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Heating fuel costs down as higher need projected
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Lower heating-oil prices compared to this time last year, coupled with a long-range forecast for normal temperatures and average snowfall during the next three months has both consumers and oil dealers feeling optimistic about experiencing a rare "win/win" scenario this winter. But recipients of what's become a shrinking pool of low-income fuel assistance funding may be facing their coldest winter in many years. More

7 end-of-year payroll tips for small business owners
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The holiday season is upon us and now is the time for small business owners to finalize their year-end tax planning. There are ways to minimize the tax hit that often comes at this time of the year, and some of them involve human resources and payroll issues. Here are some things to consider. More

Electricity for HVACR Technicians: Basic components of a transformer
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A transformer is a device that can be used to increase voltage and current levels. The principal parts of a transformer are two coils of wire, called the primary winding and the secondary winding, wound on some type of core material. An enclosure protects the internal components from dirt, moisture, and mechanical damage. There are at least five common faults that you may encounter in working with transformers. More

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.

 Updates from OESP

60th Annual Convention and Trade Show — May 19-23, 2013
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Our 60th anniversary will be celebrated in Hershey, Pa., and our theme this year is tied to the Triple Crown. Take a look at our preliminary information. Bookmark this page because it will be continually evolving — our floor plan and listing of exhibitors will be added shortly and speakers will be announced as well.

There will be a host of classes offered this year that will allow technicians and others that are in the certification programs an opportunity to earn NATE and NORA CEU's. So plan now to attend.

Our theme allows us to have some fun marketing our event and having our event in Hershey is something looked forward to by many.

Vocational education can and does lead to a career
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Ever stand in a long line waiting to get on a train or plane? Instead of just standing there talking on a cell phone or looking like you are bored out of your skull, try smiling and starting a conversation. You just might learn something interesting.

Recently, while waiting in one of those lines at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Judy Garber, executive director of OESP, asked a question of the young lady in front of her. That started a conversation and, as many conversations go, it led to exchanging descriptions of what each of them did for a living. When the woman learned that Judy worked for a heating business association, she said that she attended a career vo-technical school in Connecticut where she was enrolled in the HVAC program. She explained that she went to technical college in Boston, got her degree in environmental engineering and now works for a consulting company specializing in waste water.

As an association, we continue to work with schools and colleges so that our industry has young people ready and willing to join the heating and air conditioning industry. Our scholarships support this effort. This year we will again offer students a minimum of four $5,000 awards. Scholarship details can be found on our website. The winners and their families will be notified in advance and invited as our guests to attend our annual Awards Banquet to be held during our convention, May 19-23, 2013 in Hershey, Pa.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you reading this issue of The Advantage and to those of you helping to clean-up the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy — stay safe!

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Drive performance with goal setting
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In the current hectic business climate many managers neglect to drive their businesses by assigning and monitoring specific objectives to their direct reports. Without proper goal setting, your business will wander around aimlessly. You shouldn't be surprised when employees tell you they didn't know what was expected of them. More

Economics of energy efficiency: Beyond ROI
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Back in the day, HVAC systems were designed to be stout, longevity was the main focus and concepts such as operating costs and efficiencies were virtually non-existent. The driving force was purely "How much will it cost and will it last?" As the industrial revolution proceeded to where things are today, the world of business began to analyze effective measures to maximize profit. Out of the necessity to provide a logical method of predicting financial outcomes, the science of economics was born, and the concept of return on investment. More

Scientists unveil super-efficient solar energy technology
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Rice University scientists have unveiled a new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. The new "solar steam" method from Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics is so effective it can even produce steam from icy cold water. The technology has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, by comparison, typically have an overall energy efficiency around 15 percent. More

The importance of energy audits
East Atlanta Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we've become a more energy-conscious society, the term "energy audit" is being heard more frequently, but has yet to be standardized. There are "do-it-yourself" energy audits; checklist energy audits offered by electric companies; contractors/tradesmen doing energy audits; and professional service firms providing audits. Each one is different in terms of scope, information provided, accuracy and legitimacy. More

Oil delivery to wrong address spells doom
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A home heating oil delivery to the wrong address on Canada's Vancouver Island created a hazard and the house had to be torn down, officials said. The new owner of the property was renovating the house and had recently switched from oil heat to electric. He wasn't there when a tanker truck pulled up and pumped almost 80 gallons of oil into the disconnected tank. More

Researchers explore use of smartphones in energy audits
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Researchers investigated how smartphones could be used in energy audits, designed to help householders adopt energy conservation measures to reduce emissions, conserve resources and reduce operating costs. Rather than waiting for an audit, the authors suggest that if suitable software could be created, householders could perform their own audits with their smartphones. More

GAO: Air inside mobile homes could be safer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Current government standards allow for a lower margin of safety against carbon monoxide poisoning in manufactured or mobile homes than in traditional site-built homes, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The problem, says the GAO in its report to Congress, is that the Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations for ventilation standards in homes has not been updated since 2005 and fails to reflect more effective standards currently used by the home building industry. More

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