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New tekmarNet® Touchscreen Thermostat

The extra large touchscreen display allows you to easily adjust 7-day programmable schedules and room temperatures to optimize energy savings. Designed for simplicity and convenience, the tekmarNet® Thermostat 552 has all the sophisticated engineering to enhance comfort but can now be controlled with just
a simple touch.
Try our online simulator.

20 New England oilheat dealers pledge to switch to bioheat
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The positive movement toward modernizing traditional home heating oil in the Northeast with cleaner, renewable biodiesel has gained new momentum. Twenty new oilheat dealers officially registered as bioheat dealers at the New England Bioheat Symposium on March 22 in Boston, which will give homeowners and other traditional oilheat users more access to cleaner-burning bioheat. More

Study: Alternative energy has barely displaced fossil fuels
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In order to reduce the use of fossil fuels, we need to increase the use of renewable sources of energy. So the theory goes, at least. However, a new study published in Nature Climate Change challenges this assumption, demonstrating that, rather than displacing fossil fuels, alternative sources of energy barely outpaced increasing demand over the last 50 years. More

Firms to distribute solar shingles
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Dow Chemical Co. has selected three roofing contractors in the Denver area to be the first authorized distributors for its Powerhouse solar shingles and soon will be adding more dealers as part of an extensive rollout planned for this year. The Dow shingles first debuted in mid-October in Colorado, and Dow announced the addition of the three Colorado distributors Jan. 17. More

"Who's Eating Your Lunch?"

Customers Want Energy Optimized Comfort. If You Don’t Provide It, Someone Else Will.

By Bill Spohn & Jim Bergmann, Co-Owners, TruTech Tools.
Read More… in our feature article in the HVACR Business
January issue.

 Updates from OESP

The clock is ticking for 2012 award nominations
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Get those nominations into National by April 1. In the last issue, you saw a sample resume for a candidate for Service Manager of the Year, which included the individual's contributions in education and support. In this issue, we'll look at putting together a resume for Manufacturer of the Year. Last year, Honeywell received this honor. Its resume caught the attention of the Awards Committee in several key areas. Education was at the top of the list. Honeywell offers traveling training classes, internet-based eLearning, three-day intense training in Minnesota and offers support for independent trainers. It also is a Corporate Member, supports Care to Ride and our Adopt a Tech School Program.

These are just some of the things they do at Honeywell. So think about other manufacturers and how they support the products they design and build.

More education classes have been added
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We promised you another class for Monday — this class ties in perfectly with our ongoing Train-the-Trainer program. John Barba of Taco will be presenting a special class at 4 p.m. — Keys to a Killer Presentation: Using PowerPoint So It Won't Use You! As we all know, this is a great tool. But we also know many presenters that don't use it properly.

This fits in just right for those that want to attend classes only on Monday. Carol Fey's class, "How to Teach Controls" begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Or you can play golf in our annual Dave Nelsen Scholarship Tournament and then go to the class.

Have you visited You can now find outlines of all the classes we are offering. Simply mouse over the links for each class.

The latest news on BPI: NORA silver/gold certification approved as an accreditation
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BPI announced this week that two new accreditation options for HVAC contracting companies have been approved. BPI states in its press release, which you can read in full on our home page under News Headlines, that it recognizes the specialized training and work experience HVAC contractors bring to the home performance industry, and it has established eligibility criteria for HVAC companies to achieve BPI Accredited Contractor status that reflects that background. The criteria draw upon the independent certification program administered by NATE and NORA.

And it is ticking for other important dates
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In an earlier issue, you learned about the special tour of Providence, R.I. — the Meet the Chef's Tour. This special trolley tour takes place on Tuesday. There is a cost involved, but OESP will give members a $50 credit after the convention. This can be done online while registering for our annual event. Remember seats are limited and the deadline is April 15.

For those planning to stay overnight in Providence and want to stay at the host hotel, the Westin, the special rate deadline is April 19. So call today. The number is 800-937-8461.

 In The News

Navy to US: Geothermal drill, baby, drill
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The U.S. Navy has teamed up with the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratory to revive decades-old technology for a high performance drill bit; only they don't have drilling for oil or gas in mind. The drill bit, called a polycrystalline diamond compact bit, is being retested, evaluated and improved to help lower the cost of drilling for geothermal energy. More

Plastics put solar on the verge, again
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In what was once a Polaroid factory 50 miles south of Boston, a high-tech company is printing sheets of solar cells made of plastic, trying to create tomorrow's energy source amid the tumult of today's energy market. The solar collectors made by the Konarka company in New Bedford, Mass., are thin and transparent. They curl into lightweight rolls and can be unfurled and put on a wall or a tent or an impoverished hut to begin producing electricity — though feeble electricity at this point — from sunlight. More

Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank

Increase your company’s bottom line with a product that’s top-of-the-line. Introducing the Roth Double-wall Oil Storage Tank (DWT). Seamless polyethylene inner tank and leak-proof, corrosion resistant steel outer tank for maximum protection. Roth tanks come with a 30-year product warranty up to $2 million in insurance. Watch our video for more information.

Washington state HVAC company uses innovative sealing product
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Leaky air duct systems, both residential and commercial, can be surprisingly costly. Typical systems lose up to 40 percent of heating and cooling energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But a southwest Washington heating and cooling contractor is starting to seal ducts with a new adhesive product that the DOE lauds as "revolutionary." More

Idaho alternative energy contracts put on hold
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The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has denied a request by Idaho Power Co. to suspend a requirement that the utility buy power from alternative energy producers. But the commission last week also eliminated standards that determine how much alternative energy developers are paid by the utility, a practice Idaho Power says increases costs for customers. More

New LG HVAC system cuts energy consumption by 71 percent
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LG Electronics will soon launch the world's first variable water flow control system for VRF systems, the company's HVAC division announced. Scheduled to be launched at the Mostra Convegno Expocomfort 2012, the LG variable water flow control system is highly regarded due to its energy efficiency and environmentally friendly benefits. More

Air / Dirt "Combi"
The Spirovent® air eliminator and Spirotrap® dirt separator are now available as one product combining the world class features and benefits of both models. The VDR Series in brass construction for residential and light commercial applications comes in NPT or sweat connections in sizes from
1” to 2”. MORE
The Benefits of tekmarNet® House Controls
We've brought outdoor temperature reset, domestic hot water and zoning with indoor temperature feedback all together in one control, making it the most energy efficient on the market. Retrofit installations are simple and quick to wire, saving you time and effort.
No more callbacks.
Sid Harvey's Better Than New Warranty
Sid Harvey’s, the world’s largest heating components remanufacturer, now offers an industry-unprecedented warranty - one year longer than OEM counterparts, up to 5 years total. Our line of over 1,700 Remanufactured components is designed to save you time and money on service calls and will lower your inventory cost.

8 tax-time tips for the small business owner
Victoria Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With April just around the corner, that dreaded tax deadline isn't far behind. And that means many businesses are digging through files, filling out forms and meeting with tax preparers to stay ahead of the curve. The process might be stressful at times, but if you're prepared, it's possible to keep tax-time headaches to a minimum. More

SAFE expands partnerships with HVAC companies to curb teen abuse of refrigerants
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Adolescents who inhale refrigerant from air conditioning units can die or damage their brains — and the refrigerant is easy to access through a unit's service valve. To prevent access to the toxic gas, Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., or SAFE, initiated a partnership with HVAC companies last spring to provide locking caps to homeowners at no charge. More
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