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Fiscal cliff tax deal: What does it mean for small business?
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For small and medium sized business owners there is good news and bad news in the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. In addition, the deal strongly underscores the need for business owners to sharpen their own pencils to cut their taxes. More

Above-normal US temperatures forecasted
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Much of the U.S. will experience warmer-than-normal temperatures, according to an updated forecast for January by government forecasters. The eastern two-thirds of the nation now is seen as having above-normal temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That is a dramatic shift from the initial forecast for January. This area includes both the Midwest and the Northeast, which lean heavily on heating oil for heating. More

Oil price jumps as US averts 'fiscal cliff'
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The price of oil jumped by over a dollar on Jan. 2, to above $93 a barrel, after U.S. lawmakers passed legislation to avoid a "fiscal cliff" that could have pushed the world's biggest economy into recession. The U.S. House of Representatives voted near midnight to send the bill to President Barack Obama after a frantic day of political brinksmanship in Washington. More

 Updates from OESP

A follow-up to an unselfish act
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In one of our past issues, we shared with you the special project done by the Garden State Chapter to help a family in need. They knew they couldn't help the family through Oil Heat Cares, but they also didn't think twice about helping this special family who needed a new gas system.

This photo is a follow-up to the project. You can see that they are a happy family and their daughter is now much more comfortable. Good job Garden State!

A special thank you
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All through the Christmas and New Year's holidays, Oil Heat Cares was busy. For starters, we had two projects brought to us from the Fairfield County Chapter. Both of these projects benefit families who lost a child at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The good news is we have people that are willing and able to do something special for these families.

The first project involved a boiler replacement. A service call from the Barden Family identified the old boiler was not going to make it and it was recommended that a replacement be made. Al Breda, from Sippin Energy, stepped up got OHC involved. The project became very affordable thanks to the generous donation of the Energy Kinetics boiler. Sippin donated a nice supply of heating oil for the family.

The second family had two oil tanks and one was failing. Again, Al Breda was involved and was concerned about just replacing one tank. He felt that a 400 gallon would be a better option. We reached out to Roth Industries for a discounted price and once again they came back with a complimentary tank.

Thank you to Roth and Energy Kinetics.

A wonderful gift to OHC
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About two weeks ago, Roger Marran, from Energy Kinetics, sent an email to OHC and Don Farrell. Don is a board member but also worked with NORA to put together the Oil Heating Storm website.

Roger has been a strong supporter of OHC since its inception. He told us that Energy Kinetics would donate to Oil Heat Cares $100 for every boiler sold between then and the end of January. Well, OHC recently received a check for $10,000. Once again, thank you, Energy Kinetics!

Stay tuned for more OHC activities that are taking place now.

Happy New Year to all – First suggestion for the new year: plan now to attend our 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show — May 19-23 — at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.

 In The News

BPI postpones referencing ASHRAE 62.2-2010 Standard
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In the interest of reducing the training burden on its accredited contractors and programs, Building Performance Institute, Inc. will postpone referencing ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010 — Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low Rise Residential Buildings in BPI's standards and certifications. ASHRAE is expected to publish an updated 62.2-2013 standard, which includes several significant changes, in the spring of 2013. More

How to select an air handling unit
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Air handling units come in all shapes and sizes. Learn to balance and prioritize all of the choices related to performance, efficiency, maintainability and space constraints. More

Delegate and know when to let go of small business operations
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As a business owner, you are the parent of your company. Planning for the business, getting it off the ground, and making sure it survives and thrives is taxing, time-consuming, and can be incredibly rewarding. It requires you to wear many hats. Once the business begins thriving on its own, you need to delegate those responsibilities to other employees so that you can focus on higher-level tasks and because, frankly, you are probably not the best person for every job. More

Solar energy efficiency record broken by National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Solar power is one of the most popular forms of alternative energy today. Efficiency, however, has been a major problem that has kept solar energy from replacing traditional power sources. Scientists from the III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently discovered a material that was capable of boosting the efficiency of solar cells to new heights, breaking the current efficiency record for solar energy systems. More

Massachusetts program encourages wood stove upgrades
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Massachusetts is introducing a new incentive program to prod residents to trade in older wood, wood pellet or coal burning stoves for higher-efficiency models. Residents who qualify for the program could receive a voucher of either $1,000 to $2,000 for newer models that use less wood and release less air pollution. More

5 tips for small business success in 2013
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As the calendar flips to another year, it's the perfect time to take stock of your business and make some important changes for an even better year ahead. Here are five simple things you can do to start the year off right. More

Geothermal industry happy with last-minute Congressional action
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After months and months of delay, important clean energy decisions were finally made by our Congressional representatives. The most notable was probably the extension of the wind power production tax credit. However, there's also some important news regarding the geothermal industry. More

7 tips for creating powerful landing pages
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A landing page is any page on your website that's sole purpose is to prompt a visitor to take a certain action. The landing page is what serves up your call to action and gets someone to take that next step. If your landing page doesn't drive users to take the action you've laid out for them, it failed. Here are seven tips for creating powerful landing pages. More

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