Emergency Generators: Protect Your Business from Power Outages

Emergency Generators: Protect Your Business from Power Outages - Winter is not over – as evidenced by recent snow and rain storms in New England knocking out power in several communities. As a business owner, you can’t afford the downtime that comes with a power outage. Not only is it unexpected, it can last for days, which can really cut into your profit margin. Without power, you can’t operate normally. If you can’t operate, you can’t make money. It’s a vicious cycle, one that can be broken by proper planning. So it’s time to ask yourself: is your business prepared to handle an emergency? If the answer is no, heed these important tips to be ready for any and all future disasters so you don’t miss a beat. A good solution is having a diesel-powered emergency generator on hand, which is one of the more reliable forms of emergency backup power. In fact, several international building codes and standards require the use of diesel generators for compliance. Here are some ways you can ensure backup power in an emergency: Determine the risk: The first step is to identify your facility's critical loads. Put a cost to the risks that come [...]

By | 2018-03-09T15:44:21+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Emergency Generators|Comments Off on Emergency Generators: Protect Your Business from Power Outages

Top 5 Tips for the Ideal Fleet Shop

Top 5 Tips for the Ideal Fleet Shop - If you’re a fleet manager, you may have your own opinions about what the ideal maintenance shop looks like to you. Some of the top common goals may be safer and more ergonomic working conditions for employees, improved productivity with lower costs, and increased focus on green initiatives. How you accomplish all these things will vary by fleet and fleet shop manager. Check out these top five tips for the ideal fleet shop. Establish a physical layout that will best fit your fleet’s needs: Make sure it’s wide enough and long enough, with plenty of space for operation, storage, etc. You may have been so focused in the past on fitting your trucks and tools into your shops that you forgot about adding space for vehicle maneuvering, storage and technician work areas. Add plenty of lighting, both artificial and natural: Adding overhead, ambient and task lighting is critical, as is letting in as much natural light as you can through the ceiling (think skylights). It’s also a good idea to paint the walls white to brighten up the interior. Maximize productivity: When you think in terms of productivity = money, the [...]

By | 2018-02-13T11:49:53+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Top 5 Tips for the Ideal Fleet Shop

Extreme Cold: How to Keep Your Fleet Moving

As we get over this latest deep freeze that has affected much of the Northeast, we take the time to reflect on how we can best keep moving. Your fleet is your livelihood. If works grinds to a halt because your machines or equipment can’t work due to the cold or snow, you lose money. Period. How can you stay productive and operate smoothly in cold weather? It all has to do with planning and maintenance. The cold, snow and ice can really do a number on your fleet. In fact, 90% of all winter operability issues are related to moisture. Did you know that diesel engines are five times harder to start when the temperature is at 0 degrees F than at 80 degrees F? This is because the oil is thicker and all that cold resists movement of the internal moving parts of your machinery. Looking to prevent cold starts and fuel gelling? Maintenance is your best option in ensuring your vehicles stay on the move. Failure to give your fleet some much-needed TLC this winter can come back to harm you in the end. Specifically, it’s important to keep an eye on your water separators every [...]

By | 2018-01-19T14:17:36+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Blog, Fleet|Comments Off on Extreme Cold: How to Keep Your Fleet Moving

Tips for Disaster Preparation

Tips for Disaster Preparation - Natural disasters disrupt our quiet complacency every once in a while, showing us Mother Nature’s unchained fury. Just take Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria this last fall for example, with Harvey alone causing the deaths of nearly 100 people and $200 billion in damage. Here in the Northeast, nor’easters, blizzards and ice storms will soon be ripping through the region, causing their own damage and disruptions. To ensure smooth operations during a natural disaster, follow these preparedness tips: Have a plan. When disaster hits, everything is thrown into chaos. The last thing you have time for is to come up with a contingency plan to get fuel for your fleet. Getting the ball rolling quickly means you have a plan, push one button or make one call, and it’s taken care of. Getting that plan in writing so you can refer to it easily is imperative. Taylor Oil works with our clients to create emergency fueling profiles that can be put into action should the need arise. Be prepared to make quick decisions: Indecision will cause even more delays, and you don’t have time for that when an ice storm is barreling down upon your [...]

By | 2017-12-18T09:51:24+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Tips for Disaster Preparation

Construction Refueling Plan – Do You Have One?

Construction Refueling Plan - Do You Have One?  - If you don’t have a construction refueling plan, it’s time to come up with one. This is critical in preventing emergencies, especially during the winter. Plus, it helps you smoothly handle your fueling needs without stress. The economy is improving, which is increasing competition in the construction industry. That boost in competition means that only the most efficient and reliable firms will stand head and shoulders above the rest. Failing to have a re-fueling plan for your construction equipment can affect the timely completion of projects. If you can’t complete a job on time, you lose money, time and productivity. Partnering with a responsive fuel provider can make all the difference in developing a strategy to put continuity of equipment-based operations at the forefront. So why do construction delays, failures and setbacks happen? Well, it has a lot to do with management frameworks punctuated by poor planning. There is indeed a cost to bad project management. According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study reported by Gallup, just over two percent of organizations had a 100 percent success rate in their project management performance. Developing a Plan You may be wondering where you should [...]

By | 2017-12-18T09:52:21+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Construction Refueling Plan – Do You Have One?

