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DOE Regional Application Centers Aid in CHP Implementation

January 5, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports that it has eight Regional Application Centers (RAC) located throughout the United States that provide information about utilizing combined heat and power (CHP) technologies as a near-term solution to energy challenges.
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Voluntary Programs Can Be Cost-Effective Way to Offer Benefits

December 8, 2008
Combined Insurance encourages employers to consider voluntary benefits programs as an incentive to help retain employees. The company says these programs can be a cost-effective way for employers to reduce labor costs, yet help retain workers by providing access to disability, life, and other insurance.
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Wood Chips to Heat Laboratories, Save Natural Gas

November 10, 2008
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will fire up its Renewable Fuel Heat Plant (RFHP) this fall as the weather gets colder. The new $3.3 million boiler facility will heat South Table Mountain Campus laboratory buildings by burning wood chips that includes trees lost to the region’s mountain pine beetle epidemic.
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Massachusetts Utilities Announce ‘Zero Energy Challenge'

October 20, 2008
Massachusetts’ investor-owned electric utilities have introduced a new energy efficiency pilot program called the “Zero Energy Challenge.” The purpose of the initiative is to promote the use of advanced energy efficiency technologies and engage Massachusetts homebuilders in utilizing advanced building techniques.
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Greening the Real World

September 29, 2008
Most days, Lenoir City, Tenn., resident Kim Charles doesn’t even notice the solar panels on her roof, the hum of her SEER 17 heat pump water heater, or the integrated design that places most of her home’s plumbing within one wall, saving energy. What she does notice is an electricity bill that averages about 41 cents per day.
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Michigan Contractors Discuss Cutting Expenses

August 11, 2008
The most profitable HVACR contractors are those who monitor their expenses and cut costs whenever possible. Never has that been more evident than in an economically challenged state like Michigan. The NEWS recently sat down with three Michigan contractors to discuss cost-cutting measures.
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Arizona Contractors Watch Their Expenses

August 11, 2008
The air conditioning season lasts almost the entire year in sunny Arizona but that doesn’t mean contractors have more than enough work to stay profitable. Cutting expenses is still a priority, several Arizona HVACR contractors told The NEWS during an informal roundtable meeting.
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May Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipments Decline

July 7, 2008
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for May were down 14 percent compared with the same month a year ago. U.S. factory shipments of gas warm air furnaces in May dropped 23 percent compared with the same month a year ago.
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AHRI Prepared to Challenge Albuquerque's Energy Code

June 23, 2008
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is preparing to seek a possible injunction in federal court against the city of Albuquerque, N.M., if its council and mayor continue to stick with the city’s new Energy Conservation Code and High Performance Building Ordinance, set to become effective July 1.
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Housing Starts Decline 3.3 Percent in May

June 23, 2008
Providing the latest evidence of the ongoing downturn in the nation’s housing market, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that housing starts declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 975,000 units in May. This was the lowest total starts number since March 1991.
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