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DOE will not enforce May 1 furnace rule
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
In a statement released April 5, the Department of Energy announced that it will not enforce the rules requiring residential natural gas furnaces installed in 30 northern states to be at least 90 percent AFUE starting on May 1, 2013, pending the outcome of the lawsuit challenging those rules. This means that even though the rules remain "on the books," the DOE will not enforce them. Therefore, contractors may continue to install non-condensing residential furnaces without consequence to themselves or their customers.
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The rise of 'Small Oil'
By Zara Rahman
Much has been discussed about how the prominence of Big Oil has, in recent years, given way to the rise of state-owned oil companies, which now hold approximately 70 percent of the world's oil reserves. But given the gargantuan size of the world's oil industry, even companies claiming just a fraction of those reserves can be making millions. Does the future of the oil industry lie in these "Small Oil" companies?
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Service clinic: Make the most of pre-season A/C tune-ups
Contracting Business
As temperatures moderate, spring is often a "slow season" for contractors, compared to winter and summer, so offering special pre-season check-ups for residential ducted air conditioning systems can provide a steady stream of income at a time when there are fewer emergency service calls. Plus, these preventive appointments are excellent opportunities for building better relationships with current and new customers, ultimately creating more loyalty to your company.
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Sid Harvey’s Spin-On filters offer exclusive features to improve burner performance and ease installation and service. The extended spud simplifies alignment when replacing the cartridge. This design provides 10 micron filtration, a 40 GPH flow rate and it’s rated for a maximum working pressure of 60 PSI. The higher flow rate is suitable for both residential and many commercial installations. The Model 264-90GB includes the complete filter, mounting bracket, and vacuum gauge; and it’s now priced to compete with older filter technology. Contact your local Sid Harvey Store for more information on this great product. www.sidharvey.com
 


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Wonderful things can happen to special people
OESP
As we go about our daily lives, we each struggle in our way with work, finances, etc. But sometimes good news is learned that is so exciting you want to share it. Anyone who knows retired member, John Wilcox, from the Bucks Mont Chapter, knows he loves our association and the industry. John continues to serve on the convention committee and drives from Mobile, Ala., along with his wife Pat to make that happen.

This past weekend, we had our Spring Board Meeting that included convention planning. And John was there. He shared with us that his granddaughter, Victoria, was selected to be part of the ground breaking ceremony for Airbus, who will be building a new facility in Mobile. This will bring lots of jobs to the area.

Victoria was interviewed by the president of Airbus, who made the final selection. She is completing the eighth grade and is a very gifted student.

Anyone that knows John knows that both he and Pat are simple, down to earth people. When I spoke with John this morning, they were still flying high. Victoria has been interviewed by many local news stations and has been promised by the president of Airbus that upon graduation from college, she's got a job with Airbus anywhere in the world she chooses.

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Southeast PA Chapter Tech Night a big hit
OESP
The old phrase, "build it and they will come," is exactly what happened with the tech night setup by the Southeast Pa Chapter. It proves if you deliver the education that the members want and add a good meal that they will come.

Trainer and salesperson Bruce Graham of Carlin presented a class on natural and propane gas burner installation and service. The workshop included live fire displays.

The chapter wants to thank Bruce and Sid Harvey's for hosting the event.

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Westchester Chapter
OESP
Our Spring Board meeting recently took place in Tarrytown, N.Y. Because it was in the backyard of the Westchester Chapter, OESP executive director Judy Garber asked member Steve Rinaldo if he would like to help us choose a restaurant for our dinner Saturday night. Steve is one guy that would never turn you down! And neither would the chapter members. The chapter sponsored a Viennese table for our group. We felt like we were guests at an Italian wedding — it was wonderful!

Thanks go out to Westchester for making this meeting fun.

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What's next in the ongoing Keystone XL saga?
U.S. News and World Report
With the public comment period for the State Department's draft environmental statement drawing to a close, debate over the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has started heating up again, not least because of two recent spills involving Canadian crude oil. Although the Obama administration seems to be leaning toward approving the pipeline, according to experts, navigating the political climate surrounding the issue promises to be difficult.
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Home performance and the HVAC contractor
Contracting Business
With the growing importance of the total home performance concept, our industry is on a mission to ensure HVAC contractors get their fair share of this work. Part of this has to do with certifying that HVAC contractors are able to create energy-efficient, ecologically neutral comfort systems in homes through accredited certifying organizations.
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Solar industry finally producing more energy than it consumes
OilPrice.com
The electricity generated by solar photovoltaic panels has probably just surpassed the amount of energy used to make them, researchers say. The rapid growth of the solar power industry over the past decade may have exacerbated the global warming situation it was meant to soothe, simply because most of the energy used to manufacture the millions of solar panels came from burning fossil fuels.

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For those that want to visit Lancaster, Pennsylvania
OESP
We have put together a trip to Lancaster, Pa. The bus will leave the Hershey Lodge at 9 a.m. and head to the Amish Experience Theater and the Fisher Family Homestead before for stopping for lunch at the Plain and Fancy Restaurant After lunch, we will head to the Farmlands Tour and then stop at the Kitchen Kettle Village before returning to Hershey by 4 p.m. The cost is $85.

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Diagnostic instruments can bring harmony to a refrigeration service call
Contracting Business
Correct application and use of diagnostic instruments are essential for harmony between you and your refrigeration customers. As a business owner or service manager, you want to be confident that your technicians are using tools correctly and are aware of all the tips and tricks that make field service a melodious experience.

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6 time saving tips to shave hours off your week
Small Business Trends
When you're running a small business, time is literally money. Without a salary or a clock to punch, the only time you're making money is when you're working. Unfortunately, this leads too many small business owners to work extra hours — and eventually burn out. This infographic from Maven Link demonstrates the value of time for small business owners.
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Oil companies sliding out of green energy while others are venturing in
EnergyBiz
One of the few industrial components to have thrived over the last five years is that of the oil industry, which has taken some of its vast wealth and risked it to help build tomorrow's energy technologies. And while the segment has not gone completely sour on alternative energy, it is now saying that it is getting more bang for its buck by investing in oil and gas development. What does this portend for the future of renewable energy and where those projects might raise funds?
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Taking on indoor air quality with new handheld monitors
Environmental Protection
Indoor air quality is an increasingly important health issue. The EPA has listed poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to the United States. Because of that, building owners managers, and occupiers are looking for ways to measure and manage the risk. Aeroqual has upgraded its handheld ozone monitors, enabling them to simultaneously measure five of the most commonly requested indoor air quality parameters: carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, VOCs, temperature and humidity.
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Rhode Island renewable energy laws among the best
ecoRI News
Rhode Island has one of the most comprehensive packages of renewable energy laws in the United States. These laws have been enacted by the General Assembly during the past nine years and have, for the most part, worked out exactly the way they were intended. While it's true that much more will need to be done if we are to reach our goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, it's also true that Rhode Island is a national leader in renewable energy.
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5 tax tips for the self-employed
Portland Business Journal
Self-employed people account for some three-fourths of the country's small businesses, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that one in nine U.S. workers were self-employed in 2009 — 15.3 million individuals. Come tax time, those 15.3 million have some opportunities for effective reporting.
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