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Energy Legislation - Pick Your Poison

In June, the Senate passed an energy bill. This month, the House of Representatives followed with its own energy legislation. This points to a conference committee in order to hammer out differences. We'd all be better off, however, if Congress just dropped the matter altogether.
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Housing Starts Up Slightly in June but Permits Down Sharply

In the latest sign that the housing market remains in a correction phase, housing starts rose 2.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.467 million. However, building permits, which are considered an indicator of future building activity, were down sharply.
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Housing Starts Fall 2.1 Percent in May as Downswing Continues

Housing starts fell 2.1 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.474 million units as the correction in the housing market continued, according to figures released by the U.S. Department  of Commerce. Starts were down 24.2 percent from a year earlier.
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New Home Sales Tick Up in Uncertain Climate

Sales of new single-family homes increased a slight 2.6 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 858,000 units, following sharp declines in both January and February.
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NYSERDA Offers Ways Schools Can Save

Did you know that typically the largest controllable budget category in a school is energy related? Did you know that 5 to 25 percent of utility costs can be cut by implementing these recommendations?
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Housing Starts Rebound in February, but Permits Drop

Housing starts rebounded 9 percent in February following a 14.3 percent drop the month before. Permits were issued at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.532 million units, down 2.5 percent for the month.
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The Marriage of the Internet and Field Software

Finding the right field software solutions that are cost-effective and all-inclusive are two goals of many service providers - especially HVAC contractors. One California contractor recently tapped into a mobile field service solution hosted by myServiceForce.com and has been reaping the benefits.
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Contractors: Pay Attention to Headlines When Creating Print Ads

Talk to any marketing/advertising consultant/guru and each, for the most part, will be on the same page when it comes to print advertising: The headline is key.
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Housing Starts Fall 14.6 Percent in October

Following a 4.9 percent gain in September, total housing starts fell 14.6 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.486 million units, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This was 27.4 percent below the pace from a year ago.
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Home Performance With Energy Star Helps New Yorkers Save

New Yorkers who want to keep energy costs down without sacrificing comfort this winter can take advantage of Home Performance with Energy Star®. Sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the program can help households save up to 40 percent on energy bills.
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