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A Zero Emission Future?

The Paris climate talks—Conference of the Parties 21– recently concluded to considerable fanfare. The nearly 200 nations in attendance agreed to work to meet significant CO2 reduction goals. However, the true ramifications of talks are not quite so straightforward. In order to get this agreement there are virtually no mandatory requirements or enforcement mechanisms. The countries are essentially on the ...

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Numbers

  It’s all about the numbers.  As we went to press in mid-December, the National Propane Gas Association had just announced positive news regarding the Omnibus/Tax Extenders Bill, and the numbers are good. NPGA’s Matt Bisenius, director of legislative affairs and Phil Squair, Sr. VP, public and governmental affairs, reported the Omnibus/Tax Extenders Bill will provide “Major Benefits for the ...

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Some Thoughts into 2016

Over the past few weeks, I have talked to several contractors who sell oil, LP gas, pellets and heating equipment. During these conversations, they all seem to all have a standard question for me–when are we going to get the cold weather?  As I have stated many times, my crystal ball broke a long time ago. However, I do however ...

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Ignition Systems – One More Time?

by George Lanthier* This is a second update on the fifth article I ever wrote back in January of 1992 and updated again in 2000. We missed a 10-year update in 2010, so here goes. One of the things that all of us have heard is that they don’t build ignition transformers like they used too. In the past it ...

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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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