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US releases heating oil reserves for 1st time ever
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On Nov. 2, The Energy Department announced it would release fuel from the northeast heating oil reserve to help in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. This release includes diesel fuel for emergency equipment and buildings, including electrical generators, water pumps, GSA buildings, trucks and other vehicles. This is the first time fuel has been released from the heating oil reserve. More

Generators can use heating oil in NJ
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The Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with the Department of Energy, has temporarily waived federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey to allow the use of home heating oil in most generators and pumps in emergency service. The federal waivers will help ensure an adequate supply of fuel for emergency response in New Jersey. More

Certifications going green — Reducing the energy impact of heating and cooling equipment
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Green Mechanical Council and HVAC Excellence have teamed up to deliver a number of new industry certifications. Technicians who achieve these credentials will have proven their ability to reduce the energy impact of heating and cooling equipment, further leading to extended equipment life and reduced warranty cost. More

B100 Oil Filter Gaskets

Sid Harvey’s, your Oil Heat Innovator, announces the industry’s first line of fuel oil filter that come with UL-approved BIO gaskets. BIO gaskets are approved for use with all bio-fuel blends rated up to and including B100. Sid Harvey’s operates 80 branches nationally. 605 Locust St., Garden City, NY 1150 (516) 745-9200.

 Updates from OESP

To our members and their companies residing in Sandy's Path
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On behalf of the Association, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your concerns are no doubt with your families and customers. Many manufacturers are concerned about having the inventories of parts and equipment you need so that you can keep your customers safe and warm. So please feel free to send us an email or call 888-552-0900 if we can be of assistance. We will do our best to assist you.

Special news from our chapters
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Thank you goes out to the Long Island Oilheating and Cooling Chapter for their kind contribution to Oil Heat Cares. At a recent meeting, they hosted a raffle and OHC was the recipient of a portion of the funds raised. Don't forget to visit for the latest installations that our members have completed for our less fortunate neighbors.

The Delaware Valley Chapter continues with their tech nights. This month's class about hydronic systems will be delivered by Anthony Reikow, of B.J. Terroni on Nov. 13. This successful program is shared so others can consider the value a chapter can contribute. The chapter set up a series of relevant topics, matched a qualified trainer to each topic, starts the class early and feeds the technicians at an affordable cost. The chapter submits their properly documented paperwork to National and gets subsidy dollars back for helping deliver education at the local level. Great job Delaware Valley!

The Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter invites you to join them in New York City. The chapter is hosting a day trip to the city on Dec. 15. The cost is $55 per member or $65 for nonmembers. So if you know someone who would like to visit the city for the day during the holiday season, let them know about the trip. The bus will leave Elite Coach's depot at 1685 W. Main St., Ephrata, Pa., at 6:30 a.m., and they will drop the attendees off in Time Square. You will have plenty of time to shop, take a carriage ride through Central Park, ice skate or even take in a matinee — and be back on the bus by 6:30 p.m.

Seating is limited to 48 passengers. Enjoy the spirit of the season! To register, contact Steve Schwanger at 717-278-1864 or

2013 scholarships
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Our 13th Annual Awards will be given at our annual banquet to be held during our convention, May 19-23, 2013, in Hershey, Pa. The Association will award a minimum of four $5,000 awards to students continuing their education in HVAC. You can find information on our website and the information will also be mailed to schools. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013.

Annual dues and a look at 2013
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A reminder that your annual dues will be sent to you via the U.S. Mail, so stay on the look-out for the invoices.

What's ahead for 2013? We are planning to host more seminars on the road this year. Some of the classes will support our new Home Comfort Specialist Academy, some on Hydronics and more. We will be adding these to our website shortly.

Our Fall Oilheat Retreat has also been finalized — well almost. Sandy has gotten in the way of finalizing our contract but it will be mid-September on Long Island, N.Y. We plan to add a special visit to Brookhaven Labs for this event and offer a real treat for Saturday night: a tour through wine country.

Of course, our 60th anniversary will be celebrated at our annual convention and trade show. Plenty of educational programs will be offered and certainly some great social events. Of course, the networking is probably one of the most important things you gain by connecting with others who service and install oil-fired equipment or are moving into other fuels. As with this past year, our members will gain access to those classes on our online Learning Center after the show.

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Tips for small businesses after Hurricane Sandy
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Hurricane Sandy left an estimated 8 million households and small businesses without power and caused what is likely to be billions of dollars' worth of damage. If your small business has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, there are steps that you can take to quickly get up and running again. More

Green energy industry grows exponentially
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Globally, wind energy has been the fastest growing renewable energy source over the past decade, experiencing 16 percent growth in 2011 alone. Researchers with the Global Wind Energy Council anticipate annual average installation rates to continue to increase at 15.5 percent each year through 2015. More

Are smart meters moving too fast?
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Smart meters are supposed to be the wave of the future, part of the futuristic "smart grid" of electricity distribution lines that use technology to solve some of the common problems that vex homeowners and utilities alike. But some contractors have experienced smart meter-induced headaches when they get calls from homeowners upset because their air conditioning isn't working. Sometimes it's a legitimate service call, and sometimes it's because the smart meter has automatically adjusted the system to reduce the peak load. More

Hands-on geo
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The concept of ground source heat pump technology is not new. Geothermal heating and cooling has been around for decades. Currently it is gaining more momentum thanks to the manufacturers, associations and contractors that understand all of its benefits. Manufacturers and associations are also educating the industry about geothermal technology via courses, seminars and events for contractors, distributors, engineers and architects. More

US solar energy jobs increase by more than 13 percent
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The Solar Energy Industries Association in early November highlighted initial findings from The Solar Foundation’s third annual National Solar Jobs Census showing that solar energy jobs have experienced strong growth in the U.S. over the past year, despite global economic challenges. More

Department of Energy reports that more efficient and renewable energy technologies used in 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Americans used less energy in 2011 than in 2010 due mainly to a shift to more energy efficient residential and transportation technologies, according to the Energy Department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Energy flow charts released on Oct. 24 by LLNL indicate that, overall, U.S. energy use in 2011 equaled 97.3 quadrillion BTU, compared to the 98 quads used in 2010. More

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