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Study suggests consumers value energy efficiency over luxury
Study suggests consumers value energy efficiency over luxury
The recently released annual Energy Pulse study from Shelton Group suggests that consumers in the market for a new home prioritize energy-efficient features over luxury items. Eighty-five percent said they'd pay more for an Energy Star-certified home. ...
Tips for getting the most from your small business marketing budget
Tips for getting the most from your small business marketing budget
Small and medium-size businesses don't have the luxury of million-dollar marketing budgets that large corporations do. You can find various strategies to spend a minimal amount to market your products or services, but will that generate maximum exposur...
Low sulphur fuel oil industry — advancements in technology bring new opportunities for this...
Low sulphur fuel oil industry — advancements in technology bring new opportunities for this...
While reducing the sulphur content in highway diesel, a slight impact was made on the sulphur content in heating oil. As per the designated industry standards, 5,000 ppm was considered as the top line for sulphur in heating oil. The average stocks for ...
Lessons for growing your small business
Lessons for growing your small business
The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor found that nearly 14 percent of working age Americans are now either starting or running new businesses. That's a record high for this study since it first began 16 years ago. Starting a business may be hard, bu...
Even utilities are starting to get behind community solar
Even utilities are starting to get behind community solar
Solar energy is rapidly becoming one of the top choices for new electricity capacity as costs continue to decline and generous public policies accelerate tremendous growth for the sector. Last year was a record year for the solar industry and the momen...
Change in your commercial HVAC business: When, why, how
Change in your commercial HVAC business: When, why, how
The world is going to change. As business people we must think about how the world changes, and how we're going to respond to those changes in the midst of our business. So when is it time to make a major change, from altering your business offerings t...
Business failures? How to win customers back
Business failures? How to win customers back
Errors in business happen, but when you take the wrong direction — even in good faith — that makes customers feel deceived, you risk to never see them again. Hurting customers may risk you business and reputation, but every error can be ame...
Biomass-based diesel poised for growth
Biomass-based diesel poised for growth
The biomass-based diesel industry showed its resiliency in 2015, another challenging year, and now that some regulatory uncertainty has been resolved, it is looking ahead to a brighter future.
Can your customers afford you?
Can your customers afford you?
According to the Federal Reserve, half of all homeowners would not be able to cover a $400 emergency. Pitney Bowes reported that the average American savings account balance was less than $6,000. So how do you expect them to afford $6,000-1...
Secrets to managing cash flow in a seasonal small business
Secrets to managing cash flow in a seasonal small business
Anyone who manages a small or medium-sized business knows that cash flow management is paramount to keeping an organization stable and can be one of the most important tools to scale a business.
Simple customer service tips that provide massive value
Simple customer service tips that provide massive value
The difference between good and great is often determined by what you do to push yourself a little further than you thought possible. For home service business owners, being able to take your CSRs from good to great can mean the difference between losi...
Utilities must provide C-level execs with the data they need to push efficiency
Utilities must provide C-level execs with the data they need to push efficiency
Energy managers, especially those who work in heavily corporate environments and support facilities that are served by multiple utilities, have a problem: CEOs and CFOs are reluctant to take steps to increase energy efficiencies and cut costs because ...
White House OMB reviewing EPA rule to amend RFS program
White House OMB reviewing EPA rule to amend RFS program
The U.S. EPA delivered a proposed rule to amend the renewable fuel standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget on May 10. The rule is titled "Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule." Information published by the EPA explains the...
3 strategies to build a strong and productive team
3 strategies to build a strong and productive team
Your service business is only as good as your team. After all, your team represents your business to every customer they meet. A team that is negative or inefficient will hurt your business; a team that is positive and efficient will help your business...
10 tips for building long-lasting business success
10 tips for building long-lasting business success
Building a successful business isn't about achieving success quickly. It's about building success that will actually last. To learn some strategies for building long-lasting business success, check out these tips from members of our small business comm...
Short on technicians, small-business starts a class
Short on technicians, small-business starts a class
Mike Fowler was worried. The owner and general manager of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning here was confronting a shortage of qualified technicians. The workforce was aging and demand outweighed supply. "I started having this vision that the only wa...
Carbon dioxide detection and indoor air quality control
Carbon dioxide detection and indoor air quality control
When building designers started to make buildings more airtight with less outdoor air ventilation in order to improve energy efficiency, it was found the ventilation was inadequate to maintain the health and comfort of building occupants. In order to h...
