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Being reactive to your HVAC customers is as important as being active online
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Social media sites and other online resources are a gift to HVAC contractors, letting them issue tailored marketing messages to local homeowners seeking out just that information. An HVAC contractor's online presence should amount to more than a monologue, however. The Web is the world's widest forum, open to all kinds of voices carrying on infinite conversations. That includes conversations about home comfort equipment and services and — perhaps surprisingly — conversations about you and your business. More

Connecticut bill to cut sulfur in heating oil    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two members of Connecticut's congressional delegation, Rosa DeLauro, D-District 3, and John Larson, D-District 1, have introduced legislation to cut the levels of sulfur in home heating oil. DeLauro and Larson said the proposed legislation will help improve air quality. The so-called Clean Heating Oil Act reduces the allowable sulfur concentration in heating oil to 15 parts per million, the same concentration as diesel fuel. More

Energy officials say renewal of wind energy tax credit key to American jobs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's really blowing in the wind, according to current and former wind energy officials from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Colorado who talked to reporters on a recent conference call, are the tens of thousands of current and future jobs that would be gone with the wind if a wind energy tax credit set to expire at the end of the year isn't renewed by Congress. More

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Coming to Timonium, Md.
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Tickets are selling fast for the Dead Men's Steam Seminar to be held Sept. 12, at the Holiday Inn in Timonium, Md. The session starts at 5 p.m. with a buffet, then Dan Holohan will speak until about 8:45 p.m. This all-technical seminar will make attendees more familiar with the many types of old steam heating systems and what goes wrong with them. Dan's easy-to-follow explanations will have you seeing inside these old systems and help you to be a better troubleshooter.

We have reserved only 50 seats, so sign up today on our home page. The cost is $129 per person.

Other ways to get the support you need
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Many of the products you use daily are supported with apps. You can easily download them on your smartphone. The latest example is Beckett. Residential and commercial HVAC professionals on jobsites and on the road can easily find important information pertaining to system requirements, product sheets, wiring diagrams and more.

» Click here for the iPhone app.
» Click here for the Android app.

Early September we will be launching a new online product showcase with our partner, MultiView. After that, we will have our own unique app for access to all our suppliers. For those on the road, it is a great way to get the information you need quickly and easily so you can sell, service and get information.

As tune-ups get started
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Air conditioning has kept your technicians hopping this summer. But it probably is getting to that time when tune-ups start. Remind your technicians about Oil Heat Cares. OHC is a 501C-3 foundation whose mission is to help the less fortunate with replacing their "tired, worn" oil-fired heating appliance.

Speaking of Oil Heat Cares, a new site is currently under construction. Hopefully with the next issue, you will hear all about it and find out which industry partner has supported this effort.

Oil Heat Retreat
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For those that are planning to spend a couple of days in Scranton, Pa., September 27-30, you can now register and pay online. Just visit the retreat page.

Relax and refresh after a hot summer and take advantage of two educational opportunities. From noon-6 p.m. that Thursday, Ralph Adams will be teaching the first workshop of our new Home Comfort Specialist Academy: "Selling a Warm Air Furnace with AC." There is no cost — just register.

After the board meeting that Saturday, directors and others can relax and learn from a master — Dan Holohan. It is always good to bounce ideas and thoughts about training off of someone who’s a pro and willing to share his talent. He will provide tips and advice to those that provide training to others.

We have a limited number of rooms, so act soon!

 In The News

Make your business shine with solar thermal
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Every one of your customers needs hot water. Every one of your customers would like a 20-30 percent return on investment. And every contractor would like to offer a product that's not weather-dependent, opens up new markets and provides a good gross margin. That's why offering solar thermal systems is a "no-brainer" for the HVAC industry. More

5 Web tips for small business owners
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Small business owners have to juggle multiple responsibilities and watch the bottom line. Although many turn to the Web for marketing help and for services to run more smoothly, knowing some tips and tricks on how to better use these tools can make a big difference in terms of time, money and headaches saved. More

Study shows renewable energy potential in every state
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A new study produced by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has shown that every state in the United States of America has the space and resources to generate clean energy. The report, U.S. RE Technical Potential, looked at the available renewable resources in every state in the nation, and established an upper boundary estimate of development potential. More

Sustainable future: Alternative energy source could come from rivers flowing into oceans
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Many energy experts envision a future that includes a variety of green energy solutions. Wind, hydroelectric and solar power currently dominate the renewable power sector, but a new process described in the latest episode in the American Chemical Society's Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series could usher in a new genre of electric power-generating stations. More

Energy-saving system removes VOCs from indoor air
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Scientists have developed a catalyst and deployment devices to improve indoor air quality and reduce ventilation energy needs. The catalyst, a manganese oxide, can be synthesized inexpensively from commercially available chemicals. It catalyzes the oxidation of several volatile organic compounds, most notably formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, to carbon dioxide and water. More

Energy co-op of Vermont to install free heating equipment
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The Energy Co-op of Vermont is working with the Oil Heat Cares Foundation to identify a family or non-profit organization located in Chittenden County that is in need of new heating equipment. Once the selection has been made, the Energy Co-op will install a new, oil-fired furnace at no cost to the recipient. More

Why leaders need to be great communicators
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Communications is one of the most important effective leadership traits and probably one of the most overlooked. The ability to communicate to your employees, business partners, the media and your customers is incredibly important. It's not just about getting your message out, but getting the right message out and to the right people. More


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