Fuel for Thought

NOW is the Time to Try Out New Brands of Wood Pellets!

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Many homeowners who burn wood pellets have been burning the same brand for many years for reasons that may not always be true. This fall is the perfect time to do a little experimenting to see if you might like some other brands better. Here's why:

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Tags: Wood Pellet Heating, Home Heating Tips

East Coast Oil Distillate Stockpiles in Good Shape

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving heating oil prices for New Englanders through September 2016 as temperatures outside are starting to get cooler.

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Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Catalytic Cracking and Fuel Instability

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

Customers who have been reading my blogs and newsletters over the past 28 years will know I believe it is very important to use additives to stabilize petroleum products, especially heating oil. As the years go by we are finding that this issue is becoming more and more important, yet it continues to not be addressed! There is an article available online at www.missioncriticalmagazine.com that explains this situation very clearly, entitled:

Fuel Oil Quality & Understanding the Source of Today's Stability Problems

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Tags: Heating Oil Company, Oil Heating, Heating System Maintenance

OPEC Oil Production Talks in September

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Sep 02, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving energy and heating oil prices as we head into September of 2016.

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Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Uncertainty and Heating Oil Prices

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Un-cer-tain-ty (ən-ˈsər-tən-tē) n.

  • The condition of being uncertain; doubt.
  • Something uncertain: the uncertainties of modern life.
  • Statistics: The Estimated amount or percentage by which an estimated or calculated value may differ from the true value.

No matter which definition you choose, Uncertainty is the word that has always defined the state of heating oil prices. There are so many factors that affect the price of petroleum beyond the basic fundamentals of supply and demand.

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Tags: Oil Prices, Oil Price Protection Programs

News Affecting Your Oil Prices

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Aug 19, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving heating oil prices for New Englanders through the end of August 2016.

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Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Great Home Energy Use Idea from France

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Aug 12, 2016

By the time most of you read this blog, I will be coming home or be home from a one week vacation in France. I enjoyed the culture, food and people, but I was also studying the way they use energy and some of their government's energy policies.

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Tags: Energy News

What’s Driving Energy Prices This Summer

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Aug 05, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving your energy prices as we head into August of 2016.

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Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Loss Prevention Tips for New England Homeowners – Part 2

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Jul 29, 2016

In a blog that I posted on July 31, 2015, Protecting Your Home from Heating Related Damage, I encouraged homeowners to protect their homes from three kinds of heating related damage. Since then I have blogged about two of those topics: reducing the possibility of freeze-ups and reducing the risk of releases of heating oil from older tanks and oil lines.

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Tags: Heating Systems, Oil Heating, Home Heating Tips, Heating System Maintenance

Refinery Margins Are Weakening

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving heating oil prices for New Englanders through the end of July 2016.

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Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News