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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
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Study: Fuel demand not cut by alternative energy
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There aren't enough wind turbines in the world to outpower humankind's appetite for energy, a study by University of Oregon researcher Richard York has found. Photovoltaic cells haven't outgenerated the growing demand, on average, in the 130 countries that comprise much of the inhabited world, York found. All the alternative energy types developed over the past half-century, including nuclear power, have done little to stem the use of fossil fuels anywhere on the globe. Fossil fuel consumption grows right alongside all of them. More

China now largest HVAC market
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In addition to being the largest producer of heating, ventilating and air conditioning products in the world, China is now also the largest market for HVAC, a new report claims. The top three Chinese manufacturers, Haier, Midea and Gree, can supply 50 percent of the world's demand for HVAC products, according to the report by Frost & Sullivan. More

Use of geothermal heat-exchange systems is rising
North Bay Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With high heating oil, propane and electricity prices, more commercial and residential building owners — as well as municipalities and school systems — are considering geothermal ground source heating and cooling as an alternative. Geothermal heat exchange systems cost two-thirds less to operate compared with propane or fuel oil costs per year — with no harmful emissions. More

Thermal Imaging is More Affordable
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A special birthday wish
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Here is one for the books. Just about anyone who works in the oilheat industry knows this person. But we'll wish his wife a happy birthday, too. Bob and Loreen Boltz were born on the same day, at the same hospital, in the same town and were delivered by the same doctor. And no, they aren't twins! Happy Birthday to Bob and Loreen! If you want to send them birthday wishes, you can do so by sending them to

Last call for 2012 award nominations
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We're accepting nominations for one more week. Get those resumes to national. Email them to Judy Garber as soon as you can.

Let's explore the Instructor (or Educator) of the Year award. Last year, Ralph Adams was awarded this honor. Ralph is one of our National V.P.'s and co-chair of the Education Committee. When it comes to education, Ralph is committed to the future. He loves new products, is often asked to test new equipment and isn't shy about telling a manufacturer both the good and bad about a product.

He has taught HVAC at a local college and brings a wealth of important technical topics to the table.

This award is open to instructors and those that teach and support technicians of today and the future.

Come early to Providence, R.I., and help make a difference
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We have two charity events that we'll be conducting while in Providence, R.I. The first project will be held on Sunday, May 20. It is tied with Rebuilding Together (a Honeywell Sponsor of this program). This will be the third year that we've supported this effort, and we could use your help again. Visit for information about the project. Volunteers are needed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The greenhouse is located right at the North Burial Ground. The Cove Center's mission is to support adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Volunteers who enjoy gardening will really have fun with this project. There will be plenty of gardening involved as well as painting.

An online sign-up sheet will be available. But if you want to offer your support now, email Judy Garber and include the shirt size you need.

And of course, our Care to Ride Event will take place on Monday. Behind the scenes, there are some serious challenges being made as to who will raise the most money for this good cause. Visit

Convention 2012: Get registered today!
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Here is a direct link to our convention page: Check out all of the classes we are offering. You can get a short summary of all the classes by mousing over each one. For those that do mechanical work in Massachusetts, we have just added a panel discussion. Massachusetts recently added a new license requirement for sheet metal. Everyone installing sheet metal needs to be licensed and should be getting permits from their local building inspector (unless it is a state project; those permits are issued by the state). Key members of the Massachusetts Board of Examiners of the Sheet Metal Works will address your various questions and concerns. This session will be held on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

While on this page you can register and pay for golf, the awards banquet, closing event and Care to Ride. You can also register if you plan to take any NATE exams. Registration for the exams is free. See what is new and exciting in the world of heating and air conditioning.

 In The News

You can grow your HVAC business with social medial: Get creative
Contracting Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To reach new leads, you need to break into new networks of people. Social networking sites do a terrific job of bringing together people with shared qualities and interests. Social media can — and does — generate the HVAC sales leads that contractors need in order to grow. More people join the social media universe every day. And it's your job to meet them there. Social media should be a vital component of your marketing strategy. More

Rhode Island bill would aim to cut oil use in half by 2050
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rhode Island would aim to cut its petroleum consumption by 30 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050 under legislation heading to a vote in the state House of Representatives. The legislation would create a commission tasked with finding ways to reduce reliance on gasoline and heating oil. The commission would recommend ways to promote energy efficiency and the use of alternative fuels. 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.

Maine rethinks electric heat
Morning Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Biting wind and sub-freezing temperatures returned to Maine in late March, but inside the new Handcraft building at the Merriconeag Waldorf School, it was cozy and calm. Warmth was coming from two electric heaters, but not the familiar kind that send current through wires. Each unit circulates a refrigerant that was absorbing heat present in the outside air. The transferred heat was pumped into a wall-mounted evaporator, which was blowing quietly and warming the room to 65 degrees. More

Renewable heat now qualifies for energy credits in state of Washington
Biomass Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Renewable thermal energy now qualifies for renewable energy credits in the state of Washington after Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a bill originally sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes. In addition to adding renewable thermal applications to the list of qualified REC generators, the bill also requires utilities to add renewable thermal energy to the list of alternative energy resources provide. The list includes biomass heat, geothermal, solar or heat recovery at wastewater facilities. More

Home energy efficiency funds available in Connecticut — for now
The Connecticut Mirror    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a $75 copay, a home in Connecticut can be tested for energy efficiency and, as part of an overall energy assessment, homeowners can receive as needed free compact fluorescent lightbulbs, caulking around small leaky areas and low-flow showerheads, as well as information on rebates and loans for pricier energy efficiency projects. But unless the legislature takes action this session, homes heated with oil may instead have to pay the full cost for such services — $600-800. 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
Improve Heat Pump & Backup Performance
The tN2 House Control 406 is a smart heat pump control that operates up to two stages of air-to-water or water-to-water heat pump, in either heating or cooling mode in a single storage tank, 2-pipe system. It operates a boiler for Domestic Hot Water, setpoint load, boiler zones and backup for the heat pump. MORE
B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

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

Colorado program offers air quality monitoring, advice
The Coloradoan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Healthy Sustainable Homes, sponsored by the city of Fort Collins, Colo., is a new volunteer-based program that offers residents ways to improve the air quality of their homes through free in-home assessments and education about the health risks posed by common home pollutants. Specially trained volunteers with a passion for helping seniors, families and individuals improve the quality of their indoor air conduct the home assessment on a first-come, first-served basis. More

Inventor seeks to tap wave power in Maine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Waves can be powerful, and, according to John Rohrer, a renewable energy expert, every meter-length of the front of a wave typically found off the coast of Maine generates as much power as a 30-horsepower outboard motor. Multiply that by the length of Maine's 2,000-mile coast and there's a boatload of potential energy pummeling the shores every day. More

Kentucky becomes an Energy Star superstar
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In March, Kentucky garnered the 2012 Energy Star Partner of the Year award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Kentucky officials said it was the first time an entire state government has been recognized in this award category. The state implemented energy efficiency programs in public schools, reached out to the state's local governments to help with ways for reducing energy costs and completed other programs to improve energy efficiency. More
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