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4 essentials for all business blog posts
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Countless blogs populate the Internet. Most of them aren't worth readers' time and are quickly passed over, if they're ever seen at all. But the blogs that rise to the top — the kind of small-business blogs that can help HVAC contractors grow their businesses over the long term — share some common qualities. More



Heating oil rises to 3-month high as supply falls, demand climbs
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Heating oil advanced to a three-month high as U.S. inventories of distillate fuels declined and demand climbed to the highest level in five weeks. Futures rose a fourth straight day as the Energy Department reported that supplies of distillates, including heating oil and diesel, fell 724,000 barrels to 123.5 million in early August. Analysts forecast a 250,000-barrel gain. Wholesale demand increased 1.2 percent to 3.79 million barrels a day. Heating oil is traded as a substitute for diesel. More

ACCA files comments on proposed changes to the yellow EnergyGuide label for HVAC equipment
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The new elevated energy conservation standards for HVAC equipment, including regional standards for non-weatherized natural gas furnaces and some categories of central air conditioners, will necessitate the Federal Trade Commission to make changes to the familiar yellow EnergyGuide labels. The ACCA recently filed comments to the FTC's proposed Appliance Labeling Rule that governs the content and placement of the EnergyGuide labels found on HVAC equipment. More

PowerMate® Is Hitting The Road

We’re loading up our truck and heading to the Comfortech 2012 show in Schaumburg, IL on September 20-21. We’ve told you what PowerMate® can do and now we want to show you. Watch PowerMate® transform from a motorized stair climber into a 4-wheel dolly, a tailgate lift and a loading dock leveler! Visit Booth #1238 for a live demonstration or call 1-800-697-6283 today to order yours.


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A commitment to continuing education by PPMCSA
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It is always nice to learn that state associations are making commitments to education. Recently the Pennsylvania Petroleum and Convenience Store Association hired Tim Wolf, a young and talented trainer, to lead it. Here is some information about its new technical trainer.

Tim's work in the oil service field began in 1984 with Carlos Leffler, Inc. (today known as Leffler Energy Co.) as an HVAC service and installation technician. In 1997, Tim was promoted to service manager for the York and Stewartstown offices and in 1998 became service manager for the Lancaster, Mount Joy and New Holland offices.

In 2003, Tim joined Thermo Pride as a technical advisor/national trainer, providing training and technical support for Thermo Pride dealers across the country.

His goal as technical instructor at PPMCSA is to help members stay abreast of all the new technology available today, helping them adapt to an ever changing world.

For those planning to attend PPMCSA/ESPA's Convention and Trade Show, you will have an opportunity to meet Tim. This event will be held Oct. 1-3 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa.




An interesting way to promote a job
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Dave Yates has been a friend to our association as well as to Oil Heat Cares in its infancy. He is also a talented writer for Contractor Magazine. He loves to sell and install new equipment — especially some of the new technologies. With this particular job, he sold an oil fired boiler. You can enjoy the video he put together. More

Don't forget our annual Oilheat Retreat
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It is hard to believe that September is right around the corner. As we roll into fall, chapters begin with meetings and we host our fall director's meeting as well. We tie this in with our annual Oilheat Retreat, which will be Sept. 27-30 in Scranton, Pa.

Our block at the Radisson is filled but we have a few rooms yet at a neighboring hotel. Don't worry — we've got plans in place so it will be easy and convenient for you to get back and forth from the Holiday Inn Express to the Radisson for all functions.

And don't forget about the first class of the Home Comfort Specialist Academy — Ralph Adams will lead, "How to Sell a Warm Air System with A/C," noon-6 p.m., Thursday, at the Radisson. Because the class is tied with our retreat, there is no cost to attend. It is a great way to "test drive" this new program. All we ask is that you let us know you are coming. Send a note to jgarber@thinkoesp.org.


 In The News


Small business owners and time management
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As small business owners spread themselves ever thinner — tackling from three to six different roles, on average — effective time management becomes harder and harder to achieve. A new study and infographic by Mavenlink, for example, shows that one in four small business owners believe each productive hour in a day is worth upwards of $500. So how can small business owners make the most of their time? More

White House touts wind energy growth
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The Obama Administration is calling for continued government support of wind energy, touting a new report showing that it accounted for nearly a third of new electric capacity added in the United States last year. A report released by the Department of Energy says the U.S. wind power industry is "facing uncertain times," growing strongly but confronting the possibility of an expiring tax credit that would deal it a severe blow. More

Does cold fusion have a place in the future of renewable energy?
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Back in 1989 two electrochemists, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, mad a remarkable announcement. They had witnessed low energy nuclear reactions at an atomic level, which generated excess heat. It was the first ever account of cold fusion, a third type of nuclear reaction after fission and fusion. But Pons and Fleishman could not consistently reproduce their results and this led to the rejection of cold fusion. However, a recent report by the European Commission's research and development center suggests LENR has its place in the future of renewable energy. More

Training trends
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Just as many fuel oil dealers are diversifying to keep their businesses vital, some providers of training programs are adapting, adding to their course offerings to stay in step with a changing industry. Basic training for oil heat technicians is popularly referred to as "the Bronze course," followed by the Silver and Gold courses, signifying advanced expertise. More

Trenton, NJ, must spend $850,000 on energy upgrades before January
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The clock is ticking for Trenton, N.J., on an $847,800 largely unspent stimulus grant the city received three years ago for energy upgrades. The city has until January to spend the entirety of a federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, an award that brought U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., to Trenton in 2009 to tout the city's plans to use more efficient, environmentally friendly fixtures and appliances. More

IRS gives tips on organizing tax records
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The IRS gives tips to business owners on how to organize tax records. Typically, keep all your employment tax records for at least four years after the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later. Also, keep records documenting gross receipts, proof of purchases, expenses and assets. More

Useful apps for the field
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While the market for construction-related apps continues to grow, the important factor for contractors to consider when selecting and using such apps is to choose the ones that can be the most useful out in the field. We have seen apps from companies like Vivint that help to increase the productivity of a particular trade. The app is targeted at service technicians who install and fix smart home systems such as security, HVAC, lighting and small appliances. Using the app, technicians can manage schedules and inventory, as well as interact with the customer service center remotely. More


 

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