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Heating oil expenditures to hit new record highs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite much of the country experiencing its fourth warmest winter on record, residential heating oil expenditure is still tipped to hit record highs this winter, giving little reprieve to struggling homeowners. In its weekly petroleum report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said the average household is forecast to spend $2,326 heating their home with fuel oil this winter. That's slightly higher than the previous record high of $2,300 posted last winter. The EIA says two main factors drive heating oil expenditure — temperature and price. And while temperatures have waned, heating oil is still commanding strong prices on world commodity markets for a number of reasons. More

Green jobs: HVAC predicted growth leader in green buildings market    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pike Research has predicted that HVAC is the fastest growing sector of the green building market. Pike Research estimates that the market for energy efficient buildings will increase more than 50 percent from 2011 to 2017, topping out at $103.5 billion by the latter year. This expansion will affect individuals and stakeholders in a number of green building-related sectors, especially professionals who develop sustainable heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, said the report. HVAC is projected to be a leading sector in the green building industry, growing from $3.1 billion to $6.4 billion by 2017. More

Home heating oil for a penny per gallon?
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VideoBriefIt's one of the worst bills we have to pay: The one to keep our houses warm. In the past, the only option to save money was to turn the thermostat down and grab another sweater. But Neighbor Oil, a new company based in Andover, Mass., promises to save homeowners big bucks by earning points. Neighor Oil keeps track of your points and calculates your lower price every time your order oil. The savings can add up fast for the average client. "We are saving them 30-35 percent over last year's price," said CEO Paul Harkins. More

 Updates from OESP

What's happening?
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The deadline for our 2012 Scholarship Awards has been moved up to March 1. The reason for the change is to give the judges more time to review the applications. With the awards being $5,000 each, there needs to be careful consideration and thought going into the process.

The applicants still need to write an essay answering the question, "What are your goals in the oil and energy service field and what appeals to you about the oil and energy service industry?" Additionally an applicant needs to have a letter of recommendation from a respected authority such as an HVAC or plumbing instructor.

If you know of an individual planning to attend a technical college or school or is currently enrolled, encourage them to apply. Please note it is very important to adhere to the new closing of March 1.

In addition to the award, winners and their families are invited to attend our awards banquet. They will be assigned seating with the co-sponsor of the award. Last year these companies and chapter — Delevan, Taco, Weil-McLain, Honeywell, R.E. Michel Company and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter (the James McComas Award) — supported a scholarship.

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On the subject of the scholarship fund
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Interest rates on CDs are very low, so obviously our plans to use interest earned towards awards is not happening. We actually have been using principal to make awards. It is now time to focus on getting our fund back to where it needs to be — $100,000. So this year we have planned two things at our annual convention.

The first is our Annual Dave Nelsen Scholarship Golf Tournament. Last year, thanks to George Fantacone (R.I. Chapter and National V.P) and Kevin Rooney (Oil Heat Institute of LI), the tournament got a complete makeover. It is a real tournament that will be held at the Swansea Country Club, conveniently located near Providence, R.I. The Shotgun Start is 10 a.m., Monday, May 21.

We are looking for sponsors and golfers. When registration opens, you will be able to register and pay during the registration process.

The second fundraiser is a new event, thanks to Peter Cullen, Wohler, who gave us the idea. It is a "Learn What's New!" event. Exhibitors can draw traffic to their booth by participating. The cost is $250 and all the money goes to our scholarships fund. Participants visit each of the sponsoring exhibitors and get their card stamped then turn it in at the OESP booth at the end of the day. One of the tickets will be drawn and the winner will receive a free electronic tablet — compliments of OESP. This event is limited to the first 25 exhibitors. Participation in this event is limited to just those in the trades — no students.

