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Heating oil users may be 'highly satisfied' with efficient homes
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Energy-efficient homes that can help cut the amount of heating oil used may be increasingly in demand as people's experience with eco-friendly properties grows. A study by the National House Building Council revealed occupiers of newly-built dwellings that are designed to be as efficient as possible are highly satisfied with their abodes "in terms of living space, comfortable internal temperatures and lower energy bills." It also revealed buyers are prepared to pay a premium for a property that can offer them lower fuel costs in the long term, which may encourage more developers to consider this aspect when designing dwellings. More



Biomass: Just because it's green doesn't mean it's clean
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Florida residents last year filed a legal challenge against a company that was planning to build a biomass incinerator in the Florida Panhandle. They complained the incinerator project was a "toxic nightmare" for the coastal area. Now, a new study conducted on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation finds that it might be awhile before burning wood instead of fossil fuels pays off for the environment. This suggests that maybe things aren't always as green as they seem. More

Geothermal heating-cooling: Canadians are hot and cold about it
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Wind and solar technologies may hog the spotlight — and subsidies — in Ontario, Canada, but behind the scene geo-exchange heating and cooling systems are being quietly deployed by the thousands across the province every year. In fact, Ontario dominates when it comes to deploying these systems, according to a just released national report from the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition, a non-profit organization representing the industry. The province saw more than 7,000 geothermal heat pump units installed in 2010. This is down from more than 9,000 in each of 2009 and 2008, but far higher than next-best ranking Quebec and British Columbia, which have only installed between 1,000 and 2,000 units annually between 2008 and 2010. More

Spirovent® Air / Dirt "Combi"

The Spirovent® air eliminator and Spirotrap® dirt separator are now available as one product combining the world class features and benefits of both models. The VDR Series in brass construction for residential and light commercial applications comes in NPT or sweat connections in sizes from 1” to 2”. MORE


 Updates from OESP


Validate your skills by getting certified
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Being part of the Energy Service Industry requires you to be the best you can be. Validating your skills through certifications is one way to achieve personal success. You have heard it said many times that our Mission is Education. Annually we strive to deliver on that mission. If you or your company do service on oil fired equipment, they should at least be NORA Silver Certified. At our upcoming convention and trade show, we are making it convenient and possible to do so.

On Tuesday, May 22, Bob Hedden will do a mini-review in the morning and proctor a test later in the afternoon. For those who want to freshen up their knowledge earlier, we have posted the review online as well. Just visit www.thinkoesp.org and look for the tab "oil and energy professionals." That way you can review what you already know so that you will be ready for the test.
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Already silver or gold certified?
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Then why not consider taking the NATE Oil Furnace and Hydronics review and test. As a member of OESP, you can do that for free as well at our annual convention and trade show. Why NATE? A couple of years ago the larger companies asked that we try to get classes we offer both NATE and NORA certified. We listened and made that happen.

Already have that specialty but want to take a different NATE core or specialty test? You can do that, too, and at a special member discount. During the registration process you will be asked to identify which specialty or core you wish to take and if there is a charge, pay for that during the process. If you want to learn more about NATE exams and how to prepare for them visit www.natex.org.

These are just two examples of the variety of classes being offered at the association's 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show, May 20-24.


HVACR and mechanical workshop
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OESP, along with a host of other trade associations — ACCA, AHRI, AMCA, ASHRAE, HARDI, HRAI, IAQA, IHACI, NAFA, NATE, PHCC and RSES — are co-sponsoring this newly-named Conference for Education Professionals, formerly known as the Instructor Workshop. In addition to the above-named partners, professional education organizations ACTE, CARE and SkillsUSA will join us to provide the latest in workforce and professional development training.

You can find complete details on our home page. Ralph Adams, National V.P. will be dong a presentation on our ongoing Train-the-Trainer Program and on our behalf, Carol Fey will be teaching two classes.
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Happy belated valentine's wish
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VideoBriefWe may be over a week late with this wish, but OESP received this from an industry friend, Steve Coscia, of Coscia's Communication. As Steve points out, what does love have to do with gravity, radiation and other scientific topics? He believes that employees can learn much when managers use creative instructional design.

