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Biodiesel blend could mean cleaner heating oil for New Jersey winters
NJ Spotlight
Biodiesel fuel may soon play a bigger role in New Jersey's energy future, potentially enabling homeowners to use a cleaner product to heat their homes each winter. In a bill divisive to the oil industry, the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee recently advanced a measure that would require increasing the amount of renewable biofuels to be blended into home heating oil sold in New Jersey.
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Pennsylvania looks to double its renewable energy standard
On Nov. 12, Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware, joined State Representative Greg Vitali, D-Delaware, and environmental organizations at a press conference to unveil a bill that would increase the amount of renewable energy powering Pennsylvania homes and businesses by boosting the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard.
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Are smart HVAC vents the next big thing in energy management?
CE Pro
When it comes to energy management, smart thermostats are good for controlling temperature in one or two zones of the house, but how do you manage energy in each individual room without expensive motorized dampers? EcoNet Controls , a division of ICI Controls Inc., has introduced the Z-Wave-controllable Z-Vent (EV100) HVAC registers that enable users to remotely control the amount of air that gets vented into any room of the house.
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2014: The year of the new Roadshows
OESP's mission is promote education. With our 2014 Roadshows, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn. You and your key technicians can earn both NORA and NATE CEUs. There will be classes from 45 minutes up to six hours in duration.

Attendees will also be able to visit with manufacturers and learn about the latest products and services they have to offer. Of course, there will be plenty of down time, too.

So mark your calendar. The Roadshows will take place May 12-13, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Conn., and Sept. 22-23 in historical Gettysburg, Pa.

We will soon have the directories for each location. The directories will feature those partners who have committed to our events.

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Free heating oil available in Pennsylvania (WTAJ-TV)

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Carlin 48245 Now with Smart Ignition

Extend the life of ignitors with Carlin’s new 48245 primary control with Smart Ignition. The 48245 runs in Intermittent Duty (or “constant” duty) when needed to prevent loss of flame. Smart Ignition switches to Interrupted Duty when it can to dramatically extend the life of the ignitor or transformer. The Model 48245 is the smart replacement for 3-wire controls.
3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator

Sid Harvey’s offers the newly redesigned 3/K-2 Flow-Control Oil De-aerator which also helps warm oil for consistent viscosity and burner performance. Flow-Control features a third float for better performance in high vacuum installations. TUV Tested and rated for use with 100% bio-diesel and ambient temperature up to 140F, the Flow-Control 3/K-2 carries a 5 year warranty and has a 20 year life expectancy.
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Massachusetts fuel oil charity suspends activities
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
After several years of dwindling assets and a declining public profile, a Sturbridge, Mass., charity founded by Selectman Thomas R. Creamer is no longer accepting applications from senior citizens in town seeking financial help to pay heating bills. The Residential Energy Assistance for Seniors Foundation, or REAS Foundation, posted a notice on its website saying the action comes as a result of diminishing financial support from the community.
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Putting energy disaggregation tech to the test
Greentech Media
What if new technology could take a single measure of household power use — say, smart meter data, or measurements from a single home sensor — and tell us exactly how much power our air conditioning, water heating, kitchen appliances, household lighting and all our consumer electronics were using? That's the goal of a host of "energy disaggregation" technologies in various stages of development and deployment around the world.
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Using Twitter to reach new customers
By Mayur Kisani
Most businesses think of Twitter as a promotional tool, a way to announce new products or to divert traffic to a website/blog. But it can also be used to reach new customers, and thus generate sales leads. The most important first step is to know what you want your tweets to accomplish. If you know your objective and your target audience, Twitter can be as effective for a small company as a large one.
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Boston Parks and Recreation Department partners with Bioheat
Biodiesel Magazine
The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the installation of new oil tanks in the Franklin Park Maintenance building with a special ribbon-cutting celebration. The oil tank replacement was made possible thanks to Bioheat's advertising through CBS EcoMedia's innovative EcoAd program. The decades-old tank needed an upgrade to eliminate the potential for operational performance issues that might otherwise plague ratable operational performance. The new tanks will substantially provide a cleaner environment to store Bioheat.
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Energy efficiency still not sexy
New research from Shelton Group reveals that 26 percent of Americans say they prioritize energy-efficient home improvement over aesthetics but actual projects say something different. Projects planned for the near future indicate more kitchen and bath remodels than than for energy efficiency improvements like adding insulation or replacing HVAC units, according to the research.

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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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Heating oil dealers in Connecticut condemn regulators' okay for gas plan
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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Honeywell scores highest in Navigant Research assessment of smart thermostat manufacturers
Contractor Magazine
Honeywell has emerged as the leader in terms of strategy and execution in the smart thermostat market, according to a new study by Navigant Research here. Honeywell emerged as the sole Leader in this report due to its ability to react to challenger Nest and to capitalize on its brand to its advantage.
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Internet marketing: Don't waste your time on the Internet
By Jeffrey Dobkin
Small business advice: You don't need a "great" website. What Internet marketing expert told you that you did? Is the Web a viable way to earn a living? Sure, if you have the time, the money and the talent. And the staff. Then, add more time, money and staff because everything changes rapidly. Every time Google draws a line, you'll need to jump — and don't worry, they'll tell you how high. Here's what you're doing wrong and what to do about it.
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