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Heating oil safety highlighted by new study
Boiler Juice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More homeowners may be prompted to power their boilers with heating oil after the results of a safety study were published. Research, entitled the Downstream Incident Data Report, carried out by the Gas Safety Trust examined the number of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents in the U.K. between July 2010 and June 2011. The study discovered that homes using oil experienced no carbon monoxide fatalities and only three non-fatal incidents during the timeframe, the lowest of any fuel type. More

US Department of Energy official touts carbon capture to boost oil production
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The climate change debate isn't likely to end anytime soon. Chuck McConnell, assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, said there is no need to debate the cause of climate change once technology makes it possible to capture carbon dioxide emissions that can be used to fuel enhanced oil recovery operations. According to McConnell, such technology is being developed now to make carbon capture the right choice for businesses and the environment. More

Solar energy businesses hope momentum from new Tennessee farms increase consumer interest
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Two new solar energy farms are generating a small but growing supply of electricity in West Tennessee, the latest signs of progress in an industry that proponents say is primed to add jobs and bolster rural and urban power supply. Solar power proponents say the clean, renewable energy could help ease pressure on the nation's stressed electricity infrastructure. Skeptics say solar energy is expensive to produce and has the potential to fulfill just a tiny fraction of the world's energy needs. More

TruTech Expo 2012, July 16-19, Brecksville, OH

Did you register yet? Expect four full days of discussion, lectures, and a "continuous hands on laboratory" covering what we do best, Measurement Science. Training topics include Advanced Diagnostics in HVAC, Applied Building Performance and Level 1 Thermography. Don’t miss it. Click here for more information.

 Updates from OESP

NATE/NORA certification: Testing available at our annual convention and trade show
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A couple of years ago our members asked us to work with NATE so classes taken by their employees could earn both NORA and NATE CEU's. We listened and have been doing that for a number of years. This year, we are expanding this further by offering everyone that attends our annual convention and trade show May 20-24 in Providence, R.I., a chance to take any of the NATE tests as well as the NORA Silver Test.

Coming early to Providence, R.I.?
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Anyone having visited Providence, R.I., in the past 10 years knows it is a lovely city, rich with history. Take a moment and learn more about the area. Visit or view the short video on our convention page.

Planning to arrive early? Made your hotel reservation at the Westin yet? The deadline for our special rate is April 19. Call 800-937-8461 to make your reservation. Relax by walking around the city or join us for a charity event that is tied to Honeywell's partnership with Rebuilding Together. We'll work in a greenhouse and support the Cove Center. Its mission is to support adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. We need volunteers and we are making it easy for you to pre-register. Visit our convention page. These projects are both fun and rewarding.

That evening, please join President McQueeney at the President's Hospitality Room at the convention center as we recognize one of his final acts.

Okay, here is a test
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Where will you find the only National Park Service site dedicated to the history of the steam locomotion? Where is the largest vein of anthracite coal in the world? What is the name of the largest glacial pothole in the world? Where was the Irish War fought in 1850?

Have we got your attention? Want to explore an old interesting city? Then join us Sept. 27-30 for energy education and more. Our fall oilheat retreat will take place in Scranton, Pa. Guests will sleep in a converted train station. As you know, annually we try to find some place interesting where we can conduct the association's business as well as relax before the winter season kicks in.

The Cup attends local event
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When the idea of a Traveling Oil Heat Cares Cup was hatched by Dan Holohan, he had a vision of the Cup moving around. Well Saturday one of our members, Pat Boyle, took The Cup along with his entire Boyle Energy team to see the Philadelphia Union team play against the Columbus Crew. Pat and his team have done a number of OHC Projects under the Delaware Valley Chapter. Good job Pat!

 In The News

3 keys for a service-driven small business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Service-driven small businesses need to operate differently than manufacturers or retail businesses. The small business marketing strategy for a service company should revolve around three core ideas. Without these three ideas, your service-driven business will not be sustainable. With these three ideas, your marketing strategies and tactics will then be effective, assuming you have the right strategies and tactics. More

Pennsylvania considers raising renewable energy target after solar demand surge
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Residential and small business demand for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems grew so fast in Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2010 that the state's $100 million Pa. Sunshine Solar Program ran out of rebate money. With the program in "waiting list" mode since August 2011, state legislators are now considering a bill that would speed up the rate at which utilities are required to add solar power capacity to their distribution systems in an effort to avoid a "boom, bust, boom cycle." 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.

Low-interest loans there for heating efficiency
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For more than a decade, John and Sheila Bacon were throwing money out the window. More accurately, the couple was losing money through the walls of their poorly insulated 62-year-old home. But a year ago, the Bacons took advantage of a low-interest loan program to retrofit their walls with cellulose insulation and the attic and basement with foam insulation. Since then, their heating costs have dropped dramatically. More

New law to protect Maine heating oil customers
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State officials say a new law will give more protection to Maine consumers who use pre-paid contracts for home heating oil. Gov. Paul LePage says the new law requires oil dealers to register with the commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation by June 30 each year, if they intend to offer pre-paid contracts for the following season. More

Create your own construction app
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Catch on to the new trend in construction technology: create your own app. Homegrown apps could provide a good way for construction companies to access or manage data in a particular way — and on a particular device — in the field. Vivint, a residential home-automation systems integrator in Provo, Utah, recently developed a new app in-house to increase productivity of service technicians that install and fix smart home systems including security, HVAC, lighting, small appliances, video and more. 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
Sid Harvey's Pump Test Manifold
Sid Harvey’s Pump Test 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 1/2” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello.

Companies see the light on energy retrofits
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If you own a small business, odds are the energy usage of your buildings is among the last things on your mind day to day. After all, once lights, boilers and HVAC equipment are installed, all that's important is that they work, right? But there's a growing awareness of not just tracking how much energy your facilities use, but also being proactive about when and how extensively to retool your energy setup. More

Business builder: Go green and reduce taxes
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Tax incentive programs offered by federal, state and local governments, combined with programs offered by utility companies, have long helped businesses overcome the relatively high front-end costs of achieving energy efficiency or savings. Today, tax incentives not only reduce the cost of acquiring and installing energy-efficient products, but they significantly reduce the day-to-day costs of business operations. More
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