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Whether it can be attributed to holiday good will or the fear of being the last one to the party, NiCor has announced an extension to its rebate program. They have also added additional options and offerings. However, the program requires some explanation and clarification before you blindly dive into purchases you may not need. At the core, the most realistic rebate remains; that is, $250.00 REBATE CHECKS FOR THE PURCHASE OF 95% EFFICIENT FURNACES. The option allows you to benefit from the purchase of single, twostage, or variable speed model furnaces without overspending or having to buy the highest labeled units. These are the most commonly purchased models with the best track records for performance. For years now they have been producing successfully when installed and tuned up correctly. When combined with a programmable thermostat, no matter the brand or style, you can get an extra $20.00. Doesn’t sound like much, but hey, every little bit helps. In our opinion, one drawback in the rebates is the a $500.00 incentive for purchasing 97% efficient furnaces. These models have very limited availability and have not had strong track records. Their newly designed styles have not seen enough real world success for us to buy into their hype. I would rather save some money on equipment with a proven track record than overspend for version 1.0 of the newest model. Manufactured products have too many product recalls to take that chance. For boilers, there are two different rebate opportunities for high efficient purchases. $350.00 is offered for 90% boilers and $450.00 for the 95% efficient ones. These units come with a few caveats. The first is that unless your home has the majority of radiant infloor heating, the boilers will not produce the labeled efficiency ratings during operation. The second is that either boiler requires additional pumps and special piping to ensure water is pulsing through the units properly. The number one failure of these units
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relate directly to their installation and application. Homes having the majority of radiators for heating purposes fare better with 80% or 90% efficient boilers. To benefit from the highest rebates requires purchase of a complete system, or complete system with a water heater. The one thing that must take place is to verify the installed equipment will pass the efficiency requirements. This necessitates a certificate from the AHRI that verifies the combination of the installed equipment passes the test. Depending on which combination of furnace, coil, and condenser is chosen, the system may or may not get that qualification. For example, a system labeled 95% furnace and 16.0 SEER condensers may not pass the AHRI verification test, since this organization understands that manufacturer’s labels of efficiency rates may not actually be happening after installation and operation. It is easy for anyone to propose these rebates, but harder for them to have a certificate to hand you that proves it. Get that figured out first. The bottom line is that the only way to understand how much money you are getting back is to understand how your current system is designed, and what you plan to change. That is why it is crucial to have systems measured and designed up front so there are no surprises down the road, or after the fact. Plus, paying more just to get a rebate might just cost you more in the long run. All of the major manufacturers have skeletons in their closets – the latest and greatest models and styles that turn out to be a bust. This leaves consumers stuck with out of pocket expenses to have parts or equipment repaired or replaced.
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When Tom decided to run the CO monitor special last month, it was not just for his birthday, but rather a way to draw more attention to the importance of their presence in the house. They are, of course, State Law, which requires one on every floor of your home. It seemed almost ironic that our first response came from a client we have been working with for many years: John Matlahowski. John is a firefighter and EMT with the Barrington Countryside Fire Department. He has been full time for sixteen years now, following the seventeen years he spent as an on-call employee of the department. Needless to say, he has plenty of experience in the local community protecting homeowners. While growing up, John said it was always his dream to become a firefighter. Even though he could not pin down the exact time and place where he was, or the event which triggered it, he cemented his career goals at a very young age. He took the same approach to being a firefighter that I’ve always taken in this industry – and that is the “hands-on school of hard knocks”. When John started his career there wasn’t specific schooling or certification needed.
Since then, there have been many firefighting courses and EMT training/certification programs implemented. Both of us recognize the best training begins by getting your hands dirty and working with the people and the problems as they happen. It is far superior to the scenarios which are written or taught in classroom settings. I have nothing against schooling. My wife is a teacher and would consider that last remark blasphemy, punishable by extended silence. I just know that some of us do much better in the trade industries with on-the-job education. I started that way myself and added specific certifications and schooling as they have been offered or updated. Getting back to the point here, John wanted to draw attention to some things we need to do to help stay safe not only this season, but for many to come. His rule of thumb is to change batteries of smoke and CO monitors each time you change your clocks. This is an easy way to remember it’s time to do that, before it’s too late. He says that, unfortunately, the trend firefighters and emergency responders encounter on CO related calls can be traced back to not changing the poisoning.
batteries, or failure to replace older units. Carbon Monoxide calls are common to his department. Each case is taken very seriously due to the risks attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning. Having annual gas burning appliances CO tested is another important preventative measure John wants every to know about. It is a good idea to stay ahead of potential problems as alarms are always reactionary. When John is not out helping people (his favorite part of the job, by the way), he is busy as a licensed electrician. His company, Matlak Electric, takes up his free time. He would be happy to help any readers of this newsletter with their electrical needs. You can get in touch with him at (847) 381-9233. If he doesn’t answer, he is either out on a job, or helping to protect the residents of Barrington, so please be patient.
