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How to get HVAC jobs consistently and stop worrying about 'slow' seasons
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If you own or operate an HVAC business, chances are you have experienced a time when you didn't have enough revenue coming in, which translates directly into not enough leads coming in. Maybe it's because of the season. Maybe it's because of the economy. Whatever the case may be, there is a way to market yourself so you are never at the mercy of those factors again. More

Connecticut's oil heat industry fighting pricing pressures
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Rich Paltauf, owner of Newtown, Conn.-based Hometown Fuel, isn't fazed by the pressure of high oil prices and competition from a natural gas industry urging people to switch. He has a cash-on-delivery policy and a growing customer list to buoy his faith in the oil heat business. Hometown is one of 641 oil dealers in the state that are facing a difficult time as oil prices far outpace those of natural gas, a key competitor in this market driving some homes to switch fuels. More

Rinnai, RESNET to co-promote home energy performance
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Rinnai America Corporation and the Residential Energy Services Network are joining forces to promote improved home-energy performance in the U.S. As part of the agreement, Rinnai will help educate HVAC and building professionals on the RESNET Home Energy Rating System Index, the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. The HERS system was developed by RESNET and is a nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. More

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 Updates from OESP

Our 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show comes to a conclusion
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Providence, R.I., is a gem of a city with plenty to see and do. We had one such opportunity Monday night with the WaterFire Display, sponsored by Taco. We joined them in sponsoring the food and beverages that evening as well. It was a terrific way to show us just one of the things that Providence is known for. It was spectacular.

Earlier in the day we hosted the Care to Ride Event — motorcycle, walking, running and simply riding your bicycle for a great cause. Along with our corporate sponsors, we raised $72,000. To say that is amazing is an understatement!

Plaques went to those who raised the most money for their division: Motorcycle, Ralph Adams, Mid Atlantic Chapter; Walking, Scott Vadino, South Jersey Chapter; Bicycle, thank you Roger Marran for again winning this category; and Walking, Judy Garber. Team CT raised the most money as a team — an amazing feat — they raised over $10,000 just so they could beat OESP Executive Director Judy Garber! What great friends. However, Judy raised the most money as an individual — about $5,500.

Regarding the walking division, the walkers had a guided tour of Benefit Street. We had an opportunity to visit the John Brown House. If you are ever in Providence, tour this beautiful, historic house. For you guys that love "pipes," you need to check out the bathroom built in the late 1800s. The ensuite bathroom has a walk-in shower that is something to see.

Our 2012 officers were installed at our Awards Banquet
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Al Breda is our new President. Al is with the Fairfield and New Haven Chapters and works for Sippin Energy; vice-presidents are Ralph Adams, Parker Fuel, Mid Atlantic Chapter; Scott Vadino, Harriett's Energy, South Jersey Chapter; George Fantacone, Santoro Oil, Rhode Island Chapter; Angel Gonzalez, Petro, New York City Chapter; new to join the board as secretary is Steve Schwanger, Schwanger Brothers, Southeast PA Chapter; and Treasurer, Mike Hodge, Griffin Energy, Mid Atlantic Chapter.

Shortly, you will see
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There is so much being done behind the scenes, which will be released shortly. For starters, our new Online Training Center will be opened very soon. There you will be able to see some of what you missed at our annual convention and trade show. We taped several of the sessions and as a member, you will be able to view the classes 24-7.

This is just one more reason to be a member of OESP!

Our website will also be updated to reflect our 2012 award winners and our scholarship winners — and what an amazing Awards Banquet it was!

We want to thank all of our exhibitors and our many sponsors — special thanks to Grundfos for sponsoring the cocktail parties for our Award Banquet and Theme Night party, and Honeywell for the fabulous dessert party.

Summer education
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For those of you wishing to take a refresher class on Tanks or those that want to get NORA Tank Certification, the Westchester Heating and Cooling Professionals will be hosting this certification class at the Saunders Technical High School, Yonkers N.Y., June 27. John Levey will be teaching the class.

Come on down to Timonium, Md., Sept. 12. Dan Holohan will do his famous all technical seminar, Dead Men's Steam. We'll enjoy dinner with Dan and talk about some old steam heating systems and what goes wrong with them. There is room for just 50 people and the class is already filling up, so make your reservation early. It all takes place at 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.

You can register and pay online for either of these seminars by visiting or calling 888-552-0900.

Save the dates: Sept. 27-30 for the Oil Heat Retreat in Scranton, Pa. We promise you an all day tour on Friday, Sept. 28. We'll explore the history and "energy" of the city.

Our 60th Anniversary will be hosted May 19-23, 2013, in Hershey, Pa.

 In The News

Report: Solar energy to beat out fossil fuels by 2017
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A new report from GlobalData, a strategic business intelligence firm, shows that a veritable perfect storm may have formed for the solar energy industry, which could mean rapid and expansive progress throughout the industry. According to the report, the sheer number of solar energy installations is driving down the cost of energy generation. This cost is falling so quickly that by 2017 solar energy is expected to be more affordable than fossil fuels. More

Adding it up for success
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Small businesses must constantly juggle competing priorities and make the tough decisions on where to allocate valuable resources. In an uncertain economy, most struggle with where to spend and where to cut. Most small businesses can't afford to have a full-time accountant on staff. Many rely on the expertise of a designated accountant only during tax season. What many small business owners probably don't realize is the value that comes from building a relationship with an accountant on a consultative basis throughout the year. More

Solar energy industry is flourishing in Massachusetts
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Massachusetts is no California when it comes to sun. But that isn't stopping the solar energy industry from flourishing here. Better known for long, cold winters, gloomy springs and gale-driven nor'easters, Massachusetts is undergoing an unlikely solar power boom, attracting solar companies from around the country that are installing systems for homeowners, businesses and institutions. More

Leasing makes solar energy systems more affordable
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Solar energy, once thought to be out of reach for the average homeowner because of the perceived costs, is getting a second look thanks to new leasing options. Businesses and consumers seeking to reduce energy costs and do something good for the planet are choosing the solar lease as a smart way to finance solar photovoltaic systems. More

Commercial building owners could save average of 38 percent by switching to HVAC systems
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According to a new report from the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, commercial building owners could save an average of 38 percent on their heating and cooling bills just by installing a few new controls onto their HVAC systems. These findings mean significant potential savings for building owners who use commercial rooftop systems, but there's just one problem: the controls aren't currently commercially available. More

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund offers home energy solutions to residents
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Energy Efficiency Board First Vice Chairperson, Rich Steeves informed the board about the availability of a solution to address issues related to warm weather for all Connecticut residents. According to Steeves, the first step to save energy costs during the summer season is to carry out an extensive energy assessment with the help an expert before the weather gets too hot. This energy assessment will be helpful to understand the ways to achieve high energy efficiency and reduce energy bills. More

Opinion: Massachusetts needs oil heat efficiency fund
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It's a heartbreaking but all-too familiar story: hardworking, self-sufficient family falls on tough times. Wife is disabled, husband loses good-paying job. And then, the ancient oil boiler finally dies, at the worst possible time. At a recent planning summit on energy efficiency in Massachusetts, a crowd of 250 heard this account, delivered by a brave woman from Randolph. A family friend who is an oil dealer told the couple about help provided by National Grid and the local Community Action agency. More

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