A special mailing will be sent to our exhibitors shortly but if you want to commit now, simply email Judy Garber at

Update on Danny: Day 136
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Many of you have asked about Danny's progress so this information is being shared. We have learned that he continues to make excellent progress. A few more major surgeries and he will be moved into a new room with a new agenda — "physical therapy." Danny is starting to sit up and, ever so slowly, move his arms and legs. With each surgery there are the obvious setbacks, but he is recovering faster after each one. Danny is talking and moving on a daily basis. Once he is moved and the physical therapy starts, he will have another long road, both physically and mentally, ahead of him. He is not yet ready for visitors, but his family asks that we all just keep him in our prayers and continue to show support through sending cards. He does love receiving our mail. As a reminder, his address is: Danny Gentile, Burn Center of Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, Conn., 06610.

And don't forget our major fundraiser coming up March 4.

Speaking of seeking
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With our new name, the opportunities exist for new vendors to be invited to exhibit in our 59th annual convention and trade show. We are looking for more vendors that manufacturer energy related products, such as heat pumps, air conditioning, propane, geothermal, water conditioning, etc. If you get a new vendor to exhibit, you get a free night at the Westin. Make sure you remind the vendor to note they were referred by you.

New to Providence, R.I., this year
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Exhibitors told us they missed not having outdoor space in 2010, so immediately the convention committee got to work and got that approved. This year attendees will find a nice assortment of displays located outdoors and even some food!

For continual updates on our annual convention and trade show, visit our website.

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 In The News

Soy oil delivers another use: Heat
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New York City looks a little greener these days thanks in part to biodiesel. This renewable, soy-based fuel powers Big Apple vehicles, furnaces and generators year-round and can be found throughout the city from Central Park to John F. Kennedy Airport. The New York Parks Department uses a B20 blend of biodiesel when fueling diesel vehicles and generators, as well as replacing the oil heat for warming their buildings. New York City's sometimes progressive mindset coupled with its frigid winters also helped make it a big focus for a new soy oil market: bioheat. This heat source combines home heating oil with biodiesel, resulting in a renewable, cleaner-burning fuel. More

Plants may lead to form of alternative energy
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Dr. Barry Bruce has been working on photosynthesis since 1975. In his lab, which studies two aspects of membrane biochemistry related to photosynthesis, Bruce and his team of graduate and undergraduate students are working on what they like to call "applied photosynthesis." The process can take the system plants have for creating energy and create an electric current or even create molecular hydrogen. Bruce feels that the hydrogen that the system produces could be used as a new alternative energy source. More

Energy efficiency program saving homes $900 per year in energy costs
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Thanks to a hefty federal grant, almost 50 homes in Unity, Maine, have been able to get energy audits and also have $500 worth of weatherization work done on their homes. Back in August of 2010, the town received $82,500 in federal Recovery Act funds for energy efficiency work. Although program officials said that residents were a little slow to warm up to the process initially, in recent months many have taken advantage of the expertise and financial help available for making their homes more efficient. More

Home performance standard approved by ANSI
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The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute Standards Task Team announced that the American National Standards Institute has recognized the ACCA 12 QH-2011 standard, "Existing Homes Evaluation and Performance Improvement." The national standard establishes the minimum requirements to evaluate a home and recommend improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation, occupant comfort and indoor air quality. "Existing Homes Evaluation and Performance Improvement" is available for free download at and will be available in print format for purchase soon. More

Australian made solar roofing panels provide heat and power
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In an effort to bring Australia in line with an international zero-emissions building code, researchers from the University of New South Wales are working on a system to better harness the power of solar energy to generate electricity and heating for homes. A prototype rooftop solar power system developed by UNSW's School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Engineering that combines photovoltaics with thermal technology has demonstrated the ability to produce warm air throughout winter. More

Temperatures rise in thermostat war
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With energy costs rising and being "green" a bigger deal than ever, there's no doubt that the device that regulates a home's heating and cooling is important. According to an analysis by researchers for the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, a programmable thermostat can save a U.S. homeowner $180 a year off an average $1,100 energy bill. But thermostats have historically failed as products that consumers get excited about. Flash back to October, when Nest Labs arrived on the scene with a very cool looking thermostat that employs advanced artificial intelligence with learning technology, a motion sensor and Wi-Fi. The product has been consistently sold out. There is a problem, though. More
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