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US refining rates could slip as fuel inventories rise
Oil fell to a four-month low in New York on expectation that U.S. refineries will decrease operating rates, leaving the nation with ample crude stockpiles. Inventories of distillate fuel, a category that includes diesel and heating oil, rose 709,000 bbl to 144.8 million, the most since February 2012.
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How indecision can cripple your business
By Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Gary and Jason have been business partners for more than a decade. But while their joint practice is blooming, their partnership is in trouble. Why? Decision-making, essential to their business's momentum, has stalled. The impetus for this struggle is Jason's assistant Damian, who is also his brother-in-law. Damian cannot keep pace with the demands of the job, and overflow work has fallen on Gary's assistant, Brenda. The result: frustration, resentment and a bottlenecking of work.
How the dramatic growth of wind and solar led to EPA's tougher carbon rules
The Washington Post
The Obama administration's new Clean Power Plan, released Aug. 3, is being heralded as a "game-changer." In fact, a better description is that it's trying to cement changes already occurring in how we get electricity, and in particular, the stunning recent boom in solar energy — as well as in wind.
The winner of the 1st Dan Holohan Grant is announced
As a tribute to Dan Holohan's support of our industry, we established a scholarship in his name. When asked what requirements he would like tied with the award, he suggested that it go to those that are teaching the future technicians. Knowing that education is costly, supplies more challenging to acquire and support more difficult to come by, he suggested the teachers of HVAC tell us why they need the money.
Our first winner was awarded $2,500 for his continued education. Kenneth Welker Jr., from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, shared with us that this support allows him to put his years of field experience into practice by fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. After graduating high school he couldn't pursue his dream but instead went into the workforce. He did though work during the day and attend community college at night and earned his Associate degree.
Now Ken is working towards his bachelor's degree and is enrolled in the Workforce Education Program at Penn State University. He currently works as an adjunct instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
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HVAC technician death stresses need for caution with electricity
LinkedIn via Contracting Business
A sad letter appeared on LinkedIn recently, one that emphasizes the need for extreme caution when servicing HVAC equipment. Michael Warren, an instructor at Southeastern Technical College, Vidalia, Georgia, wrote the letter to popular HVAC educator/business owner/author, Carter Stanfield.
Education in the trades is evolving, giving contractors more options to advance their skill sets
Training is more important than ever in the plumbing, hydronics and heating industries. Continuing education helps inform contractors of upcoming changes, innovations, code issues and industry standards. Technology is advancing and contractors need to know how to install and service all products. New technologies are being introduced. As consumers become more aware of these options, they expect their contractors to be experts when coming into their home or business. Also, new codes are being implemented that require contractors to be the source of knowledge.
HVAC franchising meets many needs
A renewed growth of the number of U.S. HVAC franchises is expected to last over the next few years, as the entire HVAC industry regains its pre-2008 recession vitality. The franchise option, while not for everyone, has been proven to be a viable option for business owners seeking help with growing their service businesses, and who want to take advantage of the management benefits and advice that the franchise model provides.
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Global indoor air quality market to grow at a CAGR of 7.3 percent over the period 2013-2018
The quality of air is very important whether indoor or outdoor. Indoor air quality products and services mainly focus on improving the health conditions of the occupants within the buildings. Global Indoor Air Quality Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Indoor Air Quality landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years.
Study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low
Wind energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The prices offered by wind projects to utility purchasers averaged under 2.5¢/kWh for projects negotiating contracts in 2014, spurring demand for wind energy.
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Killer tips for managing workflow with checklists
Small Business Trends
Do you feel like you manage your workflow in the best possible way? A lot of teams rely on sticky notes, stacks of emails or worse: their memory. Getting caught out by human errors creates disoriented, sluggish and confused teams out of groups that have the potential to be awesome. These small business tips will help you get on track with using productivity tools and app integration to supercharge your workflow.
8 tips for making business email communication more professional
Business 2 Community
Email has long been the standard form of communication for businesses, and that likely won't be changing in the near future. It's the perfect way to communicate with both other businesses and customers. Even though it's a very effective communication method, it can also be damaging to your business if not handled professionally.
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