California has now signaled that it, too, intends to follow Germany down the renewable energy path. In September, the governor signed a bill requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by renewable energy sources such as solar or wind by 2045. This is an expensive proposition and will significantly boost California’s already high residential electricity costs, which are currently about $.20/kWh.
In our effort to protect our resources, my question is this: Are we just pretending to be green? Because, truth be told, if being green affected the average American’s bank account on a large scale, I believe fewer people would participate.
Contractors are challenged with presenting and selling the industry’s most efficient products to consumers. Manufacturers are largely responsible for improving efficiency within their product lines while at the same time ensuring their products are desirable, affordable, and ahead of all the other roadblocks the industry may throw their way.
A recent American Home Comfort study from Decision Analyst reinforces this revelation, reporting that, for the first time in years, homeowners are more trusting of the internet for HVAC information than they are their contractors. In today’s marketplace, customers are opting to educate themselves on HVAC products via the internet prior to a contractor’s arrival.
The facility will convert inedible food into energy
May 10, 2016
Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC celebrated the opening of its new Green Energy Facility in Freetown, Massachusetts. The facility will convert inedible food from its Stop & Shop New England stores into energy that will help power the company’s distribution center in Freetown.
As demand and support for energy efficiency, long-term cost reductions, and other benefits provided by solar installations grow, so does concern over how solar will look after current federal tax credits expire at the end of 2016.
Green is really more of a grey area, especially for HVAC contractors. While some enthusiastically believe green still means go, others feel the terminology that once created a spark has all but fizzled out.
Consumer Favorability Has Rebounded After Several Years of Decline
April 17, 2014
Between 2009 and 2012, there were steady declines in consumer favorability for energy and environmental concepts such as solar and wind energy, according to an annual national survey by Navigant Research. In the latest consumer survey, however, favorability has rebounded.
In this issue of The NEWS, we present the Residential Heating Showcase, featuring the latest heating equipment to hit residential HVAC. We also discuss developments in the tools and test instruments market.