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Top Nine Tips New Businesses Should Heed from Accountants

Think You Don’t Need an Accountant? If Your Goal Is to Have a Thriving Business, Think Again
January 6, 2014
When you think about the number of start-ups that fail in the first year of business, and when you consider all the challenges entrepreneurs face, it becomes clear to me that we must change the mindset of start-up businesses to realize the importance of working with an accountant.


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Chiller Plant Upgrade Boosts the Bottom Line

Enerliance HVAC Optimization Software Combined with Trane Equipment Ensures Optimum Efficiency
January 6, 2014
Enerliance and Trane collaborated with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) to upgrade its outdated chiller plant and save the college a projected $629,000 in annual energy costs, while also making a positive contribution to the environment.


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Btu Buddy 129: Heat Pump Service Tips

December 23, 2013
Bob and Tim were taking a break and Bob began explaining some of the tips that he has learned in servicing heat pumps. Bob said, “Let’s go over some of the service problems that you may have with a heat pump.”


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Five Most Valuable Green Building Lessons

Advice from a Leading Green Building Consultant
December 23, 2013
What makes certain buildings around the globe our best teacher for how to create high performance green buildings? What lessons can we take away from the world's greenest buildings? Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson believes he knows the answers.


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Watch Out for UFOs: Worker Centers as ‘Union Front Organizers’

They Don’t Follow the Same Rules as Unions, Even While Some Lay the Groundwork for Unionization
December 23, 2013
Non-union companies usually work to keep an eye out for signs of union organization among their workforces. However, they are generally focusing on unions and union organizers, not nonprofit groups like “worker centers.” Yet some of these worker centers have begun partnering with unions.


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Performance Contract to Cut Energy Use by 30 Percent at Appalachian State

Energy Savings Measures Will Be Installed in 28 Buildings Encompassing over 1.6 Million Square Feet
December 23, 2013
Pepco Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., has signed a $16.3 million comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Appalachian State University.


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Leak Testing and Evacuation

Service Tips for Techs
December 9, 2013
For newer technicians on the job, here are a couple of HVAC service tips about leak testing and evacuating after repairing a system.


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New Tool Brings Precision, Savings to Energy Audits

Software Package Developed by NREL in Partnership with concept3D
December 9, 2013
An energy audit tool that more accurately pinpoints potential energy savings while potentially costing 35 percent to 75 percent less than traditional audits is set to hit the multi-billion-dollar energy retrofit industry next year.


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Using Barter to Boost HVAC Sales

Barter Exchanges Bring New Buyers and Sellers Together, Potentially Creating a New Customer Base
December 9, 2013
Savvy HVAC contractors are discovering that bartering is a great vehicle for using downtime, moving excess inventory, attracting new customers, and generating barter dollars that can be used for advertising and other business expenses.


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Housing Continues to Climb Back to Normal

Nationwide Market Is Running at 86 Percent of Normal
December 9, 2013
Housing markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI).


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