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ASHRAE seeks input on revisions to data centers in 90.1 Energy Standard scope
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Addendum cs to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is open for advisory public review through Feb. 3. The addendum proposes changes to definitions for computer rooms and data centers in Standard 90.1 to create a distinction between facilities covered by 90.1 and those which are intended to be under the scope of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P, Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings, proposed by ASHRAE in late 2012. More

New furnace efficiency rules on the way
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Beginning May 1, the Department of Energy will be implementing a comprehensive set of new regulations that will make installing a new furnace — especially in an older home — something of a challenge. The DOE has defined a "north region" of the country that will have to comply with a 90 percent Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency requirement. Under the new guidelines, nothing less than 90 percent efficiency will be acceptable. More

Tax credits for energy efficiency are back    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Reinstatement of the popular credits was a little-noticed part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, the last-minute legislation that kept America from tumbling over the fiscal cliff at the start of the year. The law allows homeowners to claim tax credits of varying amounts on improvements such as insulation, energy-smart windows and highly efficient furnaces. And Congress made those credits retroactive, meaning improvements made in both 2012 and 2013 will qualify. More

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Introducing our new 2013 program — The Home Comfort Specialist Academy
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We have been talking about this program for the past year and it is finally kicking off. Several of the classes will be held at our 2013 Convention and Trade Show to be held May 19-23, in Hershey, Pa.

You can view the program on our home page. There will be a variety of classes. There is also a link that permits you to sign-up for exclusive emails about what is happening with this program. In addition to what we will be offering at the convention in 2013, we'll also offer additional classes, including a webinar. Most classes offered at the convention will be taped as well and be placed in our Online Learning Center.

Speaking of the Online Learning Center, you can view early details about this program from our 2012 convention and trade show, presented by Ralph Adams. Just access it from the top of our home page.

Online resource guide
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Have you checked out this new resource? You can find this on our home page. Use this resource to search for all your energy needs. More

 In The News

Running a mid-size HVAC company: How to make your challenges small and your profits large
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Let's face it: running a successful mechanical contracting firm is a tough job. A contracting firm of any size has its own set of challenges. Having said that, there are certain challenges that are unique to mid-sized firms. There are also unique opportunities, if you can capitalize on them. More

Keeping warm this winter
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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, families will pay more to heat their homes this winter, especially households that use heating oil, with prices forecast to be up 19 percent over last year and higher than any previous winter on record. While nationally only about 6 percent of families depend on heating oil, the Northeast states account for about 80 percent of these households. So price increases affect Massachusetts families disproportionately. More

Increased need noted for heating assistance
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A campaign to raise money to help low-income Mainers keep warm this winter is kicking off. The United Ways of Maine and the Maine Community Action Agencies say the Keep ME Warm Heating Assistance Program campaign is more important than ever, due to cuts in federal fuel assistance this year. Federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, in Maine fell from $54 million in 2011 to $38.5 million this year. Last year changes in federal guidelines made more than 4,000 households ineligible for the federal program. More

The keepers of your commercial HVAC company's image
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If perception is reality, then the perception that prospects develop of your company can seriously impact the success of your team's selling cycle. This perception begins with the appearance of your company vehicles and the employees driving them. Your company vehicles are certainly one of your company's image keepers. More

Big incentives available for small solar energy
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Solar panels could be appearing on a lot more Rhode Island roofs this year. Two new programs from the state Economic Development Corporation offer grants and loans for new home, business and affordable housing solar projects. The programs create new incentives for residential and commercial energy installers, several of whom have expressed a need for an alternative to the state's distributed generation contracts program. More

Tax time: Tips for small businesses to avoid problems
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With tax filing time coming on, the U.S. Small Business Administration has some tips for business owners. First, of course, keep good records and understand available deductions. Tax credits and deductions vary from year to year. More

Fleet management for small contractors
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With fleet-management technology, companies can track both vehicle performance and driver performance, saving money on everything from fuel consumption and maintenance costs to insurance rates. This has been especially true of larger fleets, which have the resources and staff to support vehicle tracking. However, more recently, smaller fleets have also started to use the technology. More

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