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A Follow-Up Examination

Flaws in the U.S. Department of Energy’s standard annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating system are well documented. In fact, Oil & Energy recently dredged up from our archives a 2006 (!) article on the topic, which somewhat exhaustively breaks …
Flaws in the U.S. Department of Energy’s standard annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating system are well documented. In fact, Oil & Energy recently dredged up from our… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/follow-examination/

NORA Opens Facility With OHCC and NYOHA

The National Oilheat Research Alliance, in partnership with the Oil Heat Comfort Corp. and the New York Oil Heating Association, recently opened the new Research and Education Center in Plainview, NY. Dr. Thomas Butcher, who has performed much of the Oilh…
The National Oilheat Research Alliance, in partnership with the Oil Heat Comfort Corp. and the New York Oil Heating Association, recently opened the new Research and Education… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/nora-opens-facility-ohcc-and-nyoha/

Entice Customers With Reduced Monthly Payments

Cap budget programs foster stability and take focus off price
Cap budget programs foster stability and take focus off price As of this writing, the forward curve for next heating season is trading at $1.90 per gallon. That’s more than a… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/entice-customers-reduced-monthly-payments/

Working the Margins

Hedging experts offer advice on managing multiple uncertainties regarding price, weather and a patchwork of sulfur specifications
Hedging experts offer advice on managing multiple uncertainties regarding price, weather and a patchwork of sulfur specifications Each heating season brings its share of… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/working-margins/

Dr. Philip Verleger Will Deliver NEFI Expo Keynote

Author Dr. Philip K. Verleger Jr., a leading authority on energy economics, will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 NEFI Energy Expo. Verleger has served in two presidential administrations and operates an independent consulting firm, PKVerleger LLC.
Author Dr. Philip K. Verleger Jr., a leading authority on energy economics, will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 NEFI Energy Expo. Verleger has served in two presidential… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/dr-philip-verleger-will-deliver-nefi-expo-keynote/

Propane Gallon Growth with Temporary Construction Heat

One of the most productive ways for your propane business to generate revenue and be profitable is through gallon growth. Now that the obvious has been stated, let’s talk about Temporary Construction Heat as a main contribution to propane gallon growth. W…
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Filling the Vacuum

In November 2018, Stepwise Data Research released its report on “The Economic Contribution of Maine’s Heating Fuel Industry: 2018.” The report, commissioned by the Maine Energy Marketers Association (MEMA), highlighted the important role that heating o…
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Ductless Mini Splits Are Taking Off

About a year ago I wrote an article about diversification for the oil heat dealer. Business owners continue to tell me of the different ways in which they have continued to grow their businesses. Without a doubt, the common denominator is air conditioning…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ductless-mini-splits-are-taking/

Industry’s Approach on Tanks Is Much Improved

We’ve come a long way! In 2003 the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) embarked on a program to assure that fuel oil storage tank systems were properly installed and maintained. The program was developed in conjunction with the Institute for Busi…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/industrys-approach-tanks-much-improved/

Are Smart Thermostats Making a Connection?

Just one in eight: of 118.2 million U.S. households surveyed, that’s how many actually programmed a thermostat to control their air conditioning, according to the EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) for 2015. That one-eighth, or 12 percent, w…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/are-smart-thermostats-making-connection/

Boilers, Furnaces and Chimneys

Heating companies can protect themselves and please demanding customers by working with CSIA-certified experts
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The Power of Disruption

“Over the next 25 years, disruption is inevitable,” said April M. Salas, Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Formerly an energy policy advisor to the White House, Salas has held various senior …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/power-disruption/

Should We Promote Heat Pumps?

Heat pumps are going through a period of innovation including more widespread availability of ductless heat pumps, development of cold climate heat pumps, higher minimum efficiency standards for heat pumps, and development of gas-fired heat pumps. Heat pu…
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Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Marketers can profit from installations and service, provided the utilities don’t take over
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/cold-climate-heat-pumps/

Today’s Contractors Wear Many Hats

So what are the tools of the heating industry trade? Wrenches? Screwdrivers? If you think that’s all you need to succeed in this business then you better think again. Without question, the ability to turn a wrench is a prerequisite, but today there is so …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/todays-contractors-wear-many-hats/

Revamp Your Receivables

AROUND FOUR YEARS AGO, SOS XTREME Comfort, of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., decided to partner with AVATAS Payment Solutions, of Newton, Mass., to gain assistance in their receivables process. Like many heating fuels companies, SOS had grown into the habit of extend…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/revamp-your-receivables/

Taking Energy Efficiency Higher

Trade organizations often develop performance test methods, metrics and labels to enable customers to differentiate higher-performing products. Energy efficiency incentive programs, such as those operated by electric utilities and trade associations, ofte…
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