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Analysis: Distillate market tightness continues in Northeast US
Eurasia Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Inventories of distillate fuel remain below seasonally typical levels in the Northeast, a region that includes New England and the Middle Atlantic states. Stocks of distillate fuel, including both diesel fuel and heating oil, are closely watched in this region, which is home to 80 percent of U.S. households that consume heating oil. 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.

Bill aims to protect consumers who buy prepaid oil contracts
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Legislation that required heating oil companies in New Hampshire to keep money from prepaid contracts in escrow was endorsed by the Consumer Protection Division of the state Attorney General's Office and the Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire during hearings in 2011. But it died in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. However, Reps. Tim Copeland, R-Stratham, and Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter plan to reintroduce the bill with bipartisan support when the Legislature returns in January. More

Advantages of biodiesel fuel blends for home heating
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Biodiesel fuel blends don't necessarily cost more than standard heating oil; they are usually comparable in price. But according to Paul Nazzaro, president of Advanced Fuel Solutions, biodiesel is "exceptionally better. It's virtually sulfur-free; it's a very good lubricity additive. These systems have fuel pumps. It can help extend the life expectancy of the pump." Nazzaro is also a liaison between the petroleum industry and the National Biodiesel Board. More

 Updates from OESP

2013 membership dues have been mailed
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Membership dues have been mailed and checks are coming in. As you explore the benefits, think about the fact that The Advantage provides you with a weekly update on energy news around the U.S. As new technologies are being implemented and explored, you, the heating professional, need to be aware of options. Your customers depend upon you to help them make informed decisions.

And speaking of making buying decisions, our new Home Comfort Specialist Academy will formally launch in 2013. Within the next couple of months we will have a formalized agenda about the program with classes that will begin in the spring. We just might have a few sessions taped at the convention, so it will be easy for you to get into the program. Ralph Adams will also do the first module: Selling a Warm Air Furnace with Air Conditioning again at the convention. This is just one good reason to attend our annual convention to be held May 19-23, 2013, in Hershey, Pa.

If you haven't received your membership invoice, contact Judy Garber.

Also coming in 2013
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You will have the ability to change your own information on the website. Our new association management software will allow you to add, modify and even upload a photo of yourself from your desktop.

Once implemented, we will also send new membership cards to all of our active members. So stay tuned for a great new year.

Helping our neighbors in need    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the time you read this issue of The Advantage, you will have heard of a new website being launched just for those of us that serve the oil heat market. This site, along with Facebook and Twitter, will allow our industry the opportunity to share information so that the hardest-hit markets can go to one location for information about the status of equipment, insurance, etc.

Share this link with your employees and friends. This is one way to donate money to help our neighbors. From this site you will be able to donate money to the Oil Heat Cares Foundation. This foundation was founded by our association and we are proud to say that all the money raised goes to our mission of helping our neighbors in need. There aren’t many charities that can make this claim.

If you happen to be a manufacturer and wish to get on a product list let us know that, too.

We as an industry are taking a proactive approach to this anticipated need, but we’ll need the money to help our neighbors who we know will need the support. And money donated before Dec. 1 will be earmarked for Hurricane Sandy relief. There will be various fundraisers as well, so expect to hear more about what you can do to help our friends and neighbors.

 In The News

Connecticut energy debate will continue through new year
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Connecticut lawmakers aren't ready to jump in just yet and mediate the dispute between heating oil dealers and utilities over the price of natural gas and oil, but they say the current dialogue on energy will play a central role in next year's legislative session. Sen. President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, said there's a bipartisan interest in how the state brings down the cost of energy because it's not only environmental issue, but an economic issue. More

AHR Expo survey says HVACR manufacturers predict an improving economy
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According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70 percent of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15 percent of these manufacturers expect a "much better year" while 28 percent of respondents expect the economy to remain the same. Just 3 percent expect it to be worse than 2012. More

Commentary: Is paying straight commission dangerous?
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Techs working on straight commission are not always salesmen masquerading as techs. Techs making serious money on straight commission usually have nowhere else to go to make the kind of money they're making, so they tend stay with the company, which is good. As a result of this, they will defend the company fiercely against anyone whose actions run the risk of getting the company investigated and closed down. More

3 must have features for a successful small business' website
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Living in an era where Internet is undoubtedly one of the biggest wonders of the world, you will need to make the most out of your connectivity to it in order to ensure that your small business is a flourishing one and grows in leaps and bounds in the future. Having a specialized and custom-made website dedicated to the operations of your small business will help you reach more customers. This is why it is important that your website has three characteristics incorporated. More

Solar-energy investments are paying off in Massachusetts
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After decades of promise, solar energy is finally becoming more available in Massachusetts, through use of government subsidies. The state is driving down costs by providing financial incentives for homeowners to install solar panels, and for utilities to buy back the electricity that they generate. More

Wind energy may have a promising future
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The Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International have released a new report concerning wind energy and its potential to meet global energy demands. Wind powered energy has been growing in popularity all over the world, largely because of its economic promise and ability to provide countries with renewable electrical power. More

5 tips for automating your emails
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According to Forrester Research, the number of marketing emails an individual receives per year will reach 9,000 by 2014 — roughly 25 commercial emails per day. In order for your email marketing campaign to stand out amongst the competition, you need to give your customers what they want, when they want it, in a way that speaks to them on a personal level. Follow these five tips for automating your email campaign to craft relevant, personalized content and engage more customers without increasing your workload. More

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