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Workplace Safety, Disabled Employees, and the ADA

How Employers Can Strike the Right Balance
December 17, 2012
In order to ensure a safe workplace while fully complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights of job applicants and employees.


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CALMAC Thermal Energy Storage Creates a Cool Canvas at Sierra College

December 17, 2012
CALMAC announced the installation of its IceBank® thermal energy storage tanks at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. The installation of the energy storage system at the outdoor Campus Center resulted not only in efficient cooling and cost savings, but art students use the tanks as a palette for painting their artistic expressions.


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Home Energy Audits Point to Most Cost-Effective Improvements

December 3, 2012
Energy conservation can save 5 to 30 percent on energy bills which can translate into thousands of dollars a year for homeowners. Tim Bryant, owner of Bryant Energy Services, shares some advice for keeping customers comfortable while improving the efficiency of their homes. The key is a home energy audit.


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Smudging Around Air Distribution Diffusers

December 3, 2012
The problem of dirt collecting around ceiling diffusers has been a concern in the air distribution industry for a long time. Some people have asked about this dirt and the impact on indoor air quality (IAQ).


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Seven Facts to Breathe Life into Your Business

December 3, 2012
According to Bill McBean, there are seven important facts about business ownership. Facts that could help you avoid the mistakes and pitfalls that trip up so many other businesses, and go on to achieve the success you’ve dreamed of. He calls them the Facts of Business Life.


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Kings County Teams with Chevron to Cut Energy Costs, Save $12 Million

December 3, 2012
Kings County and Chevron Energy Solutions announced completion of a solar and energy efficiency program expected to reduce energy costs at 23 sites within the county. This work marks the third phase of a sustainability program that Kings County embarked on with Chevron Energy Solutions in 2004.


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Btu Buddy 116: Oil Burner Pump Problem - Part 1

November 19, 2012
Bob and Tim were on their way to a no heat call. It was an oil heat application and Tim was anxious to work on an oil system. He had not seen an actual oil heat installation, only in the school lab. Those are great, but not like the real thing at a customer’s house.


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NREL’s Energy-Saving DEVAP Air Conditioner Cuts Peak Power Loads

November 19, 2012
The desiccant-enhanced evaporative (DEVAP) air conditioner — developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), AIL Research, and Synapse Product Development LLC — combines desiccant-based dehumidification with indirect evaporative cooling to reduce cooling energy use by as much as 81 percent.


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Tips to Avoid a Post-Holiday Party Sexual Harassment Charge

November 19, 2012
For many companies this time of year means planning the annual holiday party. This is not as simple as it seems. When employees cut loose at company-sponsored functions, the results can lead to sexual harassment charges and other liability issues.


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New Roof and Attic Design Improves Energy Efficiency in Summer and Winter

November 19, 2012
A new kind of roof-and-attic system field-tested at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been developed to keep homes cool in summer and prevent heat loss in winter, a multi-seasonal efficiency uncommon in roof and attic design.


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