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Oct. 23, 2014: NexRev Introduces Energy Efficiency Solution for Large Applied HVAC Systems

Engineered Solution Delivers Improved Energy Efficiency to Expanded Range of HVAC Applications

NexRev Inc., a leading manufacturer of performance-improving energy efficiency upgrades for HVAC equipment, has announced a new solution to deliver operational cost savings for large applied HVAC systems.

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Oct. 22, 2014: Alphabet Energy Introduces Generator That Runs on Waste Heat

New Product Is Ideally Suited for Remote and Industrial Applications

Alphabet Energy has introduced a new thermoelectric generator that captures exhaust heat and converts it into electricity. Called the E1, it attaches to an exhaust stack and uses Alphabet’s patented thermoelectric materials to convert waste heat into electricity.

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Oct. 22, 2014: Enmetric Enters into Agreement with Johnson Controls to Supply Plug Load Solution

Plug Loads Account for 25 to 50 Percent of Total Electricity Consumed in Office Buildings

Enmetric Systems Inc. announced that that it has entered into a strategic supply agreement with Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) that will allow Johnson Controls to sell Enmetric’s plug load solution to facilities managers and building efficiency professionals worldwide.

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Oct. 22, 2014: Nortek Acquires Residential HVAC Equipment Distribution Business

Transaction Strengthens Presence of Nortek’s Residential Heating and Cooling Segment in Arizona Market

Nortek Inc. announced that it has acquired the HVAC distribution business of privately owned Phoenix Wholesale Inc. Operating out of five facilities in Arizona, including locations in Flagstaff, Tempe, and Tucson, the business will be integrated into Nortek’s Residential Heating and Cooling (RHC) segment.

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Oct. 21, 2014: White-Rodgers Introduces New Direct Replacement Furnace Controls

Furnace Control Modules Available for Fall Service Calls

White-Rodgers has introduced four new direct replacement controls for Carrier, Trane, and York single-stage furnaces. The company said the controls are part of a growing line of direct replacement options to complement the universal replacement products that White-Rodgers offers contractors.

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Oct. 21, 2014: Unico Launches Online Training with BlueVolt’s Learning Management System

Unico University, Powered by BlueVolt, Offers HVAC Product Training

Unico Inc., maker of small-duct, high-velocity heating and air conditioning systems, has announced the launch of Unico University, powered by BlueVolt, a leading full-service online training company. Unico University offers product training for Unico’s sales channel, wholesale distributors, and contractors.

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Oct. 21, 2014: Partnership to Provide Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

The Program Will Provide Nationwide Loans for Energy Efficient Home Upgrades

To make it easier for homeowners to secure affordable loans for energy efficiency improvements, three complementary organizations are joining forces: Conservation Services Group (CSG), CUNA Strategic Services (CSS), and LendKey.

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Oct. 21, 2014: Shipments of Smart Thermostats Expected to Reach Nearly 20 Million by 2023

Devices and Software Appeal to a Variety of Customer Segments, Not Just Consumers

First introduced in the late 2000s, smart thermostat technology has only recently gained real traction among customers, says Navigant Research. During the last year, the market for communicating and smart thermostats has expanded rapidly, with new offerings from several high-profile providers.

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Oct. 20, 2014: GEO Working to Get Federal Incentives for Geothermal Heat Pumps Reinstated

Tax Benefits Are Extremely Significant for the Commercial Geothermal Heat Pump Market

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) announced that it is actively supporting “tax extenders bills” that are now under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. The bills would reinstate and extend several tax incentives for geothermal heat pumps that expired last year.

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Oct. 20, 2014: Toshiba and United Technologies Sign New Agreement to Grow Joint Venture

Collaboration to Focus on Enhancing Global Growth in HVAC Solutions

Toshiba Corp. and United Technologies Corp. announced that they have entered into an agreement to strengthen the strategic collaboration between the two companies through their joint venture, Toshiba Carrier Corp. (TCC).

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