More homes use natural gas today than ever before and the numbers continue to increase. Due to the incredible gains we have made in energy efficiency, the average home uses 50 percent less natural gas than a home in 1970 despite homes today being 61 percent larger. When it comes to cooking, natural gas not only provides customers with an efficient option, but it can also offer a charming look when you cook—just ask BlueStar. A manufacturer of high performance appliances for the home, BlueStar invites you to bring home a new appliance  to adorn your kitchen with its take on the Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year—Rose Quartz or Pigeon Blue.

“The use of color in a kitchen can make a distinct and very personal statement,” says Eliza rose ovenSheffield, vice president of marketing, BlueStar. “It’s possible to create a stunning focal point with a range and kitchen hood that is customized to your personal taste and cooking preference—from the choice of colors and trims, to the configuration and power of the burners.”

Available in more than 750 colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® premium products offer virtually unlimited personalization options. To view the possibilities, BlueStar offers an interactive website tool, “Build Your Own BlueStar,” which allows you to customize everything from the intensity of the burners to the color of the knobs and the range itself.

Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880, BlueStar® cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens. The BlueStar® product line features high-performance gas ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and hoods. BlueStar notes that unique performance features include an open gas burner system that produces up to 25,000 BTUs of cooking power, precise 130 degree simmer burners, blue ovenand oversized convection ovens with professional-grade infrared broilers.

For more information, please visit or visit the American Gas Association booth C2615 at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19 through 21 to see Bluestar products.

*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 AGA to Join the 70th Annual International Builders’ Show

American Gas Association (AGA) is looking forward to its return to Las Vegas on January 19-21 for the 70th annual International Builders’ Show (IBS). This year, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. AGA’s space will include eleven natural gas appliance manufacturer displays featuring the latest industry technology available to consumers as well as provide a one-stop location where builders can learn about the mostUrn modern gas appliances. Manufacturers include Bevelo Gas & Electric Lights, Westport, BlueStar, FiveStar, Bradford White, Dettson Industries, Lennox Industries Inc., Marathon Engine Systems, Navien, Rinnai Corporation and RH Peterson Co.

Over the course of the event, AGA will be using social media platforms to promote the American Natural Gas Industry Exhibit in booth C2615. In addition, there will be a give-away for a Fyre Designs Fire Urn. New to American Fyre Designs, a contemporary Fire Urn adds warmth and modern styling to outdoor living spaces and is manufactured from glass fiber reinforced concrete. Forms will be available at the booth to register for the give-away for all attendees.

IBS 2016 promises to be a successful event delivering the largest number of building professionals in one location. If you are interested in supporting the natural gas industry efforts at IBS as a volunteer or manufacturer, please contact Tracy Burleson at For more information, please follow or like our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

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Jennifer O'Shea Overall customer satisfaction reached all-time high in J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study

Natural gas utilities remain ahead of the curve when it comes to providing their customers with services that meet their needs and expectations. Driven in large part by affordable prices and customer awareness, overall customer satisfaction with residential gas utilities reached an all-time high according to the 14th annual J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

The J.D. Power study is a comprehensive evaluation measuring residential customers’ attitudes and overall satisfaction with their gas utility in each region: East, Midwest, South, and West. The study, also examines satisfaction across six factors—billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; customer service; and field service—and is calculated on a 1,000 point scale.

The following utilities ranked highest in customer satisfaction in their respective region:

The 2015 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study is based on more than 66,000 responses from residential customers of 83 large and midsize gas utilities across the continental United States and was conducted between September 2014 and July 2015.

Congratulations to the AGA members who were ranked for their efforts in the 2015 survey!

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Chris McGill Natural Gas Market Indicators: December 30, 2015

Tepid demand, the strongest underground storage position for this time of year ever, relative strength in domestic production, and consistent imports from Canada pile on to a market rationalizing these factors with  continued low natural gas acquisition prices at about $2 per MMBtu at Henry Hub. And believe it or not, we are already 40 percent through the 2015-2016 winter heating season.

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 or Richard Meyer at

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