Fire Up Your Kitchens and Baths

Refresh your knowledge of how propane makes these two hot-button rooms even more attractive and convenient.

How many times have you stood at the sink (or bathtub or shower), hoping that the hot water doesn't run out? Or at the stove, trying to will an electric heating element to boil some water? Or cursed the shower for a sudden drop in hot water because someone ran water in the kitchen sink?

Putting yourself in the everyday shoes of your buyers and clients when it comes to their convenience and comfort in some of the most important rooms in a home—the kitchen and bathrooms—can have a strong influence on the choice of energy for new-home and remodel jobs, a process that likely leads to integrating propane as the primary energy source for the house.

And not only is propane a more convenient option, it also emits far fewer carbon emissions than electricity (based on the coal needed to generate that energy in most parts of the country) and offers a reliable and typically more affordable cost option. Combined, those benefits make propane an easy choice for builders and remodelers, especially those working outside the service area of municipal natural gas lines.

Training Overview: Propane in the Kitchen

There is no room in the house that takes advantage of propane more than the kitchen.

The most dramatic (and desired) example is the cooktop. According to the American Gas Association, 96% of professional chefs prefer cooking with instant-on, open-flame elements, which provide better heat control and more even heat distribution, not to mention faster cook times, than electric burners. The burners also cool more quickly, delivering an element of safety.

Propane cooktops and ovens are also among the most stylish of kitchen appliances—including commercial-grade, stainless-steel models—enabling builders and remodelers to tap the inner gourmet fantasies of their new-home buyers and homeowner clients.

Those benefits also extend outdoors, where propane can be used to fuel a grill (making it 105 times more environmentally friendly than charcoal grills, according to the EPA) and other cooking appliances. It can also provide energy to such outdoor features as fireplaces or stand-alone heaters, creating a valuable entertaining venue.

Meanwhile, water-using kitchen products and appliances also benefit from propane. Tied to a propane tankless water heater (ideally located close by and perhaps dedicated to the kitchen), the kitchen faucet and dishwasher deliver hot water on demand and maintain a desired, preset temperature for just about any job or cycle. The tankless water heater's efficient operation and no storage tank heat loss save both water and energy, helping lessen the home's environmental footprint and reduce monthly energy costs. An Energy Star-qualified propane tankless water heater can save homeowners up to 60% on their energy bills compared with standard electric tank models. In fact, according to the EPA and DOE, which sponsor the Energy Star program, not one electric water heater qualifies for this coveted rating while most tankless propane units do.

Training Overview: Propane in the Bathroom

Like the kitchen, today's bathrooms benefit from the efficiency and convenience of propane energy.

Consider the satisfaction of a shower that delivers a consistent level of water temperature and flow—either preset or adjustable for each user—thanks to a propane tankless water heater. Equally convenient, a tankless water heater delivers an endless supply of hot water and is able to maintain the desired temperature regardless of other water-using appliances and plumbing fixtures being used elsewhere in the house.

A hot water distribution system can also be installed with an on-demand tankless water heater, which eliminates water and heating energy waste associated with storage water heaters. Also, tankless units are more compact than conventional water heaters, enabling their installation in a closet within the bathroom or on a nearby outside wall to further reduce lag time and its associated costs.

Modern bathrooms increasingly feature laundry equipment, which also benefit from propane. Tankless water heaters enhance the performance of today's water- and energy-saving clothes washers. Propane dryers, meanwhile, also extend the energy-saving and environmental benefits of modern laundry equipment with a clean energy source.

For more information and free online training courses on how to maximize propane's benefits in kitchens and baths, go to the "training" section of our Web site. The topics mentioned in this article are explored in the following courses:

Water and Energy Efficiency with Tankless Gas Heaters

Go Green with Propane


Building Communities for Performance and Functionality
 
An Upgrade for the Ages
 
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