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Final rule from DOE on HVAC, water heating equipment
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On April 30, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute received a final rule from the Department of Energy, "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Commercial Heating, Air Conditioning, and Water Heating Equipment." The final rule adopts the amended energy efficiency standards in ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and will be official when published in the Federal Register, which is expected sometime in mid-May. More

Oil heating industry adds more biofuel to its blends to creat Bioheat
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The oil heating industry is making major changes for the first time in its history, and now its future has a name: Bioheat. That's what the industry is calling oil blends for home heating that contain at least 2 percent renewable, crop-based biofuel and are expected soon to be up to one-fifth biofuel. More

HVAC/plumbing students go green
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Career and Technology Center senior Justin Janc had never installed or worked with solar panels before this semester. Now, he and classmates Cody Johnson and Nathaniel Gemmell believe they can install panels for any use. Students enrolled in the center's heating, ventilation, air conditioning and plumbing course are finishing the installation of two solar panels outside their classroom that will make the classroom water heater 100 percent solar-powered. A third solar panel, installed on the roof, will supplement the classroom's heat. More

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 Updates from OESP

The countdown is on!
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Save time and register now for our 2012 convention and trade show in Providence, R.I. If you haven't already done so, get it done now! Just visit and click on the rotating message at the bottom of the large picture on the home page. It is quick and easy and you can get your badge immediately. More

Breaking news
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We listen and we aim to please. You told us that some of your techs would like to get Gold Certified. Bob Hedden is willing to do that. There will not be a review but he will allow you to take the test on Tuesday. You don't need to register for this, but please email Judy Garber if you are interested. Bob would appreciate a head count.

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.

Worth a look
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If you are an owner or manager, there is another class being offered this Tuesday that just might be worth your time. It is titled, "Understanding and Designing a Profitable Service Department." Experts from ServiceEdge, Mike Hodge and Michelle Wilson, will share ideas and thoughts on how you can develop and create an environment that boosts your bottom line. Attendees will get ideas on how to create viable incentive programs for their techs, inventory control techniques and how to fill-in the service peaks and valleys — in other words, learn how to maintain a steady work flow throughout the year, tapping into new leads and turning your techs into provide sales pros and, most important of all, "getting the service and management team on the same page."

Shopping for new products and services, all under 1 roof
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What's new? For starters, you can participate in our, "Learn What's New" promotion. We are having a little competition for those that work in the trades — you'll need to visit every exhibitor that is participating and get their "stamp of approval." Once completed, drop it in the box at the OESP booth and you'll have a chance to win an electronic tablet. This event will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It is fun and a great way to help our scholarship program. It is free to participate thanks to participating sponsors.

Remember, the show is open to all that work in the trades — plumbers, mechanics, oil technicians, chimney experts and managers. Anyone that touches a boiler, furnace, control or chimney will benefit.

And of course our education is FREE — just take the time to register today!

 In The News

Small business tips: Workers compensation
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Whether you work in a heavy labor industry or you run a tech startup, workers compensation is something with which your business will inevitably have to contend. Preparing for this reality and knowing how you will respond will save you money and headaches in the long run. Here are six tips for dealing with workers compensation. More

Learning that works
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Clyde McBride is one of those everyday saints who, without much fanfare, go about the work of changing, and sometimes saving, the lives of children. He teaches agricultural science on the Navajo reservation in Kayenta, Ariz. His most notable characteristic is his persistence. When a new school superintendent arrived in town a few years ago, McBride parked himself on the guy's doorstep. "He came in and gave me the 'I have a dream' speech," says superintendent Harry Martin. "I told him I'd think about it, but he wouldn't let me think about it. He was bugging me three, four times a week about it." More

Wood makes comeback as a fuel
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A century ago, rural homes in the United States and Europe commonly relied on wood for heating. Now wood is making a comeback, thanks largely to pellet technology. The energy-dense pellets, which are mostly made from mill residue like sawdust and wood shavings, can be used to generate heat or electricity — or both at the same time. Demand is strong in Europe, where high prices for heating oil and clean-energy requirements have fostered interest in alternatives. But analysts say that over the long term, markets in Asia and North America could grow rapidly, too. 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 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-Aerator
Sid Harvey’s offers the newly redesigned 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator which also helps warm oil for consistent viscosity and burner performance. Flow-Control features a third float for better performance in high vacuum installations. TUV Tested and rated for use with 100% bio-diesel and ambient temperature up to 140°F; 5 year warranty; 20 year life expectancy.

As incentives dim, solar companies shift focus
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The landscape for solar power is changing, and the leaders of two Knoxville, Tenn., solar companies are altering their focus to adapt to the shift. Ignited by federal stimulus dollars, the industry has enjoyed three years of federal and state incentives that have, for the most part, dimmed. And last year, TVA scaled back its incentives, limiting the most generous payments to systems producing less than 50 kilowatts of power. That's left many in the industry to predict few, if any, large commercial installations will be built in the near future. More

Multiple ways to ERP
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In a market where the companies with the best data come out on top, the value of good, accurate, and timely information cannot be understated. For this very reason, the enterprise resource planning system has suddenly shaken the stigma of being suited just for the very large, multi-discipline construction companies. But finding the value is all in what you prioritize as a business. More

'Huffing' arrests spark changes in HVAC equipment
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Recent arrests across the nation have cast light on the alarming practice of inhalant abuse, commonly called "huffing." The relatively new phenomenon involves the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a mental "high" or euphoric effect. Serious consequences for abusers can include permanent damage to the brain and other organs or even death. In an effort to thwart attempts to inhale Freon from HVAC units, Advent Air Conditioning of Lewisville, Texas, recently announced that it will now include locking refrigerant caps on all new construction and replacement HVAC work. More

Energy: Wind farms have localized heating effect
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Peach farmers in Palisade, Colo., have long known that they can sometimes prevent frost damage to their tender trees by running giant fans to move the air and keep frost from settling near the ground. Now, some new research from NASA shows a similar effect, but on a much larger scale. In a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers suggest that large wind farms in certain areas in the United States appear to affect local land surface temperatures. More
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