Did you know that a mercury thermostat contains approximately 1,000 times more mercury than a light bulb? When mercury bulbs from thermostats are put into the regular trash, they can wind up in landfills where they could then leach the mercury into our water supply, and in Pennsylvania it’s the law to recycle them instead of trash them. Luckily, in partnership with Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), Grove Supply is here to make it easy to comply with the law.
As an industry-funded non-profit, TRC’s mercury thermostat recycling program provides a safe way that is free and easy for you to dispose of mercury thermostats at your local Grove Supply, Inc. and Grove HVAC Supply Location. Simply bring the whole, intact thermostats with you to drop off on your next visit and we will take care of the rest. There is no cost to you, as all ongoing costs to ship and process the mercury-containing thermostats are covered by TRC. Visit www.thermostat-recycle.org to learn more about the program.
Grove Supply Branches Out into Competitive HVAC Market
Grove Supply, Inc. launches a new store in Southampton, PA dedicated to Heating, Cooling and Ventilation products.
Southampton, PA, March 17, 2014: Grove Supply, Inc. a longtime, locally owned, plumbing, heating and hvac distributor headquartered in Warminster, PA is opening their first location dedicated to filling the specific needs of Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Contractors. By expanding their already robust selection of HVAC and Hydronics Equipment parts and accessories, Grove Supply will offer an environment tailored to this industry.
Grove HVAC Supply is located at
661 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Grove Supply, Inc. opened its doors in 1948 to service the Bucks County, and growing eastern Montgomery County area as a supplier to the heating, plumbing, HVAC, industrial and institutional markets.
They have 18 vehicles on the road everyday coming from any one of their now 15 locations stretching from the Jersey Shore up to Allentown.
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|Valued Contractors and Distributors:We are writing to ask your support in addressing an important issue related to potential new regulations affecting energy conservation standards for residential boilers (under 300K BTUH).
The Department of Energy has published a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) on February 11, 2014, following extensive analysis of the market and technology for residential boilers. Based on this extensive analysis, the DOE stated in the NODA that
DOE is not proposing any amendments to the energy conservation standards for residential boilers. However, [DOE] is publishing this analysis so stakeholders can review the analytical output, the underlining assumptions, and the calculations that might ultimately support amended standards.
The NODA and extensive documentation are available for review at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2012-BT-STD-0047. After DOE receives and analyzes the comments from many different stakeholders, in July 2014, DOE will issue its final decision on whether DOE will propose amendments to the current standards implemented on September 1, 2012, that require a minimum AFUE of
82% for gas-fired hot water boilers
Weil-McLain thinks that you may want your voice to be heard on this important issue.
Weil-McLain supports the position of not changing the current standards. The current standards provide professional heating contractors the freedom to choose the appropriate boiler for a specific application that would provide an effective and economical solution to the needs of a particular homeowner. The full range of products currently available is needed in order to meet these needs. And the current products allow contractors to provide significant energy savings compared to products from 30 or more years ago that are being replaced. We ask whether you would support the current recommendation not to amend the standards by allowing Weil-McLain to include your company as supporting the following statement.
SUPPORT NO AMENDMENTS TO CURRENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR RESIDENTIAL BOILERS
We support the DOE’s current conclusion not to propose any changes to the existing energy conservation standards for residential boilers, as stated in the Notice of Data Availability published on February 11, 2014 at 79 Fed. Reg. 8122.
Based on our experience in the industry of providing residential boilers to contractors and/or homeowners, we support the DOE’s conclusion that no changes in efficiency standards are necessary currently and submit that
1. the current energy efficiency standards for residential boilers already achieve significant energy conservation savings and
2. amended standards:
a. would not achieve significant additional real conservation of energy, and
Amending the standards would reduce the choices available to distributors, contractors and homeowners for providing effective real-world solutions for homeowner residential boiler needs that will properly operate in the field. Current products already achieve very substantial energy savings compared to the boilers that are being replaced. Especially in replacement applications, which are a very high percentage of installations, contractors and homeowners need the current range of choices in order to be able to economically achieve real energy savings. The installation of very high efficiency condensing boilers in older replacement applications may not actually achieve the energy savings expected because the homeowners cannot afford to make extensive and expensive changes in the entire heat distribution system in an older home that may be needed in order to achieve the AFUE efficiency results. The current standards allow manufacturers to design and manufacture a range of different condensing and non-condensing boilers that already allow us as distributors and professional contractors to provide technologically effective and economical solutions to the specific situations that each individual home presents.
Further regulation will only place unnecessary regulatory burdens on manufacturers and stifle innovation and improvements in the application of technology to achieve real energy savings.
We support making no amendments to the current energy conservation standards for residential boilers.
If you agree with the above statement, please indicate your support by filling out the online form here and Weil-McLain will submit the statement with the name of your company and the names of other contractors and distributors that support it. We need to submit the consolidated statement by no later than March 13, so please respond by March 11, 2014.
Thank you for your support.
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