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RETIRED SARGEANT INJURED IN 2011 ENJOYS PROPANE APPLIANCES FROM MOPERC

Written on: July 24, 2023

Recently the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council (MOPERC) held an open house at the home of Retired Sgt. Dustin Johns. Having lost both legs on a deployment in 2011, Johns received help with a housing plan. His story is here:

THE INSPIRATION HOME STORY

As a single-father and disabled veteran, this homeowner’s need for reliable, adaptable, and secure appliances was critical for everyday tasks. In partnership with the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council (MOPERC) HomePro program, a combination of specially adapted features from Homes for Our Troops and propane appliances are making the American Dream possible for this veteran.

Sgt. Dustin Johns was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), resulting in the traumatic amputation of both legs and two fingers on his right hand. His injury resulted in retirement from the military and made him eligible for veteran home project in 2016.

Homes For Our Troops is a publicly funded, nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since 2004, HFOT has built over 315 specially adapted homes nationwide, with more than 65 projects currently underway. Dustin’s home is one of five HFOT projects in Missouri.

The custom upgrades make this home a special addition to the HomePro program. Dustin’s story showcases the versatility of propane in a home. The addition of propane appliances can increase home performance, from security to cost savings to minimizing carbon footprints. Propane is energy for everyone, and the benefits of the propane lifestyle are endless.

FEATURED PROPANE APPLIANCES

KITCHEN STOVETOP

This kitchen needed space under the cooking area. No worries with this Café 36”, six-burner cooktop. Instant heat, versatility and plenty of power turn the most difficult kitchen tasks into child’s play. And if the power ever goes out, this homeowner can keep on cooking.

TANKLESS WATER HEATER

No more waiting for the shower or for hot water to arrive. This water heater, supplied by Rinnai, can provide hot water within three to five seconds wherever it is needed in the house. The heating coils also supply hot water directly to the furnace which reduces heating bills. And since it attaches to the wall, it frees up precious space in the utility room.

CLOTHES DRYER

A GE Profile 7.8 clothes dryer is the perfect solution for weekly chores. While it doesn’t do your laundry for you, it allows this homeowner to finish laundry faster. Since propane dryers supply warmer air than their electric counterparts, laundry has become a breeze. Its large capacity means that fewer loads need to be washed which is more productive and better for the environment.

PROPANE BACKUP GENERATOR

Power outages are a thing of the past. No, they still happen, but it doesn’t affect this homeowner. Kicking in within 10 seconds of a power outage, this Kohler 20kW air-cooled generator is able to power the entire house. Thanks to ditching all major electrical appliances, a little bit of electricity is all that is needed in this propane-powered home – even in the worst conditions.

PROJECT DETAILS

This home’s construction and installation of these propane appliances has greatly enhanced its functionality and convenience. Starting with the kitchen stovetop, the Café 36″, six-burner cooktop offers a seamless cooking experience. Its instant heat, versatile features, and ample power make even the most challenging culinary tasks a breeze. This cooktop also ensures uninterrupted cooking, as it can continue operating even during power outages. With a focus on efficiency and performance, it effortlessly meets the needs of this modern kitchen.

Another significant addition is the tankless water heater supplied by Rinnai. This appliance has revolutionized the way hot water is delivered throughout the house. With the ability to provide hot water within three to five seconds, it eliminates the frustrating wait times experienced with traditional water heaters. Furthermore, its heating coils directly supply hot water to the furnace, effectively reducing heating bills. By attaching to the wall, this tankless water heater not only optimizes space utilization but also contributes to a clutter-free utility room, enhancing both functionality and aesthetics.

In addition to the kitchen and bathroom, the laundry room has also undergone a remarkable transformation with the installation of a GE Profile 7.8 clothes dryer. This propane-powered dryer offers exceptional performance, allowing the homeowner to complete laundry tasks more quickly. By supplying warmer air than electric dryers, it ensures efficient drying while maintaining the quality of the garments. Its spacious capacity also means fewer loads need to be washed, promoting productivity and reducing the environmental impact. With this advanced clothes dryer, laundry chores have become effortless and efficient.

To further ensure an uninterrupted power supply, a propane backup generator from Kohler has been installed. This powerful 20kW air-cooled generator seamlessly kicks in within 10 seconds of a power outage, providing reliable power to the entire house. By relying on propane as its fuel source, this generator guarantees a continuous energy supply, regardless of external conditions. The homeowner has gone the extra mile by relying on propane-powered appliances, reducing the electricity requirements of the house. With this robust backup generator, power outages no longer pose a concern, and the homeowner can enjoy peace of mind even in the harshest conditions.

Overall, the construction and installation of these featured propane appliances have transformed this home into a modern, efficient, and self-sufficient living space. From the versatile and powerful kitchen stovetop to the tankless water heater optimizing hot water delivery, and the energy-efficient clothes dryer to the reliable propane backup generator, every aspect has been carefully considered to enhance convenience, productivity, and comfort. This homeowner can now enjoy the benefits of propane appliances, ensuring a seamless living experience, regardless of external circumstances.

A video found here features Johns talking about the benefits of his home’s many new propane-powered features.