Winter Fueling Tips

Winter Fueling Tips - With winter coming, we thought we’d give you some handy winter fueling tips. First off, let’s review the difference between off-road diesel and typical diesel fuel. Off-road diesel is designed for use in equipment that doesn’t operate on public roads, such as tractors, farm equipment, construction equipment, generators and off-road vehicles. Regular diesel is meant for trucks that use public roads. Find out if you can use off-road diesel fuel in your equipment: If you’re unsure, check out this list of commercial fuels. You’ll find a wide range of generators, refrigeration units, backhoes, excavators, and many other kinds of construction equipment. In a nutshell, if it doesn’t travel on public roadways, you are permitted to use dyed diesel. Winterize your equipment properly: Use fuel that is designed to improve engine performance and efficiency, with additives that won’t allow your fuel to gel or freeze during the winter. Don’t forget to drain the water separator regularly. If you find that your fuel rail pressure is abnormally low, you’ll have to rethink your fuel storage approach. Lastly, don’t forget to change your filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Use the right blend of fuel: If you operate [...]

By | 2017-10-19T08:15:32+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Winter Fuels|Comments Off on Winter Fueling Tips

Gas & Diesel Outlook after Harvey’s Impact

Gas & Diesel Outlook after Harvey’s Impact - Hurricane Harvey, barreling through the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, the Keys and Florida two weeks ago is projected to cost up to $200 billion in damages. As if that weren’t bad enough, Harvey is also causing panic over rising gasoline process in his wake, due to all the refinery shutdowns. However, many leaders are saying the gas problem is not what the media is making it out to be. Instead, it’s time to get some perspective on the issues, says Fuel Marketer News. In a country where Americans consume 14 million barrels of gas and diesel every single day and demand that fluctuates with the driving seasons, let’s take a look at the reality in the United States: The U.S. has about 400 million barrels of refined products in stock, which means that even if 10 percent of refineries were shut down for one year (and the actual number is lower than that), we would actually have enough supplies to last for one year. Because retailers are worried about volume retention at unprecedented rates, their main focus is to “hold the line” on prices across the board. There are rules that are designed [...]

By | 2017-09-28T10:00:48+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Fuel Prices|Comments Off on Gas & Diesel Outlook after Harvey’s Impact

Maintaining On-Site Fuel Tanks

Maintaining On-Site Fuel Tanks - Maintenance of your on-site fuel tanks isn’t rocket science, but you should be prepared to follow all local, state and federal laws completely. By keeping your own fuel on your own site, you can experience many benefits, especially for those who have a large heavy-equipment fleet. Plus, you can save money on buying in bulk and you never have to wait on delivery from someone else. However, dispensing your own fuel also comes with many responsibilities. First and foremost, you have to keep it clean -- free from water and contaminants. Most companies like yours will use up their fuel before any water or microbial contamination can infiltrate the tanks, but you do have to worry about this if you’re storing your fuel over the long term. ASTs First, use above ground storage tanks (ASTs). These are easily inspected and painted, with less likelihood of leaks and increased ability to safely relocate the tanks elsewhere on your property if needed. Disadvantages to ASTs are the likelihood of vehicles backing into them, trespassers stealing fuel and vandals defacing them. They’re also more likely to be damaged from high winds, flooding and other natural disasters. In addition, [...]

By | 2017-08-17T09:37:11+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Taylor Oil News|Comments Off on Maintaining On-Site Fuel Tanks

Vessel Fueling: What to Know

Vessel Fueling: What to Know Fueling your vessel takes care and attention. Just like fueling your car, there are certain rules to follow for your safety, the boat’s safety and that of everyone around you. The first rule is: never fuel at night unless you have to due to an emergency. In this event, use only electric lights, and attempt the fueling far away from the water or at least on a commercial fueling ramp. Here are some more tips: Prior to Fueling Securely dock the boat and make sure all passengers are off the boat. Tell everyone to refrain from smoking or striking a match in the vicinity of the boat. Check the fuel lines and vents, as well as connections. Close all windows, ports and doors so fumes can’t get in. Turn off engines, fans or electrical equipment that could cause a spark. Shut off the fuel valves and put out all open flames on galley stoves and pilot lights. Fill portable fuel tanks on the dock, not on the boat. During Fueling: To prevent static, keep the nozzle of the fuel-pump hose in contact with the tank opening. Be careful so as not to spill fuel [...]

By | 2017-07-17T13:32:32+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Vessel Fueling: What to Know

Tips on Fuel Management

Tips on Fuel Management - In order to optimize income and traffic in regards to fuel and inside sales, it’s important for retailers to possess both a stellar procurement team and street pricing team. They should be able to work in tandem with one another seamlessly to deliver smooth, cohesive services. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the variables of both: Procurement Follow these tips to foster a great procurement team: Have plenty of options in regards to multiple suppliers, multiple terminals, multiple trucking vendors and a portfolio of contracts, including (index, MERC, posted, fixed and differentials. Know your transportation costs, from trucking to pipelines. Know blending economics such as RIN, short for renewable identification number. Understand that the procurement director’s responsibility is to supply the system and buy better-than-index or on level with the competition, NOT to speculate on prices. Concentrate on events that impact supply in a given region such as refinery outages, pipeline interruptions, strikes, turnarounds and terminal constraints. React to those events promptly and professionally. Street Pricing Check out these top tips when it comes to street pricing: Optimize contract sales via online sales, loyalty programs and fleet programs. Price to your competition in [...]

By | 2017-06-12T14:27:08+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Tips on Fuel Management