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Hazardous Waste in Your House?

Posted Aug 31, 2018

Do you have hazardous products in your home?  Almost certainly, the answer is YES!  How can you tell and what should you do?

 

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Mercury Thermostats: Turning Quicksilver Into Gold

Mercury Thermostats: Turning Quicksilver Into Gold

Posted Aug 11, 2016

One of the most commonly asked questions that the staff at Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) receive while conducting outreach is, “So what is it you guys do, exactly?”

To put that question to rest, today I’ll lay it out plain and simple: we do exactly what our company name says we do.

The Thermostat Recycling Corporation recycles mercury thermostats. Founded voluntarily in 1998 by Honeywell, White-Rodgers, and General Electric, TRC was established as a non-profit product stewardship organization with the goal of ensuring the toxic elemental mercury found in thermostat switches doesn’t end up back in the environment. This is accomplished mainly by distributing recycling bins to HVAC wholesale distributors, contractors, and local county recycling facilities around the country.

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A Brief History of Thermostats: The Inventors

Posted Jan 29, 2016

Thermostats are the ubiquitous overlord of humanity’s day-to-day comfort. Think about it - there is hardly an American citizen who does not own and operate a thermostat in their own home. And yet, few people think about this little piece of technology past the annoyance of the Office Manager stubbornly locking the A/C at a crisp 64 degrees.

Thermostat Recycling Corporation is here to help you out. No, not with your Office Manager, sorry. We deal with thermostats every single day, so we are here to discuss the history of our favorite little piece of technology. 

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A Simple Question to Help Keep Mercury out of Vermont’s Environment

A Simple Question to Help Keep Mercury out of Vermont’s Environment

Posted Oct 23, 2015

With fall’s arrival it’s likely your heating contractor will be at your home to service your furnace or boiler for an annual system maintenance check or as homeowners, you might be doing this same winter preparation yourself. 

 

If you think your thermostat may contain mercury, ask your heating technician. If it does, ask them to swap it out and properly recycle it.

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Which HARDI members will recycle the most mercury thermostats?

Posted May 12, 2015

It’s that time of year again...the launch of our 4th annual Big Man on Planet competition! Three years ago, in partnership with HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International), we launched “Big Man on Planet” in an effort to provide a fun competition among HARDI member distributors to see who could recycle the most mercury thermostats.  Last year’s competition results were amazing and our collection partners recovered more than 55,000 mercury thermostats!

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Spring Cleaning for your HVAC System

Spring Cleaning for your HVAC System

Posted Mar 20, 2015

Given the very cold and snowy winter that many parts of our country endured, it’s hard to believe that today is officially the first day of spring…but it’s finally here! This season brings in warmer weather, blossoming plants, longer days, and is also known for “Spring Cleaning.”  Don’t forget about your HVAC system as you start on your spring cleaning chores! Following the easy tips below will help your HVAC system smoothly transition into the new season.

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A Simple Question to Help Keep Mercury out of the Environment

A Simple Question to Help Keep Mercury out of the Environment

Posted Oct 21, 2014

Are you aware that many thermostats manufactured prior to 2006 contain mercury? Are you aware that a mercury thermostat contains at least 1,000 times more mercury than today’s standard compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL)?  Are you aware that mercury thermostats are likely the largest remaining reservoir of mercury in homes today, and thousands end up in the trash each year?   

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Tips to Promote Your Recycling Efforts

Posted Aug 15, 2014

If you participate in TRC’s program, either as a mercury thermostat collection location or as a person who recycles mercury thermostats, you’re doing a good deed and helping the environment. (And if you don’t participate yet, find out how you can here). However, are you making others aware of your recycling efforts? Your good need shouldn’t go unnoticed, especially if awareness can help motivate others to change their recycling behaviors as well. Below I offer a few tips on how to effectively (and cheaply) promote that you are a TRC collection point and a mercury thermostat recycler.

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Maintenance Agreements, or Whatever you Want to Call Them

Maintenance Agreements, or Whatever you Want to Call Them

Posted Jul 17, 2014 by Ryan Kiscaden

Service contracts, maintenance agreements, extended service plans.  Call these what you may but they are imperative to continuing a steady stream of income for your HVAC/r contracting business.  When times are slow, these little contracts keep your employees busy and continue top of mind activity with your customers.  A wise businessman once said, that it is easier to keep a customer than to acquire a new one.  These agreements are true and recession proof.

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Earn More Profit by Recovering Your Environmental Costs

Earn More Profit by Recovering Your Environmental Costs

Posted Jul 1, 2014 by Ryan Kiscaden

What would you do with extra profit?  Maybe take your spouse out to eat more, purchase those golf clubs you had been following on eBay, or save for your kid’s college?  This article explains how to upsell to homeowners the value that you provide as an expert in retrofitting homes that have products needing special disposal, such as refrigerant and mercury thermostats.  Believe it or not, that “quick-silver” gooey stuff that you used to play with in grade school can actually make you money.

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Energy Saving HVAC Summer Maintenance Tips

Energy Saving HVAC Summer Maintenance Tips

Posted Jun 17, 2014

It may be hard to believe after the harsh winter most of us experienced, but summer is finally here!  The shifting season also means extra work for your HVAC system because as the temperature rises, homeowners across the country are turning their air conditioning up to full blast.  The best time for HVAC maintenance is before the extreme temperatures hit, so I’ve compiled a few energy-saving tips to keep in mind.

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Who Will Be the Next Big Man on Planet?

Posted May 15, 2014

May 1st marked the official launch of our 3rd annual Big Man on Planet competition! Two years ago, in partnership with HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International), we launched “Big Man on Planet” in an effort to provide some friendly competition among HARDI member distributors to see who could recycle the most mercury thermostats.  And it has been amazing to see the results of this competition and how it has grown.

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Reasons to Replace a Thermostat

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Sometimes I really can’t believe how advanced the HVAC world has become.  After attending HVAC trade shows for over a year now, I’ve seen so much new technology that I never would have dreamed would be possible.  I believe it was in the second Back to the Future movie, released about 25 years ago, where they flash to the year 2015 and a computer is essentially running their home and doing everything for them.  Well, they were pretty accurate. Minus the floating hover boards and flying cars, which I’m a little disappointed still hasn’t happened yet. 

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Be Green, Save Green

Posted Mar 13, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us!  This holiday may bring many things to mind: Irish soda bread, corn beef and cabbage, Guinness, and pinches for not wearing green.  However, today I’m going to focus on the GREEN aspect of St. Patrick ’s Day and offer a few ideas on how to be green and save green…aka, incorporating environmentally friendly tips into your daily life that will also help save you money.

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