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In this issue...
  • Energy-efficient HVAC systems for commercial buildings
  • Blue Corona to offer free marketing videos to HVAC companies onsite at Comfortech 2015
  • Coming Oct. 1-4: Oil Heat Retreat
  • Oil Heat Retreat — Friday's agenda
  • Keystone XL pipeline review drags on 5 times longer than average
  • Study suggets residential pellet offgassing a nonissue
  • Prices dip for heating oil in the region
  • The dark side of renewable energy: Negative impacts of renewables on the environment
  • Dealing with deposits for commercial tenants
  • Google Maps can now tell you if it's worth installing solar panels on your roof
  • Small business tax planning tips for summer

  • Energy-efficient HVAC systems for commercial buildings
    PRNewswire
    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment consumes a substantial portion of energy in commercial buildings — roughly 40 percent of total building energy consumption depending on climate and other factors. Moreover, commercial buildings consume a significant proportion of the world's energy supply, approximately 12 percent according to estimates from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As concerns about the environmental impact of energy generation and uncertainty over future energy prices increase, efficiency improvements in HVAC equipment become more enticing.
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    Blue Corona to offer free marketing videos to HVAC companies onsite at Comfortech 2015
    Contracting Business
    To celebrate the launch of their video marketing service, Blue Corona will offer free online marketing videos to HVAC companies attending Comfortech 2015 in St. Louis. Blue Corona's video production crew will occupy room 90 (right across from the main exhibit hall) on both Sept. 16 and Sept. 17, offering high production videos that can be shot in less than 15 minutes. Interested companies can pre-register for a video time slot online.
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    Keystone XL pipeline review drags on 5 times longer than average
    The Associated Press via The Times-Picayune
    Under a George W. Bush-era executive order, oil pipelines crossing U.S. borders require a presidential permit, setting off a government-wide review that the State Department coordinates. Since April 2004, when Bush signed that order, the federal government has taken an average of 478 days to give a yes or no to all other applications — less than a year and a half. The company hoping to build Keystone has been waiting for a decision for nearly seven years — or more than five times the average.
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    Coming Oct. 1-4: Oil Heat Retreat
    OESP
    It is not too early to book a room for the Oil Heat Retreat. We will host the event at the Resort and Conference Center, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The room rate of $159 per person (single) or $180 per room (double) includes room, breakfast and dinner Friday and Saturday. To book your room, call 508-775-7775 ext. 3 or 866-828-8259 — OESP. Hurry, the deadline to book your room at this rate is Sept. 1.

    Come early! On Thursday beginning at noon, we'll start with a lunch sponsored by Energi and have three education sessions. John Levey and John McArthur (Energi) will lead a class on Reducing Insurance Claims. Rick Pother, EDOS will follow with a class on Connected Solutions Thermostats. He'll cover installation, set-up and home comfort control. The final speaker of the day is Roger Daviston.

    This event is free thanks to our sponsor, Energi.

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    Oil Heat Retreat — Friday's agenda
    OESP
    Enjoy a walking tour of the area led by V.P. George Fantacone, or get your NORA Hydronics Gold certification. This will be taught by Dave Holdorf, from Taco. This session is $25.

    For a complete working agenda visit www.thinkoesp.org. You can register for either or both of these sessions as well as our complete event by viewing our home page.

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    Study suggets residential pellet offgassing a nonissue
    Biomass Magazine
    According to results from a new study released by the University of New Hampshire, indoor storage of pellets in homes using the fuel for heat does not pose a risk of generating carbon monoxide levels above recommended thresholds.
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    Prices dip for heating oil in the region
    Times Herald-Record
    The growing supply of crude oil has translated into lower costs to drive the car and heat the house. The price of heating oil is far below where it was a year earlier, dipping below $2 per gallon at some C.O.D. oil companies. At those prices, companies typically deliver oil, but don't provide maintenance or repair services. "We haven't seen these prices since 2009," said Dave Depew of the Depew Energy Co. in Newburgh, New York.
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    The dark side of renewable energy: Negative impacts of renewables on the environment
    AltEnergyMag
    A notable number of countries around the world have pledged to go renewable in the next 10-20 years. Countries notorious for their massive amounts of carbon emissions, such as China, have also pledged to drastically cut down their greenhouse emission rate. This has resulted in an accelerated focus on constructing renewable energy plants. Although the intention of these pledges is to reduce the harmful effects of carbon emissions on the planet, are such initiatives as friendly toward the environment as they are believed to be?
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    Dealing with deposits for commercial tenants
    By Dale Willerton and Jeff Grandfield
    Although landlords often ask for security deposits on commercial leases, such deposits aren't legally required. In fact, you can often negotiate them. Unfortunately, too many tenants don't know that and willingly pay the deposit, without negotiating the amount or the terms. Your goal as a commercial tenant is to pay as little deposit as possible — no deposit at all is better. Alternatively, you will want your landlord to return your deposit to you when you renew your lease.
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    Google Maps can now tell you if it's worth installing solar panels on your roof
    The Verge
    Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a "treasure map" of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels.
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    Small business tax planning tips for summer
    Newswire
    Most self-employed people or small business owners would never list tax planning as a favorite summertime activity. Yet for those small business owners looking to enjoy a vacation in the next year and some tax-deductible outings during the summer, it makes the most sense.
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