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Lori Traweek AGA Marks National Safe Digging Month with Natural Gas Video for Children

Safety is the top priority for the American Gas Association (AGA) and our more than 200 member companies across the country. It is the very reason AGA co-founded the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization dedicated to educating professionals and homeowners about the importance of following safe digging procedures, in 2000.

811logowithshovel 227x300 AGA Marks National Safe Digging Month with Natural Gas Video for ChildrenThis April marks the seventh annual National Safe Digging Month, an initiative put in place by the CGA to remind the public to “Call Before You Dig” to determine where your underground utility lines are located before beginning any digging project. To get started, dial 811 to be connected to your local One Call Center which will gather information about the project and alert your local utility company. Crews will then locate the utility lines near your planned project and make sure they are properly marked so you can be sure to avoid them. The process is fast, simple and free.

People digging often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked due to concerns about project delays, costs and previous calls about other projects. These assumptions can be life-threatening.

Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

According to the CGA, excavation damages for all underground facilities have decreased by approximately 50 percent since 2004, thanks in large part to the engaging and innovative outreach of “Call 811” campaigns by local natural gas utilities.

Promoting safe digging awareness is just one of the many ways America’s natural gas utilities continuously work to keep communities safe and to help ensure our distribution and transmission system continues to be the safest and most reliable method of delivering energy in the nation.

In conjunction with this month’s focus on safety, AGA released a YouTube video today to help educate youth about the importance of natural gas safety in the home. The animated video, aimed at elementary and middle school aged children, explains which appliances use natural gas, how to identify a natural gas leak and what to do if a leak occurs. These key safety messages are not only critical to family and caregivers, but the next generation of utility customers. Feel free to share the video on your company’s social media platforms.

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Click the play button above to watch the video on YouTube.

We’d also like to encourage you to share your company’s plans for National Safe Digging Month in the comments section below or by e-mailing ldundon@aga.org. AGA will feature member companies on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as future blog posts throughout April.

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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 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 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*

RL94i Straight VC 198x300 Give the Gift of Comfort—and More—with a Natural Gas Fueled Tankless Water Heater 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.

Rinnai utilityroom dps 200x300 Give the Gift of Comfort—and More—with a Natural Gas Fueled Tankless Water Heater 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 (www.doe.gov).

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