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.
The 2019 Allyson Whitney Run for Love 5k is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, and this year it is the PEACE LOVE RUN even honoring the roots of our community with the Woodstock 50th celebration. Combined Energy Services is proud to have donated $5,000 to their cause!
Combined Energy Services Loves to Help AWF!!
The Allyson Whitney Foundation is a 503-C non-profit foundation that focuses on helping young adults with rare cancers. The Foundation primarily provides you adult cancer patients with “Life Interrupted Grants™” to ease their financial burden, so that they can concentrate their energy on healing.
Their inspiration, Allyson Whitney Strong, ended her most difficult battle with Small Cell Cervical Cancer in 2011. She was 25 years young. She always dreamed of a day where she could help others in her situation; and in loving memory, this Foundation is her dream come true!
“Life Interrupted Grants™” are provided by the AWF to U.S. citizens between the ages of 16 and 26 years of age, who are currently undergoing treatment or recently finished protocol. Grants help cover unanticipated expenses including gas, tolls, transportation, hotels, rent and wigs. Learn more here.
How CES Helps?
This is the 8th year CES has donated to the Allyson Whitney Foundation. A portion of the sales from our specially branded Allyson Whitney Foundation propane truck gets donated to the Foundation. Combined Energy Services has known the Strong family for many years and stands behind the Foundation’s efforts, proud to be a sponsor and play a small part in their worthy mission.
CLEAN, CONVENIENT FUEL – PROPANE
FOR YOUR BACKYARD GETAWAY.
The grill is just the beginning. The right propane amenities can transform your plain backyard into the envy of the neighborhood. Start imagining the possibilities.
- Full Outdoor Kitchens are the ultimate entertaining experience, with an outdoor rotisserie, cooktop, grill, and more, powered by your home’s main propane supply.
- Fireplaces and Fire Pits deliver the warmth and flicker of real flames with no cleanup and no firewood to store.
- Flame Lighting creates an unforgettable effect and works anywhere from walkways to patios.
- Patio Heaters can raise the temperature by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so a chill won’t stop you from enjoying your backyard retreat.
- Pool and Spa Heaters keep water at the desired temperature more efficiently and effectively compared with electric heaters.
- Propane grills heat up fast, so you spend less time preparing food and more time enjoying it. Already have propane at your home? Call us to have a grill connection set up and eliminate the need for BBQ tanks!
STOP DREAMING, START PLANNING.
Propane is a clean, safe, and reliable way to create the backyard you’ve always wanted. Learn more about better outdoor living with propane at Propane.com/Outdoor-Living.