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US releases more diesel to ease fuel shortages after Sandy
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The U.S. Energy Department recently said it would release an additional 100,000 barrels of diesel from the nation's emergency heating oil reserves to help ease fuel shortages in Connecticut due to Hurricane Sandy. The release from the emergency stockpile comes as the U.S. Northeast continues to grapple with severe fuel supply disruptions after a massive storm swept through the region. More

Leading US oil supplier Mexico to embrace renewable energy?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Saudi Arabian Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, told an audience at the recent Global Economic Symposium in Brazil that he hoped that Saudi Arabia's domestic energy needs might be met entirely by low-carbon energy renewable sources within his "lifetime," adding that Saudi Arabia wants to use its vast reserves of hydrocarbons to produce other goods rather than use them solely for power generation. Now Mexico seems poised to follow suit. More

State, federal officials field recovery questions from NJ small business owners    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thousands of small business owners recovering from Hurricane Sandy have found themselves asking the kind of questions that they've never had to answer. A flood insurance policy might not cover all water damage. Recovery costs can quickly outgrow an insurance claim. And reopening a store might mean setting up shop in a FEMA trailer until repairs can be made to a building. 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

Validation of a good product
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No, we haven't started recommending one boiler over another — but we will recommend a good product: Carbonite. You might already be using it or you at least hear it advertised on radio. Recently, OESP executive director Judy Garber installed it as her back-up because of recommendations by individuals who experienced computer failures. They told her it was easy to retrieve their data and reinstall into their system.

Recently, she heard another amazing story. Don Farrell, publisher of Indoor Comfort Marketing, shared a story about their latest issue regarding computers. Being a publisher means working strictly with computers. Can you imagine the high volume of photos that they have stored along with back issues? During the recent storm, they lost everything, including their back-up drive. But everything was backed up by Carbonite and they are working again.

Survey: Hurricane Sandy
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As more information reaches us, we are finding that this storm has crippled many areas in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere. There are unreported areas that have also been impacted seriously. There will be so much service and installation work going on for a long time. In the meantime, our customers need heat and that means lots of equipment and parts are moving through the supply chain. A survey has been compiled and sent to many of you in the service side of the business. We know many of you are very busy, but please take a minute to complete this important survey. Our goal is to keep manufacturers and suppliers informed of changes so they can do their best to keep inventory moving.

For important industry updates, you can visit our home page and check the Industry Alerts box in the lower right corner. We'll add important information there.

He's back ... our good friend Danny Gentile
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While attending other meetings in New England recently, OESP executive director Judy Garber had the opportunity to visit the New Haven Chapter. The most noteworthy part of the meeting was that it was presided over by the chapter president — Danny Gentile! As many of you reading this know, Danny was seriously burned in a fire last year and his recuperation has been long and challenging. He had excellent health care, good family support and lots of TLC from our industry. He is so humbled by all the love and attention that so many of you have extended to him. It was great to give him a big hug!

Danny expresses his thanks to all of you!

60th Annual Convention and Trade Show
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The 60th Anniversary Convention and Trade Show will be held May 19-23, in Hershey, Pa. The exhibit days will be May 21 and 22. Plan now to attend or exhibit.

 In The News

Trane introduces new ductless systems
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Trane recently announced the launch of a new line of ductless systems, providing dealers with a flexible offering for customers' heating and cooling needs. The new ductless systems create comfortable indoor environments in spaces where adding ductwork might be impractical or difficult. Dealers have seen an increasing demand for ductless options in the past year due to the systems' flexibility and economy. Ductless systems are particularly popular with consumers looking for an affordable and efficient home comfort system. More

Efficiency Maine encourages energy audits with air-sealing incentive
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Efficiency Maine, an independent trust dedicated to promoting the efficient and cost-effective use of energy, is offering for a limited time up to $600 in air sealing and insulation to Mainers who get a home energy audit through a participating energy advisor. Early results from the promotion show that customers who get an audit and the basic air-sealing service are cutting down the draftiness of their home by 20 percent, potentially saving 80 to 100 gallons of heating oil per year. More

Solar and geothermal energy report highlights promise and challenges
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The U.S. is one of the countries where both solar and geothermal energy are receiving a great deal of support. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new report documenting this support, as well as the challenges that still face these two forms of alternative energy. More

What a second term for Obama might mean for small businesses
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President Barack Obama won another four years at the helm of the economic recovery, where he will continue to contend with a sharply divided Congress. During the campaign, Obama vowed to tailor his second-term policies to the needs of small-business owners and entrepreneurs, promising to improve access to capital, limit their tax burden and alleviate regulatory headaches to encourage job creation and business expansion. Here's an early glimpse of what small businesses can expect. More

New security product protects against costly HVAC thefts
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Thieves pillage HVAC units for copper wiring, which they in turn sell for scrap. The reward is usually minimal, but the cost to the owner of the HVAC unit is often great. The need to install security devices on HVAC units is unfortunately a sign of the times. More

Easy reputation management tips for small business owners
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In this day and age, a company's online reputation is everything. A company with positive online reviews and a clean Google profile is one that is set to thrive; a company with a negative public perception, perpetuated by unfavorable online search results, might experience declines in customers and in sales. Small business owners often lack the time and the resources necessary to launch full-on reputation defense campaigns. But there are three basic steps any business owner can take toward robust reputation defense. More

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