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Support Your Local Association

  As the end of another calendar year bears down on us, many of our industry trade associations are working on their budgets for 2016, developing new programs for the offing in the coming year, prepping to do battle in their state houses, reminding members (and non-members) of the good work the association has done in 2015 and, in many ...

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Converting to Gas

Like many of you, I have heard (almost on a daily basis) about customers calling their oil dealer or a mechanical company about converting from oil to gas heat. This of course was due to the extremely high cost of fuel oil or the gas equipment rebates being offer in some states. I’m trying to make sense of this, especially ...

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Propane Emergency Responder Training

  In September propane industry folks from the Northeast region joined members of the fire services community at annual propane emergencies training, a.k.a. Emergency Response Training. In New York State, over 50 propane industry and firefighters spent three days in close quarter classroom and field training at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, N.Y.  The event was ...

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80 YEARS

During the many years that this magazine has been in existence, I have been one of its many subscribers and readers. Today the circulation is 15,000 strong and growing. As I begin the journey of looking back over the years, I would be remise, if I did not mention the many writers, advertisers and technicians that have passed on, leaving ...

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Do We Really Understand Efficiency?

I know that every one of you have been questioned about efficiency by your customers, and you do your best to give your description or cite examples on the topic. In many sales presentations your customers will often mention that they want a unit that has the best AFUE rating. They may even mention how they have spent time on ...

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Drones

I was attacked by armed drones, survived, and am here to tell you about it. Webster defines drones in part as “an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control or onboard computers.” We are under assault by drones now.  A recent “near death” experience drove home the notion that we, as an industry, need to deploy our own drones. ...

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The Ductless Mini Split Rage

Since about 2005 I have been following the ductless mini split system market, although I’ve heard that they have been around since the mid-60s. I must say over the past several years, Mini’s have become the rage—I continually hear how popular these systems have become. As far as what brand is the best, in the interest of not offending any ...

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Contagion

In the past decade, natural gas utilities have added 300,000 miles of distribution mains to serve 17 million more customers.” —American Gas Association The above was the opening slide from a presentation I attended at Propane Days in Washington in June. Jeff Petrash, VP and general counsel of the National Propane Gas Association spoke on the expansion efforts of the ...

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Who or What Is a Rep?

Many of you may wonder about the person referred to as the Rep.—what his or her job really is. In this column I will try my best to offer the answers to the above title. First of all, no matter what profession we are in, we are all representatives of something. If you are a service technician, you too are ...

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Free Markets are Great, We Should Try Them Sometime

Some of my best friends in this industry on both the heating fuels and motor fuels sides are lobbyists. I work with them closely on a range of editorial projects, supporting the industry as best I can and we can as a magazine. And, I do so willingly at both a professional and personal level. That’s quite an admission from ...

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