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Energy efficiency now a bigger share of business for building contractors
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A combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and technology advancements — on the local, state and federal, levels — are helping local contractors stay in business during tough economic times. Although there are indications that the recession is starting to abate, some contractors attribute local and regional energy programs for helping them stay in business. More

Can this technology change the world?
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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Technology Review has announced its annual list of 10 emerging technologies with the greatest potential to transform the world. Of those innovations, these four are the most likely to impact the energy industry from solar to storage. More

5 ways you can increase your office's efficiency
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Large businesses have a full team for every aspect of daily operations. That, unfortunately, is a luxury small business owners don't have. But today's small businesses have a wide variety of tech tools to help make the job a little easier. Here are some of the top tech tools that can help automate your business processes to increase efficiency and productivity. 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.

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Achieving excellence together
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What a statement! That happens to be the slogan of the host school, New York's Saunders Trade and Technical, the site for the annual competition that took place April 24. It was their turn to host the competition against William Grady High School and Alfred E. Smith. The New York City and the Westchester, N.Y., chapters strongly support these schools and their students. Many of the chapters' members graduated from these schools and have gone on to hire students in their companies. That is rare thing to see.

Saunders won for the third straight year. But who won was irrelevant — the spirit of the event was infectious. Everyone had a great time. Watching the people who worked so hard to deliver such a fine event was the best part. Manufacturers got a chance to see how their products are used, reps and wholesalers got into the mix and so many people delivered a host of items to be given away as prizes.

Would you believe that a school like Saunders receives $2,500 to purchases materials for their training? It does take cooperation and a partnership to make it all happen. Kudos to the New York City Chapter and Westchester/Putnam Counties Heating and Cooling Professionals, and a special thank you to Angel Gonzalez for being such a fine facilitator. They all made the event special.

NORA tank certification
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How about a refresher class? Or perhaps not all of your techs are NORA tank certified. Here is your chance to do two things: get the certification and help the Saunders Trade and Technical School at the same time. John Levey will be teaching this class at Saunders School, 183 Palmer Rd., Yonkers, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 27. You can register by calling Jim Mahoney, 914-403-7683 or you can easily sign-up and pay on our website at The all-day class includes materials, snacks and lunch.

Did you register yet ...
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For our annual convention and trade show? If not, what are you waiting for? Visit and click on the rotating banner.

We have plenty of classes from which to choose. The most difficult decision you will need to make is which ones to pick. Another class has just been finalized: "Energy ... It's a New Frontier. Learn from Others How to use Today’s Technology to Make Your Job Easier and You More Profitable." The idea behind this session is to share information. One of our members, Richie Levey, was struggling with some health issues — he just plain works too hard! His son, Michael, got Richie an i-Pad and together they worked on jobs. Ritchie was satisfied knowing the job was going to be done right!

This session will be a round table discussion moderated by Dan Holohan. The panel is made up some pretty amazing people. All of them have embraced technology and let it work for them. The age range is late 20s thru mid 60s and all of them have something to share. This session will be held 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 22.

Proper Air Flow Measurements

Making a good airflow measurement can be very challenging. TruTech Tools has developed a quick guide for using the testo 417 Vane Anemometer for measuring both supply and return airflow. Check it out!

We work hard and have fun, too
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Oh, yes, we do. As a matter of fact, we have a convention and trade show that is unique and, to some, maybe a little old-fashioned. The beauty of it is the fact we all get to know one another. We keep our attendees busy and involved and make people feel welcome. After a day of education, our evenings are full as well. For example, Monday evening, OESP and our partner, Taco, invite you to join us at Waterplace Restaurant. We'll have food, drinks and unique entertainment. We will be treated to WaterFire — what Providence is known for — all complimentary and an easy walk from the Convention Center. Join us at 7 p.m.

We thank all of our sponsors for supporting our event and our association!

 In The News

Home automation: The new frontier for service providers
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Home automation services have a long way to go before they reach the level of comfort portrayed in "The Jetsons," but service providers are ramping up their efforts to provide their subscribers with home automation creature comforts that go beyond simple security cams. While telecommunications providers have the advantage of offering home automation services over their data pipes to their subscribers, an HVAC vendor can upsell a customer on its home security service at the point of sale for an air conditioner. More

Cost of cooling my prove lethal
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The price of keeping cool this summer could cost homeowners a lot of money — or even their lives. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants manufacturers of R-22, a type of refrigerant that can damage the ozone layer, to drop production by 45 percent from last year's levels. The drop in production has sent market prices skyrocketing for the coolant, known as Freon. Customers who can barely afford services now may not be able to pay for costly repairs in the heat of summer. More

New tools launched to determine solar, wind energy potential on contaminated lands
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed and launched new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. The tools give local communities and landowners ways to evaluate sites for renewable energy potential without the need for technical expertise. More

Market perspectives on the energy management ecosystem
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By 2015, smart meters will be installed in nearly 50 percent of U.S. homes; however, fewer than 5 percent of those homes will have a meter with the home area network capabilities enabled. Therefore, most home control systems with energy management capabilities are not tied to the meter. There are several verticals that view home control and energy management as an opportunity to expand their value proposition and revenue. Therefore, understanding the perspective of each player is critical to developing a competitive strategy. 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
The Benefits of tekmarNet® House Controls
We've brought outdoor temperature reset, domestic hot water and zoning with indoor temperature feedback all together in one control, making it the most energy efficient on the market. Retrofit installations are simple and quick to wire, saving you time and effort.
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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.

Combined heat and power: Pros and cons
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Combined heat and power, or cogeneration, is really not an energy source itself, but more of an energy multiplier, squeezing more usable energy out of each unit of fuel most everywhere it is applied. According to the EPA, CHP is not a single technology, but an integrated energy system that provides electricity and heat, usually in the form of hot water or steam. Heat is an inevitable byproduct of any power produced by gas or steam turbines, which would include all gas, coal, oil or nuclear power plants in use today. More

Nanosolar looking at grid parity by 2015
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Solar energy as cheap as grid-supplied electricity could be just a few years away, at least for large commercial facilities with flat rooftops or some acreage to spare. Six years ago, the Department of Energy awarded a $42 million grant to a company called Nanosolar for the development of large-scale rooftop photovoltaic systems that cost no more per watt than conventional electricity. In April, the DOE certified that, so far, the company has passed its milestones on the way to achieving a 2015 deadline. More

Unpowered dams: America's hidden clean power supply
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The U.S. has more than 80,000 dams that produce no power at all — a neglected resource that could supply clean electricity to millions of homes in states where it is needed most, according to a new report from the Department of Energy. A survey by Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that 54,000 of the largest non-powered dams could produce more than 12 gigawatts of power, which equals about 15 percent of the hydropower we now use. More

Fuel alarm targets rural homeowners
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An intelligent alarm system, designed to catch thieves in the act of stealing heating oil, is being re-launched in West Suffolk, U.K. The aptly named Oil Defender is a wireless system capable of communicating using the latest technology. It sends an alert by text or email if a tank's inspection hatch is opened or if there is an unexpected drop in fuel, and it can be linked to existing burglar alarms. The Oil Defender has previously been aimed at commercial diesel and oil tanks but is now being re-launched for the domestic market. More
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