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Service clinic: Preventive maintenance is good for optimal hydronic system performance
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As the market has pushed the need for higher-efficiency equipment, the need for routine hydronic system maintenance is greater. We all know that a substantial amount of hydronic system costs are related to poor maintenance. Fixing a problem caused by lack of maintenance can cost 10 times in the emergency mode what routine maintenance would've fixed in the preventive mode. Here are some basic guidelines about what to look for on a routine visit to a customer's hydronic system. More

Maine governor signs emergency order for heating oil
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Gov. Paul LePage has signed a limited emergency declaration to allow Maine fuel transport and delivery trucks more time to deliver heating fuel during the cold snap. Officials said the governor received reports from oil companies that they were falling behind in meeting the requests for fuel deliveries because of federal rules that limit the number of hours drivers can be on the road. More

Emerson launches new website for HVAC contractors and homeowners
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Emerson Climate Technologies launched AC & Heating Connect, a website for HVAC contractors, homeowners and facility managers that provides useful tools for improving business and communicating with customers. The goal of AC & Heating Connect is to help homeowners, facility managers and contractors find common ground in terminology, technology and regulations that will lead to mutually trusted and informed decisions about investments in HVAC equipment and solutions. More

 Updates from OESP

Behind the scenes — We are diligently working on Convention 2013
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Registration will open very shortly, you can book your room at Hershey and details can be found on our trade show page.

Our full Education Schedule is just about added and each class will include an outline of what the attendee can expect to gain by attending. Earn NORA and NATE CEU's, get started on the new Home Comfort Specialist Academy or just take a refresher class. We'll offer some of those, too, and of course, new topics of interest.

For one education registration fee, you and your techs can take as many classes as they wish — Monday through Wednesday. After Wednesday's show, we'll offer NORA Tank Certification with John Levey. "Heat Loss and Heat Gain" (a topic under the Home Comfort Specialist Academy) will be presented by Ralph Adams. Dan Holohan will present a new class that he has designed just for us: "Learning for Trainers." This session is more of a teaser class for a full day workshop that Dan will be teaching for us July 30 at the ICPA School in Cromwell, Conn. This workshop is ideal for anyone who trains others and is a complement to our ongoing Train-the-Trainer program.

Once the site is updated, we'll share details of all our educational classes in more detail. Remember, it all takes place May 19-23, in Hershey, Pa.

Some terrific projects
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January kicked off with a bunch of OHC projects. So many it is tough to keep track! The Connecticut chapters have been diligently helping others. The New Haven Chapter helped a mother and her chronically ill young son, and the CT Valley Chapter recently was approved to help a 28-year veteran of the military who was released because of a disability.

On Martin-Luther King Day, Boyle's Energy, from the Delaware Valley Chapter, gave back to its community by helping a non-profit organization get a new heater for their row home. The organization supports the youth and elderly with art programs.

To read about some of the projects, visit

Mark your calendar
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Our fall Oilheat Retreat has become a popular event. It is tied with our board meeting, but an extra day is added so we can do something special. We are hosting our event in Holtsville, N.Y., on Long Island. We'll also have a special event at Brookhaven Labs on Friday. Saturday, after our board meeting, we will get on a bus and travel to Long Island's wine country. You will love it!

Save the dates: Sept. 12-15.

 In The News

Emerson survey finds top 10 states for HVACR careers
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Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors looking for plentiful job opportunities, high salaries, available training and large numbers of service calls should head for the Golden Coast or the Buckeye State, according to a list of top states to work in HVACR complied by Emerson Climate Technologies, a business segment of Emerson. More

Cold temperatures put strain on those relying on federal fuel assistance
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The recent cold temperatures are putting a strain on heating budgets, especially for those who rely on federal fuel assistance. That one-time federal fuel assistance is around $1,100. When it gets this cold, you crank up the heat but if you're depending on fuel assistance you can only turn up that thermostat so high for so long. The federal fuel assistance program, on average, covers a tank and a half of oil. After that, residents have to apply to local organizations for help. More

UIL, oil dealers at odds over claims of fuel shortage in Connecticut
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The battle between a group representing home heating oil dealers and Connecticut's natural gas utilities intensified as temperatures plunged across the state. Officials at UIL Holdings, the corporate parent of Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas are accusing the Connecticut Energy Marketer's Association of misleading the public because the Cromwell-based trade group claimed that there is a shortage of the fuel available to customers. More

Health insurance tips for small-business owners
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Small companies made up primarily of owners are likely to find that it makes financial sense to provide employee insurance, health care consultant Robert Laszewski says. "I expect they'll continue to offer insurance through the group model because that's the way to get tax-deductible health insurance. They also have to compete for skilled workers." On the other hand, he says, a dry-cleaning shop or mom-and-pop restaurant that hires minimum-wage or unskilled workers may find it makes more sense to skip group coverage. More

Wood-pellet furnace market heats up
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When the Sandri Companies won a $3.2 million federal stimulus grant as part of a push by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's administration to encourage the renewable energy sector, it was touted not only as a way to get high-efficiency wood pellet boilers into use at Greenfield Community College, the Greenfield Fire Station and businesses around the region, but to give the third-generation petroleum-based business a foothold in an emerging alternative energy sector. More

Energy Department weighs loan to wind farm project
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The U.S. Department of Energy is again considering a loan to Cape Wind, the planned Massachusetts offshore wind farm whose request for federal aid was shelved in 2011. Cape Wind, which would be the U.S.'s first offshore wind farm, had previously applied to the federal government for a nearly $2 billion guaranteed loan, but is now being considered for a "considerably" smaller loan, with a decision possible by spring, according to a person familiar with the loan application. The Department of Energy currently has the authority to back about $1.5 billion in renewable-energy loans. More

Ooma offers professional VoIP service to small businesses
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Home phone provider Ooma just announced a new product at CES that is aimed specifically at businesses. The Ooma Office communication system includes a lot of the same features as phone systems designed for large companies, but its target is businesses with fewer than 10 employees and it uses cloud technology to keep costs down. More

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