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Government investments to advance biofuels industry
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U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced funding to pursue innovations in biofuels technologies, increase production of U.S. biofuels, and strengthen American energy security. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Navy and Department of Energy are announcing $30 million in federal funding to match private investments in commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels. More

What small businesses can expect after health care ruling
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The overhaul of the nation's health care system requires that by 2014, all businesses with 50 or more employees must provide health care benefits that are deemed affordable under the law. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, small companies can get a better idea of what it means for their business. More

ICF to support utility's energy efficiency plans
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Consulting and technology services provider ICF International Inc. says it has been awarded a $13.5 million contract to support the energy efficiency portfolio of a major U.S. utility. ICF says that it will promote increased residential energy efficiency by implementing programs that promote high-efficiency HVAC systems, support energy audit and weatherization activities and provide energy efficiency services to low-income customers. More

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 Updates from OESP

The heat is on for education
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You have read about the new program that OESP is launching — the "Home Comfort Specialist Academy." This program is designed to help all within your company become better at their job — serving the customer. Serving a customer properly means adding to your bottom line. We all know that costly mistakes such as putting the wrong air conditioner or heating appliance into a home can hurt your bottom line. It hurts your integrity as a company and it means lost dollars. And with this excessive heat spell, many customers likely have complained about their AC not being able to keep up with the heat and humidity. Simply replacing a broken unit with the same sized unit may have contributed to the problem.

With this first training module, Selling a Warm Air System along with Air Conditioning, attendees will begin with the actual sales call, starting with an interview with the customer, inspecting and measuring the home and doing a load calculation. It is very important to do this exercise each and every time you give an estimate on any system.

For a complete bullet listing of what else attendees will learn at this specific module, visit our home page and check out our Education Spotlight Box. For a highlight of the overall program, visit our online training center. For members in good standing, this benefit is free with your membership. This class will be lead by Ralph Adams, Education Co-Chair of OESP and delivered from noon-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Radisson in Scranton, Pa. The location is tied in with our annual Oilheat Retreat. Because of that, it is complimentary to all.

Oilheat Retreat: Sept. 27-30
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We host this annual event and it is tied around our fall board meeting. An extra day is added so people can relax with friends and families. Do you need to be a director to attend this event? Of course not! We welcome anyone that likes to talk and connect with others that have a passion for the heating industry. Stay for a day or the entire event — it's up to you!

Registration will open soon. Instead of calling and making your own reservations, this year you can do it online or by calling 888-552-0900. For one price per night (per person) you will be able to take advantage of everything called out on our agenda.

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We are hosting the seminar, Dead Men's Steam, presented by Dan Holohan, Sept. 12, at the Holiday Inn in Timonium, Md. This popular night school begins at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner followed by Dan speaking at 5:30 p.m. He'll finish up at 8:45 p.m. The cost to attend is $129. The class is limited to 50 people. You can register online or by calling the national office. More

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ASHRAE Handbook now includes VRF
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The 2012 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Systems and Equipment — discusses systems and the equipment that comprises them, including features and differences. It's designed to help system designers and building operators select and use equipment. The chapter on Variable-Refrigerant-Flow Systems describes these systems, their components and applicable standards in detail and includes a system design example and important guidance on costs, controls and safety. More

How to build your small business customer base
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As a business owner, you should always be on the hunt for new customers and seeking methods to bring them to your door. If you are not consistently looking for opportunities to build your customer base, your business could fall off of the growth track. There are lots of ways to reach your prospects. Here are some tips that will help you keep your business out in front of your target customers. More

Solar heating and cooling: IEA finds huge potential to replace fossil fuels and electricity
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At the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling in Buildings and Industry, SHC 2012, Paolo Frankl of the International Energy Agency presented the technology roadmap for solar heating and cooling. The document identifies a potential of 430 million tons of oil equivalent by 2050. The IEA finds "a stable, long-term policy framework for solar heating and cooling" the key task for the coming decade to realize the vast potential. More

10 tips for being more independent with your small business
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You may think you won your independence from the workforce when you quit your job, but the truth is: running your own business sometimes means you're dependent on many factors. You may depend solely on the revenue produced by just a handful of clients. You may depend on your vendors to produce products and services to you in a timely manner. Are you really as independent as you think? More

Trade, technical training programs compiled on new website
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The Regional Economic Development Center announced the compilation of an interactive website of trade and technical training programs in New Hampshire. The website is focused primarily on programs in areas such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC, welding, machinery and advanced machinery/CNC. By centralizing this information, the CEDS Steering Committee's goal was to provide the information to residents and workers in New Hampshire who are interested in pursuing trade and technical training. More

New business insurance options now available for specialist contractors
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Business insurance has always been a struggle for artisan contractors — the individuals who provide more specialized services to the homes of their clients — making it challenging for them to mitigate their risks and protect their finances from harm. This means that contractors that provide specialized services, such as plumbers, electricians, flooring and HVAC, are now all able to gain access to coverage solutions that are highly customizable and that are being offered at affordable rates. More


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