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Winter taking toll on heating oil supplies
KDKA-TV
The winter of 2014 has been one to forget for Bradigan's Incorporated, a home heating oil and diesel fuel distributor in Kittanning, Pa. Unlike last winter, the company has barely been able to supply customers due to high demand. Because it’s been so cold this winter, heating oil supplies are very low and as a result, prices are very high.
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Have you done a 1st quarter 'quick check' for your HVAC business?
Contracting Business
The first quarter is time to determine that your company is tracking the way that you want it to, in order that you may capitalize on your business opportunities. Conducting a dealer's need analysis can help you find where you need to direct your attention and the attention of your employees. As a general rule, it starts with revenue.
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New Hampshire heating oil dealers say prices may be ready to level off
New Hampshire Union Leader
Heating oil dealers in New Hampshire say there are indications that the upward spiral of heating oil prices over the past several years may be on the verge of leveling off, and credit new technologies that they say are making the fuel more efficient while lessening the environmental impact of heating with oil.
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On the road again
OESP
We mentioned that OESP will be offering more on the road classes this year — both technical and managerial.

We have confirmed that Jim Peters will be presenting two-day service management workshops for us this summer. One will be held in the Baltimore area. The other will be held at Beckett's training facility in Fiskdale, Mass., near Sturbridge. Jim's two-day workshops are quite informative and back by popular demand. You will find Jim understands the needs and responsibilities of a service manager or supervisor. Each attendee will receive a workbook along with a disk that provides a host of forms that you just might need in your job.

We will announce the times, locations and costs associated with these workshops at a later date.

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Our roadshows are also open
OESP
Everything you need to know about the Roadshows can be found on our website. The show floor at Mohegan is almost sold out. There might be two or three spaces remaining. If you have an interest in displaying, get on board before it is too late.

Registration is available on our website. The Early Bird pricing is good until April 1.

Attendees in the NATE or NORA certifications can pick-up 13 CEUs. Remember, registration includes food and beverage on the show floor as well as any and all classes. If you want to pay via check, download the form on our website.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Ductless Mini-Split Kit

Sid Harvey’s introduces a time-saving idea to speed the installation of the most popular mini split systems. The Sid Harvey Mini-Split Installation Kit includes communication cable, drain hose, disconnect, whip, ring terminals, and cable ties to make installation quick and easy and comes in either 25 foot or 50 foot lengths. The Mini-Split Installation Kits are available at all Sid Harvey Stores. 

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April 9: Dan Holohan — Classic Hydronics
OESP
We have been awarding scholarships for the past 14 years. When Dave Nelsen suddenly passed away, the decision was made to honor him by setting up a scholarship in his name. Dan was one person that challenged himself by setting a goal of $100,000 so the scholarship fund would be available into the future. He did accomplish that and we've been awarding scholarships every year to deserving students who want to continue their education in HVACR. Along the way we have picked-up partners who contribute by matching our amounts — a $2,500 donation matches our commitment of $2,500. This year those partners include the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Garden State Chapter, Honeywell, Taco and Weil McLain. So we'll be able to aware five $5,000 scholarships.

To continue funding the scholarship program, we host our annual Dave Nelsen Scholarship golf tournament. This year it will be held in conjunction with our Oil Heat Retreat and Roadshow, both to be held Sunday, Sept. 21, in Gettysburg, Pa.

With interest rates low we continue to award more scholarships, our scholarship account needs an additional boost this year. Our friend Dan stepped up to the plate and is holding this seminar for us with all proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund. It will be held at the Holiday Inn, in Grantville, Pa., in the Harrisburg-Hershey. You can register online or call 888-552-0900.

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Speaking of the scholarships
OESP
If you know of anyone that could benefit from a scholarship, here is the information — pass it along and encourage them to apply. You will note on this document the deadline for awards is March 7.
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Building ventilation is easily overlooked
The Tennessean
In commercial office buildings, ventilation is often an invisible system. We only notice it when it fails to do its job. More than just a matter of comfort, understanding the important link between building ventilation and indoor air quality can lead to significant dollar savings and improvements in comfort and productivity.

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Energy Star is not just for refrigerators
Mother Earth News
Many of us have heard of Energy Star certified lights and appliances. But Energy Star is also a green building certification available for a new home. In fact, in its newest version, version 3.0 an Energy Star home is a true distinction from a conventional new home, offering 15-30 percent reduction in energy costs — and most importantly of all — quality assurance that the systems in the home will work as they are intended.

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Freezing US weather draws rare heating oil cargoes from Europe
Bloomberg
Arctic weather in the U.S. East Coast is spurring heating oil shipments from Europe, reversing the typical flow of cargoes. At least three tankers have been booked to arrive in the U.S. Atlantic Coast in early February, according to shipping fixture data compiled by Bloomberg. The U.S. Northeast is the biggest regional market for the fuel.

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REG opens new US business for heating oil, diesel
Hydrocarbon Processing
Renewable Energy Group has launched a new division that will sell petroleum-based heating oil and diesel fuel, thereby enabling the company to offer more biofuel blends, the company said. REG Energy Services will sell heating oil and ultra-low sulfur diesel at seven terminals throughout the northeastern U.S., as well as its BioHeat blended heating fuel at an existing REG terminal location.
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Does the Affordable Care Act save HVAC contractors money?
Contracting Business
Mike Weil, editorial director for Contracting Business, has spoken with a number of contractors who either are unaware of the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act, are confused by it or are hoping that the plans they already have for their employees are sufficient. No matter where you are with the Affordable Care Act and its impact on your business, there are resources for you to check things out.
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Improve thermal efficiency with enhanced integrated motor technology
Design News
Providing maximum cooling within a compact space has always been a challenging task. Over the last decade, a number of highly efficient solutions have been developed based on the principles of advanced integrated design. Employing each cooler internal component (blower, motor, heat sink, etc.) for more than one function results in a more compact and efficient design while increasing the unit's cooling capacity.
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Weighing the disadvantages of geothermal against the benefits
The Courier
A geothermal heat pump system is a great way to manage your home's interior climate. However, like any HVAC system, a geothermal climate control solution has both advantages and drawbacks. To help you determine whether or not geothermal is the best solution for you, we will compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of geothermal.
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Small business owners concerned about workplace safety
eWeek
Keeping employees safe at work is a top concern for small business owners, according to a survey sponsored by Employers, a small business insurance specialist. Workplace safety risks were cited by 35 percent of respondents as the source of greatest worry and the area where small business owners expect to dedicate most of their attention this year.
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