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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 Great Kitchens Help to Sell Great Homes

Consider Customized Cooking Equipment in Unique Colors & Finishes to Add Value to a Home

Guest Blogger: Ann Pelicata, Marketing Manager, BlueStar®*

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It’s no secret that restaurant-quality appliances are hot for the serious and aspiring home chef – and a hot commodity in the real estate world.  Builders and remodelers can add a little sizzle to the kitchen with a customized, USA-handcrafted BlueStar® Platinum Series  professional gas range decked out in the newly announced Pantone® 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, which will be on view at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) on Jan. 20 through 22 in Las Vegas, NV as part of the American Gas Association booth (#C2615).

Cooking With Color

BS-Marsala-KitchenWhile the rest of the kitchen is often a monochromatic look, the range offers an opportunity to add unique color and standout design.  In a model home, consider featuring a range in a vivid shade or add just a splash of color to a stainless steel range with colored knobs.  BlueStar offers more than 750 colors and nearly unlimited customization options, including custom trim packages, to personalize a statement kitchen – and offers home builders a real opportunity to differentiate homes.  Choose from unique color collections such as on-trend precious metals finishes, textured finishes and new jewel tones. Prospective home buyers will love the ability to design a completely personalized product that fits their design sensibilities and cooking preferences.

Chef’s Choice

A BlueStar commercial style gas range offers unmatched power and performance. Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880, BlueStar cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens.  With an unparalleled burner intensity of up to 25,000 BTUs, a precise 130 simmer burner and an extra-large capacity convection gas oven,  BlueStar is a standout choice for quality home builders.

BlueStar will showcase its premium Platinum Series™ range in Marsala at IBS. Pantone describes the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red”—and, according to BlueStar, this shade makes a rich appliance color or an ideal kitchen accent. The Platinum Series™, which includes 60-inch, 48-inch, 36-inch and 30-inch units, features searing 25,000 BTU burners for maximum, concentrated heat; an interchangeable cast-iron griddle/charbroiler system that offers the ultimate in cooking flexibility; and the revolutionary PowR Oven™ technology to ensure faster, more efficient heating.  As with all BlueStar gas ranges, the Platinum Series also features a precise simmer burner, integrated wok cooking and an extra-large convection oven that fits a commercial size sheet pan.

The BlueStar® product line also features additional gas range lines; new high-performance electric wall oven; gas rangetops and cooktop; gas wall ovens; professional-style kitchen hoods; and salamander grills.

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

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Tracy Burleson Bradford White Infiniti Tankless™ Water Heaters with SRT™ Scale Reduction Technology

Guest Blogger: Pam Long, Marketing Coordinator, Bradford White Corporation*

Next to heating and cooling systems, the second biggest energy user in an average American home is the water heater. The cost to operate a natural gas water heater is less than electric water heaters, on average, and can heat water twice as fast. This translates to consumers saving both money and time, something we all could use more of.

HE_Infinity_8_v2_2Bradford White’s new Infiniti Tankless™ Water Heater Series featuring the exclusive SRT™ Scale Reduction Technology – available in both condensing and non-condensing models – combines the energy and space saving features of tankless water heaters with new technologies and designs that significantly reduce scale build-up, reduce maintenance, improve performance, and provide greater installation flexibility.

The SRT™ system utilizes multiple components to reduce scale. These components disturb water-flow and greatly reduce hotspots that allow scale to accumulate. The SRT™ system significantly reduces the incidence of scale build-up known to result in poor performance, pre-mature component or product failure, and ultimately additional maintenance costs for the consumer.

To minimize water temperature fluctuation during hot water usage, the Infiniti condensing model is equipped with an automatic and fully modulating bypass. Together with temperature sensors located throughout the unit, temperature stability throughout the draw remains consistent resulting in a better user experience.

Giving design engineers and installing contractors a wider array of venting options and configurations, the Infiniti condensing model is approved for use with PVC, CPVC, ABS and Polypropylene, and is available with an optional “up & out” concentric vent kit requiring only one penetration through the wall or roof.

Infiniti Tankless™ Water Heaters are ENERGY STAR® qualified and include both condensing and non-condensing residential models with 199,000 BTU inputs. Additional features include an easy-to-use, built-in digital control, built-in freeze protection, Low NOx emissions, an optional outdoor installation kit, and a limited 12-year warranty on the heat exchanger and a limited 5-year warranty on all parts.

Attendees of the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show on January 20 through 22 in Las Vegas, NV can check out the new Infiniti Tankless™ Water Heaters as part of the American Gas Association exhibit booth. Make sure to follow AGA’s twitter page, @aga_naturalgas, and #IBSVegas for photos and updates throughout the show.

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

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Tracy Burleson The Aging Workforce

As the energy industry workforce continues to mature, a large number of employees are set to retire in the next five to 10 years. While efforts are underway to recruit and train younger replacements for these workers, utilities must plan for that transition and retain know-how.American Gas

The cover story for the August/September issue of American Gas magazine, titled “The Aging Workforce,” addresses several issues facing the industry as much of their workforce transitions to retirement and new employees enter the workforce. In this article several experts weigh in on topics including workforce planning, knowledge transfer and pension obligations.

While many utilities are using workforce analytics to understand when individuals are going to retire, they face the challenge of capturing knowledge and sharing it with future employees. Ken Mall with EDSI Consulting, a workforce development, customized training and consulting company, provides some basic steps all organizations should consider in defining their knowledge management priorities and creating a plan to meet those future needs.

Royce Kosoff, a senior consulting actuary with Towers Watson addresses the growing pension obligations utilities are facing. With more than one-third of U.S. utilities slowing the growth by moving new employees to 401K plans, some have taken an additional step of freezing the accruals for employees. Kosoff shares other steps to reduce the current risk exposure of pension plans.

To read the full article, click here. To see more from the August/September issue of the magazine, click here.

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Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2015 International Builders’ Show

IBS15 email graphic v3In 2015, the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously, January 20 – 22, 2015. One badge will provide access to all the exhibits with an estimated 90,000 attendees.

As these build and design professionals enter the exhibition hall, the natural gas industry exhibit will be one of the first exhibits they see. This 2,500-square-foot exhibit will be the result of an important partnership between AGA members and manufacturers of gas appliances demonstrating the latest, most innovative technologies available to consumers.

In 2015, AGA will be the energy sponsor of The New American Home (TNAH). Since 1984, TNAH has served as the official show home of IBS. The home’s design, construction and amenities showcase the latest in innovative products for the future of home building. TNAH will feature 18 natural gas appliances in 2015.

The construction market continues to show signs of recovery and IBS exhibitor space sales has outpaced last year with more than 400,000-square-feet sold. If you are interested in supporting the natural gas industry efforts at IBS as a volunteer or manufacturer, please contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

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