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 Kitchen 286x300 Great Kitchens Help to Sell Great Homes While 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 2 Bradford White Infiniti Tankless™ Water Heaters with SRT™ Scale Reduction TechnologyBradford 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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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: Dec. 31, 2014

Many analysts believe that a sustained lower price environment for oil in North America (and the world more generally) would slow growth in natural gas and liquids production, as well as infrastructure requirements to move that volumes to markets. Lower oil prices also put pressure on world liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets by reducing the pricing advantage in areas of the world expected to be supplied by new North American LNG supplies.

Taking it even further, slowdowns in investment could slow plans to develop some industrial projects in the U.S. as world markets adjust to a slower economic pace and shifts in spending, and as the price relationship between naphtha (petroleum based chemical feedstock) and ethane (natural gas liquids) evolves. Delays in industrial projects scheduled to be completed point to less gas demand (3.0 Bcf per day instead of 4.5 Bcf per day with no project delays) by 2020 already. Of course, in the short run lower natural gas prices means savings to consumers and puts more money in the pockets of energy users, which can stimulate consumer spending. That’s not so bad.

Visit this link to download the full Natural Gas Market Indicators report. Topics covered in this week’s report include: Reported Prices, Weather, Working Gas in Underground Storage, Natural Gas Production, Shale Gas, Rig Counts, Pipeline Imports and Exports, and LNG Markets.

Please direct questions and comments to Chris McGill at cmcgill@aga.org or Richard Meyer at rmeyer@aga.org.

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Christina Nyquist AGA’s Incoming Chairman, Terry McCallister, WGL, Inc., to Hold Media Roundtable Breakfast

How can we provide safe, reliable energy at affordable costs for all Americans?

How can we balance our need for energy with the needs of the environment?

How can we gain secure our nation’s domestic abundance of natural gas for the future?

The American Gas Association (AGA) will address those questions and more at a media roundtable next Thursday December 11 beginning at 10 a.m. with incoming AGA Chairman Terry McCallister, chairman and CEO of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company in Washington, D.C., and AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy.

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Incoming AGA Chairman Terry McCallister, Chairman and CEO, WGL Holdings, Inc.

McCurdy and McCallister will discuss the vision for natural gas in 2015, and how we can secure natural gas as America’s new energy foundation, providing economic, environmental and energy security solutions for the nation. They will also address AGA’s legislative and regulatory priorities for 2015. Presentations will be followed by an open question and answer session.

AGA will be livetweeting from the roundtable on our Twitter account @aga_naturalgas. Follow the conversation or join us using hashtag #AGAChairman.

All media inquiries and RSVPs should be sent directly to Christina Nyquist at cnyquist@aga.org.

 

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