Energy for the New Millennium

January 15, 1999

Dallas, January 15, 1999 - The Propane Education & Research Council (Council) is teaming up with the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) in a series of trade shows during the first part of 1999. These trade shows target specific markets that consume propane gas: residential, commercial/industrial and agricultural. In this unified effort, the propane industry is combining resources to promote the product to a variety of consumers.

The Propane Council is unveiling a new theme for these trade shows at the International Builder's Show in Dallas, January 15-18. The theme, 'Energy for the New Millennium' has been integrated into trade show booth graphics, buttons, promotional items, event announcements, signage, brochures, and press materials. The Propane Council and NPGA are co-sponsoring The Gas Industry Exhibit, promoting America's gas industry, along with the Gas Research Institute, Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association and the American Gas Association.

'Consumers want an energy source they can depend on anytime, anywhere; an energy source that will enable them to live comfortably, take care of their family, work in safe surroundings, and sustain their livelihoods without sacrificing the environment,' said Council President Roy Willis.

'Propane meets these needs and more by providing a product that is portable, reasonably priced, clean-burning, effective, safe, manufactured in the United States, and always available,' added Willis. 'Propane's unique quality and capabilities make it the energy for the new millennium.'

According to 1997 Department of Energy research, heating the home with electricity is, on average, more than twice as expensive per Btu as propane gas. When combined with increased comfort and convenience levels, propane is a desirable alternative for homes located outside of natural gas lines. Many builders are turning to propane gas as the primary fuel choice for home heating systems, particularly when building in suburban or rural areas beyond the reach of gas mains.

Propane's versatility allows homeowners to power a wide variety of appliances more economically and efficiently such as central heat and air units, water heaters, lighting, cooking ranges, dryers, outdoor grills, swimming pool heaters and gas fireplaces. Water heaters are the second largest energy users in most homes. The average U.S. household uses nearly 55 gallons a day. A propane gas water heater, with its rapid recovery rate, meets those demands by heating more than twice as much water per hour at nearly half the cost of a comparable electric model. Other advantages include low installation costs and small storage requirements.

'Propane brings convenience, flexibility and customization to home building,' said Willis. ''Energy For The New Millennium' positions propane as a viable energy source. It is a strong and forward thinking statement. It immediately evokes positive images and says it is a fuel that can be used in multiple applications. It makes a statement that this current energy source can fuel the future as well.'

The companion icon is built from four familiar icons: earth, wind, water, and sun. Each individual icon represents an element needed for comfort and a healthy life. When compared with propane, a mental image associated with each icon is formed and applied to an improved quality of life. Each of the icons refers to markets that are important to the propane industry: residential, commercial/industrial and agricultural. Not only do these elements reference propane and its applications, they also symbolize the environment.

The Propane Council and NPGA will co-sponsor trade show events at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating Exposition, Chicago, January 25-27, California Farm Equipment Show and International Exposition in Tulare, Calif., February 9-11, and the Hearth Products Show in Phoenix, March 24-28.

The Propane Education & Research Council works on behalf of the propane industry to improve safety, workforce training, efficiency and consumer education. The Council was authorized by the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (PERA) and created through an industry referendum in 1997. Funds are collected through an assessment process by which the industry pays a percentage of money on every gallon of odorized propane. The current assessment rate is 1/10 of a cent on each gallon. The funds are used for programs designed to accomplish the Council's mission. Under the law, state propane organizations areeligible to receive twenty percent of assessment revenues.