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NORA spurring bioheat, biodiesel production
John Huber is the president of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, the checkoff program for the oilheat industry. NORA has been helping spur the growth of Bioheat and ultimately biodiesel production. Recently, Huber was in Mankato, Minnesota, participating in the Biodiesel & Bioheat Forum. His organization does research and development to create new equipment and new products for the industry and educates consumers on how to save energy. One solution, especially for those living in the Northeast, is Bioheat.
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Home heating oil prices in Connecticut at 6-year low
The average price of a gallon of home heating oil in Connecticut on Aug. 17 was $2.42 — the lowest in more than six years. Since February 2014, the retail price of heating oil has dropped by about $1.75 per gallon, according to data from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The decline in the price of crude oil over the last year has contributed to a steep fall in the price of heating oil. But will the prices stay low?
Obama orders boost to clean energy programs
The Obama administration announced a slate of executive actions on Aug. 24 to encourage investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, including more than $1 billion in new loan guarantees.
Annual Oil Heat Retreat — Oct. 1-4
OESP invites you to join us at the Resort & Conference Center, in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Come for a day of education beginning at noon on Thursday. On Friday, take the new NORA Gold Hydronics class with Dave Holdorf from Taco, or you can tour the area. Vice President George Fantacone will take the group downtown and visit some of the sites that have put Hyannis on the map.
Our Board Meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday. That evening we will have a traditional New England Lobster bake.
To register, visit www.thinkoesp.org. You can register for any and all events from our home page. You will find hotel information on the page as well.
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Starting the season of 2015-16
Visiting the calendar on our website you will find that the chapters have begun setting up meetings for September. Also, many of the chapters have Facebook pages and they promote their meetings that way on their chapter sites.
Eastern Energy Expo 2016
Eastern Energy Expo
We are partnering with three organizations in 2016 and we opened our doors for business on Aug. 25. Check out our new website and learn more about the 2016 Eastern Energy Expo.
Call for nominations: 2016 Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year
ContractingBusiness.com is accepting nominations for its 2015 Residential HVAC Contractor of the Year Award. CB operates an open-ended nomination process for this award, which is given to a residential HVAC contractor who represents the best that the residential HVAC industry has to offer. We look for candidates who embrace change, and who seek innovative ways to better understand and serve customers. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31.
Solar energy trends pushing renewable energy forward
By Don Rosato
Most people no longer ask whether solar energy will be a success, the question is now rather which forms of photovoltaics, or PV, will be successful. PV will become cost competitive with a significant portion of new total electricity generation worldwide by 2020. In 2015, for the second straight year, solar PV was the leading source of new electricity capacity installed, beating out wind, gas, coal and nuclear. This trend is expected to continue as solar installed costs continue to fall.
Cybersecurity: Do you have a plan?
With everything you have to deal with in your contracting business, there's a good chance the last thing you're worrying about is "cybersecurity." What does that have to do with HVAC service and contracting? Unfortunately, in today's digital world, most customer information and important company data is stored either on your company's computers or in the cloud. That data could be at risk.
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11 productivity tricks small-business owners can use to get more done every day
When you own a small business, there are dozens of people and projects vying for your time and attention. It's hard to figure out where to focus your resources and easy to become overwhelmed. But your personal productivity helps determine your company's productivity, so it's crucial that you stay efficient.
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FutureMetrics predicts pellet sector is poised for consolidation
Is the fragmented U.S. wood pellet sector poised for consolidation? A new paper from FutureMetrics predicts that it may be, for two reasons: price pressure on producers serving Northern heat markets, as a result of lower heating oil prices, as well as price pressure on those same producers from competing, larger industrial producers in the South.
What's in a name? 'Connected' versus 'smart' thermostats
Some manufacturers have started labeling their products as "smart." This misdirection has spawned confusion in the marketplace because the features and specifications of many so-called "smart" thermostats are not technically "smart." The term "smart" is not regulated by any particular government, group or agency.
The 59 commandments of business networking
Small Business Trends
Business networking is one of the most effective marketing and prospecting tools you can use to grow your business. Of course, done incorrectly it can actually be harmful to your business. People have to trust you before they'll do business with you or refer you. How can you make sure you are presenting yourself as someone who is trustworthy?
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