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New Home Construction Starts Strong in 2012

CNNMoney – New home construction got off to a strong start for the year, with housing starts and building permits rising in January on a monthly and annual basis -- another sign that the U.S. housing market and broader economy are headed in the right direction.  Click to read the rest of the article.
 
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Building Automation to Take New Dimension in 2012


Construction Week Online– Hosted building management software and cloud-based active management analytics are to transform the way FMs operate, says a report from IMS Research.

Experts say there is more demand for systems that allow remote monitoring and management and instant, real-time information. Read the rest of the article
 
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Revenues from Commercial Automation Installs to Double By 2021

CePro – Revenues from commercial building automation system installations will double in the next decade, from about $72.5 billion in 2011 to $146.4 billion in 2021, according to a new report by Pike Research.  Click here to read the rest of the article.
 
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Customer Relationships Are Key to Your Marketing Strategy

Laura Lake – If I could show you how to increase your sales by 50% without increasing your marketing budget, would you be interested? Of course you would, what marketing professional or business owner wouldn't be interested? By the time you have finished this article you will have figured out how to do just that.  Click to read the rest of the article.
 
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The Pilot Series Relays are rated at 10 or 15 amps. Rather than buying separate components (relay, LED indicator, socket, mounting rail, transient protection, and housing) and assembling them on the job or at the shop, Pilot Series Relays are prepackaged to save the service professional time, trouble, and expense. A few popular Pilot Relays are RIBH1C, RIBU1C, RIBU1S, and RIB2401DView Pilot RIB Relays.

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Saving Energy

Free and Low Cost Recommendations for you to share with your customers.

Replace Light Bulbs
  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save 75% off lighting costs.
Unplug Electronics
  • Unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. Taken together, these small items can use as much power as your refrigerator.
Save Water
  • Installing faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads will cut water heating costs by 50% and save up to $300 per year. It will also cut water use by up to 50%. As much as 19% of California electricity is used to pump, transport and treat water.
Adjust Your Thermostat
  • Setting your air conditioner 5° higher will save up to 20% on cooling costs.
Buy Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Always buy ENERGY STAR qualified appliances and equipment - they're up to 40% more efficient. Find rebates and incentives in your area using our rebate finder.
Adjust Your Water Heater
  • Turn your water heater down to 120° or the "Normal" setting when home, and to the lowest setting when away. Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy costs.
Keep Cool With Ceiling Fans
  • Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut and closing shades during the day. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
Be Smart About Lighting
  • Turn off unnecessary lighting and use task or desktop lamps with CFLs instead of overhead lights.
Power Down Your Computer
  • Enable "power management" on all computers and make sure to turn them off at night. A laptop computer uses up to 90% less energy than bigger desktop models.
Wash Clothes in Cold Water
  • When possible, wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
Load Up Your Dishwasher
  • Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded. Fewer loads reduce energy and water use.
Maintain Your Clothes Dryer
  • Make sure your dryer's outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load. When shopping for a new dryer look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when clothes
    are dry.
Find and Seal Leaks
  • Sealing cracks, gaps, leaks and adding insulation can save up to 20% on home heating and cooling costs.
  • Test for air leaks by holding a lit incense stick next to windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches and other locations where there is a possible air path to the outside. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing or weather stripping.
     

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