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HVAC industry forecast: Looking for a 'build-up'
Contracting Business
2014 will provide some challenges to HVAC contractors. But internal managment and housing should help companies prosper. As more homes and commercial structures are built and require HVAC system installations in turn, demand for industry technicians will grow strongly.
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Maine heating oil companies face greater delivery challenges with freezing temperatures, winter storms
Bangor Daily News
Truck drivers for heating oil companies in Maine are facing "a nightmare" on their deliveries as they deal with frantic freezing customers, icy driveways and oil tanks buried by snow and ice. The recent winter storms and extreme cold temperatures are stretching the ability of heating oil companies to keep up with demand from customers. As a result, dealers are asking customers to be patient as the environmental conditions impede their ability to make deliveries.
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New Hampshire's prebuy oil legislation appears to be on its death bed
Seacoastonline
House Bill 566 is scheduled to be killed by the New Hampshire House later this month after the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee recently voted 19-1 that this bill was "inexpedient to legislate." The bill would've regulated guaranteed price plans and prepaid contracts for heating oil, kerosene or liquefied petroleum gas.
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Special welcome to our latest corporate member: Venco
OESP
Venco Sales represents industry leading manufacturers offering the highest quality products. With a dynamic company backbone and products to fit all aspects of today's HVAC systems, we have the solutions with the most value for you and your customer. Along with our team of experts and market comprehension, we have the formula to aid you in your pursuit of the best suited plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems. Utilizing our reliable support system, our team can provide you with cutting edge knowledge while bolstering your skill set and assisting you in delivering your company's vision to the marketplace.

On behalf of OESP, we welcome Venco and encourage others to look at our Corporate Membership level found on our website.

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Thermostat bill signed into law in New York
OESP
The requirement for HVAC contractors to recycle all mercury thermostats removed from service is now in effect. Contractors can no longer leave these thermostats at a customer's premise or reinstall mercury thermostats removed from service.

Wholesalers and HVAC contractors with seven or more technicians should call TRC (Thermostat Recycling) at 1-888-266-0550 or email mark.tibbetts@thermostat-recycle.org for more information on ordering bins. TRC is prohibited from recovering their costs on initial bin orders (but will charge for replacements) so there will be no cost for new bin orders for contractors or wholesalers ordering bins for New York based locations.

Wholesalers will have to act as collection points by July 1. After that they are prohibited from selling any thermostats.

View the signed bill here.

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Thank you
OESP
The Lehigh Valley Chapter sponsored a special chapter meeting, hosted at the Grundfos Distribution Center in Allentown, Pa., in November. They invited Dan Holohan to speak. All parties were kind enough to donate their fees. The money raised — $1,517 — was donated to our Dave Nelsen Scholarship fund. Thank you all!
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Congratulations go out to the new retiree
OESP
We would be remiss in not mentioning to you another individual who has contributed much to our industry, the former editor of Indoor Comfort Marketing, Mike SanGiovanni. Mike has chosen to retire after 42 years working for the publication. Good luck to Mike as he pursues other interests and enjoys some well deserved R&R.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Carlin 48245 Now with Smart Ignition

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Sid Harvey’s offers the newly redesigned 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator which also helps warm oil for consistent viscosity and burner performance. Flow-Control features a third float for better performance in high vacuum installations. TUV Tested and rated for use with 100% bio-diesel and ambient temperature up to 140F, the Flow-Control 3/K-2 carries a 5 year warranty and has a 20 year life expectancy. www.sidharvey.com
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IN THE NEWS


2014 means decision time for the Keystone XL pipeline
By Lucy Wallwork
A decision on the approval of the $5.4 billion northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline (linking oil sands production in Canada with refining on the U.S. Gulf Coast) is expected in the first quarter of 2014. And a new survey has revealed strong support for the project among Americans. Keystone, which has always been as much a political football as a solution to a logistical problem, needs President Barack Obama's approval to cross the U.S. border, and that could have implications for the country's relationship with its northern neighbor.
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Commercial VRF HVAC systems: Application and service
Contracting Business
VRF systems has led to a new way of thinking when laying out a heating and cooling project. Recent advances in VRF technology deliver architects, engineers, contractors and end users ever-increasing efficiency, flexibility of application, whisper quiet operation and comfort levels that were unattainable just a few short years ago.
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Heating oil companies work to keep up with demand
WCSH-TV
When the temperatures have a hard time reaching the single digits, heating oil tanks have a hard time staying full. Homes go through gallon after gallon of heating oil this time of year, which causes a head ache for oil companies trying to keep up with demand. The Dead River Company in Brewer, Maine, has been receiving around 4,000 calls a week from customers in need of heating oil. To keep up with that demand, it's been sending around 20 trucks out a day.
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Truckers hauling heating oil, propane exempt in some states
Lande Line
Dangerously cold weather has prompted the FMCSA to exempt truckers hauling propane and heating oil in certain states from hours-of-service regulations. Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont have declared a state of emergency because of winter temperatures, snowfall and shortages of propane or heating oil.
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EIA report: Biggest energy producing states are also biggest users
The Huffington Post
Dense, urban states — especially New York — and sprawling, energy-producing states stand out in newly-updated state energy analyses the U.S. Energy Information Administration released in late December. The report shows how the states stack up for renewable and fossil fuel energy consumption and production. The analyses emphasize how New York and California are leaders in energy efficiency despite also being among the nation's largest energy consumers.

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Mercury-bulb thermostat myths
Contractor Magazine
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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HVAC accidents: Boiler explosions
Contracting Business
Pressure vessels, or boilers, are all aound us. They are used in our homes, schools, businesses, industrial, medical and maufacturing facilities. They require service and maintenance to keep them safe. Mechanical systems contractors are the key to that safety. The important point here for both commercial and residential HVAC contractors, is to be properly trained in how to maintain pressure vessels, know the codes and know what to do in case of emergencies.

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Fast answers about 1099 forms for independent workers
Small Business Trends
As a U.S. business owner, if you hire independent contractors and service providers, you probably will have to issue a special tax form to them during January, called the 1099. This article is limited to the 1099-MISC form — that's the form that small businesses use to report miscellaneous income paid to others during the year. Here are some commonly-asked questions and answers.
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Solar popularity regains ground in the US
Energy Matters
Solar power has gained more ground in terms of positive perceptions in the U.S. public according to a recent survey. The Navigant Research survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults found 79 percent of respondents favored the concept of solar energy, followed by wind energy at 72 percent.
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