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National Grid Renews Residential Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Program for Upstate New York Customers

ALBANY, NY (10/05/2010)(readMedia)-- National Grid is helping customers reduce their environmental impact and their energy bills with the renewal of its residential natural gas energy efficiency program that provides rebates for energy saving equipment in the home. Due to the overwhelming response to this program last year, National Grid exhausted its funding for the initiative last spring, but has received additional funding to renew the program. "As a result of last year's response to this program, we have established a rebate reservation list this year," said Lisa Tallet, manager of residential energy efficiency programs for New York State. "Our web site will update so customers can see how much funding is available in the program when they apply." All customers must reserve incentive funding by completing the online rebate reservation. "National Grid is committed to providing its customers efficiency programs that can reduce energy usage and energy costs," Tallet said. ... Read More

Taco Announces New Zone Sentry® Zone Valve

The wait is over; the Zone Sentry is here!! The long anticipated release of the industry's premier zone valve has arrived. The Zone Sentry was showcased at the 2010 NAOHSM Convention and Trade Show and was received with a great deal of excitement. In order to ensure the highest quality product possible we have completed over 2 years of field testing on a wide variety of systems and applications throughout the US and Canada. In addition, hundreds of thousands of cycles and exhaustive testing has been completed in our lab here at Taco. Features and Advantages                     Uses up to 93% less energy than other commonly installed zone valves                     Quiet Actuator Operation                     Suitable for condensing environments                     Universal installation orientation                     Up to 12 valves on (1) 40VA transformer                     Multi function LED assists with troubleshooting                     Easy to wire quick connections                     Bidirectional flow (you can't install ... Read More Launches Steam Heating App

October 1, 2010 - has launched an iPhone and iPad application dedicated to troubleshooting and solving problems with steam heating systems. Based on Dan Holohan’s popular book A Pocketful of Steam Problems (with Solutions), the app walks you through the problems that your steam heating system is experiencing and gives expert advice and solutions.  “All you have to do is go to the section of the app that describes the problem your having with your steam system,” says Dan Holohan, President of “Then just click for all the possible things that can cause that problem. With this app in your pocket, you’ll be the one with the answers, and you’ll have them in an instant!” The app is broad and filled with useful information on one-pipe, two-pipe, vapor/vacuum, vacuum, and commercial steam systems. iPhone and iPad users can visit Apple’s iTunes store to download this app for just ... Read More

Grundfos posts strong interim gains in sales and profits

Danish Pump group Grundfos has delivered turnover of €1.2 billion and a profit before tax of €103 million in the first six months of 2010. The interim Grundfos turnover is 12% up on the first six months of 2009 and is at the same level as in 2008 which was a record year for the pump manufacturer. This year, Grundfos turnover has increased in all sales regions, with particularly strong gains in India, Russia and China. Profit before tax in the first six months of 2010 reached €103 million, up from €11.5 million at the mid point last year.Grundfos Group president Carsten Bjerg said that the interim result was extremely satisfactory. "Like so many others we were hit by the financial crisis in 2009 and we lost turnover. However, we managed to gain a profit after all. The wheels are turning again, little by little, around the world but we ... Read More

New Jersey lawmakers pushing solar mandate for new schools

Of all the places to plant a crop of solar panels, proponents suggest that few are better than the roof of a school. Consider its primary physical attribute: all that, often, flat surface - assuming, of course, it is not shaded by a dense tree canopy. And the economic appeal: There's the drop in energy costs that going solar provides, and the opportunity for school districts to make money by selling the power harnessed from the summer sun that's not needed when classrooms are empty and the lights are off. Working off that premise, New Jersey legislators are pushing a bill that would prohibit the commissioner of education from approving construction of any new school unless plans include solar panels. Bill A1084, which passed the Assembly Education Committee on Sept. 16, would apply to schools built by a school district or by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. In Pennsylvania, ... Read More

Wolseley planning Swiss tax move

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has announced plans to set up a new holding company in Switzerland in order to reduce its corporate tax bill. (more) Read More

Uponor’s Paul McCulloch Appointed to ICC Development Committee for Fire Sprinkler Exam

Paul McCulloch, technical support supervisor for Fire Safety at Uponor, was recently appointed to the Residential Fire Sprinkler Design and Installation Exam Development Committee by the International Code Council® (ICC) Board for International Professional Standards (BIPS). The appointment is a three-year term from Sept. 2, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2013.According to a letter from Greg Wheeler, chair of the BIPS, McCulloch was chosen because the Board felt he would “make a significant contribution to the success of the committee.” McCulloch, who started with Uponor in 2003, has been designing, installing and training on residential fire sprinkler systems for more than 12 years. Through his time at Uponor, he has moved from designer to lead designer and now supervisor on the company’s multipurpose plumbing and fire sprinkler system, called AquaSAFE™, quickly becoming Uponor’s premier expert on residential fire sprinkler systems as well as U.S. and Canadian building and fire codes. ... Read More

Contractor in Danbury court on alleged chimney scam

DANBURY, CT -- A contractor who investigators said hired unskilled labor for his chimney repair business, gave workers minimal training and turned them loose to prey on elderly homeowners made an appearance in state Superior Court here Wednesday. Marc Anthony, 44, didn't enter a plea on an array of felony and misdemeanor counts, including larceny and attempted larceny, which were filed against him last month after an investigation by Danbury police and inspectors from the state Department of Consumer Protection. Anthony is a co-owner of CT Builders LLC, a company based in Long Island. He was represented in court by attorney Kevin Black, of Wilton, a former assistant prosecutor in the Danbury State's Attorney's Office. The investigation began in March after two of his employees were allegedly found to be installing chimney liners without obtaining building permits from the city and without having the state licenses required to perform the work. Police ... Read More

RPA to Join ACCA and IAQA at 2011 Indoor Air Expo

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and the Radiant Panel Association (RPA) have announced that the three organizations will hold their annual meetings at the same time in 2011, and share the Indoor Air Expo. ACCA is the nationwide non-profit trade association representing the business, technical, and policy interests of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration contracting businesses. IAQA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the exchange of indoor environmental information through education and research. RPA is a non-profit national association representing manufacturers, distributors, designers, dealers, and installers of radiant panel heating and cooling systems and components. The 2011 Indoor Air Expo will be held February 15-17, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. At the same time, ACCA will conduct its 43rd Annual Conference, IAQA will hold its 14th Annual Meeting, and RPA will hold its Annual Conference. ... Read More

Ohio Judge dismisses class-action suit from all-electric homeowners

Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry dismissed a class-action lawsuit from owners of all-electric homes against electric companies.Fuhry said that only the Public Utility Commission of Ohio, not him, had the authority to oversee the matter.The lawsuit stems from FirstEnergy’s rate increases earlier this year.Previously, the company had offered reduced rates to those with all-electric homes, electric hot water heating systems or electric load management systems. First, the electric company said it would abandon the reduced rates. Then, after homeowners protested, the company decided to gradually phase out its reduced rates during the next eight years. (more) Read More
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