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Protecting kids in need from power outages

The kids living at the group homes operated by Family Service of Rhode Island have already been displaced from their original home. Forcing them to move in the event of a storm or unexpected power outage? That was unacceptable.

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How the Energy Rating Index is changing new homes

The ERI allows builders to earn credit for mechanical systems, such as energy-efficient propane furnaces and water heaters, while making effective trade-offs by scaling back in other efficiency measures.

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How to talk to customers about high-performance HVAC

The method of heating and cooling a house is a decision that affects homeowners profoundly. What’s the best way to talk to clients about super-efficient HVAC, and what elements of efficiency are important for them to understand?

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How to grow your tankless business

While the cost difference between tankless and storage water heaters have held the tankless market back in the past, the difference is decreasing, writes Matt Michel in Contractor magazine. Michel offers several tips for contractors looking to grow their tankless business.

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Video: How you can encourage proactive water heater replacements

This fall, Energy Star launched a new national campaign aimed at encouraging homeowners to proactively upgrade their out-of-date water heaters. To learn more, staff writer Jeffrey Lee spoke with Energy Star’s water heater expert, Abigail Daken. Check out the video.

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Fire pit designs trends you can start using now

Today’s homebuilders and landscape designers are making room for fire-lit gathering spaces at a faster pace than ever before. And with that trend, the fire pit has graduated from a standalone metal bowl or makeshift fire ring into permanent installations with dramatic features and controls.

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Brand new heating equipment for the winter

It’s crunch time for builders, remodelers, and contractors preparing their heating equipment offerings for winter. That means it’s a great time to get up to date on manufacturers’ latest lineups and new product releases.

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For prison facilities manager, energy savings are a passion

As facilities superintendent at St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake, Virginia, Brian Newbern’s true passion is investing in green energy. To achieve that goal, Newbern has maximized the facility’s use of two clean energy sources that work in tandem: solar thermal energy and propane.

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Q&A: How to heat a ski resort water park

In this Q&A video, Jay Peak Resort facilities and maintenance manager Josh LaRocque explains how his boiler room maintains cozy temperatures in the resort’s hotel and water park, even during frigid Vermont winters.

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In seven luxury communities, buyers share common dreams

Bruce Pasquarella has constructed about 40 custom homes in six of the seven master-planned luxury communities that make up The Cliffs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the attractions in each community are different, the buyers share much in common.

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