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In this issue...
  • LCCA for HVAC systems
  • Emerson surveys HVAC contractors
  • Residential heating oil prices fall with crude
  • Welcome to our newest members
  • Upcoming Board Meeting
  • 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show: May 18-21
  • Is SEO a dead end for HVAC contractors?
  • Is problem solving a problem for your employees?
  • enVerid Systems wins award for HVAC load-reduction
  • DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of US power by 2030
  • New low-cost wireless sensors yield better HVAC energy efficiency
  • Here are your toughest business competitors
  • The power of the phone call

  • LCCA for HVAC systems
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    Practically speaking, there are multiple building design options that can meet programmatic needs and achieve acceptable levels of performance. From a purely financial perspective, the only appropriate design alternative is the solution that satisfies the owner's project requirements for the lowest total cost of ownership. Lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) is a powerful tool used to determine the most cost-effective option among competing alternatives.
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    Emerson surveys HVAC contractors
    ACHR News
    With new energy-efficiency regulations now in effect, contractors in regions where SEER minimums are increasing will need to help their customers and suppliers to understand the new efficiency requirements. However, a survey from Emerson Climate Technologies Inc., a business of Emerson, has found that 48 percent of contractors are still unaware of the regulations or unsure of how they will affect their businesses.
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    Residential heating oil prices fall with crude
    Market Realist
    Heating oil is a distillate fuel oil used for domestic heating. It’s also used in moderate capacity in industrial burner units. Like consumption and demand trends for gasoline and distillates, heating oil trends are also of consequence to refineries. As of March 9, residential heating oil prices averaged approximately $3.21 per gallon, which was $0.08 per gallon lower than the week before and $0.99 per gallon lower than the price for the corresponding week last year.
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    Welcome to our newest members
    OESP
    The Association wishes to welcome new members: David Gee, R.E. Michel Company, Mid-Atlantic Chapter; and Shawn Podziewski, Petro, National Direct Member.
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    Upcoming Board Meeting
    OESP
    On Saturday, March 28, our Association will hosts its Spring Board Meeting. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, in Farmington, Connecticut. Our board meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend.

    Friday, our group has been invited to visit the new Carlin/Hydrolevel factory. We want to thank them in advance for the hospitality.

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    61st Annual Convention and Trade Show: May 18-21
    OESP
    We welcome anyone in the trades (including spouses) to join us in Hershey, Pennsylvania, for our 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show. We've got three full days of education and a trade show floor packed with some really new and exciting products and services. Our outdoor display area is a perfect place to see how some of the live-fired products work. Talk with the manufacturers of these products, too!

    Speaking of spouses, we even have some fun events set up just for them. How about Chocolate Bingo or a Wine and Chocolate event. It doesn't get much better than that!

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    IN THE NEWS


    Is SEO a dead end for HVAC contractors?
    Contracting Business
    How do you promote your website? Do you spend tons of money on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Is it still working for you, and is it worth the expense? If you don't use SEO to promote your website, how else can you get the recognition that you as a business owner need to promote and expand your business?
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    Is problem solving a problem for your employees?
    By Jessica Taylor
    According to a 2010 Critical Skills Survey, employers say they need employees who are equipped with skills beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic to grow their business. In other words, you need two main skills: critical thinking and problem solving. But some employees aren't confident in their preparation and answers to problems. So how can they get the confidence back? We know encountering problems is inevitable in the workplace, but how do we solve them effectively?
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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
     


    enVerid Systems wins award for HVAC load-reduction
    Energy Manager Today
    enVerid Systems earned Frost & Sullivan's 2015 North American HVAC Technology Innovation Award for its HVAC Load Reduction system, which solves a major cause of HVAC energy waste in commercial buildings. enVerid minimizes the HVAC system's outside air intake by cleaning and recirculating indoor air, reducing HVAC energy consumption.
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    DOE: Wind could supply 20 percent of US power by 2030
    Fuel Fix
    Wind power could supply 20 percent of the country's electricity by 2030, up from 4.5 percent today, under a "ambitious but credible scenario" outlined in a new U.S. Department of Energy report published March 12. That target is based on assumptions that wind equipment costs will come down, fossil fuels costs be high and the federal government will enact policies to support wind.
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    New low-cost wireless sensors yield better HVAC energy efficiency
    ACHR News
    HVAC control in small commercial buildings could supply better comfort and efficiency at less expense thanks to a new low-cost wireless sensor technology being developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL said studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.
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    Here are your toughest business competitors
    Entrepreneur
    Who are your competitors? If you deliver heating oil, you might name a propane vendor or a public gas utility. And you'd be right — to a point. You've named your traditional competitors, the ones you've been facing for years. But what about the competitors that are getting ready to turn your company on its ear by doing business in an entirely new way? Can you identify them and what it is about the way they operate that could be a challenge for your company?
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    The power of the phone call
    Contractor Magazine
    The phone call is the most valuable conversation you're not paying attention to. When analyzing phone calls coming into your business, a great place to start is by identifying the classic "Who, what, where, when and why."
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