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AHRI reviews test results for modulating boilers
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The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute has recently approached the U.S. Department of Energy to discuss findings of an AHRI internal review of test results for modulating boilers under its Certification Program for residential boilers. The internal review revealed that current DOE efficiency test procedures may result in inaccurate AFUE measurements for condensing gas boilers that are designed to operate at more than a single input rate, (i.e., two-stage or modulating condensing boilers). More

Sid Harvey's Pump Test Manifold

Sid Harvey’s Pump Test Manifold checks pressure and vacuum quickly and accurately on all fuel units up to 300 psi. It features liquid filled gauges, flexible lines, and smooth operating valves. The vacuum side has flare fittings for both 3/8” and ½” lines while the pressure side features color coded lines and fittings for all fuel units including Riello.

Software glitches delay Rhode Island's heating aid program
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Some low-income households have been left without heating oil because software glitches caused delays in the state's launch of a federal energy assistance program, a top state energy official said. Marion Gold, administrator of the state Office of Energy Resources, said the state didn't realize until recently that problems related to a change in software systems were causing delays in opening the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to applicants. More

Treasurer: Maine town will need more heating oil help this winter
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VideoBriefRecent cuts to federal and state fuel-aid programs have Lincoln, Maine, treasurer Gilberte Mayo convinced that the town's heating assistance program will see more customers this winter. "Just in the last month since it started getting cold, we have gotten eight or 10 requests already, so I think going forward that's just the tip of the iceberg," Mayo said. "This is going to be a hard season for everybody and I think this heating [fund] is going to need all the donations it can get." More

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An app of interest to you
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Part of the process in preparing for our conventions, including our 2013 Convention to be held May 19-23, 2013, in Hershey, Pa., is setting up education classes that our audience needs for its continuing ladder of success. As part of that process, several OESP representatives recently met a new presenter so that they could interview him and see if he would be a good fit at our event this year.

This gentleman's name is Ray Wolhlfarth and he came highly recommended by Dan Holohan. We were looking for another trainer on the topic of hydronics and Ray will fit that bill. Some of you may have read his book, "Lessons Learned in a Boiler Room." If you haven't and would like to, visit You can purchase it there.

Ray recommended an app that you might be interested in: mpengo. Check it out. For those in the service business this might be a handy tool.

Tis the season to share
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People are always more generous around the holiday season, but many us have concerns about where to donate. Why not consider Oil Heat Cares this year. It is our foundation and this year we are encouraging the industry to support it so we can support the rebuilding of areas affected by Sandy. It will take years to rebuild, so that is why we are taking a proactive approach with fundraising. Our board will need to explore ways to stretch dollars, but for now, the additional money needs to come in.

For manufacturers that wish to donate products, please contact Judy Garber. We will set up a list so that we are prepared with that as well.

OHC is a foundation that helps our neighbors in need by replacing oil fired appliances at no cost to the owner of the home. We also help community facilities that need assistance.

Don't forget to use to get updated information relating to Sandy. If you learn something important to be shared, add it to Facebook or send a tweet.

 In The News

National Comfort Institute launches new site
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The National Comfort Institute is excited to announce the launch of the organization's newly redesigned website. The site's home page welcomes visitors with easy navigation, an uncluttered design, the latest training information and featured articles and news focused on the needs of HVAC contractors and other industry professionals. More

Energy plan sparks controversy in Connecticut
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As Gov. Dannel Malloy pushes to alter Connecticut's energy infrastructure, heating oil providers in the state are speaking out against the administration's proposed Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The provision of the plan generating the most controversy is intended to increase the number of households using natural gas for heating by approximately 300,000. Owners and employees of heating oil firms have said that the plan threatens their businesses. State officials responded by saying that the plan does not seek to harm the heating oil industry, but rather increase consumer choice. More

Solar energy costs plummeting in US
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The cost of solar energy installations continues to decline in the U.S. The Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has released a new report highlighting the price of conventional solar energy systems throughout the country. The report shows that prices have been dropping, making solar energy more viable for homeowners and businesses in the U.S. More

12 business resolutions for a banner 2013
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Every new year we make resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, etc., but how often do we make resolutions on improving our businesses? Here are a few you can make to boost your business and your profits in 2013. If you can get a good start on them by year end, and have 3 or 4 of your highest priorities fully implemented, think about how much further ahead you'll be in one year. More

Geothermal designs arise as a stormproof resource
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Advocates for geothermal energy say that the path of destruction cut by Hurricane Sandy, which unearthed fuel tanks, ravaged cooling towers and battered air-conditioners, has already persuaded some building owners to switch to geothermal systems that use underground pipes to harness the earth's energy for heating and cooling buildings. More

How smartphones could cut energy use
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According to a recent study, most homeowners could make changes to save energy, but don't know which changes would make the biggest difference. The usual answer today is energy audits, in which trained employees travel from house to house to recommend changes. But the vast majority of homes never have an audit. More

Large HVLS fans improve brewery air flow, reduce energy
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HVAC in large facilities can be a challenge. Gentle, nondisruptive air movement augments both heating and air conditioning in large spaces. The simplest and most energy efficient way to add air movement on a massive scale is a familiar concept: a ceiling fan. Large diameter, low speed overhead fans aren't only for summer cooling — they also enhance the effectiveness of HVAC systems, thoroughly mixing air throughout a space to create consistent temperatures from ceiling to floor and wall to wall. More

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