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In this issue...
  • New study quantifies efficiency losses due to improper HVAC installation
  • Winter 2014-2015 to yield lower heating oil costs in Northeast
  • 5 leadership tips for small business owners
  • Welcome to our new member
  • A reminder about membership dues
  • Take advantage of these membership benefits
  • Maine heating fuel prices continue to fall
  • Halliburton CEO expects shale to reverse oil price slump
  • Proper use of negative air machines in mold remediation explored by IAQA
  • Get your furnace checked, or face a fine
  • Carrier brings restorative HVAC solutions to Vatican's Sistine Chapel
  • The importance of improving indoor air quality
  • Small business: Planning for budget increases in 2015
  • Pellet hoarding, market distortions and oil prices

  • New study quantifies efficiency losses due to improper HVAC installation
    ACHR News
    ACCA has announced the availability of a new report that the association says confirms that HVAC equipment requires a quality installation (QI) in order to perform at rated efficiency. The research found that substantial equipment efficiency is lost due to design and installation deficiencies. The NIST report presents faulty practices commonly performed by contractors and details the resultant additional energy consumption.
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    Winter 2014-2015 to yield lower heating oil costs in Northeast
    AccuWeather.com
    United States household expenditures for heating oil will decrease from last winter, the United States Energy Information Administration announced. Those with natural gas heat, however, can expect a slightly higher cost this winter. Expenditures for heating oil, in particular, were projected in early October to fall 27 percent from the 2013-2014 winter season "unless there is a repeat of last winter's cold weather," the EIA said.
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    5 leadership tips for small business owners
    The Globe and Mail
    Even the most experienced leaders, whatever the size of their business, know learning how to be a great leader is a journey without end. This journey begins the first day on the job and continues throughout the span of their career, and will likely draw on lessons learned that very first day. With that in mind, here are five pieces of advice for small business leaders.
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    Welcome to our new member
    OESP
    Richard Haney, of Ray Oil & Gas, in Portage, Pennsylvania, joined our Association this past week. Richard and his wife Cathy attended our Roadshow in Gettysburg and are looking forward to attending our Convention, May 17-21, in Hershey.
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    A reminder about membership dues
    OESP
    Your 2015 Membership Dues invoice will be electronically sent to you. Be sure to check your inbox (and even your spam box) to see if your invoice was received. This is the first year that we are using the electronic feature within our membership software. Once you receive your dues invoice, you can print it out and return it with a check or pay via credit card.

    If you need another copy or you don't receive it, just ask us for one. Invoices will be mailed to those of you without an email address.

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    Take advantage of these membership benefits
    OESP
    Have you checked out our updated Online Learning Center? It can be accessed by visiting www.thinkoesp.org. You will see the tab at the top of the page. Or just click the "Read More" link below. We had a number of our classes taped and synced with the power points. There is a ton of information sitting there and waiting for you to access it. Check out the "Perfect Service Call." All of the mini classes are available and are great refreshers for your technicians.

    You need to be a member of our Association to access this excellent data and you would have received an email with your password.

    Roger Daviston, one of those presenters, is offering you a chance to sit in on one of two webinars he is hosting at 7:30 a.m. and noon on Thursday, Nov. 6. The title is "12 Keys to Maximizing Revenue on Each Service Call." Roger is a member of the Westchester Chapter and he owned an HVAC company "down south" for a number of years.

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    IN THE NEWS


    Halliburton CEO expects shale to reverse oil price slump
    Fuel Fix
    Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar is joining the chorus of oil executives who say they aren't worried about falling oil prices, and expect them to climb next year. "Despite what people are thinking, demand is creeping up, albeit at a lower rate than it has been," he said. The downward pressure on prices is mostly due to an oversupply, and Lesar said that will quickly prove self-correcting, especially when it comes to U.S. shale production.
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    Proper use of negative air machines in mold remediation explored by IAQA
    ACHR News
    While the mold remediation industry has produced a variety of approaches and voluntary guidelines, no U.S. federal government standards exist to define the processes or procedures needed to control or eliminate indoor fungal growth or fungal hazards. This leads to work practices and methods that vary greatly, even if projects are very similar, notes the Indoor Air Quality Association.
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    Get your furnace checked, or face a fine
    WFMZ-TV
    The weather is getting colder and it's time to get furnaces serviced. In Allentown, Pennsylvania, property owners could be fined up to $1,000 if they don't get heating units checked. In October 2012, the city added to the city's Property Rehabilitation and Maintenance Code a section governing oil and gas fired heating facilities in residential buildings; it calls for oil fired units to be serviced every year by a certified service technician.
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        Survey: HVAC contractors greet efficiency standards with mixed emotions (Contracting Business)
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    Carrier brings restorative HVAC solutions to Vatican's Sistine Chapel
    Contracting Business
    Carrier announced on Oct. 29 the completed installation of an innovative heating, ventilating and air-conditioning solution for the Sistine Chapel, developed to help preserve Michelangelo's masterpieces against deterioration caused by increasing numbers of visitors. The new HVAC system design is being presented over two days, to an international audience specializing in cultural heritage preservation.
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    The importance of improving indoor air quality
    H&V News
    The ventilation industry has developed a range of energy-efficient products over the past few years to help its customers achieve robust sustainability targets. However, it is not enough just to specify a "green" product — the selected item actually has to work when installed and continue working to achieve its potential.
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    Small business: Planning for budget increases in 2015
    Newsday
    Many companies have started planning their budgets for 2015. While it's not always easy to estimate costs, going through the planning process can help give businesses a better handle on their finances. Line items that may cause a greater strain on budgets next year include health care, shipping and travel, experts say.
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    Pellet hoarding, market distortions and oil prices
    Biomass Magazine
    In the wake of last year's polar vortex, pellet producers, trade organizations and industry stakeholders rallied to convey the message to consumers that it is important to buy pellets early this season, and to be prepared. And it looks like consumers have done so, because the Northeast is seeing record demand this season, says the Pellet Fuels Institute and Biomass Thermal Energy Council.
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