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Why tax rates really do matter
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The country is currently holding a national debate on tax rates. Contractors and other small business owners should pay attention. It's like you debating whether to change your sales commission structure. That would matter for your salespeople. This matters for you. More

New furnace and AC efficiency standards: What to anticipate
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The Department of Energy's upcoming increase in furnace and air conditioner efficiency standards has received little media attention. The potential environmental benefits from this upgrade are significant, as heating and cooling is the second largest source of personal greenhouse gas emissions (behind transportation). But for some home and business owners the new systems could potentially cost a few hundred dollars more to install. More

This year's heating oil prices uncertain
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VideoBriefFrom the cost of gas to the cost of oil, as the summer travel season comes to an end, many are now looking ahead to the winter. Leonard Bruso, President of Bay State Fuel Oil in West Springfield said that it is hard to tell where prices will be at the start of the heating season. More

B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filters that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with bio-fuel blends rated up to and including B100. Sid Harvey’s operates 80 branches nationally. 605 Locust St., Garden City, NY 1150 (516) 745-9200. MORE

 Updates from OESP

Special thanks to Sid Harvey's for the hospitality
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Following our national elections, the Sid Harvey Remanufacturing plant in Andrews, S.C., recently hosted our meeting to welcome new faces on the executive board and frame our future. This biennial meeting allows us to discuss what our industry needs in the way of education and what we need to get it done. We do this prior to our budget planning so we can allocate resources accordingly. Our team had an opportunity to tour the Sid Harvey facility and, along with key members of our education committee, we came up with some terrific ideas for our future. At the upcoming board meeting, on Sept. 29 at the Radisson in Scranton, Pa., directors will learn about a number of new things being planned.

Still time to register for the 1st module of the Home Comfort Specialist Academy
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"How to Sell a Warm Air Furnace with Air Conditioning" will be the first module of our new academy that will be formally launched in 2013. You can get a good taste of this academy by attending this first session. Because this class is being offered during our Oilheat Retreat, it is free to attend. All you need to do is register. The class starts at noon and will end at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Radisson in Scranton, Pa. More

A new and refreshed website is unveiled
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Okay, you have a website so you have a presence on the web. But how often do you review the site or answer emails that might come in from the website? Hopefully, regularly. Regardless, it is a good business practice to periodically review your site and make sure that you rid it of old obsolete information.

Recently, we had the opportunity to have a new site created for Oil Heat Cares. The image is a sneak preview of the new home page at OHC is our foundation and it is designed to help needy people that have fallen through the cracks get a new oil fired appliance at no cost — thanks to our supporters and our chapters who donate the labor. So look for the change, "like" us on Facebook and you'll learn more in next week's Advantage.

 In The News

IRS: Residential energy tax credit helped millions of homeowners install high efficiency HVAC products in 2010
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The Statistics of Income Tax Stats, recently released by the IRS, breaks down the data submitted by millions of Americans on their 1040 forms, from the basic to the very specific.For example, the SOI Tax Stats will tell you 7,331,493 households in 2010 claimed a residential energy tax credit for installing a qualified energy efficiency improvement. More

HVACR Workforce Development Foundation produces career opportunities video
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In May of this year, eight HVACR and water heating industry associations recently announced the formation of the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation. The Foundation is now working to raise awareness of the industry, attract new members to the workforce, and enhance the quality of the available workforce in the industry. One of the fruits of the Foundation's labor recently was realized in a new video, "Careers in the HVACR and Water Heating Industry." More

Report: Corrosion in systems storing and dispensing ultra-low sulfur diesel
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Severe and rapid corrosion has been observed in systems storing and dispensing ultra low sulfur diesel since 2007. In addition, the corrosion is coating the majority of metallic equipment in both the wetted and unwetted portions of ULSD underground storage tanks. To investigate the problem in an objective manner, multiple stakeholders in the diesel industry, through the Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance, funded a research project to draw conclusions with respect to three working hypotheses. More

The elements of an effective small business website
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There are still many businesses that either don't have websites, or have old school websites that are merely static online brochures. But whether you have a website that you're looking to improve, want to replace your website or are considering your first website, here are a few tips on things you need to consider as you develop the site. More

Commentary: State should stay out of energy business
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There is much being made of an evolving state energy plan in Connecticut. For all but two of the past 20 years, heating oil has been less expensive than natural gas. Heating oil consumers have enjoyed savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars in their heating costs over natural gas. During that same time, the heating oil industry has brought new, high-technology heating systems to market that resulted in the average consumer's use of oil dropping from more than 1,100 gallons down to 700 gallons today. Do you think government, or anyone for that matter, can predict the future of energy prices? Hardly. More

Energy-efficient home shoppers should look for Energy Star label
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Anyone shopping for an energy-efficient home today would be well-advised to look for the sky-blue Energy Star label. No disrespect toward LEED, Energy Performance and GreenPoint, all of which are fine rating systems in their own right, but Energy Star seems to have become most popular among home builders looking to differentiate themselves from the competition. More important, Energy Star provides a way for consumers to compare one home against another. More

Alternative energy gains support through DoD conference
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The U.S. Department of Defense recently introduced a proposal known as the Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production, which would give the agency $7 billion in contract capacity that will help it pursue its various alternative energy plans. In an attempt to garner more support for the proposal, the agency tasked the Army Corps of Engineering with hosting a conference that showcased the various energy projects that the agency aimed to support. More

The 'silent green revolution' underway at the Department of Energy
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In previous decades, the Department of Energy drove basic research by operating giant government-funded labs, but under the leadership of Energy Secretary and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, the agency has transformed itself into something different: the biggest, greenest venture capital firm in the world. More


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