Inside sources would not spill their guts about an Oct. 13 agreement regarding energy-efficiency standards. I promised not to share it with any other magazines, but the high powers refused to open up to the (arguably) most trustworthy editor covering the HVACR industry. I feel like Rodney Dangerfield, but not quite as dead.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Alliance to Save Energy, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC) will sign a landmark agreement on energy-efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces, according to a news release from AHRI.

By the time most of you are reading this, the breaking news will be on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and maybe even our Website,


Hmmm, the story about HCFC refrigerant phaseout is old news; and the next round of efficiency standard increases for air conditioning and heat pump equipment is at least a few years away; gas furnaces aren’t scheduled to get an efficiency bump until 2013 … so, what could such an important announcement be about?


10.HCFC phaseout (just because it’s old news doesn’t mean everyone knows about it)

9.NEWSstaffers get raise

8.AHRI builds in-ground pool for visitors

7.Golf no longer expensed by AHRI members

6.AHRI Annual Meeting moved to Paris

5.(Paris, Texas)

4.David Letterman pays AHRI $2 million

3.Gargaro’s World up for a Pulitzer

2.Murphy’s Law banned from AHRI publications

1.Regional standards