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U. K. Government confirms HIPs will be scrapped

The new coalition government confirmed yesterday that it will be retaining energy performance certificates but scrapping Home Information Packs. Mike Ockenden, director-general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers says it anticipates that the government will not act immediately.He says: “It is not just as simple as scrapping HIPs. From our consultation with the government before the election we had agreed that a consultation on the subject would be the best approach. (more) Read More

WILO SE: continuing course of success despite of crisis

Dortmund. Despite the economic crisis, WILO SE (Dortmund) has strengthened its position. WILO SE with its 63 fully consolidated production and sales companies in 43 countries is one of the leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems for heating, cooling and air-conditioning technology, for water supply and drainage and sewage. On 4 May of this year, Oliver Hermes, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Wilo group and responsible for Finance, Controlling and Human Resources, and Dr.-Ing. Holger Krasmann, member of the Executive Board responsible for Technology and Production presented the annual accounts 2009 at the annual press conference. (more) Read More

Home Depot charging for tax-exempt items

Retail giant Home Depot has been mistakenly charging customers seven per cent provincial sales tax on dozens of tax exempt items for the past year and a half, the company said Tuesday.In a statement issued to CTV News, the company apologized to customers that may have been impacted by the error. "We encourage customers to visit their local Home Depot store with their receipt to see if they are eligible for a refund on the PST that may have been incorrectly charged," Dan McAreavey, VP of Contract Services and Canada West Operations, wrote. "We truly value our customers and their business." The company says it has not benefitted financially from the error and that all PST collected from customers has been remitted to the B.C. government. (more) Read More

HVAC Growth Seen In March Shipments

March was a good month for water heaters in the U.S., with factory shipments of gas units up 21% and shipments of electric units up 16%, according to figures just released by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).  The number of U.S. residential gas water heaters shipped in March 2010 was 421,303 units, up 21% from the 347,852 units shipped in March 2009. Residential electric water heater shipments increased 16% to 383,318 units, compared with 331,751 units in March 2009. (more) Read More

Plumber charged over carbon monoxide death

A plumber has been charged with the manslaughter of a young dance teacher who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a shared-ownership flat.  Paul Williamson, 51, of Chaucer Gardens, Sutton, was charged on Monday with the manslaughter of 26-year-old Elouise Littlewood on or about the 27 February 2008. Ms Littlewood died in the new-build flat in Bedfont Lakes, Hounslow, that she co-owned with housing association Notting Hill. Her lodger, Simon Kilby, was found unconscious and is still in a coma. He is in a permanent non-responsive state. (more) Read More

Lennox International Reports First Quarter Results

Revenue for the first quarter was $644 million, up 11% from the prior-year quarter. Foreign exchange had a positive impact of 5 points. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations on an adjusted basis, a non-GAAP measure, was $0.06, compared to a $0.22 adjusted loss per share in the first quarter a year ago. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations on a GAAP basis was $0.02, compared to a $0.32 loss in the year-ago quarter. "Our residential businesses realized strong double-digit growth in the quarter, and our refrigeration business returned to growth," said Todd Bluedorn, Chief Executive Officer. "While revenue in our commercial business was still down from a year ago, the rate of decline continued to slow in the quarter and profit was up. Overall for the company, the benefits from our productivity initiatives are clear, with gross margin up 330 basis points and total segment profit ... Read More

Suspect pipeline weld prompts safety checks in 25 cities

Welds on gas pipelines at 250 locations in 25 Minnesota cities are being spot-checked after a problem was discovered with work done by a welder for a contractor for Centerpoint Energy. The problem was found in a weld last fall in southern Minnesota. Centerpoint says there are no immediate safety concerns. (more) Read More

NatGrid halts rebates for efficiency in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – A National Grid program that provides rebates to residential customers installing high efficiency heating equipment has run out of money and will be suspended, the company said Monday. The utility said it suspended its Residential High Efficiency Heating, Water Heating Equipment, Thermostat, and Controls Program in Rhode Island as of April 19. However, National Grid said that it will process and pay customer-completed rebate applications received by the program’s rebate processing vendor by midnight April 30. (more) Read More

Fine print in National Grid rebates

Replacing the 20-year-old heating and cooling systems in their Slingerlands home had been on their minds for a while, but it was a National Grid rebate program that gave Chris and John Kindschi the push they needed to move forward. "We started thinking about it a year ago, but we never did anything about it," said John, a 63-year-old retired city firefighter for Austin, Texas. "Then, we saw the rebates and tax credits and we decided 'Now's the time.'"They arranged to buy a new high-efficiency gas furnace and a central air conditioning unit from Rotterdam Heating and Air Conditioning. They scheduled the installation for late last month, just under the wire for a March 31 deadline Chris had noted in some of the rebate information documents. "We didn't have to do it right then, but we decided to do it because of the rebates," she said.The Kindschis spent about $6,000 ... Read More

National Grid asks state to approve major rate hike for natural gas customers

WALTHAM —National Grid customers in Massachusetts would see their gas bills rise by an average of $5 to $15 a month under a new rate plan that the British utility company has filed with state regulators.If the company’s proposal is approved by the state Department of Public Utilities, the typical residential heating bill would rise by $64 to $175 a year or, on average, roughly $5 to $15 per month, the company said. National Grid residential customers typically pay between $1,400 to $1,600 a year for natural gas, or an average of $116 to $133 per month. (more) Read More
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