Articles by Angela D. Harris

Make Time to Innovate

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Driving into the office one morning I saw a work truck with its logo, phone number, and advertising all over it.


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Best Buy Tests Home Energy Market

Contractors Face Competition, Future Business Models
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Best Buy entered the home energy management market in three of its stores this month. The trial provides customers with access to smart thermostats and solar elements as well as a plethora of controls and efficient lighting solutions.


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Shades of Green Make Consumers Crazy

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Green is driving me crazy. The incessant nattering of a world hawking a green utopia has me up some nights doing research on products, practices, and legislation that promise to save me money, improve my life, and extend the life of the Earth. The problem lies in the definition of green or the lack thereof.


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Can Contractors Make HVAC Purchases Exciting?

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Is it possible to change the consumer mindset about purchasing HVAC? Ikea sure changed my mindset about purchasing furniture.


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Are Retail Stores Really Your Best Buy?

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The latest retail store to blur the line between contractor and consumer is Best Buy. Is their foray into HVAC a cause for concern?
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Rushing Won't Git 'Er Done

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It’s time to pass another stimulus bill. At least that is what President Obama thinks.


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Labor Shortage: Will HVAC Pass the Test?

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Reports from the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) warn that a trained workforce gap is coming and the HVAC industry will not be spared. What can be done to avoid this potential disaster?


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Education Without Direction Is Worthless - Try HVACR

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For those of you who are beginning high school and college classes; have a seat, get out a writing utensil, and pay attention. I have something important to tell you. Education without direction is worthless.
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The Choice Is Yours

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Landing somewhere between the monumental and the trivial are some new choices that you get to make in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards.


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On-The-Job Safety Tips During Crazy Weather Patterns

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The NEWS interviewed contractors around the country who are taking steps to handle unexpected weather and extreme conditions that may compromise safety. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have provided safety tips for businesses and consumers who can be adversely affected by this year’s strange weather patterns.
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