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In this issue...
  • HVAC career options on the rise
  • 5 big installation mistakes that can hurt HVAC energy efficiency
  • Pump up biodiesel on Facebook and Twitter
  • The weather outside is frightful
  • 2015 membership dues
  • Welcome new members of the week
  • Dropping oil prices mean pre-buy oil customers aren't getting a deal
  • Deliveries of heating oil limited in Connecticut in response to high demand
  • Building safe, effective health care facilities: HVAC
  • Heating oil is getting cleaner in Vermont
  • New DOE Solution Center shares strategies for residential energy efficiency programs
  • 2014: Your HVAC business in review

  • HVAC career options on the rise
    The Global Dispatch
    As the nation's unemployment numbers begin to slowly rise, the HVAC industry is seeing a even faster boom in job creation and demand. While HVAC technicians are most often employed to perform installation and maintenance, there are plenty of other jobs in the industry that are currently seeing growth. Finding employment either as a technician or as support personnel should not be difficult. Because society is dependent upon the industry, there is no shortage of jobs in the field.
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    5 big installation mistakes that can hurt HVAC energy efficiency
    Contracting Business
    Every customer wants an HVAC unit that works well and keeps their home or office temperate. However, most also want a system that won't be a black hole when it comes time to pay the energy bill. A recent study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that even if a customer purchases the best, most energy-efficient air conditioners, heat pumps and other tools, it may go to waste if the equipment is not properly installed.
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    Pump up biodiesel on Facebook and Twitter
    Biodiesel
    Help #PumpUpBiodiesel! Print your favorite statement or create your own and post your picture on social media with #PumpUpBiodiesel. Make it your profile pic, share with others and let everyone know you support America's Advanced Biofuel. Our goal is to garner support for biodiesel and spread the word about its benefits.
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    The weather outside is frightful
    OESP
    But the Hanley's home is warm and inviting thanks to Oil Heat Cares — especially the crew from J&A Waterville Oil Services, in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and QHT for donating a Biasi Boiler. To read more about this project and view photos, follow the "Read More" link.

    Donations of equipment help Oil Heat Cares to more projects, and on behalf of our Foundation, we thank you.

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    2015 membership dues
    OESP
    In most cases, dues were electronically sent to you. If you need an invoice resent just ask — email Judy Garber at jgarber@thinkoesp.org or call 888-552-0900. They are payable by Jan. 1, 2015.
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    Welcome new members of the week
    OESP
    Jonah Sobin recently joined the New York City Chapter. By the time National could reach out and welcome him, he had already attended his first meeting and his response was, "Last night's meeting was great." What a great response that illustrates the value of joining a chapter.

    We also welcome, Mark Roethel, of Dole Fuel, who joined the Long Island Chapter.

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    IN THE NEWS


    Dropping oil prices mean pre-buy oil customers aren't getting a deal
    The Keene Sentinel
    Winter hasn't even started yet and already those who bought their home heating oil ahead of time are losing out. In recent weeks, the price of No. 2 heating oil has plummeted, catching consumers and many oil dealers by surprise. Prices are low enough now that Monadnock Region residents in southwestern New Hampshire who didn't pre-buy their oil for the winter are getting the better deal — until prices go up again. Still, a higher pre-buy price is rare, local oil dealers say, and one that has them feeling for their customers who bought ahead.
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    Deliveries of heating oil limited in Connecticut in response to high demand
    Southbury Patch
    The Southbury (Connecticut) Fuel Bank has been forced to limit the amount of home heating oil it can provide to people due to high demand. The amount has been reduced from 150 gallons to 100 gallons. Sandy Saren, Director of the Southbury Fuel Bank, said there had been an increase in demand as applications to the state for energy aid have gotten backed up. Saren added that she hopes demand for assistance will decrease once the state processes the applications.
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    Building safe, effective health care facilities: HVAC
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer
    It's hard to think of an engineering project with higher standards than a hospital or health care facility — successfully designed and installed systems can literally be a matter of life and death. Indoor air quality, indoor environmental quality and HVAC systems are key for engineers.
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    Heating oil is getting cleaner in Vermont
    Rutland Herald
    On July 1, 2014, the Clean and Green Oilheat Initiative went into effect. Vermont's home energy providers are now required by law to sell oil heat with near-zero emissions. This clean fuel is also increasingly blended upstream with renewable biodiesel. The state mandate for clean oil heat matches the federal requirement for clean diesel that was implemented in 2005. According to testing done by Brookhaven National Labs, low-sulfur oil heat eliminates scale build-up in heat exchangers. This has the benefit of both increasing the efficiency of heating equipment and eliminating particulate emissions.
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    New DOE Solution Center shares strategies for residential energy efficiency programs
    ACHR News
    The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new resource, the Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center, to share proven methods for reducing energy waste in residential buildings. A result of the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, the Solution Center shows how to design, implement and evaluate efficiency programs to improve the energy efficiency of communities. It profiles solutions used to improve the efficiency of homes and other buildings by 20 percent or more, said the DOE.
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    2014: Your HVAC business in review
    Contracting Business
    The end of the year is rapidly approaching and it is time to begin planning for next year. But before you say sayonara to 2014, it's important to take a brief examination of the business and its overall success for the year. To get started, gather answers to these five questions.
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