Pike County Humane Society Benefits from a Heating Oil Donation
This year has been a tough year on countless non-profits. Many funding raising events had to be canceled or re-worked, leaving a large number of organizations in financial hardship.
Combined Energy Services tries to do its part by supporting the organizations that care for animals. Over the years, we have donated heating oil and retired service vehicles to the Pike County Humane Society (PCHS). This year is no different. We are please to donate $3,000 in fuel oil.
The symbolic check for $3,000 was presented to Executive Director Barry Heim by the CES Dingmans crew – Dan, Jim, Marla, Tracy, Ed & Chris stand in front of our oil delivery truck with two pups. The camera shy German Sheppard is available for adoption.
The PCHS provides shelter, food, care and medical treament for lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. They also prevent cruelty to animals by educating people in the humane treatment of all animals and teaching about the responsibility of pet ownership.
There are many ways you can give to the Pike County Humane Society. Donate a special skill! They have tons of ongoing projects and programs that can use volunteers. When you go shopping pick up supplies from their wish list or when using Amazon Smile, select the Pike County Humane Society as your chosen charity. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause.
The importance of where you buy your home heating oil
Recently, one of our services techs sent in a photo of a filthy oil furnace filter. It was dirty. Not just routine dirty but caked with grime and sludge. So much sludge that it was piled up on top of the filter.
The first question was how long ago was this furnace cleaned? He answered – last year. Okay so this was someone who took care of their HVAC equipment. It was cleaned on a regular cycle not 10 years ago.
The next question was what in the world caused this kind of gunk to build up over the course of a year? More than likely the homeowner bought cheap or discounted oil from an unscrupulous oil company. What? Home heating oil isn’t all the same? The answer is a huge NO.
While it’s not as prevalent now as it used to be (and in some areas it’s illegal), some retailers mix waste oil or recycled oil into their home heating oil blends. Used motor oil and other types of used oil can be mixed into your home heating oil. Motor oil is designed not to burn. These additives can clog not only your furnaces nozzle but also create the sludge you see pictured.
This basically deteriorates the efficiency you get from burning clean #2 Heating oil and can wreak havoc on your furnace. The savings you may have realized from purchasing a load of “cheap” oil may very well be eaten up by the cost of replacing your furnace.
The next time you’re tempted to “save” some money, keep in mind that what you save today may very well cost you in repairs and replacements tomorrow. The only thing Combined Energy Services may add to our home heating oil in the winter is an anti-gel additive for home heating oil tanks that are outside. You are getting exactly what you are paying for – #2 home heating oil.
Combined Energy Services delivers more than just High Quality Home Heating Oil. We deliver piece of mind! As one of the most progressive and largest independent fuel suppliers in the region, we strive to be truly a full-service home heating & energy company.
A bit of what makes CES different includes:
- Automatic Deliveries: Dependable Automatic Deliveries of fuel oil and kerosene-based* on degree day forecasting. Click Here to learn more about Degree Day Forecasting.
- Modern Equipment: Fleet of modern delivery trucks with Weights & Measures certified meters
- Price Protection & Budget Payment Plans: to keep heating bills under control.
- Oil tank replacements & Removal.
- 24 Hour Heating System Repairs: with our own trained & certified technicians, not subcontractors or plumbers.
- Local Storage Terminals: Our own local storage terminals to ensure fuel supply when you need it most during the cold months.
CES has extended office hours to better serve our customers: Mon – Fri: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For a free no obligation quote, give us a call at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below and one of our sales professionals will reach out. Home heating oil sales are only available in New York and Pennsylvania.
How being home more often affects your energy consumption
These are certainly unusual times. A virus, COVID-19, that is affecting the entire world in ways we’ve never imagine. Many of us are not only staying away from our favorite places and pasttimes, but we are also working from home.
This new normal has changed how we are living and working has changed significantly. Right now, many of us are may be confined to the walls we call home. Only venturing out when absolutely necessary – for groceries, supplies, etc.
You may not give it much thought, but this can significantly change your home’s energy usage. Many people are experiencing high electric bills and increased home heating fuel usage even though this heating season and last have been fairly mild. Let’s forget right now about the snow we saw just before Halloween. The following weekend had temperatures well into the mid-70’s. For November, that’s very warm.
Being home during the day when you and your family are normally at work or school means that computers, lights, water and heat are being used more. Where you may have set back your thermostat during the day while everyone is away, you now leave it set higher and may actually turn it up. Less dining out involves more cooking and dishes at home. All of these require greater energy use than what was used in the past.
Those customers who are automatic, monitored or scheduled deliveries should take a look at their tanks more often. While our technology does a great job of predicting your consumption, there is now way it can take into account whether you’re home more often or not.
There are quite a few factors that go into our estimate of your usage. Past usage history, degree days and K-Factor. Please refer to this blog post to learn more about our calculation process.
We’ve got degree days (Wow, was it warm last winter!) and K-Factor but there is nothing in anyone’s previous usage history to account for what’s going on now. Nowhere in our automatic delivery program is there a checkbox for Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
This is where you come in. If you are on automatic delivery and have been practicing the #stayhome routine, you are undoubtedly using more energy – and perhaps blowing up the internet. Please check your propane gas and fuel oil gauges regularly. Should you notice your propane gas tank getting down towards 30% or your oil tank near ¼ give us a call.
This applies even more to customers who have moved into their second homes. Rather than have you run out because we don’t know you’re there, check your tank. Let’s #stayhomestaysafe and also let CES know when your tank is getting low. Call us at 800-874-1975 to order heating fuel.
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Brought to you by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) here are some tips to keep you safe around outdoor propane heaters.
These safe, effective heaters are a great way to warm up a patio or outdoor space. Just follow these simple rules to keep you and your guests safe.
1. SMELL GAS? DON’T LIGHT IT.
Know propane’s distinct odor, and always follow manufacturer instructions for connecting a cylinder and lighting a heater.
2. NEVER USE OUTDOOR PROPANE HEATERS INDOORS.
While safe for outdoor use, these types of heaters should never be used in enclosed spaces.
3. ALWAYS SHUT A HEATER OFF BEFORE MOVING IT.
Relocating a heater while it’s in use can create a potentially unsafe situation.
4. KEEP HEATERS AWAY FROM FOOT TRAFFIC AND FIVE FEET FROM EXITS.
Lower the chances of a heater getting knocked over while in use.
5. NEVER USE HEATERS NEAR OTHER FLAMMABLES.
Paper, plastics, and other fuel sources are all things to avoid.
6. NEVER STORE PROPANE CYLINDERS INDOORS.
Store propane cylinders upright, on a level surface, in an area with plenty of ventilation.
For the full brochure, click here.