We’ve seen quite a few interesting things in our 50+ years in business. A recent trend is buying “co-ops”. These groups really aren’t cooperatives but rather groups that a propane supplier agrees to deliver to at a lower rate. This may sound great on the surface but in reality, it can be quite different.
For example, in Dec 17, 2017 – Jan 18, 2018 our area had an extend cold streak. Propane gas supply got tight, but even worse – delivery drivers simply couldn’t keep up. This particular marketer in the Albany, NY region was the main supplier for a buying “co-op”. The customers couldn’t get their deliveries. Unfortunately, they ran out of fuel and no other dealers would deliver. They were taking care of their own customers. These buying clubs push greedy gas suppliers to take on more than they can handle. Then when it gets cold and resources get stretched, the first customers to not get deliveries will be these club members – not their regular customers which they place a higher value upon.
Don’t believe us? Try searching the internet or click here to read just one of the articles.
Instead of taking a chance, just go with a dependable locally owned supplier that treats their customers fairly and has the infrastructure to keep you supplied no matter how cold it gets. Combined Energy Services reinvests constantly by improving our storage and distribution infrastructure with over 700,000 gallons of propane stored locally. We’ve added 120,000 gals this year to make sure we have supply. In addition, we have over 1.5 million gallons stored in contracted underground storage.
Our fleet of tractor trailers and 15 home delivery tankers work from our 9 local storage facilities. We reinvest to make sure we’re there when you need us most. Since 1968, CES has been here for our customers at competitive prices, no gimmicks, or tricks.
Don’t fall for gimmick pricing or take supply chances with buying clubs. For a free, no obligation quote call us at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below.
Seasons are changing and so should your air filters
As summer slowly rolls to a close and everything pumpkin starts to pop up, it’s not only the leaves that need to be changing. Anyone who uses a forced air system to heat and/or air condition their home should change the system air filter.
Air filters should be changed at least every 90 days or 4 times per year. If you’re new to this type of heating/cooling system, you may want to mark your calendar to change the filter at the change of the season. Depending on the type of air handling system you have, how many pets and people, where you live (urban/suburban), and the size of your home, you may want to change the filter more often.
If you only use the air handling system for heat, change the heating system filter before you start the system up. Don’t turn the system on and blow a musty smell throughout your home. Save yourself the hassle of trying to get that smell out of the house.
The hardest part of this process is determining the filter size and then finding it at a local hardware store. The furnace filter is usually located behind the return-air vent or in a slot on the furnace itself. Before you decide the look for or change the filter, turn the furnace off. You are also going to want to have a large garbage bag handy to dispose of the old filter. If you want the particulars of your exact furnace, take a picture of the data plate and search for manufacturer videos.
Regularly changing the filter not only helps keep your air cleaner but also helps your furnace run more efficiently. An efficient running furnace saves you money.
Virtual Event – August 2020
As many of you know, Combined Energy Services has been a proud sponsor of the Allyson Whitney 5k for the last 9 years. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled in May, but Barbara and her team are very creative. They are sponsoring the Hope is Not Cancelled Virtual Event from August 5th to 29th. A participant can walk or run a traditional 5k, run eating ice cream, walk while bouncing a ball, ride a bike or do it your way (which can be anything). @allyson4rare #awf4hope
The Allyson Whitney Foundation is a nonprofit organization the primarily provides young adult cancer patients with “Life Interrupted Grants™” to ease their financial burden so that they can concentrate their energy on healing. The work of the Allyson Whitney Foundation is to continue Ally’s wishes and her aspiration to show that cancer can happen at any moment, to anyone. Learn more about their work here.
Several CES employees participated in the event and on August 13 Barbara and Melissa stopped by for a Facebook Live event and check presentation. The Facebook Live recording can be found here. Find out more about the Hope is Not Cancelled Virtual Event here.
Another Combined Energy Services van has found a new life helping seniors at the Pike County Area Agency on Aging (pikeaaa.org). With almost 30 serviceable vehicles donated to local non-profit agencies over the last 8 years, CES is pleased to be able to give back to the communities we serve.
“It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to the communities that support our businesses,” commented Mike Taylor. “We commend the services that organizations like the Pike County Area Agency on Aging provide to residents and hope that this van will help make their jobs easier.”
In her donation request, Robin Soares commented the agency is non-profit, assisting and serving senior citizens of Pike County age 60 and older. The van donation will assist the agency in providing Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors especially during the pandemic increase in need. They currently serve 800-1,000 meals per week as part of their in-home delivered meal program.
Pike AAA provides emergent services to ensure the safety and well-being to seniors in Pike County. On a single day they may have to deliver durable medical equipment to prevent falls, emergent meals, move an older adult due to home conditions or domestic violence. Their needs are as endless as the services that they provide. Here is an example of the services that they provide:
- Case Management/Service Coorination
- Protective Services
- Personal Care
- Home Bound Meal Delivery
- Ombudsman Services
- Sponsor a Senior – as little as $15/week donation will cover the cost of a weeks worth of meals
If you would like to be considered for a vehicle donation, follow our Facebook page. We post all our vehicle donations there when they are available.
Thinking of installing a generator? Don’t wait too long!
As if 2020 hasn’t be strange enough, Colorado State University has just updated it’s 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast. According to The Weather Channel, CSU is predicting 24 named storms – the second most on record. This means we’ll blow throw the rest of the alphabet and move straight into the Greek Alphabet with Alpha, Beta & Gamma. This has only happened once before in the record smashing 2005 hurricane season.
Not to panic anyone, Tropical Storm Isaias had people scrambling. Over 3.7 million people were without power at one time or another. CES had people looking for propane tanks and service immediately.
While we can typically work quickly to get your propane tank installed, there are rules and regulations that must be followed. In New Jersey, for example, a permit must be filed, and inspections must be completed by a building inspector.
So, while you still have time – there’s over 90% of the hurricane season left – plan, purchase and install your new whole house generator sooner rather than later. On our generator page, you can see a list of trusted contractors that we have worked successfully with in the past.
Once you have your contractor selected and know the size of the generator, give us a call. We’ll send one of our knowledgeable sales folks out to look over your plan and size the propane tank. We size propane tanks with enough propane to run your generator for a week. Seems like a long time, right? It’s not. If there’s a bad enough storm and trees/powerlines are down, we may not be able to get to you quickly to refill your tank. Sizing the tank correctly to carry you through is an important part of the process. This is not the area to skimp on your generator installation.
Give us a call at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below. You’ll be glad you spoke with Combined Energy Services.