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New York governor passes fuel tax law to improve cash flow for petroleum distributors
Westfair Communications
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new fuel tax law that aims to improve the cash flow for petroleum distributors. The law will benefit small business operators selling heating oil and highway diesel motor fuels by letting them pay their fuel taxes later, Cuomo said.
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Bioheat: Connecticut's only petroleum product
Hartford Business
All of the petroleum products used in Connecticut are produced and refined outside the state, with one exception — bioheat. Bioheat is a mixture of fuel oil made from petroleum, biodiesel and organic products, such as soy beans, waste grease and animal fat. Connecticut has the capacity to produce 3 million gallons of biodiesel annually, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. "The future is bioheat," said Chris Herb, president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association.
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A guide to Google Analytics for small businesses
By Mayur Kisani
Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools for tracking traffic patterns on your website. What's more appealing about it is that, like many other Google offerings, it's free. Analytics was launched in August 2006, but it was not available to users until a year later. Since then, it has come a long way. The platform is now easy-to-use and even integrates with other Google platforms like AdWords and AdSense.
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Carbon tax will not be on 2014 ballot (The Boston Globe)

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Classic Hydronics is coming to Timonium, Maryland
OESP
We still have plenty of seats remaining for Dan Holohan's Classic Hydronics seminar to be held Sept. 10 at the Holiday Inn, in Timonium Md. This all-technical seminar will begin at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner and the seminar will start at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $129 per person. You can register at online or by calling 888-552-0900.
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Register now for the Fall Oilheat Retreat
OESP
Have you registered to attend our Oilheat Retreat to be held Sept. 12-15, at the Ramada, in Holtsville, N.Y.? You can make your hotel reservation by calling the hotel directly at 631-758-2900 and reference OESP. The room rate includes all day and evening functions.

The Association does do its business by hosting a board meeting Saturday morning, but there are also opportunities for education, relaxation, socialization and networking all rolled into this event.

Thursday evening, guests and members can join us for a light social event. Then bright and early Friday morning, we’ll board a bus for Brookhaven Labs. Dr. Tom Butcher, our host, will provide us with a tour of Brookhaven that includes several interesting science sites: Center for Functional Nanomaterials, National Synchrotron Light Source and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider. After getting your brain wrapped around these sites, it will be time for lunch.

Lunch won’t be served in an ordinary room. Tom has a favorite room that guarantees to bring a smile to our attendees. During lunch and after, there will be a roundtable discussion about the Future of Energy. Ladies and gentlemen, please wear closed toed flat shoes and long pants if you are planning to visit Brookhaven and be sure to have a proper ID.

There is also something special for the spouses (or non techies) — a trip to water where we’ll board a paddleboat and get a tour and lunch.

That evening, there will be a social for everyone. Food and beverages will be served.

After the board meeting on Saturday, guests will board the bus and we’ll head to wine country for tastings and dinner.

All members and guests are welcome to join us for the retreat but we do need you to register with us as soon as possible. We are happy to report that this year’s event is shaping up to be a winner and attendance looks terrific.

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Accounting basics for small contractors
Contractor Magazine
According to a 2012 University of Tennessee research report on business startups, the construction industry has one of the highest failure rates of all industries. After four years, only 47 percent of construction startups are still in business. After five years, the highest failure rate for startup businesses occurs in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry.

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Have you checked these tools?
OESP
We've got some great tools on our website that you might not be aware of — the online training center. We have classes from our 2012 and 2013 online — view the power point synced with the audio. Members have passwords to access the learning center. And the Buyers Guide is a great reference tool for all kinds of things.

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The hidden value of UV-C
Contracting Business
Originally, the goal for UV-C was to eliminate the proliferation of mold and gram negative bacteria on cooling coils and in drain pans, to mitigate occupant complaints associated with this common contaminant source in air conditioning equipment. However, in addition to improving indoor air quality, a hidden value of UV-C is its ability to restore cooling capacity, reduce maintenance and increase the potential for energy savings.

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If you can't run duct work, a ductless AC can keep you cool
WFTS-TV
Ductless air conditioners cool individual rooms without having to cool the entire house. For situations where you may not have ductwork or if running duct work is very difficult these are ideal systems. They are often used to replace window air conditioners and can be found in home additions and to improve comfort in poorly cooled rooms. But all HVAC contractors are experienced and knowledgeable with ductless air conditioning systems.
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179D tax break for energy efficient buildings
Forbes
For architects, engineers and contractors working on federal, state or local government contract, there is a little-known big tax break available now that can put sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash into the pocket of your business. What is this wonder tax break? Section 179D. This is the section of the tax code that provides a benefit for businesses, architects, engineers and contractors when they build or renovate a building that is energy efficient.
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Energy saver 101 infographic: Home energy audits
Energy.gov
A home energy audit helps homeowners pinpoint where their house is losing energy and what they can do to save money. This infographic provides a home energy audit checklist as well as an auditor's toolbox, which includes some of the tools energy auditors use to inspect a home's energy use.
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Going deep to save money on heating and cooling with geothermal
The Patriot-News
Geothermal is an old technology. Primordial, in fact. It reaches down into the earth for Mother Nature's natural heating and cooling effect. And it taps heat retained within the Earth since the formation of the planet. Sources include radioactive decay of minerals and solar energy absorbed at the surface. In recent years, geothermal systems have come into much greater demand among residential customers as energy costs have soared. Those rising costs, along with increased environmental sensitivity, are fueling interest in this no-fuel heat.
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