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Tec Daddy says residential HVAC contractors can make money on preseason tune-ups
Contracting Business
It probably costs you over $200 to generate a preseason tune-up, and even more to money run it. If your techs are only collecting for the tune-ups and maybe upgrading them to service agreements, you'd be better off financially by not spending the money to advertise for those tune-ups and then spending even more money to run them. On the other hand, when you run them right, which means to be thorough, establish the need and present options, they can be very profitable and almost the backbone of your business.
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Tension in Ukraine sends oil futures higher
The Wall Street Journal
While strong demand for heating oil has helped support oil prices as an unusually cold winter gripped the central and eastern U.S. in recent months, the latest gain was fueled by geopolitical developments. Russia, the world's biggest oil producer, sent troops into Crimea, a peninsula in Ukraine. The move stoked fears that there could be a disruption in supply in both crude and refined oil products.
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Federal bill introduced to allow quicker delivery of heating oil
Chambersburg Public Opinion
U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, Pa., has introduced federal legislation that would allow truckers to drive longer hours to deliver home heating fuels through May 31. The state is operating under an emergency declaration that suspends the federal limitation on the hours that a fuel tank trucker can drive. The declaration is temporary, lasting 30 days. Expiring March 1, the measure already has been renewed once.
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The Roadshows are coming
OESP
Before you know it, April 1 will be upon all of us. That is the deadline for the Early Bird Registration special pricing for the Mohegan Sun Event. So what are you waiting for? Get started by registering today. The registration fee includes all classes — up to 13 hours of education — and food and beverage on the show floor. Also, all those registered by April 1 are in the running for a free two-night suite at the Mohegan Sun Resort.
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Classic Hydronics with Dan Holohan — April 9
OESP
Join us for a spring break by attending Dan Holohan's popular seminar, Classic Hydronics. Dan is doing this seminar to benefit our scholarship fund. Tickets are $129 each, and the price includes a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Holiday inn Grandville, Pa. Click the "Read More" link to register or call 888-552-0900. All proceeds are going to our scholarship fund.
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Spring board meeting — March 29
OESP
Directors are encouraged to join us the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, Pa., for our spring board meeting. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. We'll finish up approximately at noon. The board meeting will be followed by a very important education meeting. Anyone interested in helping frame the new Gold program is encouraged to attend. We will break up into roundtable groups to discuss these topics:
  • Warm Air
  • Advanced Controls
  • Venting
  • Energy Conservation
  • Hydronics
  • Steam
We welcome all to this special educational meeting. Attendees will learn more about how the Gold program will evolve. If you are reading this and want to get involved but can't attend the meeting, let us know. We can always use good volunteers.

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The winner of the coffee gift card
OESP
Our final winner of a coffee gift card is Steven White, from John F. White Company, in Providence R.I. Steven is the president of the Rhode Island Chapter. He gets special kudos because he updated his profile perfectly — he added his company logo and website as well as a very cool photo of Steven and a lovely young lady.

You can check this out by getting on the member side of the website and searching within the member directory. How? You will need to activate your account. If you have any trouble, email Judy Garber at jgarber@thinkoesp.org.

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OESP Road Show offers extensive education program
Contractor Magazine
The National Association of Oil & Energy Service Professional’s first Road Show will feature over 13 hours of education for industry professionals. The two-day event will take place at Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut from May 12-13, 2014. The education program includes something for everyone with both managerial and technical classes.

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Is sick building syndrome now a domestic concern?
Industry Today
"Sick Building Syndrome" relates to a situation in which people may experience a range of symptoms related to residing in certain buildings, most often a workplace, with no specific identifiable cause. Recent reports now suggest that SBS is becoming an increasing concern for the domestic sector; because homes are getting more and more energy-efficient and inadequate ventilation systems are encouraging mold to flourish.

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Survey: Many HVAC contractors unprepared for 2015 efficiency standards
Dayton Daily News
A majority of U.S. contractors are unprepared for upcoming regulatory changes in residential air-conditioning and heat pump systems, according to survey results released by Sidney-based Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. The survey found that 74 percent of contractors were unaware of the forthcoming 2015 regional standards for residential unitary air-conditioning and heat pump systems.

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NORA reauthorization a boon for Bioheat
Biodiesel Magazine
Part of the massive, nearly $1 trillion farm bill that President Barack Obama recently signed included reauthorization of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, which is resuming full operations after four years of no funding. The extension is for five years. NORA is a checkoff program that allows industry, not government, to support and fund initiatives for heating oil businesses, technicians and consumers. Heating oil retailers will once again begin paying the 2 cents per gallon fee, and ensure a strong future for the industry. The fee collections will begin April 1.
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2014 HVAC Excellence National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference
Supply House Times
The National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference is the nation's largest conference dedicated to providing professional development exclusively for HVACR educators and trainers. This year's conference will be held March 31-April 2, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference consist of 45 sessions on new technologies, regulatory updates, better teaching techniques and much more.
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The HVAC factor: Standard maintenance
Today's Facility Manager
In 2013, a revised ACR, the Standard for Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of HVAC Systems from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association was released to the industry. This standard has evolved from procedural based guidelines, standards of care and research originating from NADCA, along with associated organizations. It is based on reliable principles, review of applicable industry literature and information and practical experience. It focuses on preventing job related hazards, such as exposure to workers and occupants, as well as cross-contamination to the indoor environment.
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Small budget advertising for HVAC businesses
Contracting Business
Many small businesses have the problem of not having a large budget for advertising but still have the need to market their products and services. Where are you investing your advertising dollars? Marketing lays the foundation for future success and it encompasses many aspects, one of which is advertising. The goal is to make your name recognizable and synonymous with your type of business.
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Harvard professor says emerging battery tech could be game changer for grid storage
Environment & Energy Publishing
Could rhubarb molecules hold the key to cost-effective battery storage for renewable energy in the electricity sector? During a recent OnPoint, Michael Aziz, a professor of materials and energy technologies at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, discusses his emerging battery technology and research and talks about the next steps to commercializing the technology.
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Small business tips to make April 15 less taxing
Small Business Computing
There's no sugar-coating it; pulling together last year's receipts, deciphering the tax code changes du jour, and worrying about what you'll owe and how you'll pay it make the weeks leading up to April 15 stressful for you. Small Business Computing offers some tips and resources to alleviate it somewhat. Here's what small business owners can do to pay a little less money this time around, while laying the groundwork to make 2014 and beyond less taxing in every sense of the word.
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