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Energy bill also increases funding for efficiency programs, commits to lower greenhouse emissions
The Free Press
The Efficiency Maine Trust provides energy-saving programs to residents and businesses. That includes cash incentives and rebates, free energy audits, low-cost loans and educational training. According to Efficiency Maine, efficiency programs have saved $400 million a year in energy costs since 2002. The omnibus energy bill provides additional funding to the program.
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HVAC system thermostat wars: We need to provide education, not seek legislation
Contracting Business
In the modern world, every business specialty is up for grabs. This is true in the HVACR industry as well. Thermostat installation and replacement can now be done by the homeowners as well as security specialists, home automation companies and more. Some people want to have legislation in place to control who does this work. That is a mistake. Here's why.
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How seriously should we be taking the concept of unburnable carbon?
By Lucy Wallwork
Reserve levels and reserve-replacement metrics have long been used as key determinants of the value of firms in the hydrocarbon industry. But new reports cast doubt on the boldness of valuing assets in the ground that may never be extracted and burned if global governments take seriously their commitments to limiting carbon dioxide emissions. This leads to concerns over a potential "carbon bubble," in the mold of the dot-com bubble or the global financial crisis, all stemming from the overvaluing of corporate assets.
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  Bugs in my Fuel!
Sid Harvey’s introduces a new single use application size Biobor JF biocide, one of the most effective fuel oil treatments on the market today. The 16 ounce bottle of Biobor JF will treat up to 1,280 gallons while the newly introduced 4 ounce bottle serves as a shock treatment for a 275 gallon tank. Biobor is used by all branches of the military and is proven to be a remedy for tanks contaminated with Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms (HUM-Bugs). Biobor JF is available at all Sid Harvey branches. www.sidharvey.com
 


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What people are saying
OESP
People are talking about our two workshops in Connecticut. Monday, we had a class tied with our new Home Comfort Specialist Academy. Tuesday, we had "Learning for Trainers," class. We want to thank ICPA, for allowing us the use of their school, and the trainers, Dan Holohan and Tim Begoske with Field Controls.

Bill commented, "I am happy I attended; I learned a great deal." Regarding the "Learning for Trainers" class, Susan commented "It wouldn't be something I would typically sign up for, because I don't like being pushed outside my comfort zone with the recording of the presentation, but it really helped me and I would go to another seminar like this in a heartbeat." Another attendee commented, "I'd say overall, the biggest thing that I pulled away from this was the 'clustering' technique of organization. It's a nice change of pace from the linear style that we've been taught throughout our lives. I'm currently working on a presentation where the next step is the outline, so I am excited to give this a shot."

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Home Comfort Specialist Academy
OESP
You will continue hearing more about this new program. A group of us took the opportunity to meet while in Connecticut so that we could further refine this program. You will hear more about the program this fall, so stay tuned!
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Classic Hydronics — Sept. 10
OESP
Dan Holohan will be presenting the all technical three-hour seminar at the Holiday Inn, 9615 Deereco Rd., in Timonium, Md. Start time is 5 p.m. and class begins promptly at 5:30. To register visit, www.thinkoesp.org or call 888-552-0900.
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Oil Heat Retreat — Sept. 12-15 on Long Island, NY
OESP
Our host hotel is the Ramada, 1730 N. Ocean Ave., in Holtsville, N.Y. The deadline for room reservations is Aug. 12, so act today by calling 631-758-2999 and reference OESP. This event is open to anyone. You don't have to be a director to join us. We will host a welcoming reception Thursday evening. Those that wish to visit Brookhaven Labs on Friday will be transported to the facility where they will be met by Dr. Tom Butcher. Energy will be the theme of the day! Also, those that prefer something else can join us for a paddleboat ride along with lunch.

Saturday, after our board meeting, we'll get on the bus and head out to wine country for dinner and tastes of the area.

Register today.

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Start thinking about the 2014 Road Shows
OESP
Check out this video to get an idea of what a Road Show is!
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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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IN THE NEWS


US hits renewable energy record in 2012
Mother Nature Network
Renewable energy production hit an all-time high in the United States in 2012, according to a recent annual energy report. A combination of government incentives and technological innovations has helped solar and wind power grow in the United States in recent years, the report suggests. From 2011 to 2012, solar energy production increased by 49 percent and wind energy increased by 16 percent, according to a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory annual energy analysis.
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NATE, APR Supply Co. offer certification testing at Comfortech
Contractor Magazine
North American Technician Excellence, in partnership with APR Supply Co., is offering NATE certification testing in conjunction with the Penton Mechanical Systems Group’s Comfortech 2013. The annual seminar and product showcase runs Sept. 18-20, in Philadelphia. Comfortech is hosted by Contractor and Contracting Business magazines.
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Sell by creating 'verbal infomercials'
Contracting Business
As a salesperson, your challenge is to make people feel good about buying from you. Some people say they sell by educating the consumer. However, you have to be very careful when you start educating people during a selling situation. Too much information often causes more questions than it answers. You can lose prospects to boredom. You can confuse them, and a confused mind always says no. Some HVAC salespeople and service techs provide so much information you can't tell if they're doing a sales presentation or a technical seminar.
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Department of energy has overestimated energy efficiency standard costs
CleanTechnica
A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy provides data that shows that the Department of Energy has a systemic problem in calculating its estimates of how much new efficiency standards will cost. The Department regularly projects that manufacturers selling more efficient appliances will have to increase their costs, when in fact the cost of production actually decreases over time.

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Rhode Island passes statewide Bioheat requirement
Biodiesel Magazine
The governor of Rhode Island signed landmark legislation recently that will ensure all of the state's heating oil becomes Bioheat by 2014. Starting July 1, 2014, every gallon of oil heat in the state will contain at least 2 percent biodiesel. The Bioheat blend is a greener heating oil gaining popularity in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

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Hiring your next expert
Contracting Business
Here's the cold, hard fact: the HVAC industry is 20,000 technicians short of being fully staffed. With a low supply, the demand is high, and the competition to find talented workers is paramount. Apply these guidelines when recruiting for your team.

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Small business survey: Growth without hiring, thanks to technology
Inc.
Small businesses are in recovery. And, in a trend we've been following for more than a year, they're growing without hiring, thanks in large part to adoption of technology. The July results of the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard further confirm this trend, showing small business hiring down slightly (0.1 percent), but optimism high at 72 percent. When asked if they've changed their strategies to adapt to an increasingly technology-based economy, 76 percent of small businesses said they have.
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Continuing contractor education
Contractor Magazine
Contractors have so many options these days when wanting to learn about a new, cutting-edge product or add a new skill to their repertoire of offerings. From manufacturer training courses to association seminars, there are many resources contractors can tap into to further their industry knowledge and add to their skill sets.
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6 tips for managing a customer service nightmare
Business 2 Community
The customer is mad. You feel bad. It was out of your control. It was an accident, and if you could go back in time, you would have stopped it. Yet here you are with a very unhappy client on the phone. They might even be yelling at you and threatening to terminate your business relationship. What should you do?
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