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In this issue...
  • 5 things to do (and 1 thing to look out for) during the tweener months
  • Should Vermont tax rate increase on home heating?
  • Cold and snow freezing out home oil deliveries in Connecticut
  • Scholarship deadline — March 13
  • Awards deadline — April 1
  • We wish to welcome
  • Registration is open
  • Could oil prices plummet a 2nd time?
  • Your HVAC brand, your identity
  • Renewable energy bill advances in Vermont House
  • Strength in 'Union' for cooling and heating technologies
  • 9 tax tips for the self-employed

  • 5 things to do (and 1 thing to look out for) during the tweener months
    Contracting Business
    Winter is nearly gone. Hot weather is still in the distance. People are less apt to buy since homeowners who have made it this deep into winter without replacing their furnaces will do almost anything to stretch the product a few more weeks. What will you do?
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    Should Vermont tax rate increase on home heating?
    WCAX-TV
    A proposal in Montpelier, Vermont, would increase heating fuel costs to support improvements in thermal efficiency. The bill would raise the gross receipts tax which applies to heating oil, propane, natural gas and electricity. Doing so would raise about 15 million dollars and provide more cash for weatherizing homes. But spokespeople for the fuel dealers association say they cannot afford to simply absorb the six cent a gallon tax hike — and customers cannot afford to have it passed onto them.
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    Cold and snow freezing out home oil deliveries in Connecticut
    WTIC-TV
    VideoBrief February was the coldest month on record in Connecticut in 110 years, which put great stress on the home heating oil industry. Slower than usual delivery was common during February. The recent cold streak has kept the home heating oil business humming 24/7. And, with demand up throughout the Northeast, delivery to the New Haven terminal via barges has slowed.
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    Scholarship deadline — March 13
    OESP
    If you are planning to submit a scholarship application you'd better act soon. The deadline is fast approaching. The requirements include the application and completion of the checklist. As a tip, complete the checklist first; it will help the individual write their essay. The judges really would like to "know the applicants," and a well-written essay will assist them.
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    Awards deadline — April 1
    OESP
    So who will win the Hugh McKee Award in 2015? The Hugh McKee Award is the highest level of achievement. We also have the Service Manager of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Instructor of the Year and Associate of the Year. Think about the people you work with at the chapter level, sales personnel, etc. You might want to submit a brief résumé explaining why they should be one of our 2015 winners.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Sid Harvey's Pump Testing Manifold
    Sid Harvey’s Pump Testing Manifold checks pressure and vacuum quickly and accurately on all fuel units up to 300 psi. It features liquid filled gauges, flexible lines, and smooth operating valves. The vacuum side has flare fittings for both 3/8” and ½” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello. www.sidharvey.com
     


    We wish to welcome
    OESP
    We've got three new members from Santa Energy: Scott Ritter, Richard Degenova and Jamie Bachman. Welcome gentlemen!
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    Registration is open
    OESP
    Registration is open for our 2015 annual convention and trade show to be held May 18-21, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Registration is free and so are our technical sessions scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. We have quite a line-up of sessions available.
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    Could oil prices plummet a 2nd time?
    OilPrice.com
    Are oil prices heading for a double dip? The surge in shale production has produced a temporary glut in supplies causing oil prices to experience a massive bust. After tanking to a low of $44 per barrel in January, falling rig counts and enormous reductions in exploration budgets have fueled speculation that the market will correct sometime later this year. However, there is a possibility that the recent rise to $51 for WTI and $60 for Brent may only be temporary. In fact, several trends are conspiring to force prices down for a second time.
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    Your HVAC brand, your identity
    Contracting Business
    A brand is the cornerstone or anchor point of your customer experience, it influences all dialogue about your organization, it focuses your advertising efforts, and it defines your promotional activity. The positioning and strength of your marketing framework flows from your brand. A strong brand is about truth and it must tie into your company's strengths.
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    Renewable energy bill advances in Vermont House
    The Associated Press via Bulington Free Press
    The Vermont House has advanced a wide-ranging bill that pushes utilities beyond electricity to help customers save on heat and could resolve criticism that the current state program to promote renewable energy double counts its results. Supporters say the bill would move Vermont from the back of the pack — the five other New England states already have the renewable energy requirements the bills calls for — to the front, by adding language calling for utilities to help customers cut consumption of home heating oil and other carbon-emitting fuels.
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    Strength in 'Union' for cooling and heating technologies
    By Andrew Gaved
    The potential influence of the cooling and heating sectors on reducing energy use is well known, but the recent release by the European Commission of its strategy framework for an Energy Union is set to put energy-efficient cooling and heating center stage. The potential for increased impact is well demonstrated by the fact that immediately following the Energy Union's publication, associations representing both cooling suppliers and heat pumps rushed out position papers underlining how the opportunity could be grasped.
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    9 tax tips for the self-employed
    USA Today
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were some 815,000 self-employed Americans at the end of 2014. One of the biggest perks of the job is the self-determination that comes from being your own boss. But one of the biggest downsides for many is that, in addition to doing what you love, you have to do a lot of other stuff that goes into running a business — including playing the role of tax accountant. If you run your own small business, here are nine key tax tips that can help you come tax time.
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