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Bioheat's 'Proud 2B2' campaign awards $30,000 to NYC charities
Biodiesel Magazine
The National Biodiesel Board recently announced the winners of its New York City Proud 2B2 Renewable Warmup campaign. To celebrate New York City's adoption of a 2 percent biodiesel blend mandate for home heating oil, the four-week campaign recognized charities in the New York area that dedicate their time and energy to helping warm New York City residents. The campaign awarded a total of $30,000 in grants to three New York City charities.
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Website sells heating oil cheaper to those who can pay on delivery
The Middletown Press
It's not the flashiest website you have ever seen, but CashHeatingOil.com can save you a lot of time and hassle and possibly get you the cheapest price for home heating oil. The website is only for those who can pay cash on delivery or pay with a credit card. Instead of trying to find out which oil companies service your town and then contact each one to get the best price, CashHeatingOil.com does it for you.
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US energy companies and ASEAN investments
By Archita Datta Majumdar
U.S. energy companies are playing increasingly significant roles in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. They are making their presence felt in two ways — as exporters of high-end energy equipment and as developers of sustainable energy sources in the region. Companies are exploring options for expansion beyond domestic waters and are partnering with ASEAN countries for definitive increase in profit margins. This is true for not just energy companies but other industries as well.
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Industry Pulse: What energy source has the brightest future?
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Southeast PA to host 2nd Tech Night
OESP
Sharing with you what other chapters are doing is meant to help you with your plans for education at the local level. The Southeast PA Chapter is hosting their Tech Night April 29 at the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 E. King St., Lancaster, Pa. The class will be held in the HVAC classroom of instructor Steve Phyllaier.

Rick Souders, from Nu Calgon, will over two topics: Coil cleaning and indoor air quality. The clean coil program is a comprehensive seminar dedicated to the safe and proper procedures to clean evaporator and condenser coils. The other topics, Total System Protection, will look at why burnouts occur, how to prevent them and the proper way to flush a system once a burnout occurs.

Both of these classes are NATE recognized. Join fellow members at 6 p.m. April 29.

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Help raise funds for Oil Heat Cares and maybe get a bargain
OESP
At the Quad Chapter Meeting held last week in Connecticut, a silent auction took place with the proceeds going towards the efforts of Team CT's fundraising. The chapter does an outstanding job identifying projects and raising money. It could be all about beating executive director, Judy Garber, in her fundraising efforts. Who knows?

Regardless, there are three major prizes that didn't meet the minimum bid. You might want to take a look. The auction items are:
  • (4) Red Sox vs. Orioles tickets, Aug. 27 — Pavilion Club 4, Rows 3 & 4. These tickets are valued at $680 and the opening bid was $340.
  • Field Controls UV-16/120 UV Air Purifier — valued at $320. The opening bid was $175.
  • The Beckett Package that includes (6) Genysis Controls (1) Aquasmart Control and (1) Wireless Outdoor sensor. Combined value of $600. The opening bid is $300.
Bidding is going on now and will close at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 25. You can submit bids to Rick Glownia.

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Training comes in all sorts of forms
OESP
There are all types of ways to gain knowledge. All you have to do is take the initiative. Sign up for a class sponsored by a wholesaler or manufacturer, set-up by a trainer or attend an event such OESP's Annual Convention and Trade Show to be held May 19-23, at the Hershey (Pa.) Lodge and Convention Center. Visit www.thinkoesp.org for more information.

Another way to gain knowledge is through a webinar. One of our exhibitors, Tru Tech Tools, asked me to share some of the classes that the company is doing. You can find the entire list under the tab by topic at the Tru Tech Tools website. You might still be able to catch free webinar: Thermal Imaging 101, 11 a.m. EDT, April 17. Reserve your webinar seat here.

Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding of the science behind and practical uses of Thermal Imaging. Topics will include factors for making better, more meaningful thermal images, common thermal inspection scenarios and help in choosing a Thermal Imager to suit your needs. Up to one BPI CEU.

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IN THE NEWS


2013 HVAC Service Vehicle Survey: Making Tracks
Contracting Business
Maintaining a fleet of vehicles has become a bigger cost than ever before. Whether you're a commercial, residential or industrial HVAC contractor, the types of trucks you purchase or lease and their maintenance costs are impacting your bottom line in a big way. Contracting Business.com magazine recently concluded a survey of its readership to find out more about the vehicles they use in their business.
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Contractors are using mobile more than ever
CPA Practice Advisor
The use of smartphones by contractors while on the job jumped 35 percent from last year, according to new research from EMA Contractors, a specialty group at Eric Mower + Associates. Tablet use jumped even more, with users of iPads, Kindles, Surface and other devices up nearly 54 percent over last year (overall, 22 percent of contractors are using tablets). However, most contractors (68 percent) said they use smartphones as part of their workday.
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CMHE title conferred upon 11 more HVACR instructors — Now what are you doing to help?
Contracting Business
The title of Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) has been conferred upon 11 more HVACR instructors, by HVAC Excellence. The recognition is given to those instructors who have passed HVAC Excellence's specialized, educator credentialing exams with grades of 80 percent and higher in five categories.

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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 calls.

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Peak oil — Myth vs. reality
By Zara Rahman
Since the late 1950s, when M. King Hubbert first came up with his now-famous "Hubbert's curve" to describe the world's oil production rising, peaking and then falling in a convenient bell-shaped curve, the peak oil theory has gained in popularity. But technological and economic developments in recent years have brought a new, unexpected conclusion to the peak oil story.

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As tax reform stalls, small-business owners spend up to 150 hours on their taxes
Terra
Small-business owners devote as many as four full work weeks to their taxes each year, according to a survey from the National Small Business Association, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan organization that advocates for entrepreneurs. When asked to identify the greatest challenge the federal tax code posed to their business, 55 percent of respondents chose administrative burdens and 45 percent said that the financial burden of paying their taxes was the most significant.
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Residents are encouraged to conduct home energy audits
The Berlin Citizen
With energy usage and cost for fossil fuels increasing, the Town of Berlin, Conn., encourages residents to conduct home energy audits to help reduce their energy demands and costs. The town is participating in Energize Connecticut's Home Energy Solutions program that is available to homeowners and also to apartment renters who have signed permission from their landlord. According to Town Engineer Art Simonian, the program offers residents a chance to reduce their energy costs.
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6 low cost online management tools for your small business
Small Business Trends
Every small business needs an arsenal of online tools to achieve business success without breaking the bank. In today's "freemium" world, many companies offer low-cost or even free online management tools that will help you stay sane and effective as a manager while increasing your productivity. Best of all, they do the job without putting pressure on your pocketbook.
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Keystone approval called 'a key watermark' for economic development in US
Edmonton Journal
If President Barack Obama is serious about reigniting economic growth, creating jobs and ramping up exports, approving the Keystone XL pipeline should be a slam dunk. That's the view of many senior U.S. executives, who view TransCanada's proposed pipeline as a key catalyst for getting the sputtering U.S. economy back in gear.
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