Vermont heating oil running about $2.70 a gallon

first_imgThe US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is scheduled to release its winter fuel outlook in Washington, DC, on October 13, 2010.While the EIA’s survey provides an overview for the country, it does not provide specific details of what’s happening in Vermont. For instance, the last EIA update in July suggested that oil would be over $3 a gallon heading into winter, which is not the case. The most recent survey from the Vermont Department of Public Service finds that fuel oil is averaging $2.70 a gallon, which on a BTU basis is price comparable to natural gas and wood pellets. Electric heat, on the other hand, costs nearly twice as much as oil heat, according to the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association.Oil heat consumers can save even more on winter heating costs, the VFDA states, by tuning up their heating systems now, as well as taking other simple steps to conserve energy.  Today’s oil furnaces are highly efficient, but an annual tune-up keeps existing equipment functioning at top performance. Properly maintained boilers and furnaces can operate at higher temperatures while burning less fuel— which can reduce heating bills by up to 10 percent.“Tuning up heating systems before winter is a great way for consumers to lower their heating costs, conserve energy, and help the environment,” said VFDA Executive Director Matt Cota.Most Vermont homes – over 139,000 (56 percent) – are still heated with oil. Data from the Energy Information Administration show that heating oil inventories are 17 percent above their five -year average. The majority of Vermont’s heating oil comes from the United States and Canada.Source: VFDA vermontfuel.com.last_img read more

Storm Brings Snow, Freezing Rain to Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A coastal storm dropped several inches of snow on Long Island early Saturday morning, setting the stage for what is likely to be a messy day on the Island. By early morning, some areas in Nassau and Suffolk counties were hit with up to 5 inches of snow. By the time most Long Islanders had rolled out of bed, the snow had already been replaced with either rain or freezing rain, or a mix of both. In some areas, the temperature at daybreak had already reached Saturday’s predicted high of 34. Long Island, which is under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Saturday, should see a wintry mix of sleet and rain throughout the day before the preciptiation transitions back to snow in the late afternoon. “At that point, by late afternoon perception as a whole is starting to wind down,” said John Murray, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Upton.last_img read more

Discover the Secret to Mastering Product Management

first_imgMastering product management could be the key to keeping your whole business happy.If you think of your business as a solar system, then your product is like the sun. Sales, customers, support, marketing, engineering and every other facet of the business orbits around it, held in place to varying degrees by its gravitational pull. So as product manager, everyone, by default, revolves around you then, right? Wrong. So wrong. In this post at Instructure Tech Blog you’ll discover that understanding why that is unlocks the key to mastering product management. While everyone else orbits the product, you, as the product manager, orbit around the entire business. Even though you might be closest to the product, you actually work for everyone other department. Accepting this is key to becoming a world-class product manager. Photo by: Moyan BrennAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more