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6 recruiting initiatives for the HVAC industry: A call for action
Contracting Business
This is the worst U.S. job market in decades, yet every HVAC contractor has trouble finding technicians. What's going to happen when we get a real economic recovery? If we don't take action, the HVAC industry will be in real trouble. The great news is HVAC jobs are lucrative. Good performers can make a six figure income. HVAC jobs are secure. An air conditioning repair cannot be outsourced to India or China. Unfortunately, no one knows about us.
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Laws to protect against heating fuel shortages
NNCNOW.com
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Thune, R-S.D., are trying to pass the Reliable Home Heating Act. This act aims to better prepare for propane and heating fuel shortages and regional supply disruptions. The legislation would allow governors more self-sufficiency as to when they can declare emergencies. They would not need the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to declare that a disaster exists beyond the existing 30-day declarations.
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New Hampshire lawmakers may tighten requirements for heating fuel dealers
Nashua Telegraph
The problems with deliveries by Fred Fuller Oil Co. have led New Hampshire legislators to reverse direction and support tighter requirements on oil dealers regarding advance purchase via pre-buy contracts. On March 4, the House Commerce & Consumer Affairs Committee amended House Bill 1282, requiring dealers to register and show that they can supply the oil that has been bought in advance by customers, and pushing back by four months the date at which pre-buy contracts can be sold.
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  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
 


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Spring Board of Directors' meeting: Saturday, March 29
OESP
We will be hosting our Spring Board meeting at the Bethlehem Hotel, in Bethlehem, Pa. (near Allentown). The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. After the meeting we will host a special education session of roundtables that will support the new NORA Gold program. If you know of anyone who is technically talented in the areas of warm air, advanced controls, venting, energy conservation, hydronics or steam, let them know or invite them to attend this working session on March 29. If they wish to contribute after this date, have them contact Judy Garber. Together we can build a great product for the future.
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April 9: Classic Hydronics with Dan Holohan
OESP
Help us raise money for our scholarship fund by registering to attend this seminar at the Holiday Inn, in Grantville, Pa.
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Roadshows are coming to Connecticut — May 11-12
OESP
Our first Roadshow will be at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Montville, Conn. We are sold out of space and now it is time for the registrations to take place. The Early Bird pricing is good until April 1. There are a variety of options from which to choose. The cost for the first attendee — typically an owner or key manager — is $279. The cost for each additional employee is $199. Or you can purchase a one-day pass for $149. For techs who live locally, come after work, visit the show, eat and drink for just $30. Take a look and get registered today.

Join us for up to 13 hours of educational opportunities, to check out the latest products in an intimate setting, to network and just to have fun!

The Mohegan Sun is taking hotel reservations as well. The rate is $159 per room, plus taxes, etc.

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Leaking ducts can reduce HVAC system efficiency by 40 percent
Contracting Business
The energy penalty imposed on an HVAC system by a leaking return duct can reduce the efficiency of a system by as much as 40 percent during extreme weather conditions. What is staggering is that unless you measure to discover it, this defect is invisible to you and your customer. Add this quick test to your service and sales offerings and become an HVAC rockstar to your customers.

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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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Tec Daddy says residential HVAC contractors can make money on preseason tune-ups
Contracting Business
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, they can be very profitable and almost the backbone of your business.

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Key insights into field service operations
Contractor Magazine
FieldAware conducted a survey, from August to November 2013, to find key insights into field service operations. The survey was e-mailed to service technicians in a variety of industries, such as residential and business services (HVAC, electric, etc.), construction, energy, telecommunications, wholesale trade, food and beverage, and healthcare (all having a field-based component to their business). FieldAware received 400 responses. View the gallery to see results of the survey.
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New mobile technology makes calling service contractors simple
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
StarStar Direct, a Miami-based national marketing firm centered on heating, ventilation and air conditioning businesses, is offering its leading-edge technology to HVAC contractors nationwide. Contractors can connect with consumers immediately through a service that allows customers to call **COOL or **HEAT in their local area to reach a contractor with just a few touches on their cellphone keypad.
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Need help to evaluate green building products?
Sustainable Business
Commercial building engineers and designers are often approached with novel or underutilized clean energy technologies and products, says NREL, but when they can't verify performance claims, they usually don't take action. To remedy that, NREL developed the Technology Performance Exchange. It provides energy performance data needed to evaluate these technologies, making it easier for promising energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to be adopted in the marketplace.
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8 ways to make solar installations faster, safer and cheaper
Greentech Media
There are eight key installation practices that will make residential rooftop solar systems more reliable — and help to avoid potentially expensive repair costs. Based on a review of twenty systems that have been in service for an average of 10 years, the white paper "Solar Panels Last 25 Years — But Will They Stay Safely Attached to Your Roof? The Importance of Reliable Solar Mounting Systems" describes key reliability-enhancing, cost-saving opportunities in the design of the mounting system, the attachment of the system to the roof and the wiring, grounding, and power electronics and installation.
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US cities with the most contractors per capita
The Huffington Post
In February, first lady Michelle Obama announced that more than 100 companies in the construction industry had committed to hiring over 100,000 veterans over the next five years. To help understand which U.S. cities have the greatest need for construction workers, BuildZoom compared the number of licensed contractors per capita in some of the most populated U.S. cities. Here is how the top 25 U.S. cities (by population) stacked up.
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Tax tips for small businesses in 2014
Massachusetts Society of CPAs via The Boston Globe
Few groups embody today's entrepreneurial spirit, drive for innovation and unwavering perseverance more than the small business community. The American Taxpayer Relief Act extended two major business tax benefits through 2013. Both the Section 179 and bonus depreciation deductions provide immediate tax relief, increasing cash flow and reducing the after-tax costs of investing in new business property. If you own a small business, here are some useful tips to keep in mind.
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