Construction remains one of economy's bright spots
Construction remains one of economy's bright spots
The U.S. construction industry added 37,000 net new jobs in March according to an analysis of today's U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics release by Associated Builders and Contractors. On a year-over-year basis, construction employment expanded by 301,000...
Redefining an efficient installation
Redefining an efficient installation
Our industry has no provision to quantify or score the level of efficiency earned by the installation. Current industry practices encourage consumers to interpret equipment manufacturer's laboratory efficiency ratings as the installed system efficiency...
Counterintuitive tips to run a small business
Counterintuitive tips to run a small business
Being an entrepreneur or business owner is, for a lot of people, choosing to work 80 hours a week for yourself to avoid that 40 hours you'd be working for someone else's corporation. That was absolutely true for us when we first started. In our first f...
3 simple words that close more service calls
3 simple words that close more service calls
Imagine someone is telling your call handler their story about a broken HVAC system not blowing cold air. If your CSR is interested and making the caller feel important, their chances of making a connection increase dramatically. This video from Power ...
The pros of decentralized ventilation
The pros of decentralized ventilation
Factories, warehouses, supermarkets and other large areas provide special challenges for HVAC systems. There are two reasons why large buildings and halls sometimes provide problems for building services equipment. One reason for increased use of decen...
Oil prices up despite increased drilling activity in the US
Oil prices up despite increased drilling activity in the US
The rig count in the U.S. continued to climb for a third-straight week this week, according to information released from Baker Hughes Industries. Ten more rigs joined the total number of active rigs this week bringing the total to 424, indicating that ...
25 ways to keep from getting ripped off
25 ways to keep from getting ripped off
One of the sad facts of business ownership is the necessity for fraud prevention. It's more widespread than you think. In the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' "2012 Report to the Nations," nearly 1 out of every 3 small businesses were victimiz...
6 steps for small business owners saving for retirement
6 steps for small business owners saving for retirement
Retirement no longer means relegating to a restful armchair. Today retirement is the biggest risk facing entrepreneurs who are already struggling with the challenges of running a small business in a fiercely competitive market. Here are six simple step...
US solar on path to record-shattering year
US solar on path to record-shattering year
In the first quarter of this year, 1,665 MW of solar PV were installed in the U.S., with the solar industry adding more new capacity during this period than did the coal, natural gas and nuclear sectors combined, according to GTM Research and the Solar...
David and Goliath: How to compete with 'big box' stores
David and Goliath: How to compete with 'big box' stores
Competition is nothing new, although the cast of new competitors that have entered our market has changed. "Big Box" stores like Home Depot and Costco jumped in and continue to build market share steadily. In more and more instances, consumers potentia...
How to become more focused and efficient using these 6 tips
How to become more focused and efficient using these 6 tips
Business moves at supersonic speed. While technology has facilitated easier communication and information gathering, it has also ushered in a new economy in which the common worker can be more readily replaced by technological advancements than ever be...
Course corrections: How to assess and 'tweak' systems and processes
Course corrections: How to assess and 'tweak' systems and processes
Managing a contracting business relies on a network of systems and processes that are efficient but also flexible. Processes require careful scrutiny and evaluation to insure they include the best tools and solutions with the right processes and proced...
Feeding the talent pipeline
Feeding the talent pipeline
Keeping a service team staffed with skilled technicians is a daunting challenge for some oilheat companies. Many top technicians are nearing retirement age, and the ambitious, young technical minds that could replace them often gravitate to other indus...
Systems approach to HVAC design
Systems approach to HVAC design
Green building accounts for nearly half of all new nonresidential construction, according to 2015 numbers by the U.S. Green Building Council, driven in part by strong market demand and more stringent environmental policies at the federal, state and mun...
10 tips for better internal and external business communication
10 tips for better internal and external business communication
Communication is an essential part of running a business. You need to be able to communicate effectively with members of your own team and those outside of your business. Members of the small business community have plenty of knowledge to share about e...
Slow paying clients? 7 tips to help you get paid faster
Slow paying clients? 7 tips to help you get paid faster
You delivered your product or services on time and your client was — as usual — thrilled with your work. But what gives? The due date on the invoice you sent is now several weeks past due, and it isn't the first time this has happened with ...
