Instead of a pot of gold, you’ve got service from CES!
You might already know that Combined Energy Services offers competitive pricing on propane and home heating fuel, but did you know that we also offer amazing 24/7 HVAC services to our customers?
By choosing Combined Energy Services for your HVAC services, you get:
- Quick response times
- Professional, experienced technicians
- Comprehensive recommendations for your home’s requirements
- Fixed price quotes for all work; no hidden fees
- Service Contracts for both Propane & Fuel Oil systems
Free estimates are available, energy consumption analysis are performed and heat loss design plans performed on every installation to make sure your system operates at peak efficiency for heating and / or cooling applications.
Find out more by visiting our HVAC Services page.
Regardless of how you use propane in your home, deciding which propane supplier is the best for you, your home heating needs and budget, can be difficult. It’s important to find a supplier that provides the best value for you along with reliable deliveries and professional service. The following tips will help you evaluate and compare which propane supplier is the best fit for you.
Always compare the following when researching a new propane supplier:
- Assess the product and service options to see if they meet your needs;
- Check pricing plans for options and flexibility that work within your budget;
- Weigh delivery options to decide what is the best for you;
- Evaluate their payment options. Are online and phone apps available for your convenience?
- Do they have a standard of safety in delivery and operations? The welfare of you and your family is paramount.
Familiarizing yourself with service and product offerings that your local propane providers offer is key to selecting your best choice. These are some of the more common services and products offered:
- Propane delivery and fill-up
- Emergency service and repairs
- Installation of indoor and/or outdoor appliances
- Purchase or rental of propane equipment, including propane storage tanks
- Heating systems – Furnaces or Boilers
- Water heating systems – Storage or Tankless
- Fireplaces & log inserts
- Generator fuel tank sizing & fuel
Many propane companies offer two different propane delivery options and you need to make sure which is best for you.
- Automatic delivery – Propane deliveries that keep your propane tank or tanks full regularly based on your estimated propane usage, degree days and K-Factor.
- Will Call deliveries – You call your propane company when you need a delivery, which works best if you like to monitor your own propane usage. Be aware that restrictions can apply with this option. It could be a minimum gallon amount or what your tank gauge reads.
Always ask any potential propane supplier the following questions about charges and compare supplier prices among different companies.
- Storage Tank Installation Fees
- Do they have a fee for installing and setting up a new tank?
- What are the monthly lease or rental fees, if you do not own your own tank?
- Do they sell propane tanks?
- Are there minimum monthly/yearly purchase requirements? If the answer is “yes,” do you meet the minimum?
- If the answer is “no,” what are your options?
- Is there a cost for propane deliveries? Or fees for transporting propane? If suppliers charge these fees, they usually involve the number and volume (gallons) of propane fuel you need at deliveries.
- Are there fees for disconnecting and/or tank removal, if you change suppliers or fuel type? Many propane suppliers have personnel costs for service closeouts and removing propane tanks without no possibility of continuing cash flow from soon-to-be formerly active customers.
- Are there any fees if you have a fixed-term contract with your supplier and terminate it early? And specifically, what actions may lead to these fees? Contract language should specify these charges, which are now pretty much standard charges for most propane delivery firms.
- Ask about any company policies such as out of gas procedures, and what fees are attached.
Always make sure that you have a propane supplier who is always ready and able to be there when you need them – quickly! At least ask these questions:
- Do they provide 24/7 customer service and support?
- Will you talk to a live customer service representative when you call, whatever the time?
- Do they offer emergency services after hours?
- What service limitations, if any, exist for emergencies, such as gas leaks, heating system repairs, and water heating systems?
- Evaluate Safety Records and Customer Satisfaction.
- Is your propane company local? Do they have the facilities to deliver during a storm or other emergency?
Purchasing Propane Checklist:
- Always carefully read any written contract from a propane company. You both need to understand any/all products and services they may offer.
- It is critical to consider pricing, delivery and service commitments that you have agreed to with any propane company. If you think that you have a good deal with your provider, that won’t matter when they cannot be there for you on the coldest night of the year.
- Try to find a propane supplier with trusted, reliable service and, if possible, automatic delivery service.
Don’t consider just pricing, but delivery and service commitments. This is probably the most important consideration, whether or not your provider is “cheap” won’t matter much when they fail to deliver on a cold winter’s night.
When you’re looking for a trusted, local, family owned propane gas service provider, Call CES @ 800-874-1975 now to ask any questions or submit the form below.
Wait, you’re trying to tell me that propane is more efficient than fuel oil? How is that even possible? Well let’s do the math!
If you’re talking straight Btu’s (British Thermal Units), you’re right, fuel oil has about 50% more Btu’s than propane.
