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Are You Proactive or Reactive in Tough Times?

I know that most of you have heard the terms mentioned in this title, and I think  it’s time to be focused on being proactive in every phase of business during these tough economic times.  As I travel on a daily schedule, I meet and chat with many different HVAC contractors, who make no bones in telling me that their ...

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OSV Saves the Day

For the past few months we have been talking about water in tanks and the problems it will cause as well as the oil lines and how to avoid trouble there so the oil gets only to where we want it’the oil burner.  We need to get the oil from the storage tank to the oil burner safely.  It doesn’t ...

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Which Type of Heating is the Best?

I would guess by now, with all the heating topics that have been mentioned in the media, many of you will have had to answer your customers’ questions about their heating systems. Of course, many of you who are in the business may be as confused as your customers as to how they can upgrade their heating equipment in order ...

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Water: Friend or foe?

Over the summer, many tanks have been subjected to temperature and humidity, both which affect the oil that will be attempted to ignite after long dormancy ' not an easy task for an oil burner

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System Insulation

Keeping heat in the home would be my rationality for supporting the topic of insulation, especially with the high price of oil these days

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Everything Goes Full Circle

The summer is almost over again. You think last winter was challenging? I have a feeling this one is not going to be any different, but with a twist. Last winter we saw skyrocketing prices of gasoline as well as heating oil. Oil topped over $140 per barrel in July this year, putting retail prices in the $4.75 or $5.00 ...

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Keep a lookout

We have a pretty solid issue this month, where we review SPCC regulations; biofuels and filters; trucks and truck tanks and our usual selection of service coverage from our regular contributors and columnists. However, this is also the appropriate month to announce a few upcoming items. First, within the next few weeks most of you should be receiving e-mailed requests ...

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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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