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Winter heating costs: Higher for all but oil
Chambersburg Public Opinion
Households with oil heat may see some relief this winter, while others will likely see an increase in heating costs, according to the Energy Information Administration's winter outlook. The EIA is forecasting costs to increase for homes with natural gas, propane and electricity. The cost of heating a home with heating oil, however, is expected to drop for the first time in years.
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Getting the best out of VSDs in HVAC installations
Control Engineering
There is no doubt that, in HVAC installations, replacing ordinary motor starters with variable speed drives will almost always produce useful energy savings as well as reducing wear and tear on the plant. But according to Stephen Takhar of Vacon, those who want to get the full range of benefits that VSDs can offer should choose their drives with care.
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Staying warm in New Hampshire: A guide to home heating fuels
New Hampshire Public Radio
With 47 percent of homes using heating oil, New Hampshire is one of only four states where that fuel dominates. Despite a dramatic dip during the economic crash, the price per gallon has more than doubled this decade. That said, government projections indicated that this year consumers might get a bit of a reprieve from ever climbing costs.
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Latest on Oil Heat Cares
OESP
Members of Team Connecticut are once again out and about. But this time it isn't about fundraising. It is about helping their neighbors in need.

The Fairfield County Chapter helped one of their neighbors, Mrs. Julie Gregor, a 91-year-old lady, and the New Haven Chapter helped the Fuller Family of Wallingford, Conn., get a new system. You can read all about these projects by visiting the new chapter websites: Fairfield County Chapter and New Haven Chapter.

On behalf of Oil Heat Cares, good job to all that have helped these people get heat for the coming winter!

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Redesigned website soon to be unveiled
OESP
We have been promising you a new website and with a little luck, it will be open this week. We have integrated new association software into the new site and we are almost there. So look for a special email from us that will invite you to change your profile. We have limited data in our new association software and members in good standing (those that paid their 2013 dues) will be able to access their personal record and add details about themselves — a photo, job title, etc.

We are very excited about the new site and how user friendly it will be. So stay tuned for a new www.thinkoesp.org.

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HydroStat Universal Replacement Control

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Bugs in my Fuel!

Sid Harvey’s introduces a new single use application size Biobor JF biocide, one of the most effective fuel oil treatments on the market today. The 16 ounce bottle of Biobor JF will treat up to 1,280 gallons while the newly introduced 4 ounce bottle serves as a shock treatment for a 275 gallon tank. Biobor is used by all branches of the military and is proven to be a remedy for tanks contaminated with Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms (HUM-Bugs). Biobor JF is available at all Sid Harvey branches. www.sidharvey.com
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Energy efficiency importance hailed by IEA
BoilerJuice
The International Energy Association has hailed the importance of energy efficiency, which it described as being the world's first fuel. Research by the body has found that the scale of global investment in energy efficiency and its contribution to energy demand were as significant in 2011 as those of other developed supply-side resources.
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7 reasons to consider indoor air-quality testing
Mother Nature Network
Indoor air pollutants are all around us, from radon and rodents to VOCs and NO2. Here are a few reasons why air-quality testing might help you breathe easier.
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Hot products in HVAC
Contracting Business
This gallery features the latest products from Bryant, Greenheck and other leading HVAC manufacturers.
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Confessions of a miser: 6 tips to a strong budget
By Bob Fortune
Budgetary decisions often times require courage because difficult financial choices affect everyone within an organization. Belt tightening, cutbacks and general business decisions are a necessary and healthy part of the business cycle, and few people cheer when a tricky budget cut or choice is made. The following are six cornerstone budgetary philosophies that have helped our organization bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.
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Weatherizing homes to uniform standard can achieve $33 billion in annual energy savings
ScienceBlog
With winter around the corner some homeowners may be thinking about plugging all the leaks in their home to make them less drafty. Imagine if every homeowner in the country did that—how much energy could be saved? Using physics-based modeling of the U.S. housing stock, researchers found in a new study that upgrading airtightness to a uniform level could achieve as much as $33 billion in annual energy savings.

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ASHRAE/IES publish 2013 Energy Standard
Buildings
The publication of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is bringing major changes to requirements regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical, and energy cost sections. Opaque elements and fenestration requirements have been revised to increase stringency while maintaining a reasonable level of cost-effectiveness.

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10 pitfalls to avoid in commercial HVAC service sales
Contracting Business
As sales people mature and repeatedly make or exceed their goals, the sales process can become methodical. This isn't always a bad thing, but it can reduce focus and allow one to get a little lazy, which can lead to problems. So here's a list of 10 things that can cause failure. Use this as a checklist of things to avoid.

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Pellet stoves a hot commodity right now
Foster's Daily Democrat
Interest in wood pellet heat is growing once again as oil prices keep hovering above $3 per gallon. While pellet stoves require up front costs and cannot be used as a sole heating source, the savings are substantial and allow consumers to cut their overall energy usage and costs.
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Can you protect your BAS networks from hackers?
Contracting Business
The security of building-automation systems is a hot topic in our industry. Security professionals are analyzing and discussing the pitfalls presented by hackers. Can you secure your networks? The true answer is, "It depends." Let's look at the issue.
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