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API: US gasoline output surged to record in April
Bloomberg
U.S. gasoline production climbed to an all-time high in April as fuel exports surged, the American Petroleum Institute said in a monthly report. Production of gasoline jumped 9.2 percent from a year earlier to a record 9.79 million barrels a day last month, the industry-funded group said today. Output of distillate fuel, a category that includes diesel and heating oil, rose 12 percent to 4.95 million, a record for the month.
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Pressure mounts for global HFC phasedown after F-gas approval
By Andrew Gaved
With publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, the European F-gas regulations have passed officially into law. Now eyes have started to turn toward the rest of the world and what other countries can do to move to a lower-GWP future. "If it can be done here, it can be done everywhere" seems to be the thinking in European climate policy circles. As F-gas enshrines an HFC phasedown into law from Jan. 1, 2015, the Montreal Protocol is now being pursued as the best vehicle for a global phasedown of HFCs, and the U.S. recently submitted its proposed amendment to the Protocol.
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8 rules on how HVAC technicians can help sell
Contracting Business
Technicians don't ever want to come across as salespeople — they want to do their due dilignece, find the problems, make a list of things that must be fixed, should be fixed or could be fixed later and present this to the homeowners, then wait for the customers to ask questions. But these eight simple rules can help technicians stay focused on the job at hand and better able to close more necessary sales than they otherwise could.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Ductless Mini-Split Kit

Sid Harvey’s introduces a time-saving idea to speed the installation of the most popular mini split systems. The Sid Harvey Mini-Split Installation Kit includes communication cable, drain hose, disconnect, whip, ring terminals, and cable ties to make installation quick and easy and comes in either 25 foot or 50 foot lengths. The Mini-Split Installation Kits are available at all Sid Harvey Stores. 

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Coming soon
OESP
Registration for our second Roadshow, which will be held Sept. 21-23, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will open shortly. We are currently updating the Education Schedule and making some tweaks to the overall program. So stay tuned.

This event will include several Sunday activities. Our annual Golf Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. We will host our Care to Ride event as well. The motorcycles will depart at 10 a.m., followed by bicycles at 3 p.m. and the walkers/runners at 5 p.m.

It is not too early to plan on participating in one of these events. Gettysburg is a great place for the family as well. Why not bring them along?

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Oil Heat Retreat
OESP
We have been hosting this event for a number of years now. It will begin Friday, Sept. 19. That's right — it is tied with our second Roadshow. Anyone is invited to the retreat. It is a time for a little relaxation, our board meeting, something for the spouses and an fun event. After a Saturday night dinner, we'll go on a Ghosts of Gettysburg tour.
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Summer classes
OESP
We are hitting the road with additional classes this year. Starting in June, we have the NORA Tank Certification. If your technicians aren't NORA Tank Certified, they should take advantage of our classes, scheduled for June 24 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and June 25 in Cromwell, Connecticut. We have the redesigned PROSMA program also scheduled for this summer. Management Training (June 18), Financial Analysis (July 15) and Human Resources (Aug. 14) will all be supported with experts in the field. The program is being spearheaded by ServicEdge.

For those that want to improve their skills as a Service Manager, we're bringing back Jim Peters. He'll be holding a two-day class July 9-10, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Aug. 12-13, in Fiskdale, Massachusetts.

We have additional offerings as well — Click "Read More" to check out the outlines and a full schedule.

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Remembering the basics during the HVAC busy season
Contracting Business
Anyone who's in the HVAC business knows that the summer means being swarmed by customers, tired employees and overworked management staff. While it's a welcome time with more customers being served and profits soaring, it can get stressful. However, there are still a few "must" activities that cannot fall off the radar.

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Hiring for small business — Overcoming challenges and tips for success
The Huffington Post
According to the most recent ADP employment report, small businesses added 82,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in April. Also, according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses provide more than half of all jobs in the U.S. But, as every small business owner knows, each and every one of these individuals within your business makes a difference and has the opportunity to move the needle depending on whether that individual is the right fit for the business.

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14 ways HVAC contractors can make more money this summer
Contracting Business
Summer is almost here. Here are 14 tips on how HVAC contractors can make even more money.

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High standards for labs, research buildings: HVAC systems
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Laboratory and research facilities are high-performance buildings, often with complex systems and exacting standards for engineers to meet. HVAC systems and indoor air quality are key issues.
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Senate passes aiding transport of home heating fuels
The Hill
The Senate passed a bill on May 21 that would help states with home heating fuel shortages by relaxing transportation regulations. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., introduced S. 2086, the Reliable Home Heating Act, which would direct the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to extend emergency rules allowing the increased transportation of heating oil, natural gas and propane until May 31.
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Maine senator pushes Biomass Thermal Utilization Act
Biomass Magazine
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, renewed his push to promote the economic and environmental benefits of biomass thermal energy on May 15 by filing the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013 as an amendment to legislation pending before the Senate that would renew a series of tax relief measures. The Biomass Thermal Utilization Act would amend the federal tax code to incentivize biomass energy, as it already does for several other forms of renewable energy, by adding biomass fuel property to the list of existing technologies that qualify for the residential renewable energy investment tax credit.
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Small business marketing tips: 8 ways to leverage customer reviews
Amsterdam Printing
There's no doubt that word-of-mouth marketing is effective. According to a Nielsen report from 2012, "Ninety-two percent of consumers around the world say they trust earned media, such as word-of-mouth or recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising." In this 24/7 digital age in which we live, sharing our recommendations is easier than ever, and they can travel much farther than just between our family and friends.
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