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Survey: Many Homeowners Conserve Energy to Save Money

Nearly one-third of homeowners would rather walk around in their underwear than spend money to cool down their home during the summer months, according to a survey commissioned by HVAC equipment manufacturer Lennox Industries, Richardson, Texas. The Lennox Home Energy Report Card Survey found that saving money is a top incentive to conserve energy. The findings are based on a telephone ...

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Wells Fargo Survey: Small Business Optimism Inches Upward in Q3

Small business optimism improved slightly in the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, yet overall it has remained relatively stable throughout 2016. In the quarterly survey, which measures the optimism of small business owners and was conducted July 6-12,, the overall Index score increased slightly to 68 from 64 in April. This represents the highest optimism reading since January 2015 ...

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Survey: Small Business Group Leaders Say States Favor Big Businesses at the Expense of Small Firms Seeking to Grow

A national survey of 41 leaders of small business organizations representing 24,000 member businesses in 25 states reveals that they overwhelmingly believe that state economic development incentives favor big businesses, that states are overspending on large individual deals, and that state incentive programs are not effectively meeting the needs of small businesses seeking to grow. A large majority also say ...

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Speaking Up for the Industry

By Stephen Bennett When proposed legislation could help or hurt fuel oil marketers, the industry needs to make itself heard. How does it do that? Chris Herb, for one, calls his “go-to people.” The president of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, based in Cromwell, said, “They’re extremely engaged. They want to be involved and they are actively looking to [participate], ...

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Future Energy Trends: A Roadmap

Dr. Tom Butcher The 2nd OESP Roadshow, held in Gettysburg, Pa., at the Wyndham Hotel on Sept. 21-23 featured a range of educational session. One highlight was Energy Trends, an open and informal discussion with Dr. Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory, who will be leading the National Oilheat Research Alliance’s research efforts. He covered a range of trends and future ...

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BUCKING TRENDS

In a departure from literally decades of ritual, the New England Fuel Institute (NEFI) in June held its bi-annual energy exposition not at the Hynes Exhibition Hall in Boston, but at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachu

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