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Heating oil dealers in Connecticut condemn regulators' okay for gas plan
WNPR
Heating oil dealers said a decision by regulators to allow a massive expansion of natural gas usage in Connecticut will cost thousands of jobs. The state's Public Utility Regulatory Authority recently issued a draft decision giving the go-ahead to Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposal. The decision calls for spending $7 billion of state money to expand gas pipelines in Connecticut and convert customers to the fuel. The aim is to sign up 280,000 more gas customers over 10 years.
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America's hidden fuel: How does the US stack up on energy efficiency?
By Lucy Wallwork
The rapid ramping up of oil and gas production is only half the story in North America's transformed energy security outlook. The other half is energy efficiency, dubbed the "hidden fuel" by industry watchers. In the past, the "gas-guzzling" U.S. was criticized by its European counterparts for its addiction to SUVs and a poor record on energy efficiency, but recent years have seen something of a turnaround. Concerns still remain that the realities of lobby politics and downward pressure on domestic gas prices could set this impressive progress into reverse.
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10 things to be thankful for as a small business owner
Small Business Trends
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we tend to turn our minds to the things that we're thankful for. Think about your own life, especially as it relates to running a business. What are you grateful for? Here is a list of things a small business owner can be thankful for.
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Visit the new OESP website
OESP
We've finally launched the new website and we'd like you to check it out and let us know what you think. Our new site along with the integrated association management software gives us the opportunity to keep the site fresh. When a new member joins, it is instantaneous. Their record goes into our database. Members in good standing (those that paid their 2013 dues) can go into the member section and we encourage them to modify their own records — add a photo, birthdate, whatever pertinent information you would like to add. Any issues? Let us know.
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2014 Roadshows
OESP
As soon as you visit the new site you will find that there is a major focus on our new Road Shows. So check it out. Next, we'll upload directories of participants for each event. Know a manufacturer who should be included in this venue? Let us know.
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Education opportunities in 2014
OESP
Late this month, OESP's Education committee will be getting together to formalize what education we'd like to offer in 2014. For starters, the Professional Development Program is coming back, so stay tuned for that information. We'll be offering mini sessions at the Roadshows so you and your boss can "test drive" the management program.
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Other useful tools
OESP
There are plenty of useful tools on our website — for example our Online Learning Center, Resource Guide (a buyer's guide that includes a wide variety of vendors) and more.
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Oil Heat Cares
Oil Heat Cares
A number of projects have been approved in the past couple of weeks. When your technicians are doing their tune-ups and repairs and find a homeowner that needs to have their oil fired boiler or furnace replaced and they don't have the money for the replacement — think about Oil Heat Cares.
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Free heating oil available in Pennsylvania
WTAJ-TV
Central Pennsylvania Community Action is raffling off chances to win 300 gallons of home heating fuel. The giveaway is sponsored by JJ Powell. The tickets are $3 and the money raised will go toward group camp 2014. Through the camp, people within a 25 mile radius of Philipsburg have the opportunity to have kids from all over the country come do work on their homes. CPCA calls it a win, win.
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Residents in Maine told to use caution around heating oil tanks
The Associated Press via WCSH-TV
Officials in Maine are urging residents to use licensed technicians to test heating oil tanks and perform the proper maintenance to avoid spills. The most common spills result from corrosion, overfilling and damage from cold weather elements.
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4 branding tips for your SMB toolbox
Firmology
Branding has never been more important to the success of a company than it is right now. Popular brands enjoy the most traffic on Web searches, the most shares on social media and, most importantly, the most word-of-mouth marketing. When strategizing the formulation of a strong brand, here are a couple of tools you should utilize often and well.
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Will Obamacare help or hurt your contracting firm?
Contractor Magazine
The National Federation of Independent Business issued a research report on Oct. 31, that said that the majority of small businesses were seeing their insurance premiums increase. In a new survey of 921 small business owners and operators from around the country, 64 percent reported that they pay more for insurance premiums per employee in 2013 than they did in 2012. For a population of job creators that has consistently identified the "rising cost of health insurance" as its No. 1 business problem for close to 30 years, Obamacare has failed to address this most important of small business concerns.
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Do you have a hidden service agreement liability?
Contracting Business
Service agreements are valued because service agreement customers represent the most loyal segment of your customer base. As Ron Smith says, every service agreement customer represents a future change out. In the meantime, service agreement customers are a source of cash flow and a lock to call you when repairs are necessary. Non-service agreement customers, by contrast, are fickle. They may call you for future work. They may not.

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Specifying HVAC systems for new, existing office buildings
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Office buildings might seem like simple structures from the outside, but engineers engaged in such projects know they can be highly complex, with specialized HVAC, indoor air quality and other air movement needs.

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Some fuel dealers leave assistance program, 1,400 families affected
Vermont Public Radio
About 1,400 Vermont households that qualified last year for fuel assistance will have to find a new source of heating oil and propane this winter. Eight fuel companies representing 11 different dealerships have dropped out of the fuel assistance program because of a new pricing system.

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Solar Decathlon proves that solar can be practical
Contractor Magazine
The recently concluded Solar Decathlon showed that solar-powered, energy- and water-efficient housing can be beautiful and practical. The team from California's Santa Clara University employed a ceiling-mounted radiant heating and cooling system from an Italian company called Messana Air-Ray Conditioning SRL. Team Austria, made up of students from the Vienna University of Technology, won top honors overall by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house.
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'Sprout Space' zero-energy modular classroom offers a peek at the future
Contracting Business
The Sprout Space modular classroom, now on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, may represent the classroom of the future: a flexible, comfortable, net-zero-energy learning environment. Architectural firm Perkins+Will enlisted the aid of HVAC system designer John Michael, owner, Modular Air, Mt. Dora, Fla., to help achieve the vision of a net-zero modular classroom.
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