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Fuel Oil News July 2016

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www.fueloilnews.com | FUEL OIL NEWS | JULY 2016 17 to within one percent accuracy," Epstein said. The accuracy of the gauges enables fuel dealers to know how much fuel each customer's tank can accept, making for improved delivery efficiency, Epstein said. The monitoring device transmits the fuel level data over the homeowner's Wi-Fi network; in cases where a homeowner doesn't have Wi-Fi or if a propane tank is not close enough to a house, there is an option for a cellular monitor. "We provide a hosted cloud service and all of our tank monitors report their tank levels to our service," Epstein said. Fuel dealers and their customers can check tank levels online. "For homeowners, we have a mobile app as well as a web service that they can log into so they can see their fuel level either at a computer or on the go from their phone," Epstein said. "In surveys we've done of homeowners that have our app, 92% of them said they would rec- ommend it to someone else." He added, "Some homeowners are very interested in connecting their Nest to their Tank Utility data." The Nest Learning Thermostat, with Wi-Fi connectivity, is manufactured by Nest Labs, Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif. Creating such a connection can enable a user to lower the temperature setting if the fuel level is low, Epstein said. Tank Utility provides fuel marketers with a robust platform to log into, "typi- cally from their office computer," Epstein said. The web-hosted platform allows them to manage thousands of tanks at once, Epstein said, and is also accessible from a tablet "if you're in the cab of a truck or if you're on the go." Connecting a back office system to Tank Utility's platform can be done "typically in less than a day," Epstein said. For more information visit www.tankutility.com l F O N Tank Utility sells a kit with a float gauge for monitoring fuel oil (above, left). A Tank Utility propane monitoring installation is pictured above (center and right images). PHOTOS COURTESY OF TANK UTILITY

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