Zoning Products + Systems: Page 18. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 May 14, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Contractors Confront Climbing Gas Costs By Joanna R. RTurpin Turpin Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs Contractors • Jackson & Sons Heating and Air Conditioning (Dudley, N.C.) announced that each of its eight demand-service technicians have qualified for North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification in the air conditioning equipment and systems specialty. • AirTight (Charlotte, N.C.) ac-quired All American Air Inc. (Lin-colnton, N.C.). G as prices have been well above the $3 per gallon mark for over a year now, but in the last few months, they’ve climbed to $4-plus per gallon, which is where they are likely to stay for the near future, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA). The agency predicts that during the May-through-September summer driving season this year, regular gasoline retail prices will average about $3.95 per gallon, peaking in May at a monthly average price of $4.01 per gallon. This is not good news to the numerous contractors whose profit margins have already been battered by the weak economy. But con-tractors are nothing if not resilient, and in response to escalating gas prices, many are becoming creative in the ways in which they are trying to reduce their fuel consumption. Manufacturers • Honeywell International Inc.’s (Minneapolis) smart grid project with Custom Building Products (Seal Beach, Calif.) earned the Energy Project of the Year award from the Southern California Chap-ter of the Association for Energy Engineers (Long Beach, Calif.). • Uponor Engineer-ing Services (Apple Valley, Minn.) an-nounced that Devin Abellon, business de-Abellon velopment manager, was recently named a distinguished lecturer for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Condition-ing Engineers (ASHRAE). Continued on page 4 Eliminating Idle Time When gas prices spiked several years ago, Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning, Roch-ester, N.Y., began equipping its service vehi-cles with GPS in order to better track how the vehicles were being used. While the GPS • See GAS COSTS | page 10 In addition to regularly maintaining its vehicles, Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning recently started encouraging technicians to save fuel by reducing the time their trucks spend idling. AHRI Shares Industry Concerns in Washington By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff W ASHINGTON — Members of the Air-Conditioning, Heat-ing, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recently visited Wash-ington, D.C., to share their thoughts and con-cerns with legislators through AHRI’s annual Public Policy Symposium. Attendees discussed the absence of viable federal energy policy legis-lation, Congressional gridlock, pending energy-efficiency bills, and much more. Keith Coursin, president of Desert Aire Corp., an AHRI member who attended the symposium, said he was impressed with the legislative process. “I always marvel at how our government actually works with such young staffers collecting information on such diverse topics and sorting through the many view-points to help our elected officials set policy,” he said. “I am also equally impressed at what a per-sonal visit can accomplish in creating support for or against key issues. You do not get much time to state your point, but that 15 to 20 min-utes can be the difference on how congressional members and senators will vote.” Legislative Issues Symposium attendees listened to several senators and representatives discuss indus-• See CONCERNS | page 14 A end this FREE Webinar! R-PHASE-OUTUPDATE DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: Retroﬁing A/C and Refrigeration Systems 85H9ĘďK98B9G85MĖď>IB9ďĉďďďďH=A9ĘďĄďDAď9H Register for FREE at webinars.achrnews.com.