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In this issue...
  • NORA releases 'biodiesel in home heating' report
  • 3 ways the aging of America will impact your business
  • OESP honors Judy Garber at Pennsylvania convention
  • OESP to offer a chance to take the new NORA Gold Warm Air/Air Flow
  • Not too early to think about our Oil Heat Retreat
  • Standards for maintenance of commercial refrigeration, HVAC systems out for ANSI public review
  • Survey shows Energy Star brand awareness continues to grow
  • Delaware owners of leaking, buried oil tanks get help
  • How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
  • Create repeat business through customer relationships

  • NORA releases 'biodiesel in home heating' report
    Fuel Oil News
    The National Oilheat Research Alliance released its comprehensive report on biodiesel and greenhouse gasses. The report details the increased use of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and finds several benefits from lower maintenance costs, improved efficiency and reduced pollution from heating systems.
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    3 ways the aging of America will impact your business
    Contracting Business
    There's no doubt, America is aging. The median age of the population was 25 percent higher in 2013 than 1980. The baby boomers are retiring. This has profound implications for you and your business.
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    OESP honors Judy Garber at Pennsylvania convention
    Fuel Oil News
    OESP hosted its 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, from May 17-21. OESP honored Executive Director Judy Garber for her outstanding contributions to our industry. It was a bittersweet celebration, marking Garber's final convention at Hershey. Garber received the Lifetime Achievement Award alongside her family and friends.
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    OESP to offer a chance to take the new NORA Gold Warm Air/Air Flow
    OESP
    Those in the oil heat industry should know that the NORA Gold Certification program is being redesigned. At our recent convention and trade show, Ralph Adams presented the NORA Gold Warm Air/Air Flow, and Dave Holdorf, from Taco, presented the new Hydronics program.

    Ralph will again be teaching this in Pennsylvania on Aug. 5, at the new Kalahari Resort, in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. This class and test is being offer for $79 for nonmembers and $59 for members.

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    Not too early to think about our Oil Heat Retreat
    OESP
    Annually, we host our Oil Heat Retreat. This year it will take place on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We will begin the event with a day of education, and on Saturday we will host our fall Board Meeting. Anyone can attend this retreat. It is a time to relax, learn something, meet new and old friends and enjoy another area of the Northeast.

    Our membership chairman, George Fantacone, is working on getting a new chapter formed on Cape Cod. This is an opportunity to show potential members in this area what we are all about.

    The Retreat will be held Oct. 1-4.

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    Standards for maintenance of commercial refrigeration, HVAC systems out for ANSI public review
    Energy Manager Today
    The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute Standards Task Team announced ANSI public review for two new standards: "Quality Maintenance of Commercial Refrigeration Systems" and "Restoring the Cleanliness of HVAC Systems." The 45-day public review period for the refrigeration systems standard started on May 15 with a comment deadline of June 29.
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    Survey shows Energy Star brand awareness continues to grow
    ACHR News
    The Consortium for Energy Efficiency has announced that results from its National Awareness of Energy Star survey for 2014 shows continued growing strength for the Energy Star brand. In 2014, 89 percent of households recognized the Energy Star label when it was shown to them. This constitutes an increase of 48 percent since CEE first conducted the survey in 2000.
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    Delaware owners of leaking, buried oil tanks get help
    The News Journal
    Christina Wirtz, Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's outreach ombudsman, said the agency sought approval to earmark money from the state's Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act fund last year, after noting that underground heating fuel tank problems were piling up fast across the state. Leak discoveries, homeowner concerns and home-financing requirements all appeared to be driving the demands skyward.
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    How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
    By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
    If you are easily distracted, your level of stress likely rises with these distractions. In this state, your potential for making poor decisions and mistakes increases. Leaders and managers constantly face their share of distractions, so it's important to know how to handle them in the appropriate manner. Distractions are always present, and your reaction controls your behavior. The slogan, "As you think, so you go," fits because your thoughts direct your actions and behavior. Everything you do is a result of what you are thinking at the time.
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    Create repeat business through customer relationships
    Small Biz Daily
    Every entrepreneur knows that if you want to build your business, you've got to keep customers coming back again. But how? Customer relationships are the key, say small business owners in the Spring 2015 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report.
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