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As 2013 comes to a close, OESP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the The Advantage a look at the most accessed exclusive content articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 8.



Peak oil — Myth vs. reality
By Zara Rahman
From March 20: Since the late 1950s, when M. King Hubbert first came up with his now-famous "Hubbert's curve" to describe the world's oil production rising, peaking and then falling in a convenient bell-shaped curve, the peak oil theory has gained in popularity. It has been adopted by some environmentalists lobbying for the adoption of alternative energy sources and some scientists predicting that the doomsday will inevitably come, when the world's oil demand far outstrips global supply, leaving us energy-less and suffering for it. But technological and economic developments in recent years have brought a new, unexpected conclusion to the peak oil story.
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Overcoming wiring problems in boiler controls
By Dan Auciello
From Feb. 27: With all of the new energy-saving boiler controls on the market — most coming packaged on the boiler — there comes another challenge. The typical control wiring to the thermostat on Long Island is 120 volts. It seems to be unique to our service area. Running new wires is not usually practical. But there are solutions you will not find in any instruction manual.
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Ultra-Low Heating Oil: Maximizing operational performance
By Mark J. Stellmach
From Feb. 13: The purpose of this brief review is to provide direction so as to ensure peak operations of Ultra-Low Heating Oil. Ultra-low fuels are here and will quickly become the norm throughout our heating industry. While the good news of cleaner combustion and reduced heat exchanger fouling is real, so are the operational challenges.
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Carlin 48245 Now with Smart Ignition

Extend the life of ignitors with Carlin’s new 48245 primary control with Smart Ignition. The 48245 runs in Intermittent Duty (or “constant” duty) when needed to prevent loss of flame. Smart Ignition switches to Interrupted Duty when it can to dramatically extend the life of the ignitor or transformer. The Model 48245 is the smart replacement for 3-wire controls. www.carlincombustion.com
B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filter that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with all bio-fuel blends rated up to and including B100. Sid Harvey’s operates 80 branches nationally. 605 Locust St., Garden City, NY 11530 (516) 745-9200. Visit the website at www.sidharvey.com
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Big Oil and Venezuela: A new dawn?
By Lucy Wallwork
From March 27: The news of the recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez might not have sent shockwaves across the energy world, but U.S. oil executives and domestic politicians alike will be watching closely the news coming out of Caracas in the aftermath. Presidential elections will be held April 14, and there are serious doubts over whether "Chavismo" can survive Chavez. Given renewed American buoyancy over oil resources, the question of securing imports of Venezuelan oil may not touch the nerve it once did. But what exactly does the comandante's death mean for the global oil industry, and for the U.S. in particular?
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America's hidden fuel: How does the US stack up on energy efficiency?
By Lucy Wallwork
From Nov. 13: The rapid ramping up of oil and gas production is only half the story in North America's transformed energy security outlook. The other half is energy efficiency, dubbed the "hidden fuel" by industry watchers. In the past, the "gas-guzzling" U.S. was criticized by its European counterparts for its addiction to SUVs and a poor record on energy efficiency, but recent years have seen something of a turnaround. Concerns still remain that the realities of lobby politics and downward pressure on domestic gas prices could set this impressive progress into reverse.
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The rise of 'Small Oil'
By Zara Rahman
From April 10: Much has been discussed about how the prominence of Big Oil has, in recent years, given way to the rise of state-owned oil companies, which now hold approximately 70 percent of the world's oil reserves. But given the gargantuan size of the world's oil industry, even companies claiming just a fraction of those reserves can be making millions. Does the future of the oil industry lie in these "Small Oil" companies?
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Getting green and energy independent: Nice try?
By Stefanie Heerwig
From May 8: Never have official estimates of fossil fuel subsidies in the United States been so high and never have efforts to cut them so serious. In his proposal for the fiscal year budget 2014, President Barack Obama aims at U.S. energy independence and a radical cut of fossil fuel subsidies. How does this work together or, more importantly, will that work at all?
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How seriously should we be taking the concept of unburnable carbon?
By Lucy Wallwork
From Aug. 7: Reserve levels and reserve-replacement metrics have long been used as key determinants of the value of firms in the hydrocarbon industry. But new reports cast doubt on the boldness of valuing assets in the ground that may never be extracted and burned if global governments take seriously their commitments to limiting carbon dioxide emissions. This leads to concerns over a potential "carbon bubble," in the mold of the dot-com bubble or the global financial crisis, all stemming from the overvaluing of corporate assets.
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The world of thermostats for hydronics is full of myths and misunderstandings. Some of these are due to misinformation about thermostats in general. Some are specific to mercury-bulb thermostats. And some thermostat myths apply just to hydronics.

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HVACR contractors: 12 resolutions for a stellar 2014
Contracting Business
Resolutions are just starting points. Use these, or substitute any of your own, one per month, throughout 2014. Keep them as a checklist, then at the end of the year, see how well you did.

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The HVAC service profit chain
Contracting Business
In an industry driven by weather, and a local economy, how can you build a service company profit chain? You can't. You have to do it by refocusing your business from fix-it or replace-it, to the service agreement, and building a long term relationship with the homeowner.

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US as leading subsidizer of fossil fuels? Do estimates matter?
By Stefanie Heerwig
From May 1: If you want to know the true costs of fossil fuel subsidies in the US, you might think you can just have a look at the U.S. budget and that's it. But it's not that easy, because major organizations like the IMF, OECD or the IEA have not agreed upon a uniform methodology to measure subsidies yet, nor on a definition of subsidies. And nowhere might this be better shown in the case of the U.S., where the estimation of the costs of fossil fuel subsidies currently ranges from no subsidies at all, according to the IEA, to $6 billion estimated by the OECD and a stunning $502 billion estimated by the IMF.
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A guide to Google Analytics for small businesses
By Mayur Kisani
From Aug. 21: Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools for tracking traffic patterns on your website. What's more appealing about it is that, like many other Google offerings, it's free. Analytics was launched in August 2006, but it was not available to users until a year later. Since then, it has come a long way. The platform is now easy-to-use and even integrates with other Google platforms like AdWords and AdSense.
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