Tag Archives: November 2014

Gas Conversions: The Hidden Costs

Over the years, most of us have become too familiar with the words gas conversion. Contractors are hearing that their customers have decided (rightly or wrongly) that either LP or natural gas offers a better value, compared to other fuels they have purchased over several heating seasons. The equipment marketers are also promoting higher efficiency heating equipment that is cleaner ...

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Future Energy Trends: A Roadmap

Dr. Tom Butcher The 2nd OESP Roadshow, held in Gettysburg, Pa., at the Wyndham Hotel on Sept. 21-23 featured a range of educational session. One highlight was Energy Trends, an open and informal discussion with Dr. Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory, who will be leading the National Oilheat Research Alliance’s research efforts. He covered a range of trends and future ...

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Electronic Payments: Tips to Keep in Mind This Winter

With over ten years of experience in payment processing for the fuel industry, the AVATAS team understands that the electronic payment process can seem complex at first. However, it’s extremely beneficial to your bottom line to promote these types of payments over traditional forms, such as checks. Electronic payment options can drastically reduce the amount of time spent waiting for ...

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Getting (Google) Glassed

By Shane Sweet You exhale. It’s the kind of cold that you can see. Water vapor from your breath freezes and falls to the ground like snow. Your service department is “out straight.” Service calls are backed up ten deep in the queue. In a few hours the sun will be up, and then the fun will really start. Time ...

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Awards, Insight Abound at Southern New England Energy Conference

By Stephen Bennett The Southern New England Energy Conference, sponsored by the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island associations, was first held two years ago, noted David Chu, CEMA’s member services director. (The Sept. 22-23 event doubled as the 64th Annual Meeting of CEMA.) Conference attendance from Massachusetts and Rhode Island has grown, Chu said in an email. Holding this year’s ...

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PPA Gathers in Hershey, Pa., for Annual Meeting

Empire State Energy Association held their joint convention, trade show and annual meeting in Sept. 24-26. Attendees saw some good networking opportunities, expert lectures, politicians and one noted Pennsylvania football celebrity. The whole event, held at the historic Hershey Lodge, began with a golf tournament at the lodge’s country club. A total of 87 golfers competed on the crisp fall ...

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Do You Want to be Known as an Oil Dealer or Comfort Provider?

By Philip J. Baratz We have a number of clients who have chosen to stick with the path that their grandfather trail blazed two generations ago, by selling heating oil to homeowners, along with installing and servicing the heating equipment. We have others who have rapidly diversified to the point where, as one of our clients put it, “if it’s a ...

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Heating Season Fuels Outlook Update

A significant development has occurred since we released last month’s Heating Season Fuels Outlook for 2014—a crack has appeared in OPEC’s price support wall. Historically, a lack of long-term discipline in OPEC was the order of the day for many years. Regardless of a commitment to hold prices at a certain level, invariably a member (often Venezuela) would decide to ...

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The Future is Looking Brighter

We have heard all too often that heating oil is a fuel of the past. On occasion that has included voices within our industry. A variety of data points from this issue of the magazine would suggest that heating oil is nowhere near needing an obituary. For starters, we have the price issues between heating oil and natural gas. Historically heating ...

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