At the University of Oregon, 20 elliptical machines have been retrofitted so they can be connected to the electrical grid and electricity can be generated when they are in use. But, the project is more of a demonstration of environmental concern.
A recent front page story described an acceleration of the transition from HFC refrigerants to even more environmentally friendly carbon dioxide or hydrocarbon (HC) alternatives. And, this, before many contractors have begun to comprehend the nearing transition of HCFCs to HFCs.
A trip to Chicago for the National Restaurant
Association trade show a while ago proved to be a commuting adventure - which
thankfully had a plan B. The 80-mile trip from my hometown to downtown
Chicago is usually done on a non-stop regional bus and lasts a couple of hours.
In 2006, the federal government enacted a 3
percent withholding tax on public construction contracts. The good news is that
the enactment date is still pending - it won’t go into effect until 2012. The
bad news is that it was a bad idea in the first place.
The basic HVAC system tax credit for 2009 and
2010 that went into effect in January of this year is for up to 30 percent of
an installation, not to exceed $1,500. (A geothermal installation can provide
even greater tax credits for your customers.)