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I hope that everyone was able to enjoy a long and relaxing break at the end of last month, even if it was just a day or two extra. I personally took a full four days to rest on my couch and do as little as possible. I may be just a dog, but I sure enjoyed the time away from the office. It gets tiring jumping up to greet all of the people entering the shop. They’ve all come to play with me, of course. Sure, I missed that a bit over my break, but it doesn’t equal the enjoyment of quality couchtime at home. Especially enjoyable over the long weekend was the annual Thanksgiving Dog Show we always watch. My brother Frank cannot quite handle all of the dogs running around on the TV set. His angst can get quite annoying if I try to dose off. One thing that I must say I was not thankful for this year was the Snubbing of the Turkey for Frank and myself. Just because we couldn’t come to the actual dinner does not mean that we would not have appreciated some of the leftovers. Would making a plate really have been that difficult? Here’s hoping things turn around for me, as I see that Christmas decorations are going up at the house. I envision a future or mesmerizing ornaments and gifts to tear into. Hint: hoping for a new chew toy. Paws crossed.Have a
4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese Vegetable oil, for brushing 1 large shallot, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 1/4 cup milk Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 3 1/2 ounces mild goat cheese, softened 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 large eggs, separated 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry Chopped chives, for garnish
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until translucent. Stir in the flour, then add the milk and stir until the mixture is smooth, 1 minute. Add the nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in the goat cheese, lemon zest and vinegar until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and mix in the egg yolks, then the spinach. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the spinach filling. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into each phyllo cup and top with the remaining parmesan. Bake until the filling is set, 15 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan; remove and top with the chives. Per piece (24); Calories: 54; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 2 grams; Total carbohydrates: 2 grams; Sugar: 0 grams; Fiber: 0.5 grams; Cholesterol: 23 milligrams; Sodium: 108 milligrams Courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ susans-spinach-and-goat-cheese-tartletsrecipe/index.html
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Place 1 phyllo sheet on a clean surface (cover the other sheets with a damp towel), brush with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon parmesan. Cover with another phyllo sheet, brush with more butter and sprinkle with another teaspoon parmesan. Top with the remaining phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Cut the phyllo stack into 24 squares, about 3 inches each. Brush a 24-cup mini muffin tin with oil, then firmly press a phyllo square, buttered-side down, into each cup. Bake until golden, 10 minutes.
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Hopefully, this issue finds you fresh and relaxed – maybe even rejuvenated by some time off. The Thanksgiving weekend has always been a nice little break away from the desk or truck. I could dive into a few books and escape form television and e-mails. It was also nice to refocus on cleaning out my body with a quick four day fast. If you can put up with a slight headache for a day or two by day four you feel great and tell yourself you can eat like this forever, good luck. The type of work I do tends to keep me busy physically and mentally. I’m doing the P90X regiment for the third time now, which helps keep me limber and ready for each days’ unique challenges; whether it be helping you at your home, place of business, or from my office. The recent birthday and holiday break also gave me a change to look back over the year and be thankful for all the success and life lessons that are helping me along my journey. Another year older and I hope to think a little bit wiser as I age and sharpen my skills. I reflected how grateful I am for my family, friends, business, and everyone I get to interact with on a daily basis. Yes, I am thankful even if I appear to be in a crappy mood. I want to thank everyone who called in and noticed the deal on the CO monitors was related to my 57th birthday. In fact, so thankful that I decided to keep the CO monitor special going through the rest of this year. The response has been great, and I know how important this life saving product is, that I want as many to benefit from this high quality monitor as possible. Just tell Brenda (or whoever answers the phone) that you want the low level CO monitor special. The monitor will remain at $132.00 until December 31, 2012. If the Mayans are right, the world and sale would end on the 21st instead. By now I’m sure you have digested all the food from Thanksgiving, and had time to get your turkey fryer incident cleared up with the insurance company.
From all of us here wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season and a great New Year!
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