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Minneapolis nursing home blamed in resident's death from radiator

A Minneapolis nursing home has been found negligent for allowing a resident with dementia to sustain severe burns on his legs and feet from a radiator next to his bed. The resident at Redeemer Health and Rehab on Lake Street suffered second- and third-degree burns. He was taken to a hospital emergency room and died about four weeks later, the state Health Department said Tuesday. State investigators ruled that Redeemer was negligent in the Jan. 2 incident because the resident was known to wedge his feet between the bed and heater and because the radiator cover was known to come loose. (more) Read More

China to ban sales of energy-wasting air conditioners

BEIJING – China's top economic planner said Wednesday it would ban sales of energy-wasting air conditioners from June 1 by raising the market threshold based on their energy efficiency. New standards will evaluate each model according to their coefficient of performance (COP), the efficiency ratio of the amount of heating or cooling provided by a heating or cooling unit to the energy consumed by the system. The higher the COP, the more efficient the system.  (more) Read More

Obama Proposes 'Homestar' Rebates for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

During a visit to a technical school in Savannah, Georgia on Tuesday, President Obama announced the initiatives for HOMESTAR, a program that would offer incentives for people to make their homes more energy-efficient. The President explained that the new program will save families several hundred of dollars on utilities, make the economy less dependent on fossil fuels, create work for small businesses and contractors, and bring back construction jobs. (more) Read More

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Smoke from home fuels tied to emphysema

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who burn wood or other "biofuels" for heat or cooking may have a heightened risk of emphysema and related lung conditions, a new study suggests. (more) Read More

Suit filed against Cleveland Electric Illuminating for all-electric home rate hikes

BAINBRIDGE Owners of all-electric homes are upset and moved to action against Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. for pulling the plug on special rate discounts in place since the 1970s. Residents say their January heating bills spiked more than double over the previous year. Some received bills totaling $800 or more for one month of usage. State Sen. Tim Grendell filed a class action law suit Feb. 16 in Geauga County Common Pleas Court against the company on behalf of the residents. The lawsuit accuses CEI of breaking verbal contracts with homeowners promising an all-electric-home discount for as long as they owned their homes. (more) Read More

Burnham Holdings, Inc. Announces Year 2009 Financial Results

LANCASTER, Pa., Feb 25, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Burnham Holdings, Inc., (Pink Sheets: BURCA), a leading domestic manufacturer of boilers, and related HVAC products and accessories for residential, commercial and industrial applications, today reported its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009. (more) Read More

Iowa Senate advances heating fuel denial legislation

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would prohibit a fuel vendor from withholding or refusing sale of propane for home heating use to pre-paid customers under certain circumstances between Nov. 1 and April 1. Senate File 2235, which passed 34-16, is designed to minimize situations where rural customers are denied heating fuel during the winter months due to bad credit, said state Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center. State law currently protects natural gas and electric customers from service shut-offs between Nov. 1 and April 1, but propane customers currently have no such protection. “This addresses a very dangerous problem that we have here in Iowa,” Sodders said. (more) Read More

ITT and Mercy Corps Collaborate to Provide Safe Water and Sanitation to Earthquake Victims in Haiti

Morton Grove, Illinois, February 22, 2010 — ITT Corporation, parent of Bell & Gossett, Goulds Pumps and other brands serving the HVAC and plumbing industry, announced today that through its partnership with Mercy Corps, the company is donating five portable water treatment systems in Haiti, providing enough potable water each day for up to 200,000 victims of the January 12 earthquake. The units were donated by ITT and deployed through Mercy Corps' large-scale humanitarian aid response. This collaborative disaster response is part of a strategic partnership between ITT's corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark®, and Mercy Corps. The partnership consists of an ongoing commitment to help provide safe water during emergencies. Immediately following the earthquake, ITT authorized Mercy Corps to tap up to $100,000 of ITT's 2010 Emergency Fund, established to provide fast funding to support an initial, on-the-ground assessment of short- and long-term needs after a disaster. The initial assessment ... Read More
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