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Heating fuel costs may fall this winter, but predictions for colder winter negate savings
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The price for heating fuel in Maine increased by about 32 cents per gallon in the past two months, according to Gov. Paul LePage's Energy Office, but a draft report from the federal government says heating oil prices will be slightly lower this winter than last year. The price for No. 2 heating oil on Aug. 30 was $3.59 per gallon, according to a statewide survey conducted by the Governor’s Energy Office. This is the first summer the state has monitored heating oil prices, adding to the body of weekly data it collects each year from October through March. More



BPI announces ANSI accreditation as a certifying body
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The Building Performance Institute, Inc. announced it has achieved accreditation by the American National Standards Institute as a national certifying body. BPI's accreditation is based on earning ISO 17024 accreditation for its Residential Building Envelope Whole House Air Leakage Control Installer certification. More

7 big lessons from small business successes
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Some of the best lessons that small business owners can learn come from those who have been in their shoes and have been successful. SCORE, the Small Business Administration's partner organization designed to mentor entrepreneurs, recently celebrated a handful of successful small business owners at its fourth annual SCORE Awards at a gala in New Orleans. Each of the winners' stories had valuable lessons to share with aspiring and established small business owners. Here is a roundup of the biggest lessons from each winner. More

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 Updates from OESP


Home Comfort Specialist Academy
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Over the Labor Day weekend, Judy Garber, OESP's Executive Director, visited a craft show and struck up a conversation with one of the vendors. When the vendor heard what type of association Judy worked for, she mentioned she had switched her service this summer. But the switch was not to gas; it was to another heating oil service company. She felt her long-time company was "ripping her off" and she was tired of it. What turned her off was that the company never offered her options or solutions to save money by upgrading her equipment. All she wanted was a conversation so she could be informed and make a choice.

The timing of this conversation was perfect. It ties right into the new Home Comfort Specialist Academy, which gives sales people, inside customer support and others the tools to handle the sophisticated customers of today. It helps representatives avoid common mistakes that occur by selling strictly on price.

Check out the Home Comfort Specialist Academy details on the OESP home page and try the first module, noon-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Radisson Hotel, in Scranton, Pa. Test-drive this new program and see if it is right for you. There is no cost other than your time.
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Partnerships can offer financial benefits
Oil Heat Comfort Corp.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For those of you in New York, you can take advantage of the NORA Silver Certification and Tank Certification being offered this fall. Thanks to NYSERDA for underwriting this important training and making costs affordable. The schedule is as follows:
  • Silver certification: Sept. 11, Sid Harvey Industries in Albany
  • Tank certification: Sept. 12, Sid Harvey Industries in Albany
  • Silver certification: Sept. 14, Suffolk Community College in Brentwood
  • Tank certification: Oct. 5, Suffolk Community College in Brentwood
Tuition is $50 and includes lunch and breaks. To register, call 518-251-2525, email oilheattraining@gmail.com or visit www.oilheatcomfortcorp.com.
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CTET named national training site for HVAC/R
College of Southern Maryland via The BayNet.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The College of Southern Maryland's Center for Trades and Energy Training has been approved as a certification testing facility by North American Technician Excellence, Inc., the leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration industry and the only test supported by the entire industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the period between 2010 and 2020 the growth rate for HVAC/R mechanics and installers will be 34 percent — significantly higher than other occupations. More

Taco dedicates Innovation and Development Center
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Taco recently dedicated its newly completed Innovation and Development Center in Cranston, R.I. The Innovation and Development Center is a state-of-the-art learning and training environment, complete with new classroom spaces, conference rooms, a business center and functional labs for testing and teaching. The Center provides a hands-on learning environment for the best equipment and systems that today's HVAC industry offers. The HVAC products and systems will be visible throughout the entire facility forming "Living Laboratories" that allow for close-up viewing, hands-on learning and teaching. More

US Energy Department honors CRI of Wallingford, Conn.
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A Wallingford, Conn., company has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy for promoting residential energy efficiency. Competitive Resources Inc. recently received the 2011 Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award. The award is given to companies around the country that have improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in the past year. CRI is one of a number of utility-authorized contractors that provide home energy efficiency services through the statewide Home Energy Solutions program. More

Clearing the air: What an HVAC cleaner should really do in a home
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HVAC companies are among the top 10 industries with the most complaints, according to the Better Business Bureau. So how can a homeowner know if a service provider is doing a good job, or just blowing hot air? More

5 tips on local outreach for small businesses
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One of the hardest things for a small business is to get seen by the right viewers. Thankfully, there are a number of things every small business can start doing to start to get visibility in their community. More

Executive order pumps efficiency and CHP
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President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Aug. 30 to accelerate investments in industrial energy efficiency, including a national goal of 40 MW combined heat and power over the next decade. The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy says the acceleration of investment in industrial energy efficiency benefits manufacturers, utilities and consumers. More

The growing popularity of solar panels
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The solar panel is becoming an increasingly popular form of alternative energy around the world, using photovoltaic and silicon solar cells to convert radiation into power. Recent rises in popularity and use can be linked to lower costs for installation and operation, with small and medium sized panels becoming more practical for home use over more remote locations and larger buildings. At the same time, companies offering solar power solutions have been able to lower their fees for usage, with most deriving profits from extended leases, as well as from tax credits and deductions. More


 

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