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Unified group hosts financial forum for HVAC contractors
Contracting Business
Managing burden, finding more time to keep up with IT and technology changes, battling with software providers and achieving a culture of excellence were just some of the issues discussed by independent commercial HVAC contracors.
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Study recommends ways to overcome bioenergy development barriers
Biomass Magazine
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities Inc. released a report that assesses how community-scale, wood-fueled facilities could address forest health issues as well as losses from wildfires. The report, titled "Financing Wood Biomass Clusters: Barriers, Opportunities, and Potential Models for the Western U.S.," identifies factors that have contributed to the success for failure of biomass energy projects, with the goal of understanding how bioenergy can be more widely adapted in the U.S.
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Everything you need to know about Keystone XL: The fundamentals
The Motley Fool
By now, you have probably heard about Transcanada's Keystone XL pipeline. For even the most casual observer of the energy industry, this project has been the spark that has ignited political debates ranging from environmental hazards, emission of greenhouse gasses and North American energy independence. There are clear environmental concerns regarding the construction of this pipeline, but the story is so much more than that.
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  Sid Harvey's Introduces the Sure-Flo De-Scaling System
Sid Harvey’s F10 Odorless De-Scaling System safely removes lime and scale build up from tankless water heaters. The odorless solution changes color from red to yellow as it works and back to red to indicate when the process is complete. The kit includes a pump, hoses, bucket with lid, and de-scaling chemical as well as an acid neutralizer to restore PH so the used solution may be safely discarded. Helps restore maximum efficiency for peak performance and satisfies warranty service requirements. The Sure-Flo Descaling system is available at all Sid Harvey branches. www.sidharvey.com
 


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Training on the road
OESP
On July 29, OESP will be delivering another module of the new Home Comfort Specialist Academy. Ralph Adams will be presenting the morning workshop. Attendees will gain insight into what a customer expects from an energy sales professional. As a professional, you need to look at the entire house; not just a tired old boiler replacement. Today's homeowners are prepared and expect more from their energy professionals.

After lunch, Tim Begoske, professional trainer for Field Controls, will present the workshop, "Healthy Home System." This workshop is tied with our Home Comfort Specialist Academy. Tim will review add-ons such as air cleaners, UV lights and ventilation systems and ways to sell upgrades.

Tuesday, July 30, Dan Holohan will work with those in our ongoing Train-the-Trainer program. The workshop, "Training for Trainers," is designed to help trainers understand the preparation needed to deliver training. Attendees will learn that there is an art to starting a seminar and we'll start there with ways to organize. We'll explore training vs. learning, linear vs. non-linear teaching tools and ways to produce ideas. Clustering is a powerful technique and we'll learn how that works into a memorable presentation.

For outlines describing these workshops, visit www.thinkoesp.org. You can register online as well. Both workshops will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the ICPA School, 10 Alcap Ridge Road, in Cromwell, Conn.

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Learning from your desktop
OESP
You can gain insight into the Home Comfort Specialist Academy as well as the Training for Trainers workshop by visiting our Online Learning Center. There you will find many sessions recorded this year as well as 2012.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Carlin Upgrades Primary Controls


Following the launch of the Universal Replacement ProMaxx 70200 Primary in 2012, Carlin is pleased to introduce the Series E line of primaries. With an improved look, retrofit terminals, LED lights, pump prime and better protection against water, these revised models are direct replacements for Carlin’s 40230, 48245, 50200, and 60200.
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Study finds 21 percent of homes produce 50 percent of carbon emissions
OilPrice.com
In the battle against climate change and carbon emissions, policymakers tend to focus on the supply side of things. They concentrate emission reduction efforts on power plants, heating systems and cars, and completely forget about the demand side of the equation. A new study has been published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, which looks at the differences in energy demand amongst different houses.
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Second wind: Renewable energy down but not out
CNBC
Two events recently occurred that could point to a new second wind for the battered alternative energy secto, which has been on its heels for much of the last couple years. First, President Barack Obama unveiled a broad swath of measures to combat carbon emissions, including new funding for clean energy technology and setting a goal to double the amount of electricity generated by wind and solar. Second, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report forecasting that renewable energy will eclipse natural gas and nuclear as a source of electricity by 2016.
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5 steps to commissioning success
Contracting Business
Commissioning isn't just a buzzword, it's a value-added service that improves project outcomes and is something owners are willing to pay for when they see the value of it. Sometimes a poor previous experience with commissioning turns owners off, but these five commissioning-process success tactics can help ensure a positive and productive commissioning program on your jobs.
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Common mistakes small businesses make on tax returns that may lead to missed tax benefits
The Huffington Post
Small businesses are the cornerstone of what make America great. In fact, 47.2 percent of all employees in the U.S work for a small business. While starting a small business in the U.S. may be easy, keeping it profitable over the long-term it is not so simple. One way to help is to make sure you make the most out of your tax situation which will help add to your bottom line. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Is Angie's List worth the money for HVAC contractors, plumbers?
Business 2 Community
If you are a home services contractor (like a plumber, HVAC, pest control, etc.), or a home improvement contractor (remodeling, renovations) you have likely used Angie's List or knew someone who did. But is Angie's List worth the money to join? Is it a good place to get leads for your contracting business?

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5 best (and worst) states for solar energy
Care2
This year is only about half over, but already U.S. companies have installed 723 megawatts (MW) of solar energy across the country. This means that solar energy accounted for over 48 percent of all new electric capacity installed in the U.S. last quarter. SolarPowerRocks.com has put together a list of the five best — and worst — states for solar energy.

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12 ways to spot manager material in your business
Small Business Trends
Hiring for startups isn't just about finding people who can complete generic, repetitive job tasks. Entrepreneurs must make sure these new team members are ready to dive into practically anything, and then stay in it for the long haul to help the company realize its vision. But once the business is past the early stages, it's time to delegate systems to managers. Hopefully, you've already hired some — they just don't know they're the ones to step up to the management plate.
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University of Maine to get crack at PPA
Renewable Energy News
A University of Maine-led consortium is preparing to bid for a power purchase agreement for a 12MW offshore wind project after lawmakers amended and passed a bill in the state legislature. The amended LD 1472 calls for the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reopen bidding for offshore wind pilot projects.
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