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In this issue...
  • Heating oil group's suit says Connecticut unfairly favoring natural gas
  • US Energy Department predicts lower heating costs for winter in 2014
  • Marketing for HVAC contractors
  • Welcome new member of the week
  • Farewell to one of our members
  • Membership drive
  • Study: 20 percent biodiesel fine for heating homes
  • New report highlights value of solar heating and cooling
  • 3 things managers must do to lead change
  • HVAC new product updates
  • Comfortech 2014 focuses on steps contractors must take to become successful
  • 8 employment practice tips for your small business



  • Heating oil group's suit says Connecticut unfairly favoring natural gas
    New Haven Register
    The lawsuit seeks to block the further implementation of the natural gas portion of the plan, which has already gotten underway. The centerpiece of the plan involves the expansion of natural gas distribution lines in the state in order to allow 300,000 homes in Connecticut to convert to natural gas. Officials with the group representing home heating oil dealers, the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association contends that the state's active support of the natural gas expansion is a threat to their members.
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    US Energy Department predicts lower heating costs for winter in 2014
    The Associated Press via The Weather Channel
    According to the Energy Department's annual prediction of winter heating costs, this year's milder temperatures should cut back on the amount of fuel used to heat homes this winter. In addition, propane and heating oil prices should be lower, which in turn will save homeowners more money. This prediction is in stark contrast to last year's harsh winter. Heating bills spiked in 2013 as low temperatures across the country pushed homeowners to abuse their thermostats.
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    Marketing for HVAC contractors
    Contracting Business
    There are many questions that you must answer to make your marketing more effective. The better that you know your business, the more effective your marketing will become. Marketing is a system. It interacts with all areas of your business and you must integrate these areas to be effective.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
      Sid Harvey's Introduces Sure-Flo De-Scaler Kit
    Sid Harvey’s new Sure-Flo safely removes lime and scale from tankless heaters. The odorless solution with color change indicators tell you the process is complete. Includes pump, hoses, bucket, descaling chemical and acid neutralizer for safe disposal. Helps restore efficiency and satisfies warranty requirements. Available at all Sid Harvey’s www.sidharvey.com
     


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    Welcome new member of the week
    OESP
    We wish to welcome Randy Petroniro, Musco Fuel & Propane, of Wolcott, Connecticut, as our newest member. Randy is affiliated with the New Haven Chapter.
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    Farewell to one of our members
    OESP
    The Association learned that F. Peter Fee, of Hingham, Massachusetts, passed away. Peter was associated with the Sundstrand Company (Suntec Industries). He was awarded the Manufacturer of the Year in 1990 by our Association. Peter served three years in the Navy, serving in the Korean War. He was just one day shy of his 85th year.
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    Membership drive
    OESP
    Many of you reading this newsletter are not members of our Association. And that is okay. But this month we will put together a membership drive to invite past members to rejoin. So if you know someone that would benefit by joining, encourage them to choose the six-month trial membership — it's free!

    Our Online Learning Center — another member benefit — has been updated to reflect the additional of new sessions. Hopefully by the end of the week you will receive an email inviting you to view the classes. This is only for members in good standing.

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    Study: 20 percent biodiesel fine for heating homes
    Domestic Fuel
    A new study shows that a 20 percent biodiesel blend is fine for home heating use. The National Oilheat Research Alliance says they tested blends of ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil and found that the 20 percent blend can be used in heating oil without incident.

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    Not air balancing yet?
    Contracting Business
    In the residential and commercial sectors of the HVAC industry air balancing is becoming part of everyday shop talk. This profession within our trade has come of age and is now included in nearly every emerging standard requiring quality assurance. Let's take a look at how the tools of air balancing are being applied and utilized today.

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    4 difficult work personalities — and how to deal with them
    By Caitlin Harrison
    It goes without saying that if you don't like someone you have to work with, it's going to make your job harder — and possibly even slow productivity. Of course, it's important to remember that a perfect workplace doesn't exist, so naturally, the people won't be perfect either. With that in mind, here's a rundown of a few difficult personality types I've seen in the workplace over the years, along with a few tips on how best to deal with them.

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    ACCA develops Manual J course curriculum for HVAC educators and trainers
    ACHR News
    ACCA announced that it has developed a curriculum especially for teaching students how to do a load calculation using the Manual J8ae Speedsheet. This new curriculum is available for free download. ACCA worked with educational specialists to develop this curriculum, which is designed to be used for three class sessions and is intended to help HVAC instructors introduce their students to industry-accepted heating and cooling load calculation procedures.
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    New report highlights value of solar heating and cooling
    ACHR News
    With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million, a new report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association illustrates the benefits achieved by utilizing solar heating and cooling systems for U.S. businesses and commercial buildings. The report says that there are now more than 1,700 companies nationwide that specialize in solar heating and cooling technologies.
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    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
     
    Honeywell Universal Replacement Parts

    No one knows universal solutions like Honeywell. Our family of products has both the largest breadth and depth of offerings in the industry. Our full-line up of universal product reaches across almost any application, which makes Honeywell the only brand of replacement parts you’ll ever need.
     


    3 things managers must do to lead change
    By Adrian Davis
    Every organization is dealing with change — some more successfully than others. The linchpin in change efforts is middle management. Middle managers are the interface between the visionaries who decide on the change and the front-line workers who must implement it. If middle management is not engaged, the front-line workers will not be either. The challenge with engaging middle managers is that they are not the authors of the change, and they are negatively impacted by it in the short term.
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    HVAC new product updates
    Contracting Business
    Looking for a new way to prevent damage and headaches due to flooded condensate pans? How about the latest in geothermal technology or furnace controls? These and more are presented in today's HVAC product roundup.
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        Mainers cashing in on lower heating oil prices (WMTW-TV)
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    Where do whole-building analytics fit in the energy professional's toolkit? (AutomatedBuildings.com)
    2015 Northeast Indoor Air Quality & Energy Conference opens registration (Cochrane & Associates, LLC via Environmental Expert)
    A green light for HVAC efficiency (ACHR News)

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    Comfortech 2014 focuses on steps contractors must take to become successful
    Contractor Magazine
    Contractors attending Comfortech 2014, held Sept. 9-11, in Nashville, Tennessee, were privy to the critical steps they must take in order to run the most successful business possible. During the three-day conference, contractors attended a multitude of education sessions, networking and social events, including the famous Comfortech Extravaganza, a robust trade show, featuring the latest products and technology displayed by the biggest manufacturers in the industry, and much more.
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    8 employment practice tips for your small business
    The Huffington Post
    For any small business owner, knowing how to hire is just as important as knowing who to hire. A business that fails to implement smart, strategic, and legally compliant hiring procedures will create a number problems for itself, from missing out on the best candidates to possibly breaking the law. Although following best hiring practices may seem burdensome at times, there are a few steps you can take that will help your small business both meet its hiring goals and insulate it from legal liability in the process.
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