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Are You Prepared?

Not more than 13 months ago I experienced, as many of you know, a very bad accident that could have left me totally disabled. But, thank goodness, with the support of a first class surgeon, nurses, a top notch employer, family and many well wishes I’m back on my feet, and yes, with some limitations. I have recently heard about ...

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It’s a gas, man

Oil man T. Boone Pickens has an idea about how we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil by nearly 40 percent or so in the reasonably near future. In fact, Pickens believes such a plan is essential. As he recently stated before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, ‘Our country is in a deep hole, and it’s ...

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These are Crazy Times

What a great time to be alive and well and working in the oil heating business. Does that sentence sound like the heat has gotten to me? What the heck am I thinking? Well, if you look at these times the way I do, you certainly must agree with me. When, in the course of your career, has your customers ...

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They Won’t Quit

Recently, I have heard many stories from the fuel oil dealers and some are somewhat scary. Many have shared their concerns about the following: What will the price of oil be this heating season? What will I do to keep my customers from going to gas? How will I handle my receivables? How can I continue doing business with prices ...

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Throw the Guesswork Away Not Your Customer!

Welcome back summer! It has been a wild winter, wouldn’t you say? Fuel prices up. Gasoline prices up. Degrees days down. Customer satisfaction is varied. I am glad to see it end. For me, the trade shows always signify the end of the heating season and the beginning of the new. In the new season some talk is about the ...

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Oil Tank Replacement Can Make Money in Difficult Times

I agree with all business owners who have said more than once that business is on the weak side. However, survival is to think outside the standard, everyday business plan for ways to generate work and profit dollars during these difficult times. An area that is often overlooked that can generate a large amount of revenue is an oil tank ...

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A few chinks in the crude price armor

As the oil prices saga continues, there are finally some initial counters making their way into the market consciousness that might have some impact on the price speculation. The first piece of news involves the ‘Enron Loophole.” Eight years ago energy traders promoted legislation exempting the electronic trades of energy futures in the United States from U.S. regulation. With new ...

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Are We Thinking Green?

I have read and watched several programs about going green, and I often wonder which side of the green the focus is on. Of course, in my trade, the heating side of the industry, our contribution is in trying to reduce the amount of CO2 that we are adding into the atmosphere. I must say, from what I see, our ...

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Crude prices get ruder

I recently spent several days at the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America Spring Convention held in Hilton Head, S.C. The group is made up of some of the larger petroleum marketers in America, and the topic of several educational sessions was the reason for current crude prices and the outlook for the future. Here, in a nutshell, was ...

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Learn From Those Who Went Before!

Remember last month we talked about you becoming the ‘go-to” guy? That generated quite a bit on interest in my e-mail box with questions of how. Well it really is not that difficult, if you try. We talked about the articles that are available to you and how they can assist you. Hopefully, you went to one of the various ...

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