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Gray, Gray & Gray releases results of 2012 Oilheat Industry Survey
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Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP Certified Public Accountants in Westwood, Mass., has released the results of the firm’s 2012 Oilheat Industry Survey. Responses to the survey were obtained from retail fuel oil dealers from throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. More

Commentary: HARDI and regional efficiency standards
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The word "certainty" has often been used by proponents of the newly established regional energy efficiency standards to describe their support of both the Department of Energy's Direct Final Rule and Senate Bill 398. Under the bill, distributors would be required to collect from contractors the address of installation, serial number and name of the installing contractor of each unit sold and then provide that information to the Department of Energy. For HVAC distributors, regional standards bring unknown and unforeseen obstacles which Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International believes are to the detriment of distributors, contractors and homeowners. More

In the renewable energy race, U.S. lags
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Despite the fact that U.S. renewable energy production has increased by more than 300 percent in the last 10 years, the country still lags far behind Europe and Indonesia and is only slightly ahead of Mexico, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC is advocating for countries to adopt policies to increase the percentage of electricity they get from renewable sources to 15 percent by 2020. More

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 Updates from OESP

Certification — why bother?
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At our recent convention, we offered both NORA Certification as well as NATE Certification. Bob Hedden offered a Silver review in the morning with the test later in the day. NATE offered our members an opportunity to take the Oil Furnace and Hydronics Core, along with a review presented by Dave Rousayne of Bock Water Heaters. In addition, NATE offered members a discounted price to take any NATE Core.

Many folks took advantage of this opportunity. One of our members had four of his men take other cores. When asked the reason for doing so, his response was, "As far as the NATE certification is concerned, yes, it is something we have been interested in for quite some time. However, although there are places that proctor tests, most do not do the training, and vice-versa, especially in our area. Trying to arrange training and testing for multiple technicians is difficult, to say the least. Many of the test sites are quite some distance from us, and although Rhode Island was a bit of a drive, it was a win-win-win situation for us. Having a universally recognized accreditation is of paramount importance to companies dedicated to excellence in service. When NORA was authorized and began its Bronze/Silver/Gold standard, it helped raise the bar for technicians. And with its future as yet unknown, NATE became an attractive alternative, especially with expansion into other areas such as air conditioning."

So what does your service department do to compete against companies that promote education of their technicians and validate their knowledge with testing? If you haven't put much effort into exploring these programs, try it. It is good for your company, good for technicians and good for the consumer.

Congratulations to Tom Sabia of Saunders Technical High School
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Tom Sabia
We have mentioned New York's Saunders Technical High School several times, but it proves not all schools are alike — some go the extra mile day after day and year after year. This school is supported by the Westchester Chapter. Last week, Tom Sabia was awarded teacher of the year. Westchester members, Steve Rinaldo and Bob O'Rouke were on hand to recognize Tom on his achievement. He won this award for his years of dedication, thankless hours and sincere desire to have his students succeed with their chosen field.

Steve Mazzola, the school principal, made the presentation.

Upcoming seminars
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Don't forget about the upcoming Tank Seminar being taught by John Levy at the Saunders Technical School, June 27. You can register online at or by calling Jim Mohoney at 914-403-7683.

National is hosting the seminar, Dead Men's Steam, by Dan Holohan, Sept. 12, in Timonium, Md. You can register online for that seminar as well or by calling the national office at 888-552-0900.

Coming soon — Home Comfort Specialist Academy
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The latest initiative of OESP is the Home Comfort Specialist Academy. When our new online academy "opens its doors," you will be able to view the presentation Ralph Adams made at our recent convention. This will give you a better idea of what this is all about. The objective of this new program is to provide information to students that will give them the confidence in addressing consumers' energy concerns of today and ways to offer solutions to those concerns. Some individual modules will be offered, while other modules will be a series of presentations that should be taken as prerequisites before proceeding to the next module.

Our first official class will be offered Thursday, Sept. 27, in Scranton, at our annual Oilheat Retreat. Anyone can take this class by calling 888-552-0900. Soon, we'll have an outline and title for this session. But save the date!

 In The News

Germany sets solar power record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Photovoltaic solar power plants in Germany set a new world record for energy produced. On June 1, solar power produced 22 gigawatts of energy, equivalent to the output of 20 nuclear plants. For the first time, a major industrialized country produced 50 percent of its electricity from solar photovoltaic plants and individual homes and businesses. Germany hopes to be nuclear-free by 2022. More

4 ways to destroy an employee's day
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What makes an employee productive? Unproductive? Researchers conducted a comprehensive study of 238 employees, who kept track of how each day went. "What we discovered is that the key factor you can use to make employees miserable on the job is to simply keep them from making progress in meaningful work," researchers Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer later wrote. Based on those diaries, Amabile and Kramer came up with a list of surefire ways to destroy an employee's day. More

How a heat pump could provide cheap, clean energy for your home    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Heat pumps offer a form of renewable energy technology readily available in the current market to provide heating and hot water for domestic use. They provide efficient, reliable methods for heating homes and buildings, and help reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases due to the low amount electricity consumed. Heat pumps work by drawing naturally occurring heat from the ground, or the atmosphere, and increasing it via a heat convertor to be used for heating water or air in a domestic system. More

New green energy FCU organizing
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The National Credit Union Administration has approved a field of membership for the proposed new Green Energy Federal Credit Union, its organizer and sponsor said. The initial FOM will be a number of businesses and organizations involved in residential and commercial energy renewal and efficiency improvements, said AFC First Financial. The company said it is a provider of energy lending and rebate programs and manages a network of more than 3,000 approved contractors who work in selling, installing and servicing high-efficiency HVAC, weatherization and other improvements. More

'Pricing for Profit,' David Crary is back with
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On June 13, David Crary — president and founder of HindSite Software, former service contractor, and lifetime entrepreneur — will be joining Ruth King of on Crary and King will be talking about the factors needed to take into consideration to price products and services profitably. One main point they will make is that most owners believe price drives everything, and they will discuss why this is not true. More

Natural heating and cooling: Tapping New York City's earth
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Geothermal energy systems utilize the constant temperature of the earth for heating and cooling a building. These systems are the dark horse of alternative energy, but efforts are being made in New York to change that. And the use of such systems has been gradually increasing. A number of high-profile buildings have recently installed geothermal systems, including the Queens Botanical Garden, the Times Square TKTS Booth, the Bronx Zoo Lighthouse and the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Pumping through the system at the museum, 400 gallons of water per minute heat or cool the building, depending on the season. More

USDA helps Northern Maine Medical Center fund $3.6 million biomass project
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Thanks to funding secured through USDA Rural Development, Northern Maine Medical Center will produce cleaner, more cost-efficient heat by year's end. The $3.6 million federal loan, coupled with a $750,000 grant from the Maine Forest Service, is funding construction, purchase and installation of a state-of-the art biomass furnace at the hospital. The new furnace replaces three antiquated boilers and, according to hospital officials, will result in $200,000 in heating cost savings annually over the next two decades. More

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