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Can quality maintenance exclude the duct system?
Contracting Business
There's lots of talk around the industry about quality maintenance. The struggle is to boil down ACCA/ANSI/ASHRAE 180 to something that can be used in the field. What impact would adding ducts to your service agreements have on the quality of your maintenance? Let's take a look at how adding the duct system to your service agreements could have significant comfort and performance benefits to your customer and to your bottom line.
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The economic implications of banning tar sands oil
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network
An economic analysis of the proposed Waterfront Protection Ordinance in South Portland suggests the impact could be devastating for the city, the region and the state of Maine if approved by local voters in November. The report finds that wholesale distribution of petroleum products in southern Maine would be disrupted, costing several thousand jobs, increasing energy prices and resulting in the loss of million of dollars in local and state taxes.
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Massachusetts sees job growth in clean energy
Greentech Media
Five years after signing one of the nation's most progressive pieces of energy legislation into law, Massachusetts continues to see strong growth in solar, wind, efficiency and high-technology jobs throughout the clean energy industry. The latest progress report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center shows that jobs in the clean energy sector have grown by 24 percent since 2011, with nearly 80,000 people directly employed in the industry.
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    Free CPD Guide to ventilation available from Mitsubishi Electric (Specification Online)
Oilheat Retreat 2014 (OESP)
Mechanical and plumbing systems in mixed-use buildings (Consulting-Specifying Engineer)
New panel studies possibility of no Rhode Island sales tax (Providence Journal)
DOE invests $11 million for new HVAC, energy-saving technology (Contractor Magazine)

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Oil Heat Cares gives back
What do you get when you mix passion and the desire to do the right thing? When it comes to OESP, it just might be a bunch of guys getting together on a Saturday to help a neighbor in need. That kind of sums up what Oil Heat Cares is all about.

Some of the candidates for these projects are in such need it breaks your heart to read about their challenges. Our guys are heroes to them. A couple of weeks ago we brought to you a story about a project done by the Long Island Chapter in conjunction with the Building Hope for Long Island organization. Here is a News 12 Long Island news story on that project.

To learn more about OHC, visit our website.

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Speaking more about Oil Heat Cares
Annually the Board of OHC meets during the Association's annual meeting. At this year's meeting, Judy Garber, Chairperson of the Board suggested that she wanted to step back from the position so she could be more involved with fundraising. After some discussion, David Bessette, past president of OESP, member of Northeast and Boston-Southeast Chapters volunteered to become the second Chairperson of OHC. Congratulations go out to David!
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OESP is a supporter of the 2014 HVACR & Mechanical Conference — March 3-15, 2014
The 2014 Conference for Education Professionals is moving to a new location in suburban Baltimore. The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute is just minutes from the Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport. This is the 19th annual industry sponsored workshop dedicated to enriching the skills and technical knowledge of instructors at all levels, including career/technical educators, professional trainers and engineering professors.

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2014 scholarships
With the upcoming Roadshows in 2014 we had to make a few modifications to other things we traditionally do at our annual convention. One such thing is the awarding of our scholarships. It was decided that with our Mission of Education, we didn't want to forgo awarding of scholarships in 2014. During our board meeting Saturday, Sept. 14, it was decided we would shift the awarding over to our chapters. So stay tuned for more details on this change.
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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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Oil use drops; Efficiency Maine offering rebates to find alternatives
The Bangor Daily News
Maine is the most heating-oil dependent state in the country, but figures released Sept. 19 by the U.S. Census show its use here continuing to wane: 67.5 percent of homes relied on oil for their primary heat source in 2012, down from 69 percent in 2011 and 80.2 percent in 2000. News of the decrease came as Efficiency Maine announced a new program with $6.2 million in rebates to entice Maine homeowners into new energy projects. It could save, collectively, 630,000 gallons of heating oil a year, according to Executive Director Michael Stoddard.
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Fan motors course latest addition to Greenheck online training program
Contracting Business
Greenheck's Fan Fundamentals online educational training series now includes a new course on fan motors. In this course, users will learn about various motor categories, motor nameplate information, how to select or specify a motor, and what to do in the event of motor failure. Greenheck currently offers eight online courses covering fan fundamentals, fan construction materials, coatings, accessories and bearings. These courses are ideal as a refresher or for those new to ventilation concepts.
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Loran Dailey receives NATE Golden Toolbox Award
Contractor Magazine
NATE is proud to announce that Loran Dailey has been awarded the 2013 Golden Toolbox Award. Dailey has nearly 50 years of experience in the HVACR industry. Presented at Comfortech 2013 in Philadelphia, the NATE Golden Toolbox Award recognizes an industry professional who demonstrates outstanding service, support and advocacy for technician certification.
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Skilled trades offer path to prosperity
Capitol Weekly
Once, college was seen as the destination for the smartest high school students. Now, however, some of the smartest young people may be those who decide not to go to a traditional college, but instead pursue a career in the skilled trades. According to AOL Jobs, six sought-after skilled trades positions include plumber, electrician, auto mechanic, construction manager, HVAC and aviation maintenance.

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Free CPD Guide to ventilation available from Mitsubishi Electric
Specification Online
Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new, CPD certified guide to illustrate how effective ventilation can help both the wellbeing of occupants and overall building efficiency. A good ventilation system is at the heart of many aspects of occupant health and comfort. As well as providing a healthy atmosphere it also contributes to the heating and cooling of the building. Getting it right is therefore an important step to delivering a "good" building.

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The power of Energy Star
Contracting Business
There's one tool of sorts, which we may overlook, and perhaps have overlooked for a long time. Without it, some of our work and success would be greatly reduced. This tool is provided by our government at no cost to those of us who are constantly talking with customers. The EPA has not only worked long and hard to help shape energy use in this country, they've also built a brand that's as important to your homeowners as your company name or the brand of any piece of equipment you sell: the Energy Star designation.

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6 tax tips for small business owners
Town Times
There are 23 million small businesses in America, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although each business is unique, you can be sure that they have a common desire to minimize their taxes and make the most of the deductions for which they qualify. The Connecticut Society of CPAs offers these tips on how to achieve those goals.
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To keep family healthy, keep the indoor air pure
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald
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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