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Cold blast may tighten Atlantic heating oil supply crunch
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A blast of Arctic air sweeping through Europe and snow storms in the United States this weekend are likely to push up already lofty diesel and heating oil prices, further burdening economies struggling to bounce back from recession. Surges in demand combined with very low stocks on both sides of the Atlantic will exacerbate supply shortages that distributors are seeing in Europe and boost already lofty refining margins. More

Recovery tips for heating oil customers
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With Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast, the Energy Communications Council reminds heating oil consumers about the importance of disaster safety tips to follow during and after a storm or flood. More

Smart meters can provide extra HVAC troubleshooting challenge
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As power companies seek to improve the efficiency of the electric grid by better matching demand with supply, they are relying with increasing frequency on smart meters. Smart meters record electricity and gas usage in real time in homes and businesses and relay that information back to the utility company. Once applied primarily to commercial and industrial customers, the practice of automatic meter reading through the use of smart meters is finding its way into the residential market and putting HVAC contractors to the test. More

Better Than New Warranty

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 Updates from OESP

Latest news from our chapters
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The Mid-Atlantic Chapter kicked off the Oil Heat Cares season by helping a wounded warrior. Kevin Sawyer and his wife, who live in Summit Point, W.Va., were delighted with the help and the comfort of knowing they will be safe this winter. Sadly, Kevin is also battling a serious illness and this support no doubt has taken some burden off of their minds.

Mike Hodge, of Griffin Energy, spearheaded this project and his employees — Rick Crum, Nick Ghanayem, Tony Cassidy and Chris Sensenbaugh — did the installation. The good folks from the Baxter Group of West Virgina removed the asbestos from the old boiler.

Special thanks go out to Roth, for taking care of the tank, and the support of Steve Ennis of Columbia Heating. For more news about OHC, visit

And more chapter news
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The Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter hosted their first event at the Thaddeus Stevens College, in Lancaster, Pa. It just may be something the chapter continues. The support of the manufacturers and reps was terrific. A special thanks to Craig Butler, of R.W. Beckett, for his special seminar that was geared towards future and present technicians, "Proper Etiquette of a Technician."

The students were attentive and enjoyed the variety of food! Special thanks to the Central Pennsylvania Chapter for their support.

Coming soon
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Your 2013 membership invoice is coming soon. This is the time of year where you might look at benefits. As you do, think about our support of technical students in high schools and colleges — they are our future. Think about classes you can attend, networking and more.

ISH — 2013
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We have just a few seats remaining. If you have an interest, you better act soon. Remember, this year we will travel to France to visit Normandy and a "taste of Paris," then get on the train for Wiesbaden, Germany.

Elections 2013
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Have any of you read the new book about President John Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly? His famous inauguration speech included the famous charge, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." What a wonderful reminder to vote! It is a right and a responsibility, so get it done!

 In The News

Department of Environmental Protection encourages oil-tank maintenance
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As cold weather approaches, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is urging homeowners to act to save energy and money by inspecting indoor and outdoor home heating oil tanks for potential problems before refilling them. "It is very important that these homeowners maintain and inspect their oil tanks to ensure they are safe and function properly; and at the same time, they will benefit by saving energy and money this winter," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said in a news release. More

New machine creates heating oil from plastics
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Canada-based P&M Recycling has installed an advanced machine capable of turning plastic into heating oil. The recycling device chews through some 10 kg of plastics per hour, converting it into exactly 10 liters of oil. The plastic-to-oil machine transforms rough granules of plastic into a gas that it then cools into the resulting oil. This blend of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and other liquid hydrocarbons is suitable to fuel almost any of the oil-fired furnaces used for heat throughout northern Canada. More

How to comply with labor laws when you don't have a full-time HR manager
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Small and mid-sized businesses sometimes struggle to instill "best practices" for people management because they do not have a personnel manager on their payroll. Owners of smaller businesses, including some fuel oil dealers, often just add the task of people management to their own responsibilities, said Laurie Glaude, a human resources consultant who specializes in helping small and mid-sized businesses comply with state and federal labor regulations. More

5 simple tips to keep your small-business finances in order
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Accounting can cause headaches for many small business owners. It's one of those back-office tasks that never cross your mind when you decide to run your own business, and yet it sucks up your day and makes running a successful business that much harder. But there's hope, and it starts with getting organized. More

Energy Infrastructure Update shows progress of alternative energy in US
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The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released the latest edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update report, highlighting the progress that has been made regarding the country's alternative energy plans. According to the report, a large amount of wind and solar energy capacity was added to the country in September of this year, with much more having been established throughout 2012. More

Solar jobs will continue to grow faster than wind, but slower than other green sectors
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Between now and 2020 the green sector could create upwards of 3 million jobs in the U.S., according to a new report from CleanEdison. The highest percentage of the job growth will be in HVAC and building control systems and solar energy. While jobs growth in wind energy is expected to continue but occur at a lower rate of increase then solar or HVAC jobs. More

7 apps you can use to run your small business
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These days, modern technology has made it possible to run a business almost solely from a mobile device. Want to know how? Check out these seven awesome apps you can use to run your business. More


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