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Legislators take up pre-buy heating oil contracts
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
New Hampshire state legislators have put forth identical proposals in the House and Senate that would require heating fuel dealers to make financial arrangements to protect consumers who enter pre-buy contracts. But legislators are still hashing out the details about how oil companies would be held accountable by the state.
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  B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filter that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with all 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.
 


US demand for green building materials to reach $86.6 billion in 2017
Glass On Web
Through 2017, a rebound in construction activity will propel growth in green building materials demand 11 percent annually to $86.6 billion. In addition to the lift supplied by general construction activity, continuing consumer interest in environmentally friendly products will increase the market share of most green building materials relative to nongreen alternatives. Green building products such as ENERGY STAR-compliant HVAC systems are forecast to see substantial gains through 2017.
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How smarter thermostat control yields energy savings
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Heating and cooling a home, residential or commercial building has always been a major expense for home and business owners. Home and business owners and the U.S. government are on the lookout for new climate control and HVAC methods and technology that can lower energy usage, monthly expenses and greenhouse gas emissions. Finding ways to meet these needs is opening up new sustainable business and market opportunities. More



Massachusetts rebates for wood pellet boilers
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia announced the launch of a new $475,000 incentive program to help residents install high-efficiency wood pellet boilers in their homes or small businesses. Residents who participate in the program can receive rebates of up to $15,000 for installing high-efficiency wood pellet boilers.
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Educating future technicians
OESP
Last week, executive director, Judy Garber, had the opportunity to visit a new school in the Bronx, N.Y. — the High School for Energy and Technology. The HVAC instructor of this new school is Alrick Crowe, a name familiar to many of you. We have known Alrick for a number of years. We awarded him four Dave Nelsen Scholarship awards so we've watched and sometimes participated in his journey, and it is wonderful to see that he is now teaching the next generation of technicians. It is a serious responsibility.

Every day you can read a story about education — the good, the bad and the not so great. There are plenty of ideas floating around as to how to improve education but no clear direction. This isn't just in HVAC training; it is also in traditional education. One of the major goals of education should be getting young adults ready for the workforce. A school such as the High School for Energy and Technology needs companies and individuals to support their efforts. During the visit, it was abundantly clear that they need and welcome the support of those in the oil and energy industry.

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  Carlin Upgrades Primary Controls

Following the launch of the Universal Replacement ProMaxx 70200 Primary in 2012, Carlin is pleased to introduce the Series E line of primaries. With an improved look, retrofit terminals, LED lights, pump prime and better protection against water, these revised models are direct replacements for Carlin’s 40230, 48245, 50200, and 60200.
 


Upcoming classes
OESP
Please check the calendar through our homepage for upcoming classes. Chapters are offering workshops and classes. Our next jointly sponsored class is April 16 — with Dan Holohan and Classic Hydronics. This seminar will begin at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner. The location is the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. Those attending the seminar can also join the group early at 4 p.m. for a tour of the HVAC lab. Attendees will find that it is an amazing high school.
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A great video to share
OESP
Tanks are an important part of an oilheating system and should be annually inspected during the tuneup. The Canadian Oilheat Association has put together a YouTube video that is clever and educational. The title is Public Education Campaign on Safe Oil Storage Practices. Check it out here.

For those that want a refresher on overall tank management, join us at our 2013 Convention and Trade show. As part of our three-day educational package, John Levey will be presenting a “Refresher Tank Class” after the show on Wednesday, May 22. As John points out, “There have been significant changes to code and major advances in technology since NORA developed the Advanced Tank Installation and Maintenance course in 2004.” This class will serve as both a refresher (for those with already hold NORA’s Advanced Tank certification) and as an introduction to the program for those who have not yet earned NORA Tank certificate.

John will discuss changes included in the 2011 version of NFPA-31, new installation instructions for above-ground tanks and special considerations that are currently being investigated to protect tanks that are located in flood prone areas. He will also discuss several common mistakes that annoy customers, drive insurance companies crazy and cost oil heat dealers a significant amount of money each year.

Join us May 19-23 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.

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Rotobrush, AirAdvice For Homes bring spring IAQ information to HVAC contractors
Contracting Business
Half of all Americans are unaware that poor indoor air quality is one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. Rotobrush International, LLC, and its partner AirAdvice for Homes are encouraging HVAC contractors to educate their clients on improving indoor air quality this spring for better client health and service sales.

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Pennsylvania could double renewable energy requirement
FierceEnergy
Legislation is on the table in Pennsylvania that could nearly double renewable energy generation requirements for state utilities. The state's existing Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard requires utilities to produce 8 percent renewable energy by 2021. House Bill 100 would mandate 15 percent renewable generation by 2023.

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Survey: Majority support focus on alternative energy
Fuel Fix
A wide-ranging survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA Today found that a majority of Americans say the priority for addressing the nation's energy supply should be developing alternative energy sources, including wind, solar and hydrogen, rather than increased production of oil, natural gas and coal. In the survey, 54 percent of people favored focusing on alternative sources of energy, while 34 percent favored expanded exploration and production of hydrocarbons.

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How to improve time management as a small business owner
Mother Nature Network
There are few things more valuable to small business owners than time. Research shows small business owners consider time to be a more valuable asset than computers, mobile phones and the company's office. In addition, one-quarter of small business owners would pay $500 for one extra hour in their day. A few simple time-management strategies can help entrepreneurs gain that extra time they're looking for.
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ACCA launches new HVAC contractor accreditation programs
Contracting Business
Air Conditioning Contractors of America recently announced the launch of the Quality Assured Residential Service and Installation Contractor Accreditation Program and the Verifier Recognition Program during the opening general session of ACCA 2013. The program is a national, contractor-supported accreditation program to promote quality installations of HVAC systems in existing homes. The program accredits professional HVAC businesses and issues certificates for quality installations of heating and cooling systems that meet certain minimum requirements.
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Solar industry heats up as returns on investments climb
BizTimes
Solar energy, once a pricey investment reserved only for the most dedicated environmentalists, is becoming more mainstream for American businesses and homeowners. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the solar industry experienced a 13-percent increase in jobs year-over-year in 2012 and is growing six times faster than the overall economy in terms of job creation.
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How to spend $600 to cut heating bills?
The Portland Press Herald
The average Maine home will burn more than $3,000 worth of oil this heating season. To help lower that cost next year, Gov. Paul LePage wants to offer Mainers $600. The money's not to pay for oil, however. It would be a rebate, for taking steps to use less fuel or for switching to a cheaper alternative.
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Need more contractor website leads? Avoid this common mistake
Business 2 Community
There is a common mistake that home service contractors make in their online lead generation efforts using their website. The good news is it's fixable. If you fix this problem, you will double or even triple the amount of new leads and business you can get from your website.
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