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In this issue...
  • 6 positive indicators that HVAC service is about to heat up
  • Winter heating costs down
  • New law will make renewable energy heating cheaper in Massachusetts
  • Welcome aboard — Energy Kinetics our newest Corporate Member
  • Remember your 2015 dues
  • Our new LinkedIn group
  • Heating season fuels outlook: 2014
  • Connecticut truckers ask for exceptions to New York I-84 travel ban
  • Passive Paul meets Aggressive Homeowner Harriet
  • Small business requires 2 kinds of passion
  • Commercial use of wood energy is heating up
  • How to set goals for 2015
  • 9 ways to keep employees motivated and productive during the holidays

  • 6 positive indicators that HVAC service is about to heat up
    Contracting Business
    Businesses, especially service and contractor businesses, are in a strong position to grow. According to IBIS World's Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors in the U.S.: Market Research Report, "following historic decline due to the recession in 2008 and 2009, demand for HVAC services is projected to heat up in the next five years."
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    Winter heating costs down
    Stowe Reporter
    Vermonters will spend less money to heat their homes this winter, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration. Residential heating oil in Vermont costs about $3.27 a gallon — down 11.1 percent from $3.68 a year ago, according to state data. The decline will be greater in other areas of the U.S., according to the EIA. Vermont fuel dealers welcome the lower prices. It's easier for their customers to pay their bills, according to Matt Cota, executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. And it's easier for the dealers to line up fuel supplies.
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    New law will make renewable energy heating cheaper in Massachusetts
    The Republican
    A new law that goes into effect in January will make it cheaper to use renewable energy to heat a home — and could provide a boost to the wood industry in rural parts of Western Massachusetts. The new law builds on an existing law that requires electricity suppliers to buy a certain amount of electricity from renewable energy sources. The new law creates renewable energy credits for the production of thermal energy — energy used for heating and cooling.
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    Welcome aboard — Energy Kinetics our newest Corporate Member
    OESP
    Energy Kinetics, manufacturer of System 2000, 90+Resolute, and Accel CS high efficiency heat and hot water systems, along with many chapter affiliations — both long standing and new — is our latest corporate member. We look forward to an even greater relationship with the Energy Kinetics team and their exceptional products!

    All of our Corporate Members are located in our Corporate Directory. You can search by company or product and you'll find a mix of manufacturers, rep agencies, wholesalers and oil companies.

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    Remember your 2015 dues
    OESP
    Invoices have either been electronically sent to you or, in the case of those who don't have an email address registered with us, mailed. The email will look like this:

    An invoice has been prepared for Judy Garber. Please click on the link below to view:

    View Invoice #1316

    It has been a pleasure serving you.

    Sincerely,
    National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals

    Click on the View Invoice link and you will see our website, but you will also see "Pay my Bill." You can print the invoice and mail a check, or you can pay via credit card.

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    Our new LinkedIn group
    OESP
    We sent you information about our new LinkedIn OESP group. Initially this will be for members only. It will be a place we members can share their thoughts and ideas about products, services and more. So visit the group. If you are a member of OESP, you will be accepted immediately!
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    Heating season fuels outlook: 2014
    Fuel Oil News
    Fuel Oil News interviewed several experts for their perspectives on what to expect in the coming months. Relatively good news is the prediction for fuel prices this heating season. Oil prices should be moderate (by recent standards) and the weather is likely to be as cold, if not colder, this season. For heating oil and diesel, the price projection is positive — perhaps too positive.
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    Connecticut truckers ask for exceptions to New York I-84 travel ban
    WVIT-TV
    Connecticut fuel and grocery distributors and truckers are asking for New York's governor to relax Interstate 84 travel restrictions over the Connecticut border in New York to allow the transport of fuel, food and emergency supplies or equipment. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed I-84 to commercial vehicles between the Connecticut border and the Pennsylvania state line. He also banned long tandem vehicles from parts of the New York State Thruway on I-90 from Interchange 32 to Interchange 24 and I-87 from Interchange 24 to the New York City line.
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    Passive Paul meets Aggressive Homeowner Harriet
    By Roger Daviston
    Passive Paul wakes up and starts his usual day, always moving against himself but not seeing it that way. He constantly doesn't resist anything that homeowners tell him. He finds it extremely uncomfortable to confront others, and he would rather not say much and just let things go. Passive Paul finds it almost impossible to assert himself with customers and cannot ask for what he wants. Today is no different, and he heads out to his first call, with Aggressive Harriet waiting to chew him up.
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    Small business requires 2 kinds of passion
    Forbes
    Success as a small business owner requires market and operating passion. Market passion — devotion to what your business does — is like a mother's love for her newborn baby; it's the easy kind. Unfortunately, in business it can be too easy. The object of operating passion is less adorable but no less important.
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    Commercial use of wood energy is heating up
    New Hampshire Business Review
    New Hampshire's recently released 10-year energy strategy acknowledged that New Hampshire imports 100 percent of its fossil fuels and natural gas. According to the NH Wood Energy Council, New Hampshire pays more than $1 billion annually to import heating oil, with a large chunk of that paid for by businesses — the state's commercial sector is the second most dependent on heating oil in the nation, just behind Maine. That's why, among its many recommendations, the state’s energy strategy calls for a greater use of wood as a fuel source.
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    How to set goals for 2015
    Contracting Business
    As we end one year and begin another, it's essential that you analyze the past year's sales figures, and plan for the next year's. That planning means you’ve have to set some sales goals. Once you determine how much money your techs and salespeople need to bring in to hit your goals, your next hurdle will be getting them to buy into those goals and commit to them.
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    9 ways to keep employees motivated and productive during the holidays
    CIO
    Keeping morale and productivity high during the holiday season (between Thanksgiving and just after New Year's) can be tough. The pull (and stress) of family and holiday shopping can cause workers to be distracted, or lose interest. So what can employers and managers do to keep employees motivated and working toward year-end goals? Here are nine suggestions, provided by business owners and managers as well as HR experts.
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