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HC Refrigerants Finding Foothold in U.S.

Now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has greenlighted the use of a number of hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants in certain refrigeration applications, many in the industry have questions about these refrigerants and their potential uses. Concerns include how contractors will accept refrigerants they may not be that familiar with and the learning curve to work … Read More »

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AHRI Opposes DOE Notice

ARLINGTON – AHRI submitted comments February 10 in response to a Department of Energy (DOE) notice proposing to classify the condensing units of residential central air conditioner split system and the outdoor units of residential heat pump split systems as covered products subject to federal energy conservation standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act … Read More »

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CEE Revises Efficiency Initiative

BOSTON — The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) released its revised “High Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Initiative.” The initiative includes a high-efficiency energy performance specification for commercial air conditioning and heat pump equipment. Updated for the first time since 1996, the initiative includes current energy savings potential, equipment trends, and a unitary … Read More »

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Senate Proposes New Legislation: Cut Energy Bills at Home Act

A new bill, known as the Cut Energy Bills at Home Act, has been proposed in the Senate. Senate Bill 1914 would establish a $2,000 base credit for homeowners who reduce energy use by 20 percent through the installation of energy-efficient equipment. A $500 stipend would be awarded for each 5 percent reduction of energy … Read More »

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HARDI, ACCA Fight Department of Energy

Although the Department of Energy (DOE) announced its final rule establishing regional standards for air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces last October, the fight is not over yet. Both the Heating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) have filed petitions to intervene through the United States Court of … Read More »

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