Think Green travels to Powhatan, Virginia to meet with Rich Napier, a builder who uses Propane throughout  his custom homes, and Mike Cline, a senior sales executive with AmeriGas,  the nation’s largest propane company. Mike and Rich explain and demonstrate the benefits of propane, which can be used for most household applications as a source of clean energy; including Home Heating, Water Heating, Cooking, Drying, Powering Generators and overall Outdoor Living.   Rich gives a tour of his All AmeriGas propane home, with a detailed breakdown of the benefits of propane powered tankless water heaters, and gas or propane use for cooking. In both cases, carbon emissions are significantly reduced.  As for propane powered clothes dryers: propane saves about 20 percent in energy costs annually compared with electric clothes dryers. Overall, the savings are significant, and the CO2 footprint greatly reduced. This is truly thinking and living green!

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Are you weighing your options on how to keep your family warm and comfortable?

Are you building a home, or upgrading your appliances — and weighing your options on how to keep your family warm and comfortable, save a few bucks and be energy efficent?

You may first think of the traditional resources like electricity and oil, but many consider Propane to be a preferred option. Propane is used by more than 12.6 million U.S. households. Did you know that 97% of propane used in the U.S. is produced in North America?*

AmeriGas, the nation’s largest Propane company gives us a good understanding on using this clean, affordable, energy source for:

  • Home heating
  • Water heating
  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Powering generators
  • Overall outdoor living

Let’s start in the kitchen:

  • Propane cooking equipment emits approximately 30% fewer CO2 emissions than electric units
  • Preferred by professional chefs for precise temperature control
  • Instant–on burners allow cooking to start right away
  • Instant-off feature quickly cools down cooktop and prevents overcooking

Some of the other areas of the home where you could use Propane:

  • Propane tankless water heater provides comfort, convenience and efficiency – heating water only when needed, plus Propane tank less systems also qualify for tax credits and rebates, which can make them even more cost-effective.
  • Propane clothes dryers offer quick laundry solution as clothes will dry faster and more efficiently. Over its life span, a propane clothes dryer saves over 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions (Gas dryers can be set to run on propane or natural gas)
  • Home Heating systems like radiant floor heating are more energy efficient than conventional furnace-and-duct systems
  • Fireplaces and log inserts offer homeowners versatility and an attractive red flame bringing warmth and ambience to homeowners. Many models can operate during electrical power outages, providing a critical source of heating to the home
  • Grills: Push-button ignition makes grilling easy. And propane grills are 105 times more environmentally friendly than charcoal grills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

To learn more about propane uses in the home, please make sure to tune in to Designing Spaces on Thursday, June 19th 2014 at 7:30 am (ET/PT) on the Lifetime Channel as Rich Napier, a builder who uses Propane throughout his custom homes, and Mike Cline, a senior sales executive with AmeriGas, discuss the benefits of propane gas.

This segment re-airs on July 10, 2014.

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