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In this issue...
  • OESP to offer extensive educational program at 61st Convention
  • 6 reasons to look outside of the HVAC industry for your next hire
  • Why do heating oil prices continue to fall?
  • 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show — Webpage coming soon
  • Help raise dollars
  • Oil Heat Cares helps out again
  • ASHRAE and AHR Expo survey: HVACR manufacturers' optimism continues to grow for 2015
  • Economists say millennials should consider careers in trades
  • US Forest Service supports wood pellet bioenergy; no issue with emissions
  • 5 tips to save money and time in your small business
  • Looking to get published this year?
  • The do's and dont's of conflict resolution

  • OESP to offer extensive educational program at 61st Convention
    ACHR News
    OESP announced that it will offer an extensive educational program during its 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, May 17-21. OESP’s education schedule features both technical and managerial courses. Classes will focus on air conditioning, conversion burners, evaluating existing duct systems, ECM motor technology, reading schematics, low-voltage wiring and more.
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    6 reasons to look outside of the HVAC industry for your next hire
    Contracting Business
    Despite an ongoing shortage of labor, contractors resist looking outside of the industry for personnel. They should reconsider. Here are six reasons why.
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    Why do heating oil prices continue to fall?
    Market Realist
    Heating oil is a distillate fuel oil used for domestic heating and, in moderate capacity, in industrial burner units. Like gasoline and distillates, heating oil consumption or demand trends are of consequence to refineries. A higher demand for the fuel means bullish prices, which is a positive for refineries. Last week, as of Jan. 26, residential heating oil prices averaged less than $2.82 per gallon, $0.02 per gallon lower than last week and $1.36 per gallon lower than the price for the same week last year.
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    61st Annual Convention and Trade Show — Webpage coming soon
    OESP
    Registration will soon open for our 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show. Thanks to our two major Corporate Educations sponsors — Taco and Honeywell, we are able to offer our Tuesday and Wednesday technical education free to all.

    In the meantime, bookmark the Convention webpage for updates to our 61st annual event.

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    Help raise dollars
    OESP
    Wednesday, following the close of the show, you can join Dan Holohan do his popular seminar, Classic Hydronics. As you know, Dan's on-the-road seminars are coming to a close, and this is just one more opportunity to hear him and raise funds for the Dan Holohan Grant (a special scholarship set-up for HVAC instructors). Next week, we will share with you the guidelines for this award.

    When you register for the convention, you can register and pay the $99 for this seminar that will take place Wednesday, May 20.

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    Oil Heat Cares helps out again
    OESP
    What happens when the need for help goes out and you don’t have a chapter in the area to assist? You put out the word and help typically comes forward. A call came in from a social service agency in Wilmington, Delaware. The Wilmington Senior Center assists grandparents that are raising grandchildren. They had a client who was raising her four great-grandchildren. She lost heat and didn't have the funds to replace the system. So the director contacted Service Mark who in turn, contacted Oil Heat Cares. Kurt Massa, Delaware Valley Chapter, contacted the owner of Burns and McBride, Wilmington, Delaware, and they handled the installation for this elderly lady. Special thanks go out to Tom McBride for handling this.
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    IN THE NEWS


    ASHRAE and AHR Expo survey: HVACR manufacturers' optimism continues to grow for 2015
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    There is growing optimism for improving economic prospects in 2015. Based on a recent ASHRAE and AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 87 percent of the respondents said their prospects for business were either "excellent" (26 percent) or "good" (61 percent) for the coming year. Thirteen percent of the respondents felt prospects were "fair."
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    Economists say millennials should consider careers in trades
    WVTF-FM
    As the economy continues to recover, economists are seeing stark differences between people with high school and college degrees. Four-year college graduates are nearly twice as likely to have a job compared to Americans who just graduated high school and stopped there. But economists say that doesn't mean everybody needs a four-year degree. In fact, millions of good-paying jobs are opening up in the trades. And some pay better than what the average college graduate makes.
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    US Forest Service supports wood pellet bioenergy; no issue with emissions
    Clean Technica
    The manufacture of wood pellet bioenergy might increase demand for renewable energy from U.S. forests and boost prices, even if questions about increasing CO2 emissions remain without clear answers. According to a recent U.S. Forest Service study, current policies in the European Union and elsewhere requiring the use of renewable and low greenhouse gas-emitting energy are driving demand for wood pellets used to generate bioenergy.
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    5 tips to save money and time in your small business
    Michigan Chronicle
    There are two things most small business owners have in common: limited time and limited finances. If you're an entrepreneur, finding ways to make the most of both is crucial for your sanity and success. The key to becoming more efficient with these two key resources is organization.
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    Looking to get published this year?
    MultiBriefs
    In an effort to enhance the overall content of The Advantage, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of OESP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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    The do's and dont's of conflict resolution
    Contracting Business
    When individuals and team members work together in an organization, conflict is bound to arise. Oftentimes, the root of occurring conflict between team members, departments, or management and employees is actually the goals that unify them. While competing goals promote creativity, innovation, and change, they too can be a source of conflict in any organization.
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