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Medway inventor really burns for his Holliston business

Eric LaVoie, owner of Energry Efficiency Solutions, invented the Burner Booster, which is a new fuel injector for oil heating systems. This new injector is expected to reduce oil consumptions in buildings and homes by 22 percent to 33 percent, and could save people thousands of dollars in heating costs.

HOLLISTON Eric LaVoie knows there are plenty of people who don't believe his product, the Burner Booster, can decrease oil use in heating systems by about 28 percent and save customers thousands of dollars a year.

The Medway resident said he loses about 90 percent of potential customers when they get a second opinion from someone in the oil burning business who says it's just too good to be true.

LaVoie's response: Try it and see.

"At first, customers believe it really can't work," LaVoie said. "But once they use it, you couldn't take it from their building if you offered them double what they paid for it."

LaVoie started working on a better way to burn waste motor oil for heat in November 2006. Over time, in the garage at his Medway home, he developed the Burner Booster system. Using a high-pressure oil pump and nozzle system, with a modified burner, the Burner Booster improves the combustion process by making the spray of oil droplets into a mist that covers more surface area and allows for a more complete burn.

On average, customers have used between 22 percent and 32 percent less oil in their heating systems with the Burner Booster, LaVoie said. The system also reduces the amount of carbon dioxide and sulfur, among other gases, released into the air.

Saving oil means saving money. LaVoie said those who use the Burner Booster can expect to see a return rate on their purchase in about two years.

LaVoie moved his company, Energy Efficiency Solutions, to a Holliston industrial park in 2010. Today it has about 65 customers, including the public facilities department in Needham, a wastewater treatment facility in Manchester, N.H., and the Department of Youth Service's Metro Youth Center. The Youth Center has reported saving between $16,000 and $18,000 a year in heating costs.

LaVoie said once the system catches on, the company is in a good location for growth. From Pennsylvania to Maine, he said there are about 10 million oil heat users.

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