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In this issue...
  • HVAC service: Quick building pressure diagnostics
  • Making sense of the US oil story
  • EPA, FBI target R-22 containing propane in US market
  • One-stop shopping
  • Leading up to the Roadshow
  • And it doesn't stop there
  • Solar and wind power more expensive than thought
  • 5 tested ways to keep your customers coming back
  • DOE invests in new geothermal energy projects
  • As consumer confidence soars, businesses scramble to catch up
  • Safety program benefits contracting businesses
  • Wind's role in Vermont's energy future

  • HVAC service: Quick building pressure diagnostics
    Contracting Business
    Most buildings unintentionally operate under some level of positive or negative pressure. These pressures are usually caused by a defective duct system. Complaints stemming from building pressure problems can include indoor humidity issues when the fan runs and systems that work in the cool of the morning will not cool the building in the afternoon. Could a five minute building pressure test provide the answer your customers have been longing for?
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    Making sense of the US oil story
    OilPrice.com
    We frequently see stories telling us how well the United States is doing at oil extraction. The fact that there are stories in the press about the U.S. wanting to export crude oil adds to the hype. How much of these stories are really true? If we believe the stories, the U.S. is now the largest producer of oil liquids in the world. In fact, it has been the largest producer since the fourth quarter of 2012.
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    EPA, FBI target R-22 containing propane in US market
    Contracting Business
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a warning in July regarding the sale of R-22 refrigerant with propane in the U.S. market. "A number of refrigerants with '22a' or 'R-22a' in the name contain highly flammable hydrocarbons, such as propane," EPA's warning states. "These refrigerants are being marketed to consumers seeking to recharge existing home and motor vehicle air conditioning systems that were not designed to use propane or other flammable refrigerants."
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Sid Harvey's Pump Testing Manifold
    Sid Harvey’s Pump Testing Manifold checks pressure and vacuum quickly and accurately on all fuel units up to 300 psi. It features liquid filled gauges, flexible lines, and smooth operating valves. The vacuum side has flare fittings for both 3/8” and ½” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello. www.sidharvey.com
     


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    One-stop shopping
    OESP
    Who would guess that you can get everything you need for the start to the winter season in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania?

    We're bringing the 2nd Roadshow to Gettysburg Sept. 22-23. Monday we'll have an outstanding choice of classes to attend and the opening of the display area that evening for a VIP event. One fee of $179 gives you a choice of classes, food and beverage and a great chance to meet our many industry partners — all in one place.

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    Testo's still the winning team...

    Testo’s full line of analyzers offers fast combustion tuning solutions to meet all your testing needs.

    • Get the job done right
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    Leading up to the Roadshow
    OESP
    Each year, we host an Oil Heat Retreat at a convenient location and relaxing for our members. This year we decided to include the Retreat with the Roadshows. Beginning Friday night, we invite our members and anyone else who wishes to have a nice long weekend in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to join us. We have special events planned for Saturday (including our board meeting) and on Sunday, we've got our annual Golf Tournament at The Links at Gettysburg, as well as our Care to Ride event. So there is plenty to do, and you will help us raise money if you participate in either of these events. The golf tournament benefits our Dave Nelsen Scholarship program and Care to Ride benefits our foundation — Oil Heat Cares.
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    And it doesn't stop there
    OESP
    Tuesday after the show, Dan Holohan will be presenting his very poplar seminar, Dead Men Steam School.

    Thanks to our sponsor, Peerless Boilers, all proceeds will go to a special scholarship — the Dan Holohan Award that will benefit those teaching HVAC students. The cost is $99 and includes food.

    Visit our website to sign up for any of these things.

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    Solar and wind power more expensive than thought
    OilPrice.com
    A new study from the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, argues that using solar and wind energy may be the most expensive alternatives to carbon-based electricity generation, even though they require no expenditures for fuel. The paper, by economist Charles Frank, compares the benefits and costs of renewable energy.

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    EPA releases June RIN data
    Ethanol Producer Magazine
    The U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) data for June, reporting that more than 1.46 billion RINs were generated during the month across all biofuel categories. For the second consecutive month of 2014, no cellulosic RINs were generated. A total of 11,213 D7 cellulosic diesel RINs have been generated this year, with 8,859 generated for cellulosic diesel and 2,563 generated for cellulosic heating oil. According to the EPA, 8,859 D7 RINs were generated by domestic producers, while 2,563 were generated by importers.

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    How to beat low-bidders on residential HVAC replacement sales
    Contracting Business
    How many times have you heard a prospective customer say, "I've got three other bids on the exact same equipment you're quoting me on, and you're $2,000 higher than everyone else?" Are low-bidders muddying the waters in your residential HVAC replacement marketplace? Here's how to overcome their pricing and show customers you're worth the price.

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    5 tested ways to keep your customers coming back
    Fuel Fix
    Small businesses know better than anyone how important it is to find a way to keep customers coming back. But how do you get customers to return again and again? Luckily, with powerful channels like email, social, mobile and social, it's never been easier for businesses to stay in touch with customers and generate the repeat business they need to succeed. Here are five things you can do to get that repeat business from your customers.
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    DOE invests in new geothermal energy projects
    Hydrogen Fuel News
    The U.S. Department of Energy has added new geothermal energy projects to its portfolio. Some $18 million worth of geothermal projects are now being supported by the federal agency. The agency has invested funds into 32 new projects. This may be a sign that the federal government is beginning to show more support for geothermal power, which has seen relatively little government support when compared to other forms of renewable energy.
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    As consumer confidence soars, businesses scramble to catch up
    By Katina Smallwood
    The U.S. job market is showing signs of warming as small businesses and high-wage jobs are beginning to hire again. In July, the Consumer Confidence Index reached 90.9, the highest level since October 2007, marking the sixth straight month of job gains this year. Along with job gains, consumer spending increased by 0.4 percent in June. The harsh winter, a lagging housing market and inflation all had negative impact on the economy during the first half of the year, but things have heated up along with the weather.
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    Safety program benefits contracting businesses
    Contractor Magazine
    Executing a strong safety program can feel overwhelming, but you probably already have a foundation in place. If you're unsure where to start for a safety program that can have an impact on your insurance premiums, ask your insurance agent. You may find that all it will take is a bit of formalization and consistency to execute a program. Programs can be simple and low-cost, or they can be a company investment that results in multiple benefits.
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    Wind's role in Vermont's energy future
    VTDigger
    VideoBrief The appetite for building wind projects in Vermont has tapered off in recent years. A combination of factors have shelved at least two projects and left three others lying dormant. But the industry might be poised to catch its second wind. Supporters and opponents agree that despite the recent timeout, wind power will likely remain a part of the region's renewable energy mix.
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