New metamaterial can form solar panels that harvest energy in the dark
New metamaterial can form solar panels that harvest energy in the dark
A new discovery of an artificial material could soon provide electricity even in dark conditions. Physicists have discovered that this new metamaterial could possibly gather heat and turn it into electric energy.
Are you a 21st-century leader?
Are you a 21st-century leader?
One of the biggest opportunities in today's world is in the form of a new mindset that sees business as a force of good in the world. With this mindset, what your product or service is or does is as important as how much it helps the well-being of peop...
Here are 5 signs your customer service is broken
Here are 5 signs your customer service is broken
Businesses sell products or services to customers. That much we can all agree on, right? But the relationship does not stop there. Companies must maintain solid customer relationships. That's called customer service. And some organizations do this bett...
A dozen ways to keep your technicians all summer long
A dozen ways to keep your technicians all summer long
We're in season and the competition is coming. Not only are they coming for your customers, they're coming for your technicians. Here's how to keep them at bay.
Tips for managing your small business finances
Tips for managing your small business finances
When starting or growing a small business there are a number of things to consider, not the least of which is managing your business's finances in addition to your own. The world of business finance is vastly larger than that of personal finance and ca...
11 simple ways to incentivize customers to refer friends and family
11 simple ways to incentivize customers to refer friends and family
Whether it has to do with haircuts, dining options or legal help, we trust people closest to us to give us the best advice. That's why we asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council, "What is one successful way you incentivize customers to r...
HVAC and IoT, put simply
HVAC and IoT, put simply
It is easy to be confused when it comes to the Internet of Things, with so many products and objects being connected and made more intelligent. It sounds overly complex, but one application that is easy to understand is HVAC IoT.
New study: HVAC sensors and controllers market is driven by growth in nonresidential construction...
New study: HVAC sensors and controllers market is driven by growth in nonresidential construction...
The growing demand for sensors and controllers in the HVAC market is primarily supported by both the regulations and the need to achieve comfort, accuracy and safety in monitoring and controlling the indoor climate. Increasing application of HVAC senso...
Debunking bad credit myths: Small business borrowers vs. lenders
Debunking bad credit myths: Small business borrowers vs. lenders
When it comes to personal credit, it can have a big impact on the ability for small business owners to have access to capital. Here is some great insight into how credit is viewed differently among lenders and some great tips for borrowers.
To multiply the value of training, try retraining
To multiply the value of training, try retraining
Implementing what you learn at a training event can be a real challenge. Let's take a look at how to multiply the value of your training by sharing what you learned with others in your company.
5 tips to keep on top of cashflow
5 tips to keep on top of cashflow
A drop in orders, a shortage of work, rising costs, slowing demand, weak margins. All these things can damage a small business. But ultimately, the only reason to board up the door and bring in the receivers is a lack of cash. To avoid that happening t...
Enhancing the learning experience in K-12 schools: HVAC
Enhancing the learning experience in K-12 schools: HVAC
K-12 schools are among the most important projects engineers can tackle. Mechanical engineers focus on HVAC systems, including unique heating and cooling options, building envelope and air quality.
Air quality monitoring equipment market expected to reach $6,147.77 million by 2019
Air quality monitoring equipment market expected to reach $6,147.77 million by 2019
The report provides a detailed overview of the major drivers, restraints, challenges, opportunities, current market trends and strategies impacting the global air quality monitoring equipment market along with the estimates and forecasts of the revenue...
5 things most small businesses don't know about payment processing
5 things most small businesses don't know about payment processing
What you don't know can hurt you when your small business handles sensitive payment data. In fact, being unaware of the risks and responsibilities you inherently assume in payment processing can expose your business to fines, fees and operational uphea...
The smart home revolution under the leadership of HVAC contractors
The smart home revolution under the leadership of HVAC contractors
Smart homes will soon become a common part of almost all households. This revolution has already started under the leadership of HVAC contractors, thanks to the consumer demand that has accelerated the growth of smart homes rapidly.
2 words that rule utility customer experience: Relevance and personalization
2 words that rule utility customer experience: Relevance and personalization
Utility customers are getting more and more demanding. And utility executives should be grateful for it. That's because customers who in the past have been largely indifferent about their relationships with their utilities are increasingly paying more...