and services. This year, in addition to IBS,  attendees will have access to a second big tradeshow for design and construction professionals.

For the first time, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show will co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate with distinct shows being held simultaneously, February 4 – 6, 2014. An estimated 75,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, developers, building material dealers and distributors will attend from across the country to learn about new products, new technologies and new marketing ideas.

009 300x224 Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las VegasPartnering with natural gas utilities and gas appliance manufacturers, the American Gas Association (AGA) will have more than 2,500-square-feet of display space featuring the latest technologies in the gas industry. With less than a month from the start of the show, be sure to make plans now to join us at this exciting event. AGA will also be livetweeting from the show from @aga_naturalgas. Join the conversation or follow along using hashtag #IBSVegas on Twitter. For more information, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

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Tracy Burleson The 2013 New American Home® – A must see at the NAHB International Builders’ Show

Guest Blogger: Ling Yu of Southwest Gas

Homes constructed to maximize energy efficiency and sustainability are quickly becoming the industry standard. Today’s homes are being built with the latest energy-efficient technologies and feature innovative building materials, cutting-edge designs and the latest construction techniques. Visitors will have the opportunity to see how these emerging technologies and products converge inside the 2013 New American Home at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV. This dynamic home will be open for free daily tours from Jan. 22 through 24 via free shuttle buses (ticket required) departing every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The New American Home, constructed by custom builder Blue Heron, demonstrates that high-performance housing techniques can be aesthetically incorporated into the most simple or most complex homes. Taking advantage of a comprehensive design approach, the three-story, 6,712-square-foot home achieves an extraordinary level of energy efficiency. Not only does the home optimize solar resources, but it also utilizes high-efficiency natural gas appliances and incorporates a landscape design that helps limit water and energy demand. Once completed, the New American Home is expected to receive a number of energy and environmental awards and certifications.

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The New American Home’s large array of natural gas features and appliances are impressive, from energy saving, high-efficiency gas heat pumps for heating and cooling, to ultra-sleek indoor and outdoor fire features for comfort and ambience, and outdoor rooms fully equipped with natural gas appliances for entertaining and relaxing. The efficiency created by using natural gas is just one of the countless ways this home reduces its carbon footprint. The home also features a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling appliance supplied by Southwest Gas, which delivers a convenient, on-site way to refuel CNG vehicles using the home’s existing natural gas supply line.

Natural gas plays an important role in increasing household energy efficiency while also being extremely cost effective. Appliances using this fuel help consumers save money and increase comfort while improving the environment. Households with natural gas heating, cooking and clothes drying spend almost 30 percent less on average than households with appliances that run on other types of energy.

With builder confidence for newly built single-family homes at its highest level since 2006, the International Builders’ Show and the New American Home offer the perfect opportunity to experience what everyone is talking about in energy-efficient housing and natural gas technologies.

Reminder: AGA will also be participating in IBS on Jan. 22 through 24 as part of the American Natural Gas and Propane Industries exhibit (C2614). Stop by to meet with dozens of manufactures and learn about the latest industry innovations and technology.

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

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