Volume 17, No.2, Summer 1999

A Change For The Better

When you drive into Hoffman’s near Albany, New York, for an oil change and a car wash, you’re doing a favor for your
car, a good turn for the environment, and you are supporting a growing business. Tom Hoffman Sr. is using the oil that
he drains from your crankcase to heat the water for your car wash.

The use of recycled oil is on the rise across the country. Hoffman says that it costs up to six cents a gallon to have
the used oil hauled away, and tightened environmental regulations mean station owners must monitor the disposal.
Alternatively, a fuel-recycling system filters out the impurities in the dirty oil so that it can be reused on the site
to heat buildings as well as water. In this way, station owners can simultaneously eliminate waste hauling expenses and
create a cheap fuel source.

Hoffman recently installed a new fuel-recycling system for $26,000 at one of his oil change and car wash stations. As
a result, he is saving nearly $3,000 a month on his fuel bill which means the system will quickly pay for itself. His plans
for next year call for adding oil-changing facilities with fuel-recycling systems to three more of his car washes.

Albany Times Union

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