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BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard and Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings released for public comment
Building Performance Institute
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. announced that BPI-1100-T-201x: Home Energy Auditing Standard and its companion, BPI-1200-S-201x: Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings, are now available for public comment for a period of 45 days. BPI-1100-T-201x and BPI-1200-S-201x were developed in an effort to standardize and clarify what is included in a whole-building, science-based energy audit of existing homes.
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Heating assistance still available despite shutdown
VideoBriefDespite the government shut down, there is still energy assistance for those who need it in Connecticut. For now funding is in place to start off the winter season on a warm note. On Nov. 15, they will be able to fill the oil tanks of those in need. After that they'll have to wait and see.
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Details still to be ironed out with new home heating rebate program from Efficiency Maine
Kennebec Journal
Efficiency Maine has launched a new rebate program to help homeowners reduce their winter heating costs, but most residents won't be able to take advantage of some of the biggest benefits — at least for now. The top rebate provides $5,000 to buy a wood pellet or geothermal central heating system. However, the number of rebates was capped at 50, and within days after the program began last month, all were snatched up by installers who had customers lined up.
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Survey coming about education
Anyone reading The Advantage should be comfortable selling or servicing oil equipment? Right? How about other fuels? How about the latest energy saving products? How comfortable are your people selling and servicing them?

When do you install a mini split and why? What is the value of adding humidifiers/dehumidifiers to the system? ?

For a company to be profitable they need more income than expenses. You just might be responsible for making that happen. Do you have the knowledge to understand what it takes to control a budget and aim for the profit you need?

Do you prefer a classroom setting vs. online? Shortly you will have the opportunity to tell us what education you want — at our Roadshows and on the road and even from your computer. We are planning to expand our offerings this year and want you to have the opportunity of telling us what you need and want. So stay tuned!

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2014 Roadshows
May 12-13, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Conn. we will host two full days of education, exploration of products and services, networking and a little bit of fun. Then we'll do it again in Sept. 22-23 in Gettysburg, Pa.

When our new website is unveiled — within the next two weeks — you'll see a fairly complete section that focuses on the Roadshows. We will even have a directory of those that have already committed to the Roadshows online. That way, for those of you who purchase other products that aren't represented, you can nudge that manufacturer or supplier to get in front of our members and guests at these shows. They are affordable, minimal time commitment and great exposure for them.

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Congratulations go out to Linda Keene
With the beautiful fall weather, all types of events are happening. Many of you know Linda Keene. She works for Thermo Pride (and previously Carlin). Working with so many of our members and exhibitors, we get to know them personally and Linda periodically sends us photos of her horse, Leon. You tell me, does the horse look like a Leon or a "Barney"?

Leon recently took home 1st place in the Adult Walk Trot Pleasure Class and 2nd place for Showmanship, at an event held Sept. 8 in Westfield, Mass. Linda is obviously proud of Leon's accomplishments.

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HydroStat Universal Replacement Control

HydroStat: An ideal replacement and upgrade for most common aquastat models. In addition to replacing the temperature functionality of the older control, HydroStat offers fuel-saving Boiler Reset through on-board Thermal TargetingTM or with optional outdoor sensor. Low Water Cut-Off functionality can be activated when installed with a Hydrolevel Electro Well.
Sid Harvey's Introduces the Sure-Flo De-Scaling System

Sid Harvey’s F10 Odorless De-Scaling System safely removes lime and scale build up from tankless water heaters. The odorless solution changes color from red to yellow as it works and back to red to indicate when the process is complete. The kit includes a pump, hoses, bucket with lid, and de-scaling chemical as well as an acid neutralizer to restore PH so the used solution may be safely discarded. Helps restore maximum efficiency for peak performance and satisfies warranty service requirements. The Sure-Flo Descaling system is available at all Sid Harvey branches.
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Connecticut heating oil company closes doors
Customers of a Connecticut-based heating oil company are being advised to look for a new supplier. Ace Oil Co. has closed its doors and Assistant Attorney General Brendan Flynn says consumers who were expecting deliveries should seek an alternate home heating oil supplier as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Flynn says customers should keep all paperwork while the AG's office and the attorney general review the matter.
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A balanced approach: Technical and soft skills
Contractor Magazine
Today, there is an unfortunate shortage of technical workers. The market for technicians and installers will grow 34 percent through the year 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Labor. "The building trades (including HVAC) currently have about 1.2 million job openings that require a technical skill set," says Howard Weiss, HVAC Excellence Marketing Director. "Today's technical worker can have a bright career providing he or she learns advanced math skills along with critical thinking and diagnostic disciplines."
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New efficiency standards for furnace fans
The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed new energy efficiency standards that would address a source of major energy loss that may be lurking in your basement, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The new standards would reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps through ductwork in homes.
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Homeowners encouraged to inspect, repair heating oil tanks
As cold weather approaches, the Department of Environmental Protection is urging homeowners to act now to save energy and money by inspecting indoor and outdoor home heating oil tanks for potential problems prior to refilling them. A quarter of all Pennsylvania homes use heating oil to stay warm in the winter. DEP encourages homeowners to consider these tips.
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Expert: Debt ceiling crisis, hurricane season could send home heating oil prices skyward
As winter approaches, home heating oil prices in Connecticut have remained steady. But experts warn that the market may be volatile. There have been no storms or other events to interrupt the production and supply of oil. But the good fortune could change with the path of one hurricane or a certain path in Congress, according to an expert.

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Do efficiency standards create manufacturing jobs?
Midwest Energy News
The 2009 federal stimulus program put thousands of contractors and tradespeople to work weatherizing low-income homes and retrofitting government buildings. A new report by a Wisconsin nonprofit suggests such investments in energy efficiency may also play a role in growing manufacturing jobs, too.

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Price of crude oil drops amid government budget stalemate
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The cost of crude oil dropped to close to $102 a barrel as the U.S. government ceased some operations on Oct. 1 following a budget stalemate in Washington, D.C. Experts said events in Syria and Iran have also played a part in the slipping oil prices.

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High-pressure selling doesn't work
Contracting Business
It can be a tough lesson to learn for salespeople who were trained to close the sale or die trying, but a "soft" approach works better than the hard-sell with homeowners.
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10 questions to ask when choosing an online payroll provider
The use of traditional, painstakingly manual payroll systems are on the decline, and for good reason — they're repetitive, complicated and prone to human error. If you're tired of slogging your way through payroll by hand, it might be time pass the tedious task off to an automated online service. Switching to a cloud-based payroll solution can reduce costs, minimize mistakes and free you up to focus on growing your business. Here are 10 essential questions to ask when shopping for the right online payroll provider for your company's needs.
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