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Overcoming Bad Reviews: How to Protect Your Small Business Online

Tech Experts Offer Four-Step ‘Reputation Marketing’ Solution
October 8, 2012
It happens all the time: The hard-working crew at a small business loses customers thanks to the sour grapes of one person. It could be a disgruntled employee, an angry customer, or even a competitor. But as damaging as a bad review can be, positive reviews can be equally constructive.


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What is Community Shared Solar?

October 8, 2012
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), about three in four residential buildings have physical restrictions to going solar. However, things are changing, and in the last several years or so, “shared solar” has started to take root in many states across the country. What exactly is shared solar?


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Btu Buddy 114: Excess Humidity in a House

September 17, 2012
Bob and Tim were on their way to a residence outside of town where the homeowners’ complaint was excess humidity in the house. When they arrived, they met the housewife and she told them, “The plumbing fixtures often sweat, there is mold in some of the closets, and mold is beginning to form in the laundry room.”


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Towards Improving the Design of Cast Iron Components for Refrigeration Equipment - Part 1

September 17, 2012
There is a large body of publications regarding uses of cast iron. But very few of them are concerned with the use of cast iron in refrigeration equipment, and even less with the behavior of such materials at low temperatures.


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The Rise in Pregnancy Disability Regulations

September 17, 2012
Disability claims are always challenging for employers, but this is especially the case when pregnant workers suffer complications that leave them unable to perform their normal job duties.


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Monterey County Office of Education Flips Switch on Solar and Efficiency Project

September 17, 2012
The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), along with Chevron Energy Solutions, unveiled a new solar power and energy efficiency project that is expected to reduce MCOE’s overall energy demand by as much as 75 percent while yielding an expected savings of $2.2 million during the first 25 years of the project.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Gas Furnace That Heats, But Not Enough

September 3, 2012
This troubleshooting problem brings you to a three-bedroom, ranch style home on a concrete slab, which, as most typically do in this area of the Southwest, employs a rooftop evaporative cooling system in the summer and an upflow forced-air gas furnace for heating in the winter. The customer says one of the bedrooms “just won’t get comfortable.”


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NREL Works with ASHRAE, Others to Cut Building Energy Use in Half

September 3, 2012
Hospitals use a lot of energy to save lives. To find ways to cut the energy intensity of large hospitals as well as schools and retail buildings by half, DOE’s Commercial Buildings Program and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are working together with ASHRAE and other members of the building industry.


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How to Keep Your Head on Straight When You Haven’t Sold a Job in Days

September 3, 2012
If you’re the person responsible for sales and you haven’t sold a dime for days, you might be tempted to think negatively. You might become critical of yourself or others. This can do nothing to help you. It’s important that you remain logical and not emotional.


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Florida A&M Selects Siemens for $12.2 Million Performance Contract

September 3, 2012
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has chosen Siemens to implement a $12.2 million performance contract that is expected to save the university approximately $1.2 million in equivalent guaranteed annual energy savings.


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