1 Gallon* – Fuel Oil = 138,000 Btu
1 Gallon* – Propane = 91,333 Btu
If this was the only story, the win would go to fuel oil. Fortunately for propane, it’s not. If you speak with any heating system service tech, they’ll tell you the best efficiency you can get out of an oil-fired furnace is about 85% and that’s on a good day. Propane boilers can achieve efficiencies of up to 98%.
Propane boilers are typically less expensive to maintain and replace than oil fired boilers. Their cleaner burning characteristics also means that you don’t need a designated flue to exhaust fumes and rarely must worry about “puffbacks” if something happens when the boiler doesn’t ignite correctly.
Another clear advantage for propane is that you can cook with it. Ask anyone who does a lot of cooking and they’ll pick gas every time over any other fuel source. Propane can also be supplied from the same storage tank used for cooking, heating, water heating, clothes drying, swimming pool heating, fireplaces, etc.
Another issue with fuel oil is the tank. Many homeowners are finding out that their insurance companies are requiring the removal of tanks from the ground. This leaves you with few options of where to put the fuel oil tank. It can go in the basement, garage or outside but should that tank leak, you’ll still have an environmental nightmare! This is not the case with propane.
So, are you thinking about switching to propane? Time to get that environmental ticking time bomb out of the ground? CES will remove your fuel oil tank FREE when you convert to gas.
Tired of messing with an old, unreliable, service intensive and dirty fuel oil burner in your heating system? One easy solution is the installation of the Carlin Gas Conversion Burner that can be installed in almost any oil-fired boiler, furnace or water heater.
- FREE Removal of your underground oil tank (up to a $7,500 value) when you switch from fuel oil to propane gas with CES.
- To convert to propane gas heating, CES will provide a free estimate or you can use another contractor.
- Want to stay with fuel oil? No worries, we offer great low prices for above ground tank replacements.
- Credit approval required
- Must be CES Customer – Must purchase propane / fuel oil from CES
- 5-year agreement required
- Valid for homeowners (renters not eligible)
- Valid for year-round users (seasonal users not eligible)
*U.S. Energy Information Administration (https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.php?page=about_btu)
Being a local family-owned business means that you know the businesses you support. Helping organizations that help animals is meaningful to Combined Energy Services. Pictured are PCHS Executive Director Barry Heim, Marla Donald & Paul Checkur from CES along with Andrew O’Brien. Barry brought along a few furry friends to supervise the handing over of the keys!
This is our 2nd van donation to the Pike County Humane Society (PCHS). They are a non-profit, no kill shelter that operates solely from donations, and every little bit helps. This January marked their 21st year of operation. Remember they not only take in and care for pets but they also are able to respond to cases of abuse. Consider visiting their website and making your own donation or when looking for a new fur baby, visit them at 189 Lee Road, Shohola during operating hours. Check out their website at https://www.pikecountyhumanesociety.org/
What’s a company to do when you’ve tried every method known to find CDL drivers, but no one shows up? If you’re Combined Energy Services, you train your own drivers.
On Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Combined Energy Services held an info session for individuals who might be interested in becoming CDL drivers. Over 40 people signed up for the info session and the attendees were given the low down on our program.
“You need to invest in your permit and CDL physical,” said Mike Taylor, manager of CES. “Once you’ve taken care of that, you would schedule an interview and if selected, we’ll get you hooked up with our trainer.”
CES is offering their trainer, their truck and their fuel at your convenience, all in the hopes of gaining some full or part time drivers. Evening and weekend training are available because CES understands that some people might already work and can’t take the time off, which a typical CDL school would require.
What’s the catch? Work for the company for 3 days per month for 9 months. You pick the days. That’s 24 hours per month. If decide to leave, which they hope you won’t, there is a fee that would be required to compensate CES for their time and investment.
It seems that the hazmat endorsement is the real problem in finding new drivers. “People are afraid of the hazmat portion of the CDL”, quips Taylor. “A lot of the questions are common sense, and truly don’t apply to the energy business.”
Russell Reeves, deputy county clerk, along with a representative (Tina) from DMV, spoke to the group about the requirements for obtaining the CDL permit. Tina, reminded everyone to have all of the correct documents to make the process go smoother. There are significant changes coming to the CDL license next October that will impact the hauling industry. The group was encouraged that if they want to make this move to do it sooner rather than later.
Combined Energy Services is unique in that it offers year round employment, something many fuel service companies don’t. They are busy with fuel deliveries in the summer with influx of seasonal customers in the Catskills. This along with their three other businesses – Tri-State Carbonation Service, Wechsler Pool & Supply and All Gas – there are always deliveries to be made.
Only time will tell if any of the participants take CES up on their offer. “We have a great group of employees,” mentioned Taylor, “and we’re looking to add to our team.”
For more information on our CDL program, click here.