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Heating assistance concerns grow
VideoBriefChanges in a federal fuel assistance program could put a chill on the number of families getting help this winter. The new law means it is possible some may not qualify for the Federal Crisis Intervention Program. That program makes it possible for agencies to help families out with heating oil assistance when temperatures drop in the fall.
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EPA expands RFS definition of heating fuel
Biomass Magazine
The U.S. EPA has published a final rule to expand the definition of heating oil under the renewable fuels standard. The amendment expands the scope of renewable fuels that can be used to comply with the RFS by adding an additional category of compliant fuel produced from qualifying biomass that is used to generate heat to warm homes or other buildings. However, renewable identification numbers cannot be generated for the new category of fuel oils if that fuel is used to generate process heat, power or other functions.
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Homeowners urged to check home heating oil tanks
The Kittanning Paper
As cold weather approaches, the Department of Environmental Protection is urging homeowners to act now to save energy and money by inspecting indoor and outdoor home heating oil tanks for potential problems prior to refilling them. Leaking heating oil can cause indoor air problems and potentially contaminate groundwater and private drinking water wells. A spill cleanup can cost up to $50,000 and may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance.
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Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter news
Regular chapter meetings can get stale and it takes extra work to mix things up. You need to find something different that attracts your regular members as well as potential new members.

Last week the Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter hosted their second meeting of the season. This chapter was regularly meeting at a restaurant near the Lancaster, Pa., airport. It seemed convenient and the food was good. The same members came regularly but things seemed stale. The chapter decided to try something different. They adopted the 2014 Roadshow concept and took the meetings on the road. This chapter draws members from three counties, thus some members have to drive quite a distance.

The meeting last week was held in Lebanon County and something interesting happened. When the decision was made to rotate the meetings, President Steve Schwanger suggested to the key members that they pick the location, get the speaker and take "ownership" of the meeting. Scott Ansel, from Meyer Oil, in Lebanon, was the first one to take on the responsibility. The cool thing was that Scott brought along his entire team — all technicians and drivers. So good job!

Next month, at Stevens Technical College in Lancaster, Pa., members will meet with the students and talk with them about the 2014 OESP Scholarships.

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Looking for oil heat training
The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades Inc.
The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades will be starting a new Oil Heat Technician's program on Nov. 19. This course runs on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-10 p.m., for 15 weeks. The school is located at 7 Perimeter Rd., in Manchester, N.H. Dean Millard of the school suggested there is a special price that has been put together for members who are interested in taking or sending someone to their course.
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New website coming soon
We are so close to the launch of our website. We promise. One thing we want to avoid and that is a website that has issues! So stay tuned for a special email that will come from us announcing the opening of the site and with that information the opportunity for you to update your personal profile.
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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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At the cutting edge of environmentally advanced cooling
By Andrew Gaved
RAC Magazine's recent Cooling Industry Awards once again provided refrigeration and air conditioning suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their environmentally advanced innovations. We have realized over the years that each annual crop of entries provides a snapshot of best practices in the sector, largely focused on the U.K., but increasingly throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Furthermore, studying the range of award winners often reveals particular themes as the industry responds to the various challenges of legislation, energy and carbon reduction, and customer expectations.
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Indoor air quality and energy management
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Indoor air quality and energy management are key in K-12 schools and higher education university buildings. This information will help to provide an efficient, effective HVAC system in a school or a university building.

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Weatherizing homes to uniform standard can achieve $33 billion in annual energy savings
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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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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'Intelligent Efficiency' marries energy savings with wireless and cloud technology
Contractor Magazine
A new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy details how off-the-shelf wireless and cloud technology can be paired with building automation systems to tell contractors and building owners when their equipment begins to wander away from its preset parameters. Currently, boilers, chillers and other HVAC equipment can waste a lot of energy for a long period of time before the issue is detected and fixed.
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Smart ways to handle small business finances
USA Today
VideoBriefFinances are one of the most difficult parts in managing your business. In this week's Money Quick Tips video, USA Today contributor Regina Lewis looks at some of the key moves you can make to help get your finances on track and your business running smoothly.
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