Renewable Energy Solutions: Page 1. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 August 27, 2012 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Industry Requests 18-Month Regional Standards Extension By Herb Woerpel Of The NEWS Staff T he Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Re-frigeration Institute (AHRI) formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), requesting an 18-month extension for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces from the proposed May 1, 2013 imple-mentation date set for the amended federal min-imum efficiency standards. AHRI is requesting the compliance date be delayed until Nov. 1, 2014. The DOE announced on July 2 that resi-dential HVAC appliances regulated under the pending regional efficiency standards (non-weatherized gas furnaces, mobile home gas furnaces, and non-weatherized oil furnaces) must be installed no later than May 1, 2013. Weatherized gas furnaces, central air condi-tioners, and heat pumps will follow the same “install by” enforcement ruling, but with a Jan. 1, 2015 compliance date. Time is of the Essence The sudden DOE announcement will prohibit any residential furnaces performing below 90-percent AFUE from being installed in the Northern region any later than May 1, 2013, regardless when they were manufactured. The ruling could lead to millions of dollars worth of stranded inventory across the North-ern region, and the entire United States. AHRI formally requested the 18-month delay in a July 30 letter addressed to Steven Chu, secretary of energy, Department of Energy. “This extension of the standards’ effective date is needed in order for manufacturers to have adequate time to prepare for compliance • See EXTENSION | page 12 Tax Credits Provide Renewable Opportunities By Angela D. Harris Of The NEWS Staff ot all energy-efficient HVAC equipment quali-fies for tax credits, but there are four renewable energy product categories that do — geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, solar energy systems, and fuel cells. All four are available for residential applications and though some seem beyond HVAC, they each have the potential to bring new rev-enue streams to contractors while saving money for homeowners and energy for the planet. With the tax credits for these four renewable energy product groups, con-tractors have the potential to increase sales of renewable installations. They also have the opportunity to add new business segments to their company as the demand for renewable increases. The key to capitalizing on these tax credits is to understand them and com-municate their benefits to the customer. Overpromising and selling renewable equipment for the sake of tax credits and increased profits is arguably a bad idea. Contractors who are interested in the art of renewable technology and have a desire to fill customer requests, however, can find a beneficial ally in renewable technology tax credits. N refrigerant reclamation Airgas Refrigerants Inc. director of operations Pat Kitchin, left, confers with chemist Michael Kuchcinski, right, and Airgas Refrigerants president Ted Schulte. While awareness of the need for refrigerant reclamation seems strong, the numbers prove that widespread adoption of reclamation has not yet taken root. See page 10 to read what one company is doing to change that. Geothermal Heat Pumps Geothermal tax credits helped drive this product category instal-lation to new heights in the past few years and there is still opportunity to take advantage of these tax cred-• See TAX CREDITS | page 15 Get on Your iPad Now! Download The NEWS HD at iTunes App Store Quarterly iPad Issues with Exclusive Interactive Content! Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twi er and include @achrnews.