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Analyst forecasts doubling of energy services market by 2017
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The global market for energy service companies will represent the largest segment in the energy efficient buildings industry in next five years, analysts at Pike Research in Colorado forecast in a new report. Sales worldwide in that market are projected to more than double, from $30.1 billion in 2011 to $66 billion in 2017, for an annual growth rate of 14 percent. The overall market for energy efficient buildings, including the service company sales as well as sales of heating and cooling equipment and lighting system is projected to surpass $103 billion by 2017, up from $67.8 billion now, according to Pike. More

Energy auditor is the new top job    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The title may be new, but the idea has been around for about 40 years: Energy auditors assess the energy efficiency of people's homes to help residents learn how they can save energy — and money. The federal government supports energy audits and residential updates to improve efficiency, offering incentives for homeowners to have audits and save energy. That means there's a need for certified energy auditors. More

Long summer hours: Is your team committed?
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Are the technicians ready for long, tough days? Are the comfort advisors ready to visit customers' homes at all hours of the day? Are you prepared to receive multiple calls (sometimes more than you can handle)? This all means you have to be prepared to make decisions — fast. This is a critical time of the year and all your employees must be operating in a focused, efficient and customer-driven fashion. More

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 Updates from OESP

Some great news to share
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Since October, we have been sharing the progress of Danny Gentile's struggles after his serious accident. So many of you supported fundraising efforts on his behalf and many, many prayers were offered for his continual progress.

The good news is that Danny is back! He is on the New Haven slate of officers for election in 2012.

Supporting each other in tough times and the good times and giving back is really what it's all about.

And more good things to share
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We don't often hear from our scholarship winners. Thus, we don't have a handle on what might happen after they graduate. Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to get a group of photos from one of our winners, Alrick Crowe. As you probably know, Alrick's name has come up quite frequently and that is because he is a four-time winner of our scholarships.

Alrick's parents sure were pleased with their son. Alrick’s future includes graduate school and he will be working in a new school in the New York City area this upcoming school year that will involve HVAC. Once he is established in his new school, we'll no doubt be hearing about the equipment and supplies he needs to create a state of the art lab.

Another way to raise money
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Many times, chapters look for new ways to raise funds and at the same time create an interest at the local level. When Danny needed help the chapters in Connecticut looked at various ways to raise funds. Mike Stevens, Bell-Simons Company, New Haven, Conn., came up with an interesting fundraiser that benefited all parties and this just might give you an idea, too.

He created a "Product of the Month." Sometimes the product matched up with the speaker and sometimes it didn't. The attendees at the meeting bid on the product. It had a trade value of $1,000-1,500. The winner often got a bargain of half price. The chapter wins and so does the successful bidder. So what do you need to start something like this? You need a wholesaler willing to work with the chapter.

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Report shows renewable energy investments at an all-time high
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The United Nations Environment Program has released a new report concerning the state of renewable energy investments around the world. The report — Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012 — aims to shed light on the factors that are influencing the activities of investors. UNEP notes that the economic implications of alternative energy have begun to overshadow the politics concerned with its adoption and have driven many countries to adopt new forms of power at a rapid pace. More

Is the coupon an endangered species — How to make your deals tech-savvy
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More than ever, consumers are going online for deals, including discount coupons. In fact, redemption of Internet print-at-home coupons rose an impressive 16 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with first quarter 2011, according to Inmar, a leading coupon processor. Compare that with steep declines in customers' redemption of instant redeemable coupons, electronic checkout coupons and shelf-pad coupons. What does this have to do with selling HVAC equipment and service? A lot, because it tells HVAC contractors where their customers are looking for real savings: online. More

Textured surface may boost power output of thin silicon solar cells
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Highly purified silicon represents up to 40 percent of the overall costs of conventional solar-cell arrays — so researchers have long sought to maximize power output while minimizing silicon usage. Now, a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found a new approach that could reduce the thickness of the silicon used by more than 90 percent while still maintaining high efficiency. More

Documenting ASHRAE 90.1 compliance
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Energy Conservation in New Buildings Except Low-Rise and Residential Buildings — was originally published in 1975. The current standard is 90.1-2010, and it was rewritten with the goal of reducing building energy costs by 30 percent compared to the 2004 version of the standard. ASHRAE 90.1 addresses the energy-efficiency requirements for the design, materials and equipment used in nearly all new construction, additions, renovations and construction techniques. Documenting compliance with Standard 90.1 is not as difficult or confusing as engineers believe it to be. More

Geothermal energy: Pros and cons
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The amount of thermal energy contained in the Earth's crust is enormous. Experts estimate it at an equivalent of 79 million billion barrels of oil, or roughly 15,000 times more than estimated worldwide oil reserves. And unlike oil, much of that heat is continually replenished. Geothermal power, like solar thermal power, can also be harnessed for low intensity heat at shallower depths, which can be used for space and water heating and cooling. So what are some of the pros and cons? More

PACE upgrades CT energy efficiency
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Connecticut's energy efficiency industry is graduating from light bulbs and weather-stripping to boilers and ventilation systems. In the Connecticut General Assembly's special legislative session, lawmakers approved a method of financing called Property Assessed Clean Energy for large-scale commercial efficiency measures. Instead of paying for large capital improvements upfront or though significant down payments, PACE allows property owners to take out long-term loans to cover the improvement costs and pay off the loans through an annual payment added to their property tax bills. More

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