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Excerpt from an article in the Times Herald-Record

In defense of Oil vs. Natural Gas

Eli Van Etten, president of the Hudson Valley Oil Heat Council (and vice president of VEO Energy Systems), sees no significant advantage for natural gas over oil heat, and he perceives service provided by oil-heat dealers as a competitive.

“Local family-run oil heat dealers provide great peace of mind by offering 24-hour emergency service, friendly advice on conservation and payment options to fit nearly any budget or income level,” Van Etten said in an email.

The economics of converting from one fuel to another might be also be clouded by the uncertainty of future fuel costs, and a less costly savings can be realized with routine boiler maintenance, according to Van Etten, whose group represents 19 oil-heat companies and 38 associate members involved in the energy business.