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Western Massachusetts heating oil business owners, customers keeping a nervous eye on Syria
The Republican via MassLive
As governments weigh their potential involvement in Syria and investors calculate how instability in the Middle East will affect the oil supply, the fallout of that uncertainty is being felt by homeowners in Western Massachusetts who are trying to secure oil for the heating season.
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Niche apps for on-the-spot presentations, conversations, calculations
Contractor Magazine
There are some nifty iPad and smartphone apps for sales presentations, quotes and billing, calculations and conversions on the go. For example, ComfortConsultant is an HVAC sales consultation app for the iPad that supports direct customer interactivity during the Residential Replacement sales presentation. The app, which comes in several manufacturer-specific versions, is preloaded with all the equipment from the manufacturer and also includes Honeywell and AprilAire IAQ and control equipment.
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Report: Renewable energy sources could be more cost effective by 2025
Renewable energy could become more cost competitive within the next 15 years, with a recent report showing that the current price gap between traditional forms of power generation and alternative sources would be reduced even if federal subsidies for renewables were removed.
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A flash from the past — Manson Whitlock
In the obituary section of the newspaper, this article was spotted: "Manson worked until the age of 96." His shop was located in Bethanny, Conn. Whitlock was a typewriter repairman. Talk about a dying trade.

The moral of the story — if you own a typewriter and it needs repair, you might want to make the switch to a computer before there are no more typewriter repair personnel.

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Past President McQueeney shares a special photo
Hotdogs, hamburgers and for those that live in New England, lobsters. Labor Day is all about cookouts and time with family. McQueeney shared this memory of he and his grandson Eric.

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Fall season kicks in with a special webinar: Maximizing your processing profits
Those of you reading this wear many hats and have a variety of responsibilities. Cash flow isn't generally one of those tasks but I am sure someone in your office takes this role quite seriously. So do them a favor and forward this opportunity to them.

AVATAS Payment Solutions, member of OESP, will be hosting a couple of webinars this fall.

Here is what participants can expect to learn during this 30 minute webinar:

Due to the complexities of conducting business in the current economic environment, dealers have lost the luxury of simply waiting for checks to arrive via old-fashioned snail mail. The costs of capital and price fluctuations of product are all compounded by the time value of money resulting in additional expense and less profit. Bottom line, controlling cash flow has never been more important than right now and is paramount to the success and future of your business. Collin Sullivan of AVATAS Payment Solutions will lead this webinar in a timely discussion that will leave you with a different perspective of your company's receivables process.

There is no cost to participate, but you will need to register your choice of class with Colin.
  • 10-10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16 — (leaving extra time for Q&A at the end of the 15 min. presentation)
  • 3-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2
  • 9:30-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 17
Members can email Collin Sullivan directly to sign up for one of the above webinars.

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HydroStat Universal Replacement Control

HydroStat: An ideal replacement and upgrade for most common aquastat models. In addition to replacing the temperature functionality of the older control, HydroStat offers fuel-saving Boiler Reset through on-board Thermal TargetingTM or with optional outdoor sensor. Low Water Cut-Off functionality can be activated when installed with a Hydrolevel Electro Well.
Sid Harvey's Introduces the Sure-Flo De-Scaling System

Sid Harvey’s F10 Odorless De-Scaling System safely removes lime and scale build up from tankless water heaters. The odorless solution changes color from red to yellow as it works and back to red to indicate when the process is complete. The kit includes a pump, hoses, bucket with lid, and de-scaling chemical as well as an acid neutralizer to restore PH so the used solution may be safely discarded. Helps restore maximum efficiency for peak performance and satisfies warranty service requirements. The Sure-Flo Descaling system is available at all Sid Harvey branches.
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Indoor air quality: What you can't see can hurt you
Idaho State Journal
The Environmental Protection Agency has named indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health citing research that indoor air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, purifying indoor air is paramount to keeping families healthy — especially those with family members suffering from asthma and allergies.

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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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Ultra low sulfur heating oil production, stocks difficult to track
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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How to Boost HVAC service agreement sales
Contracting Business
Want to sell more HVAC service agreements? Star with your sevice technicians. If a technician truly believes in the value of a service agreement, the customer will believe it, too.
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Clean energy industry and US jobs
According to the latest roundup of clean energy project announcements from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), the ranks of Americans working in the clean energy industry continue to swell. E2's latest quarterly report indicates that companies and communities nationwide announced 58 new clean energy and clean transportation projects in the second quarter of 2013, leading to the creation of as many as 38,600 jobs.
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Energy effciency program rebates $1.8 million to NE Ohio customers
The Vindicator
A little-known energy-efficiency program that has paid more than $2.5 million in rebates since its inception in 2010 is available to all of Dominion East Ohio's customers. Dominion launched the Home Performance with Energy Star program in October 2010 and hired the Atlanta-based subcontractor GoodCents to manage and implement the program.
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How to keep your SME business afloat during tough economic times
Business 2 Community
Keeping your small business afloat especially during an economic recession is extremely tough. More often than not, owners of small and medium enterprises will adopt a system with only their businesses' survival in mind. They will often resort to cost cutting strategies that would allow their businesses to survive. While these strategies may often work in ensuring that their businesses stay alive, this success however is short-lived and may cause long-term ramifications in the future.
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HVAC sales: Save your ammo
Contracting Business
It's an old cliche, but it's never truer than on HVAC sales calls: You were given two ears and one mouth. Use them in that proportion. Listen long enough and most people will tell you exactly what they intend to buy and how to close them.
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