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Where have all the qualified HVAC workers gone?
Economists believe the construction industry is on the rebound. Take HVAC for example. The U.S Department of Labor has predicted that the market will grow by 34 percent or 90,000 jobs between now and 2020. You may already be experiencing a spike in work, but you may be finding yourself with the lack of finding qualified workers for what you believe is a good-paying job. You're stuck in a dilemma of trying to take on new work but not having qualified workers to take on the job.
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ASHRAE, DOE renew memorandum of understanding
Energy Manager Today
ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy have renewed a memorandum of understanding, updating an agreement that was last signed in 2011. Together ASHRAE and the DOE agree to further their long-term relationship by working cooperatively to improve the efficient use of energy, improve the visible and widespread use of renewables and to minimize the impact of energy use on the environment.
Creating credible, actionable energy audits
Energy audits are a common tool, but there is wide variation in services delivered to customers. This video will cover what to expect from an audit, guidelines for different levels of effort and best practices such as building a team, energy usage analyses, productive site visits and onsite measurements, and creating user-friendly reports that promote action.
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Helping neighbors in need
Oil Heat Cares
Phil and Dave Sousa, J.A. Waterville Oil Service, both members of the CT Valley Chapter, were recently recognized at the June meeting. Over the course of two years, this company has taken on five Oil Heat Cares Project. On behalf of the Association, kudos to J&A Waterville!
Dave Bessette, Chairmen of OHC, was on hand to make the presentation at the meeting.
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Remind your technicians and your customer service reps about Oil Heat Cares. You all have customers that have been loyal to you and maybe have a tough time paying bills in a promptly manner but make every effort to pay. Typically through no fault of their own — job loss or illness — their finances are tight. OHC is here to help them get on track with a more efficient and safe product. Follow the "Read More" link to learn more about Oil Heat Cares.
Are you an instructor at a high school or college?
Do you teach HVAC and your budget has been tightened? Do you still want to purchase that new piece of equipment for your lab or take a class to enhance your teaching? Apply for the Dan Holohan Grant! This is the first year of this grant. The first award will be made at our Industry Forum, which will be held Aug. 5-6.
Follow the "Read More" link to view the requirements and apply.
EPA: More than 9.5 million cellulosic RINs generated in May
Ethanol Producer Magazine
The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number generation data for May, reporting that nearly 1.5 billion RINs were generated during the month, including more than 9.51 million cellulosic RINs. According to EPA data, D7 cellulosic RINs were generated for the first time since October. EPA data indicates 173,731 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs were generated in May, all for cellulosic heating oil. May was the first month of this year in which D7 RINs were generated. All 173,371 D7 RINs were generated by importers.
What to make of the EPA's fracking report?
By Lucy Wallwork
The U.S. fracking lobby had all of its birthdays at once earlier this month when the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft of a 1000-page report that throws into doubt the contribution of fracking practices to groundwater contamination in states like North Dakota and Pennsylvania. The headline of the report, several years in the making, is that fracking has "not led to widespread, systematic impacts to drinking water resources." This is the latest contribution in a series of highly politicized and heavily contested reports on the impact of the chemicals injected into fracking wells on public health.
A blunt look at the evolution of HVAC system efficiency
Let's take a peek at the evolution of HVAC efficiency from 40 years ago to today to see if we can imagine where it might be headed in the future.
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Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage
The materials in most of today's residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology developed by chemists at UCLA is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks — an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.
Effective internal communication is good for business
A good leader knows that it's not what he or she says that makes a difference — it's how they say it. Taking time to hear your coworkers and understand how they work and what motivates them is a great way to improve employee satisfaction and productivity. On the other hand, poor communication is harmful to employee relationships as well as the growth and success of your business.
Efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners coming soon
Energy Manager Today
In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy began leading a group of 17 stakeholders in a formal negotiated rulemaking for new energy efficiency standards for commercial rooftop air conditioners. The rulemaking group has come to an agreement, which has been approved by DOE's Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. DOE will now work to finalize a rule based on the agreed terms, according to a blog posting by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A small business owner's guide to keeping staff happy
Research shows that genuine concern from their employer is top of employees' wishlist and that staff are up to 12 percent more productive if they're happy. An entrepreneur whose workforce has grown from two to 400 offers her tips for contented staff.
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