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Tight Budgets, Economical Home Remodels and Green Inclinations Drive Propane Home Comfort Industry

Swannanoa, NC, December, 2013—Families across America are seeking the versatility and energy- efficient warmth of propane when considering a new home or remodeling project. Propane's versatility and portability make it an ideal fuel source for homes. Currently, homeowners use propane primarily as a heating source, but there are many other uses for the home, including water heating, pool and spa heating, clothes drying, cooking, mowers, fireplaces, backup power generation and more.

Key aspects driving the switch to propane include cost savings, efficiency, emissions reduction and the fact that propane is made in America.

  • On a nationwide average, propane costs less than electricity on a per-BTU basis. According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, electricity is nearly twice as costly as propane. This means it could cost you twice as much to operate your water heater, furnace, clothes dryer, or range with electricity than with propane gas.
  • Gas fireplaces produce twice as much heat as wood-burning fireplaces at about one- third of the cost. The DOE estimates that propane gas fireplace systems cost 30 to 60 percent less per hour of operation than wood-burning fireplaces
  • Propane powered dryers cut the cost of each load in half and dry in one-third less time. o Cooktops deliver more accurate cooking temperatures, distribute heat more evenly and use less energy to heat up. Cooking with propane reduces costs by one-third the amount compared to cooking with electricity.
  • Gas logs perform at up to a 99 percent efficiency rate by pushing heat into the room instead of up the chimney
  • A reliable source of energy, about 98 percent of the propane used in America is made in the U.S., increasing the energy security of America. By relying on propane for various products in the home, including heating and power for your appliances, you are decreasing your dependency on the electric grid in the event of a power outage.
  • As you prepare for a remodeling project or to sell your home, consider the fact that according to a recent Propane Education Council Report (PERC), homes fueled with propane have a better resale value and, on average, cost less to run than homes with all-electric appliances
  • Homeowners who are on a tight budget will want to hear about the federal, state, and local rebates and incentives that may be available to them for choosing propane.

Construction professionals, especially remodelers and HVAC contractors, who understand what credits and rebates are available to customers in their area, can help them get the most for their money. In many cases, a builder or homeowner can get multiple credits and rebates for a single project, making propane upgrade even more budget smart, and easier for you to sell. Go to http://www.buildwithpropane.com/?page=propaneincentive for full information on rebates and tax incentives by state.

For information about this story, interview or program opportunity for your station please contact Janet Oppenheimer, PR Specialist at joppenheim@blossmangas.com. Phone (828) 251-0027.

Blossman Propane Gas, Appliance & Service has been providing comfort to families throughout the Southeast for more than 60 years. Servicing customers in 12 states from 67 branches, the family-and employee-owned company sells more than 76 million gallons a year. Showrooms provide demonstrations and expertise on most national manufacturers of ranges, cooktops, water heaters, generators, gas grills and gas logs. Leading the industry in technician training, Blossman is a full-service company that provides everything from propane delivery to appliance sales, installation and service. For more information, call 1.888.Blossman or visit www.blossmangas.com.

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Media Contact: Janet Oppenheimer, joppenheim@blossmangas.com

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