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Schneider Electric Completes Energy Retrofits to City Facilities in Kirksville, Mo.

Upgrades to Aging Infrastructure to Provide More Than $340,000 in Annual Savings
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Schneider Electric has announced the completion of a facility improvement project as part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the city of Kirksville, Missouri. With more than $4.7 million in renovations, the ESPC is estimated to provide the city more than $340,000 in annual savings over the length of the contract.


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10 Easy Maintenance Tips to Save Energy on Cooling Towers

A Well Maintained Unit Will Continue to Function at the Original Optimum Efficiency
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Save up to 15 percent on electricity costs with these simple preventive maintenance tips for cooling tower. Routine maintenance also helps to conserve water and extend the operating life of cooling equipment.


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Are Your Customers Being Overbilled for Energy?

Look at the Energy Data and Help Them Save
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In every industry, companies are looking for ways to save on energy costs. This article provides a quick guide that examines several low-cost ways you can find energy savings for any facility. Among the savings areas, we’ll take a look at heating, lighting, electric motors, power factor correction, and more.


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Top 3 Reasons Small Businesses Should Stop Paying Rent

By Purchasing a Building, Business Owners Can Be Paying Themselves
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Small business owners who are tired of paying rent and have a lease renewal on the horizon, should know there’s an alternative to renting — building ownership via a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program called SBA-504.


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Swegon Claims European Compact AHU Leadership with Purchase of Belgian Specialist

Scandinavian HVAC Supplier Swegon Continues Its Acquisitions with the Purchase of Air Handling and Heat Recovery Specialist P. Lemmens
By Andrew Gaved
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Acquisitive HVAC firm Swegon has added air handling unit specialist P. Lemmens’ to its portfolio. The firm’s largest product area is compact air handling units with built-in controls. The product range also includes fans, air curtains, and products for heat recovery.


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Honeywell Helps Harrisburg Housing Authority Renovate Vacant Apartment Complex

Redevelopment Mainly Funded through Guaranteed Savings from Previous Performance Contracts
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Honeywell has announced it is helping Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) lead an initiative to refurbish and reopen the vacant Jackson Towers apartment complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to provide affordable housing for local residents in need.


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Btu Buddy 136: Water-Cooled Chiller Problems - Part 2

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim were getting set up to clean the condenser tubes in a chiller. They were doing this job at night during overtime hours because they discovered the problem earlier that afternoon and the customer said the chiller needed to be able to operate at full capacity tomorrow for a conference.


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Rise in Brownouts Creates Opportunity for HVAC Technicians

Study Shows Homeowners Understand the Risks, but Are Not Proactively Protecting Air Conditioners
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Only two out of ten (22 percent) of United States homeowners protect their major appliances, including air conditioners, from brownouts and other power quality issues despite the fact that nearly nine in ten (87 percent) understand that a brownout can damage these same major appliances, according to a new study.


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Talking the Talk: Developing Communication Policies for the Digital Age

Employers Need to Stay On Top of the Latest Legal and Regulatory Developments
By Richard D. Alaniz
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Positive workplace policies have long been uncontroversial. Typically, these policies set the expectation for employees that they will represent their employer in a positive light, and won’t make negative comments or engage in gossip. This seems common sense — what could go wrong?


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Walmart Refrigeration Head Outlines Strategy Based on Reduced Refrigerant and Packaged Solutions

Retail Giant Looks for Reduced Refrigerant Charge and Leakage, Simpler Systems, and Simplified Processes
By Andrew Gaved
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Richard Royal, Walmart’s senior design manager for refrigeration, has set out the global retail giant’s strategy based on increasingly packaged equipment, closer collaboration with the supply chain, and integrated controls systems. 


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