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Oil companies, refiners brace for Louisiana-bound Isaac
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Energy companies evacuated offshore oil rigs and shut down U.S. Gulf Coast refineries on as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened to reach hurricane strength and batter the country's oil refining belt. The National Hurricane Center projected that Isaac, currently a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, could strengthen markedly before making landfall in Louisiana. More

Top jobs: HVACR mechanic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many involved in heating, air conditioning and refrigerating do much more than just repair broken systems. "We focus on improving the energy efficiency in existing commercial buildings," says David Kyle, owner of Trademasters Service Corp in Lorton, Va. And that's one reason why HVACR mechanics or technicians are in high demand. More

A business model for building an email list
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Most HVAC contractors don't realize an opt-in email list is perhaps one of the most important aspects of a successful social media program. Why is that? Often times, great content from your website that's ultimately shared on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, first get to the customer through email. Building an email list admittedly requires some effort. But with an effective business model in place, you can successfully grow a list and turn email subscribers into committed customers. More

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Happy Labor Day to all in our industry
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Give yourself a pat on the back — you deserve it. Wikipedia describes the Labor Day holiday as a "recognition of the economic and social contributions of workers." Everyone reading this brief fits this category. Without all of you, people wouldn’t have safe and affordable heating and cooling.

Last call for the Dead Men Steam Seminar on Sept. 12
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The Association is hosting the Dead Men Steam Seminar with Dan Holohan, 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Holiday Inn in Timonium, Md. Dinner will be served first, followed by the seminar. The seminar is sold hold, but we have the capability of expanding the room. The cost to attend is $129. You can register online. More

For you football fans
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PPMCSA and ESPA are hosting their meeting Oct. 1-3, in Hershey, Pa. The keynote speaker will be Mike Ditka, ESPN commentator. A Pennsylvania native, Ditka played tight end for the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. He won three Super Bowls as a player and one as an assistant coach and head coach. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Ditka shares his drive and team-building skills with audiences across the country. In his presentation, "ACE — Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm," he shares the lessons learned in a life committed to an attention to the fundamentals that result in victory.

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Preparing for disaster: Tips from the experts
Birmingham Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's always a good time to review your company's disaster plan — assuming it has one in place. Here are three quick tips for small businesses to ensure they are prepared for a disaster. More

Police searching for HVAC unit thieves
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VideoBriefThe North Smithfield, R.I., Police Department is looking for the public's help in locating two robbery suspects. They are searching for two men are accused of stealing several commercial HVAC units from businesses in North Smithfield and Burrillville, with a total dollar amount of over $50,000 in stolen property. More

Grant helps pay to replace home oil tanks in Maine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thirty aging home oil tanks in South Berwick, Maine, are slated to be replaced to better protect the local drinking water supply, according to John Leach, superintendent of the South Berwick Water District. Leach said the work will be done with the help of a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The tanks will be replaced with newer, double-walled tanks at no cost to homeowners. More

Are daily deals still a good deal for small businesses?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Love them or hate them, small business owners tend to have strong opinions about daily deals. Overall, the market for daily deals is trending downward, with heavy hitters like Groupon failing to meet investor expectations. But that shouldn't prohibit business owners from using daily deals to their advantage. More

Indoor air quality — how to protect your home and your family
ARAcontent via The Clay Times-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's a surprising statistic, but data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency shows that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, including the air in your home. With the average American spending as much as 90 percent of their lives indoors, taking relatively easy steps to improve air quality should be a priority. More

Solar array to power Department of Transportation headquarters
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Evidence of Massachusetts' commitment to sustainable energy sources will be visible to travelers on Interstate 91 over the next few months, as a new solar array goes up on land near Exit 21 straddling Northampton and Hatfield. The 390 solar panels now under construction in a field near state Transportation Department district headquarters are the first to be built on state highway property, according to state officials. More

Geothermal energy may be promising for the U.S.
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Geothermal power may be a viable form of energy for the U.S., according to an interdisciplinary panel from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchers from MIT suggest that there is a great deal of geothermal potential within the country. MIT researchers have released a report providing some insight on the matter and predicting the potential benefits that the country could see from making use of geothermal energy. More


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