Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gines Service Helps Save The Environment

At Gines Auto Service, we recognize the importance of "being green" and helping to clean up our planet.

Energy Logic Furnace purchased a few years ago
In 1992, we purchased a furnace that is powered by used oil. By burning used oil instead of disposing of it, we are saving on gas and eliminating the use of oil disposal.

Because this type of furnace was such a success in our shop, we purchased another one a few years ago. We now run two different furnaces to heat our shop, and help clean up the environment, by burning used oil.

Purchased in 1992
Every gallon of waste oil contains 140,000 BTUs of energy. That's the same amount of energy that the oil had before it was used. Waste-oil heating conserves nonrenewable energy sources, such as natural gas, heating oil, propane or coal-generated electricity. Waste-oil heating systems consume very little energy, between 1,650 and 2,200 watts – that's about the same amount of energy needed to run a toaster or hair dryer. By finding smart, efficient ways to reuse waste oil, we're taking less away from this planet we call home.

The EPA has approved the use of used oil heaters for businesses under its Used Oil Regulations. Enacted by the EPA, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, CFR Title 40, defines used oil and the explicit guidelines that must be followed in order to safely burn used oil for energy. In Regulation 279, CFR Title 40, EPA provides guidelines for the equipment that can be used for burning used oil. Each state has its own Used Oil Regulations and should be considered when purchasing a used oil heating system. Most have rules very similar to the Federal rules with some small variations. They are not allowed in California.

You can read more about our used oil furnace on the Energy Logic website.

How can YOU celebrate Earth Day?

I have compiled a list of Earth Day Activities and Events going on today. You can view the list on my blog on Today's Mama. 


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