FOCUS BEGINS ON PAGE 22 INDUSTRY’S MOST INTELLIGENT PRODUCTS THE H VACR CONTR ACTOR’ S W EEK LY N E WS M AG A ZI N E S I NCE 1926 DECEMBER 13, 2010 ■ $5.00 ■ VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.ACHRNEWS.COM ■ States Ranked for Energy-Efficiency Efforts California on Top; Southwest Region Most-Improved By Kimberly Schwartz Of The NE WS Staff n mid-October, the American Coun-cil for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its fourth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a report that ranks each state’s efforts in energy efficiency. According to the 2010 scorecard, California remained on top for the fourth year in a row, while states in the South-west made the most improvement. I REPORT RESEARCH According to ACEEE, its scorecard is a com-prehensive assessment of the 50 states and the District of Columbia’s policy and programs that aim to improve energy efficiency in American homes, busi-ness, industry, and transportation. During a press event held in October, Maggie Molina, research associate at ACEEE and lead author of the report, dis-■ See STATES RANKED FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY page 7 This maps shows state rankings according to the 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. An interactive map is available online, with links to summaries of each state’s energy policy. ( Cour tesy of ACEEE.) Trade Show Handshakes Are Still Important to HVAC Business By John R. Hall For The NE WS The DuPont Refrigerants booth at the ABCO Expo always gets a lot of visitors, especially this year with the looming phaseout of R-22. LUSHING, N.Y. — The HVAC trade show is a time honored tradition bringing people of the HVAC community together. But in this day and age of e-mail, texting, and Twitter, contractors, manufacturers, and distributors still value the hand-shake and eye-to-eye contact that is available at events like the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refreigeration Exposition, Air Conditioning Contractors of America Expo, and the ABCO Expo. F That does not even take into account the numerous other contractor and manufacturer shows that are sprin-kled in at other times of the year. Many similar meetings have been replaced by the tele-phone, e-mail, or text. But a lot of people still prefer the method of communication that has worked in the HVAC trade for decades. This method is still relevant and important. “This business is almost archaic because of the need for touchy-feely,” said Jeff Harris, vice president sales/north-east, Mueller Industries Inc. “But the people aspect is more personal and valuable.” ■ See TRADE SHOW HANDSHAKES page 34 DIGITAL EDITION THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY: There are lots of techno geeks out there that love the new technology, like thermostats talking to computers or smart phones. — John Sigerson, O’Connor Co. ■ See story on page 20.