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Commercial HVAC: How to make BIM, IPD and co-locating work for you
Contracting Business
Leading mechanical contractors explain how to overcome the challenges of these construction delivery methods. During the most recent Mechanical Contractors Association of America annual conference, leading proponents of these methods offered their advice in a session titled, "What's Next in BIM and IPD?"
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Ultra low sulfur heating oil production, stocks difficult to track
Platts
U.S. ultra low sulfur heating oil production and stock levels are nearly impossible to track, but weekly tracking may need to happen by 2016 due to federal regulations. Traders look at stocks and production numbers from the government for modeling purposes, which influences trading and the market. Without a specific breakdown on ULSD, one of the most heavily traded refined products in the U.S., it makes modeling difficult for traders.
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Win a trip to Hawaii for 2
OESP Online Resource Guide
We are excited to announce the new ratings and reviews feature on the OESP Online Resource Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your peers in the industry. Please visit the OESP Online Resource Guide, search by company name and write a review to be entered for a chance to win airfare and seven nights at a luxury resort in Hawaii!
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Building Hope for others
OESP
Life has not been easy for Dylan Thompson and his mom Gloria. Thanks to Building Hope for Long Island, N.Y., Oil Heat Cares and the wonderful volunteers from the Long Island Oil Heating and Cooling Chapter, 19-year-old Dylan now has a comfortable, energy efficient handicap-accessible place to call home.

At age 5, Dylan was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy. The home he and his mom shared didn't work for Dylan's changing physical needs. On Aug. 17, things began to look up for the family with help from their new friends.

Building Hope for Long Island is a non-profit organization that OHC has partnered with previously. When Bob O'Brien, who spearheaded this project, asked for approval from the Oil Heat Cares Board, the process was swift. When Bob stated that the costs would be higher than the allotted $2,500, OHC and members of the chapter reached out to manufacturers for further help. Within a short period of time, they received donations from: QHT (Firebird boiler); Roth (oil tank); Venco Sales & Honeywell (thermostats); Marplat, (Elkhart Xpress fitting); R.W. Beckett, (Aqua Smart); Petro (plenty of "stuff") and photography compliments of Mike Dwyer.

None of these projects would be possible without our many volunteers. Yes, they are the good guys wearing the black shirts — with most displaying the Oil Heat Cares logo!

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Mostra Convegno Expo and trip: March 14-22, 2014
OESP
What are your plans for next March? Several of us will be traveling to Italy for the Mostra Convegno Expo. But first, we'll stop in Rome for four nights and during our stay there, take a day trip down the Amalfi Coast and as we head to Milan where the show is, we'll stop at our next hotel — in the beautiful Lake Como area. Upon arrival, guests can freshen up and decide what's next. Visit the show, shop, tour — whatever. It's all up to you!

We increased our room block once and still have a couple of seats available. If you wish to get on the list, just email Judy Garber. As with all of our OESP sponsored trips, just about everything is included in the price, including air, rooms, some meals, breakfast daily, tickets, etc.

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It's about learning
OESP
How many classes have you attended in your career? You probably don’t know, do you? How many times after a class did you go to the next step — the implementation of what you learned? Quite recently, a father and member of our association, Len Bruso, sent Judy Garber an email. His son, Roger, one of our 2014 scholarship winners left for college mid-August. He is attending, Williamsport College of Technology. Len, like many parents, expressed the fact he will miss his son. But he also felt something different than most parents, "I am losing a very good employee." He said that their last job together was an installation of an A/C unit with a zoning package. Len and Roger gained the confidence of adding the zoning package because of a recent class they attended at our convention. That class, Adding Zoning to Every HVAC Installation was presented by "Dick" Foster, President of Zonefirst.
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Sid Harvey’s introduces a new single use application size Biobor JF biocide, one of the most effective fuel oil treatments on the market today. The 16 ounce bottle of Biobor JF will treat up to 1,280 gallons while the newly introduced 4 ounce bottle serves as a shock treatment for a 275 gallon tank. Biobor is used by all branches of the military and is proven to be a remedy for tanks contaminated with Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms (HUM-Bugs). Biobor JF is available at all Sid Harvey branches. www.sidharvey.com
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Continuing contractor education
Contractor Magazine
Contractors have so many options these days when wanting to learn about a new, cutting-edge product or add a new skill to their repertoire of offerings. From manufacturer training courses to association seminars, there are many resources contractors can tap into to further their industry knowledge and add to their skill sets.

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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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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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Pellet company selling 'heat'
RenewablesBiz
A startup company in Orono is trying to convince mid-size businesses and institutions in New England that they can save money by converting from heating oil to wood pellets without buying any fuel or equipment. The concept is intriguing, but some observers in the pellet-fuel industry say Pelletco LLC faces challenges to perform on a large scale over time.
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5 tips for handling cash flow peaks and valleys
Fox Business
Many seasonal businesses thrive during certain times of year and struggle during others. Better than anyone else, these types of businesses understand that cash flow can make or break you. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs do not plan ahead for the lean times, and learn this lesson once they are in dire straits.
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Montpelier (Vermont) Energy Challenge
The Bridge
How can we make the transition to clean energy and become more energy independent as a nation, a state and a community? In Vermont, the Montpelier Energy Challenge is a local initiative committed to making this transition now. The Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee and the Montpelier Planning and Community Development Office are working with the Energy Action Network to explore the idea of making Montpelier the nation's first state capital where all of our energy needs are produced or offset by renewable energy sources.
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Solar energy reaches new heights in Germany
Hydrogen Fuel News
Germany is widely considered to be the world's leader when it comes to solar energy. The country was one of the first to introduce an aggressive feed-in tariff to support the adoption of solar power among homeowners. While this initiative has been relaxed in recent years, solar energy continues to show strong growth throughout the country. The EEX Transparency Platform, a data analysis division of the European Energy Exchange, recently announced that the country has broken its previous energy generation records in the solar field.
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Modine moves forward with HVAC innovations, entry into geothermal market
Contracting Business
If you think you know Modine, think again. This very diverse manufacturer first made its mark 97 years ago, as a manufacturer of automobile radiators. Today, Modine continues to specialize in heat transfer and thermal management products, and has also become fully active in the geothermal arena, with its purchase of Geofinity in 2012.
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Tax tips for the small business owner
Business 2 Community
It's never been easier to start a small business to call your own. From business websites to e-signatures for legal documents and multiple communication options, small businesses have become extremely efficient and inexpensive to operate. Although expenses have decreased, taxes most certainly have not. However, there are some tax benefits for the small business owner that can greatly add to your bottom line.
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