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Implementing home performance in the real world
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For the last three decades, an invitation has been extended by the powers that be for HVAC contractors to add home performance services to their businesses. This time around we see it finally beginning to stick. Contracting Business takes a look at exactly how successful HVAC contractors are implementing home performance in the real world and on their own terms, as well as the challenges that have caused others to hesitate accepting the opportunity. More

Heat wave prompts concerns about Freon shortage, home cooling costs
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Across the country, air conditioner repair companies are sounding the alarm about skyrocketing maintenance costs. Air conditioning Freon prices have more than tripled since last year. Concerns about the cost of keeping cool are tied to the Environmental Protection Agency's phasing out of Freon R-22, the gas refrigerant used in most air conditioners in the United States. Newer air conditioning units use the more environmentally friendly R-410A coolant, but some estimate that 70 to 80 percent of units still take Freon R-22. More

New Hampshire: 1st to mandate heat and electric from renewable energy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New Hampshire is the first state to fully add thermal renewable energy to its Renewable Portfolio Standard, going beyond electricity to also include heating. The state's RPS requires renewable energy to supply 23.8 percent of electricity by 2025. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, a portion of that must be from thermal sources, such as solar hot water, geothermal heating and cooling or wood pellet boilers. Incentives are the same for solar, geothermal and biomass project developers as for renewable electricity projects like solar PV and wind. More

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Westchester, N.Y., Chapter hits a home run with education
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Our Mission is Education. You know that, of course, but it is always good to see what chapters are doing to support this mission. On June 27, the Westchester, N.Y., Chapter hosted a Tank Seminar presented by John Levey. Thirty people received Tank Certification and had a great day of learning. The chapter took advantage of using the Saunders Technical High School for this event. It was also a great opportunity for more people to see the lab at the school. If your chapter hasn't hosted a class, why not try it?

Remember, national helps take the worry out of the financial side of a seminar. Our educational subsidy dollars are there for that purpose. For example, each chapter is entitled to $800 plus $10 for every member in good standing. Yes, there is paperwork to complete, but after you've done it once, you will find it is easy.

It's a lobster bake
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The HVAC industry often has different names, depending on the region, for certain things. Judy Garber learned that a seafood dinner has the same identify issue. The Rhode Island Chapter recently hosted its "clam boil." Judy is now clear on the difference between a clam bake and a clam boil, but where that lobster came in really threw her for a curve.

What a great time by all. There must have been at least 100 people who enjoyed great food and plenty of education. Each presenter had about 20 minutes to present their product and there were about 20 table top displays around the pavilion area. Francis Farms, in Rehoboth, Mass., offers a wonderful venue for such an event.

Good job and make sure you invite Judy to the next Clam Boil!

What's in the future?
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The easiest place to track future events is on our website at September kicks off with Dan Holohan presenting his popular seminar, Dead Men Steam, and later in the month, we'll host our 7th Annual Oil Heat Retreat, Sept. 27-30, in Scranton, Pa.

The price for the retreat will be $159 for a Single or $90 per person for a double, per night. This rate includes ALL costs — room, tours, breakfast, evening functions, nightly parking and taxes. Soon you will be able to book your room with us rather than through the hotel. We'll even do the work for you!

More information will be posted shortly on our website — so stay tuned.

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Preparing for regional efficiency standards
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Energy efficiency standards are on the horizon, and additional legislation is pending. Therefore, it has become increasingly important for the entire HVAC industry to begin evaluating and exploring new, higher-efficiency technologies. More

A look at 12 new technologies that could change the biofuel industry — Part 1    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the bio-based revolution moves into the commercialization stage, new products and enabling technologies continue to surface that offer tantalizing opportunities. In recent months, there has been so much emphasis on companies moving from the development to commercialization stages that innovation-stage companies have been gaining less attention than usual. Yet, even in an era where venture capital has been harder to come by, some great technologies have been getting out of the starting blocks. More

» A look at 12 new technologies that could change the biofuel industry — Part 2 (

US Department of Energy announces $102 million for small business research and development    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Energy Department will award new funding to 104 small businesses nationwide. The grants totaling more than $102 million will support businesses in 26 states, helping companies to continue to develop promising technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. More

Nanonet could unlock the future of alternative energy
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Being able to harness the power of the sun has long been an attractive concept for scientists around the world. The concept birthed the creation of solar panels, which are capable of harvesting sunlight and converting it into electricity. Solar panels have managed to sate the interest of the science community for a time, but many are beginning to look for new ways to generate electricity through the harvesting of sunlight. For decades, scientists have been enamored by the process of photosynthesis and have labored to mimic the phenomenon. Researchers from the Boston College believe that nanotechnology may be the key. More

GREENGUARD certification tackles indoor air quality
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VideoBriefThe EPA says indoor is up to two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The majority of indoor air pollutants come from volatile organic compounds emitted from household products or building materials manufactured from or coated with harmful chemicals. While many VOC's are not acutely toxic in themselves, they still represent a significant health threat if ingested or inhaled over long periods of time. More

Whatever happened to the Keystone XL pipeline?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four and a half years of studies and five failed votes in the House later, exactly where are we with the Keystone XL pipeline? Stuck on the U.S.-Canadian border where it is likely to remain until mid-2013 despite the headline-grabbing issuance of one of three permits to begin construction in Texas for the smaller and much less controversial portion of the pipeline. More


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