He created this special, 60 second video entitled: "Does Love Hold Everything Together?" It is a scientific explanation about love. Take a look by visiting www.coscia.com/bflove.php. We enjoyed it and think you will too!


Deadlines approaching
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Dave Nelsen Scholarship applications need to be received at the national office by March 1. Don't forget to purchase your event ticket or raffle tickets for the March 4 fundraiser to benefit the Danny Gentile Trust! The Spring Board of Directors Meeting will by 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Raritan, N.J. Resumes for awards nominations need to be submitted by April 1.


Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank

Increase your company’s bottom line with a product that’s top-of-the-line. Introducing the Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank (DWT). Seamless polyethylene inner tank and leak-proof, corrosion resistant steel outer tank for maximum protection. Roth tanks come with a 30-year product warranty up to $2 million in insurance.
Watch our video for more information.
Improve Heat Pump & Backup Performance
The tN2 House Control 406 is a smart heat pump control that operates up to two stages of air-to-water or water-to-water heat pump, in either heating or cooling mode in a single storage tank, 2-pipe system. It operates a boiler for Domestic Hot Water, setpoint load, boiler zones and backup for the heat pump. MORE
B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filters that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with bio-fuel blends rated up to and including B100. Sid Harvey’s operates 80 branches nationally. 605 Locust St., Garden City, NY 1150 (516) 745-9200.
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Energy-audit program can bring big savings to homeowners
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As a prominent architect in town, Clive Pohl knows firsthand the importance of energy efficiency. So he also knew that after some renovations, it was time for an intensive evaluation of the Glendover, Ky., home he bought several years ago. The evaluation found that "I was losing about 80 percent of my air in an hour every hour," Pohl said. "And the house is a well-built house." It's a finding that's common for the KY Home Performance program, a state initiative launched to the public in November 2010 with the goal of making homes more energy-efficient. More

Analysis: As solar panels eclipsed, installers in limelight
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A steep decline in solar panel prices is helping solar installers attract new capital, a trend likely to trigger consolidation in the fragmented industry and drive down the cost of putting the renewable energy system on rooftops. Panel makers suffered from a glut of supplies that pushed prices for solar panels down 50 percent last year, sending their share prices crashing. But those cheaper panels meant lower costs for the installers who buy them. Total solar installations in the United States are believed to have nearly doubled in 2011 from the previous year to between 1,500 and 2,000 megawatts of capacity. About 16 percent of that went to residential rooftops and 40 percent for installations at commercial sites, according GTM Research. More

'Major leap forward' for wind energy
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Two small wind turbines tested by engineers at West Texas A&M University's Alternative Energy Institute and the U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in Bushland, Texas, are the first in the nation to win approval from the Small Wind Certification Council. The council is an independent nonprofit based in New York that issues certificates and consumer labels that list estimated annual energy production, sound level and rated power output when wind speed is 24.6 mph, the standard established by the American Wind Energy Association. Small wind turbines can lower electricity bills and allow residents in remote areas to power car batteries and pump water for cattle at no cost, energy and utility officials said. More

Verizon Wireless introduces Small Business Advisor
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Verizon Wireless announced the introduction of the Small Business Advisor, a free, interactive tool that provides user-friendly recommendations for mobile solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. The service is designed to help customers find small business solutions that help boost productivity, protect information and use wireless technology to grow their business. The Small Business Advisor takes on the role of an electronic consultant and is designed to save the SMB owner or entrepreneur time. The tool can point the user in the right direction, finding the apps that make the most sense to boost business efficiency in many areas including customer interaction, office administration, travel and video. More

Iowa towns compete to save the most energy
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Four Eastern Iowa towns are facing off to conserve energy. The project, dubbed "Get Energized, Iowa," is a first of its kind in Iowa. Dike, Hudson, Fairbank and Readlyn are participating. "The goal is you want to save energy in your house and in turn it saves energy for your community," said Michael Soppe, mayor of Dike. Town leaders want this competition to teach people that saving energy is more than just turning off the lights. Leaders said a lot of companies do free energy audits, where they will come to your home and tell you what you could fix. More
 
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