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Energy management's role in commercial HVAC projects
Contracting Business
Everyone in HVACR circles is talking about energy management, thinking about how to apply new methods to their service and installation offerings or practicing it, to the mutual benefit of contractor and building owners.  Energy management strategies have become impossible to ignore. As energy grids are stretched to their limits, and building owners demand lower maintenance costs, it's up to building designers, engineers and HVAC contractors to provide start-to-finish solutions.
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Latest report shows rise in renewable energy use in 2013
Greener Ideal
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released its latest report on the U.S. Energy Infrastructure Update. According to the report, 82 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2013 came from renewable energy sources. This totals to 1,546MW of generated electricity, with a balance of 340MW coming from natural gas. The sources cited in the report included biomass, geothermal, solar, water and wind.
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Businesses on alert as I-9 audits increase
By Jeniffer Betts
The drastic increase in I-9 audits and record-breaking fines has prompted many employers to take additional steps to minimize their risk. Most employers understand the basics of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in regard to hiring illegal workers, but what they don't realize are the penalties for technical paperwork errors on I-9 forms. A large number of companies have been fined, not for hiring illegal workers, but instead for poor record-keeping and clerical errors.
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Sid Harvey’s, the world’s largest heating components remanufacturer offers a warranty that is one year longer than their new counterparts up to 5 years. They offer over 1,700 remanufactured components to save you time and money on service calls and lower your inventory cost.

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2013 HVAC Service Vehicle Survey: Making Tracks (Contracting Business)
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Success in the Lehigh Valley area
On Tuesday, April 16, the Lehigh Valley Chapter co-sponsored, along with national, the seminar, "Classic Hydronics," by Dan Holohan. The Lehigh Career & Technical Institute proved to be a perfect venue for this event and the staff at the school proved to be outstanding as well. Its culinary department prepared the buffet dinner and a tour of the school was offered prior to Dan speaking. Students and technicians alike had the opportunity to visit the tabletops set-up by supply houses and manufacturers.
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Oil Heat Cares shines on Long Island
Joan Duboski and her sons needed a new heating system, and their wish was granted by the Long Island Oilheating and Cooling Professionals. Ken Willis, of Aqua Green Solutions, brought the situation to the chapter for approval.

Prior to Oil Heat Cares approving any projects, we need an overview the person's specific situation. Joan describes her situation as being a single parent of four sons. Due to health issues, her husband couldn't support the family. Together with her sons, the family moved into her mother's home so she could care for her seriously ill parent. Joan has been working for Suffolk County for almost eight years, the last three as a 911 operator. But finances are still tight.

The family continues to struggle to pay bills and the old boiler was using way too much heating oil. Joan is pleased and thankful for the new boiler and the possibility of raising the thermostat a little higher than 55 degrees next year.

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Show your support
Oil Heat Cares is hosting their main fundraiser on Monday, May 20 at the Hershey (Pa.) Lodge and Convention Center. Consider participating in the walk, run or ride — either motorcycle or bicycle — or supporting someone who is. It is all for a good cause!
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From your desktop
There are all types of ways to learn about new products and services. One is by attending our convention and trade show in Hershey, May 19-23 — you can learn more by visiting Or you can gain knowledge through webinars. Here is another example of one from Honeywell.
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Carlin Upgrades Primary Controls

Following the launch of the Universal Replacement ProMaxx 70200 Primary in 2012, Carlin is pleased to introduce the Series E line of primaries. With an improved look, retrofit terminals, LED lights, pump prime and better protection against water, these revised models are direct replacements for Carlin’s 40230, 48245, 50200, and 60200.
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Hansika Shergill: Energy-audit law is an aid to landlords
Crain's New York Business
Technological advances, as well as the protracted recession born out of the 2008 financial crisis, have cast sustainability in a new light. Going green, once regarded as the environmentally friendly thing to do, is now seen as an economic choice. Moreover, a new New York City law gives property owners a push to save energy costs while cutting their carbon footprints.
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50 time-saving tips for small businesses
Small Business Trends
As a small business owner, free time is probably not something you have a whole lot of. What you do have a lot of are tasks to accomplish and deadlines to meet. So how can you better accomplish these tasks in a shorter amount of time? Here are 50 tips to help you save time throughout your workday.
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Hurricane Sandy highlights an ongoing problem with fuel oil tanks
Press of Atlantic City
An undetected fuel oil leak, a high water table and sandy soil were all factors in a New Jersey woman's all-too-common experience with home heating oil tanks. There are thousands of such tanks in the state and little money to clean them up. Hurricane Sandy brought the issue to the forefront as high water levels lifted up oil, which is heavier than water, from old tanks buried in many barrier island communities. The location of many tanks is not even known until there is a problem.
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Why system performance measurement works
Contracting Business
An increasing number of HVAC contractors are voluntarily measuring the performance of the HVAC systems they install. They do it because their customers are willing to pay extra for the assurance of increased efficiency and verified comfort. Let's take a closer look at system performance measurements and how you can use them to solve your customer's comfort and efficiency problems and increase sales.

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Biomass-based heating systems cheaper and cleaner than oil-based ones
A new study by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has found that burning biomass is far cheaper, more efficient and cleaner than burning heating oil. The study shows that millions of U.S. homes and businesses would benefit from burning switchgrass biofuel pellets in basement furnaces.

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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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US added 6,700 turbines in 2012 to boost wind capacity by 28 percent
Renewable energy is on the rise in the U.S. as new solar projects pop up across the country and thousands of new wind turbines are built every year. According to a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association, wind energy grew 28 percent in the U.S. during 2012. Over 6,700 wind turbines were built across the in 2012, bringing the nation's total up to 45,100. That's enough wind energy to power over 15 million homes, according to the AWEA.
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Researchers study how airborne infections spread in naturally ventilated hospital wards
The Medical News
There is a big push on energy in buildings, and it worries many who work on indoor air quality. "People are being told to seal up their buildings to save energy," Dr. Cath Noakes, from the University of Leeds' School of Civil Engineering, said. "We found, if you do that without alternative ventilation systems, you could be increasing the airborne infection risk significantly."
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Are you insured for growth?
It's not exactly news that small business owners spend a great deal of time focused on how to grow their business. But as the economy thaws and your circumstances change for the better, don't let growth catch you unprepared. Protect your hard work and persistence by reviewing your insurance policies to make sure they keep up with current business need.
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