HARDI Leads Effort to Extend Residential Tax Credit
Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) launched a new Web site, www.savehvacjobs.com, to jump start a nation-wide grassroots movement within the HVAC industry. From this new site, HVAC contractors, distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer reps and service providers can easily personalize a pre-drafted letter or compose their own letter to their federal legislators urging the immediate extension of the expiring 25c, $1,500 residential tax credits for the installation of high efficiency HVAC systems. These tax credits are to expire at the end of 2010.
HARDI is encouraging all of its 400+ U.S. distributor member companies to show their support on the site, and more importantly to urge all of their thousands of contractor customers to use the site several times a week until their representatives get the tax credits extended.
HVAC businesses can also send their company name or logo to email@example.com to show their support for 25c extension. “Our goal is to have a page with so many HVAC company names and logos on it that the page appears to scroll forever,” said HARDI’s Executive Vice President & COO, Donald Frendberg. Plymouth Meeting, PA-based Riley Sales started the idea with an online petition for its employees and contractor customers to sign and send to their representatives calling for a tax credit extension. Inspired by their efforts, HARDI decided to do something similar on a national level.
“We can only imagine the positive employment impact the tax credits have had on the tens of thousands of professional contractors out there, and of course the manufacturers of the qualifying equipment,” said Talbot Gee, HARDI’s vice president. “We hope this provides the industry with a central portal for companies of all types to come together and speak as one massive and loud unified voice until we get these tax credits extended.”
HARDI has repeatedly expressed serious concerns of a regression in 2011 of the modest recovery experienced so far in 2010 if the $1,500 tax credits are not extended before they expire this December. “New units still aren’t flying off the shelf like we hoped despite the heat and the tax credits this year, but the mix of high-efficiency units being installed is keeping a lot of HVAC businesses going these days,” said Gee.
For more information and to show your support, visit www.savehvacjobs.com.