Author Archives: The Staff

An eye opening trip to ISH

Feature Story “The World’s Leading Trade Fair” lives up to its name By Alan R. Mercurio Mandated biofuel agricultural development is commonplace in Germany. I recently had the pleasure and privilege of traveling to Frankfurt, Germany and parts of Denmark to attend ISH 2007, ‘The World’s Leading Trade Fair,” take in a few manufactures tours and enjoy their countries with ...

Read More »

Biofuels conference draws a crowd

Feature Story Sold-out event was rooted in the overwhelming interest in the emerging biofuels industries across private, public sectors The Environmental Business Association of New York State presented a state-focused conference on biofuels on March 14. The conference was sold out well in advance, with more than 275 participants, 30 speakers and 25 exhibit tables. The Environmental Business Association of ...

Read More »

A modern beacon for cleaner energy

Feature Story Rose Island Lighthouse (with the Newport Bridge in the background) is a beacon for cleaner energy use this winter, thanks to a donation of biofuel from hudsonecofuel, LLC. The Historic Rose Island Lighthouse brightens up Narragansett Bay Energy independence is nothing new for the Rose Island Lighthouse, located on an island off Newport, R.I., in Narragansett Bay. It ...

Read More »

The tools you need to succeed Part 3

Feature Story Editor’s Note: The first and second parts of this feature appeared in the November 2006 Fall Literature Showcase supplement and in the February 2007 issue. By Alan MercurioTalking With The Customer On A Personal LevelThis is a little different then talking to them for information regarding their heating system. Do you care about your customer? Do you really ...

Read More »

Too grand

Feature Story System 2000 boiler makes the difference for Lake Wynonah Municipal Authority The following photos correspond to a February 2007 article of the same title that covered Hlavaty Plum-Heat-Cool, Inc. and Energy Kinetics’ System 2000 Boiler. Staff of Hlavaty Plumb Heat Cool Hlavaty family and owners of Company (left to right starting with back row David, Frank and Tom ...

Read More »

LOST?

Feature Story Personal navigation devices save the dayBy Tom DuffeyThe costs of an oil driver or service technician getting lost on his (or her) way to the customer’s home are significant. The dollar effect on a company’s profit can be analyzed and determined, and although that analysis and determination goes beyond the scope of this article, it is safe to ...

Read More »

Forging ahead

Feature Story Major truck fleets band together to speed development of hybrid work trucks Twenty-one of the biggest mixed fleets in North America are working together to help speed the development of a cost-effective, light-duty work truck that reduces exhaust emissions while improving fuel economy compared to current vehicles. These fleets make up the Light-duty Hybrid Action Group facilitated by ...

Read More »

What condition are your receivables in?

Feature Story By Tony DeLorenzoThe combination of significantly warmer than normal temperatures along with continued high energy costs and increased consumer bad debt has affected both consumers and home heating suppliers alike. Everyone from residential heating customers to hospitals, local and state municipalities, small businesses, schools and the motoring public are feeling the effects.A recent survey by NYSERDA and the ...

Read More »

Really basic electricity

Feature Story Understanding the most complex circuits is really just a case of knowing the simplest By George Lanthier If there’s one thing most people agree on in this business, it’s that electricity and controls are one of the most troublesome areas for them. Then, they target low voltage and zone valves as the biggest problem. It’s so bad with ...

Read More »