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Eight questions developers should ask about energy

As you’re performing your due diligence for your next development, consider these eight questions. Depending on the answer, it may be time to speak with a propane retailer about a community propane system.

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What do buyers want in energy-efficient homes?

Writing in Builder, Suzanne Shelton summarizes the results of her firm’s just-published Energy Pulse study. The report found that many homebuyers aren’t confident in their knowledge of some terms that are common in the homebuilding industry, including “high performance homes.”

 

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Builder-friendly gas fireplaces go anywhere

Thanks to the latest designs and technology, today’s homeowners can cozy up to a fireplace anywhere from the living room to the bedroom. Propane fireplaces are becoming more builder-friendly, with slimmer profiles and venting advancements that allow them to be installed virtually anywhere.

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Will new furnace fan efficiency standards actually help?

The Department of Energy says its new energy conservation standards for residential furnace fans 'will help reduce carbon pollution by up to 34 million metric tons and save Americans more than $9 billion in home electricity bills through 2030,' Joanna Turpin reports for ACHR News.

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Infographic: 8 tips for venting tankless water heaters

Don't let misconceptions about venting keep you from recommending a tankless water heater. Share this infographic with colleagues, clients, and your on-site team to make the most of this high-efficiency technology.

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Hybrid heating creates cozy, cost-saving synergy

Hybrid heating systems, which combine a heat pump with a propane or natural gas furnace, can be a savvy solution in cold or mixed climates. When the thermometer drops, a hybrid unit will automatically switch over to the high-efficiency propane furnace, which improves energy efficiency and comfort.

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Five products to keep you warm and safe on the jobsite

Builder highlights five new products that can upgrade the jobsite experience. From foot warmers to lifelines, these products will keep your crews productive and comfy.

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When to repair, when to replace

ACHR News asked a number of HVAC contractors how they know when it’s time to replace an old HVAC unit. The scenario, as well as the unit’s age, condition, and replacement cost, all play a role in the answer.

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Five profitable tips for tankless water heater gas lines

While gas tankless units only need to run when hot water is needed, their gas usage must ramp up quickly when they’re meeting high demands for hot water. That means it’s vital for builders and installers to be aware of the proper procedures for installing the gas lines that supply the tankless unit.

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How would you build your own home?

Builder Stephen Yates approaches every project as if he were building his own home. That philosophy is the reason he builds most of his homes with propane. While some gas appliances may have a slightly higher initial cost than the electric alternatives, his customers say they prefer the upgrade.

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