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Aug. 29, 2014: HVAC Service Franchises Industry Forecast to See Growth

Strong Performance from 2012 to 2014 Is Not Anticipated to Fully Bring the Industry to Pre-Recessionary Levels
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The HVAC service franchises market has seen improved performance over the last two years, and can expect industry growth to 2019, according to a report from IBISWorld.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Study Says 70 Percent of Internet of Things Devices Vulnerable to Attack

As Number of Connected Devices Constantly Increases, Security Concerns Are Also Multiplied
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HP has announced the release of its Internet of Things State of the Union Study, which indicates that 70 percent of the most commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) devices exhibit serious vulnerabilities to attack by hackers.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Energy Storage Saves School District $5 Million in Utility Costs

Ice-Enhanced Cooling Systems Help School District Slash Operating Costs
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CALMAC, a leader in energy storage systems, has released the results of St. Lucie School District’s (SLCSD) energy cost reduction strategy using ice-enhanced cooling. Over the past seven years, the district has installed CALMAC’s IceBank® energy storage tanks in 15 schools to cool students and employees.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Direct Energy Brings Comfort & Control Plan with Nest to More States

Plan Offers a Nest Learning Thermostat at No Cost
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Through its partnership with Nest, Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers, announced that it will be extending its Comfort & Control Plan to natural gas customers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. The plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat™ at no cost. 


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Aug. 27, 2014: SmartWatt Energy Earns Spot on DOE’s Qualified ESCO List

Inclusion on the List Requires Extensive Energy-Efficiency Design and Implementation Experience
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SmartWatt Energy announced that it has earned a spot on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Qualified List of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). This list compiles private firms in the energy efficiency industry who have submitted an extensive application and been deemed qualified by a review board of DOE staff.


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Aug. 27, 2014: The Dwyer Group Is Acquired by The Riverside Co.

The Dwyer Group Serves as a Holding Company for Seven Residential and Commercial Franchise Service Brands
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The Dwyer Group® Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trade service brands including Aire Serv, a heating and cooling brand, announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Co., a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe, and Asia.


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Aug. 26, 2014: Energy Efficiency Firm CLEAResult Acquires Populus

Acquisition Expected to Expand CLEAResult’s Capabilities
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CLEAResult, a leader in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities, governments, schools, and businesses, announced that it has acquired Populus LLC, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


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Aug. 26, 2014: Rebate Service Help Supermarkets Recoup Energy-Efficiency Incentives

‘Supermarkets May Be Leaving a Lot of Money on the Table’
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Supermarkets in the United States can now get expert help in securing energy-efficiency rebates from utilities. The service is for supermarkets that invest in initiatives to improve energy efficiency but may not collect all the utility rebates for which they qualify, said Abtar Singh, chief executive of Singh360.


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Aug. 26, 2014: Aeroseal Acquires Comfort Institute

Merger Will Combine Complementary Resources and Strengthen the Offerings Both Organizations Provide the HVAC Industry
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Aeroseal LLC, the owner and licensee of Aeroseal duct sealing technology, announced that it has acquired Comfort Institute (CI), a leading provider of home performance equipment and training for the HVAC industry.


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Aug. 25, 2014: CDC Report Cites Need for Acclimatization to Prevent Heat-Related Worker Deaths

New Workers Need to Get Used to Working in Hot Conditions
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An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) analysis, described in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, suggests that the primary risk factor for heat fatalities is the lack of acclimatization programs, i.e., getting new workers used to working in hot conditions.


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