What will this winter bring?
Tips for being ready for whatever winter brings!
It shouldn’t be hard to remember the devastation that occurred in March 2018. With 4 Nor’easters clobbering the area leaving millions without power for days, you’d have to live under a rock to not want to be prepared.
Depends on what prediction you follow – The Old Farmer’s Almanac, NOAA or The Weather Channel – it’s anyone’s educated guess what Mother Nature is going to throw at us. The Woolly Bear caterpillars are predicting a mind winter (large red-brown bands), while the local deer turning grey in September is indicative of a harsh winter. Even the wildlife can’t come to a consensus!
Rather than take chances, wouldn’t it be easier to take some steps now and rest easier later? Here’s a few steps to get you going.
- Make sure your heating system is ready for the cold weather by having it serviced NOW. If you are a Combined Energy Services customer, we offer service contracts on both propane and fuel oil It’s recommended that you have your heating system professionally serviced BEFORE you turn it on.
- Are you a “Will Call Delivery” customer? We must ask why? CES must be notified 5 – 7 business days before the desired delivery date. We will make every attempt to get you fuel sooner but if there’s severe weather, our automatic delivery folks get preference.
- There’s a serious rumor that needs to be dispelled here. Someone started the scuttlebutt that heating fuel companies wait until the prices are high to deliver fuel to their automatic delivery customers. This is just NOT true! Combined Energy Services uses a degree-day delivery system that considers monthly temperatures to plan deliveries. It has nothing to do with price, and everything to do with weather.
- Wouldn’t it be easier to sign up for Automatic Delivery and not worry about checking your fuel gauge to try to figure out how many days of fuel you have remaining? There’s still time, call us today for details at 800-874-1975.
- Is your heating system more than 20 years old? It might be time to bite the bullet and install a new furnace. Maybe consider changing from fuel oil to energy efficient propane. Combined Energy Services can take the worry out of the process. Contact CES for a free, no obligation quote. The expense for conversion can easily be paid for in increase energy efficiency.
- Something you can easily do yourself is to seal up any outside air leaks. If you can see daylight around closed doors or windows, it’s time to add some weatherstripping and caulk. If you feel drafts around receptacles and light switches on exterior walls, you can add foam gaskets behind the plates. They’re available at your local hardware store or online.
- Do you have enough insulation in your attic? Do you remove or cover window/wall air conditioners? What about your fireplace damper? Does it close properly. Check out this diagram for more handy tips.
- What about replacing your dirty wood burning fireplace or woodstove with an energy efficient propane model? Combine Energy Services can help! Not only can we sell you with propane but we also sell a wide variety of propane fire options.
Contact Combined Energy Services for all you home heating needs!
Water heating makes up almost 20 percent of your home’s energy bill, but did you know that by switching out your electric water heater for a propane-powered water heater can save you money?
The type of water heater you choose has a direct impact on not just your energy bill, but also your home’s environmental impact, your family’s safety, and your home’s resale value – and propane really is the best choice.
Water heaters have a huge impact on your everyday life and are an essential home appliance. Every time you take a hot shower, wash your dishes or use your washing machine, you are using your home’s hot water heater.
Propane water heaters are a cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly option for your home or cottage.
A propane water heater can save you significant money
In a comparison study from the Propane Education and Research Council, the annual energy cost for a propane tankless water heater in a 2,400 sq ft home was $355 (US) a year cheaper than an electric storage tank model. Not only that, but the propane water had around 70 percent fewer emissions.
The price of propane is far cheaper than that of electricity. When you factor in the costs of installing, maintaining and the average lifespan of your propane water heater, it’s around 30 percent less expensive than an electric water heater.
Propane water heaters are also less expensive to repair, have a longer lifespan and do not diminish in performance as they get older, meaning the long-term savings can be significant.
What other benefits come with a propane water heater?
Improved efficiency – Propane water heaters heat twice as much water in an hour than electric heaters. That means from a smaller sized tank you will be able to get far more water, reducing the amount of energy it takes to heat and store your hot water. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration you get 91,333 Btu from 1 gallon of propane and just 3,412 btu from 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity! Btu or British thermal units are a measure of heat energy and are commonly used for comparing various energy sources. Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed, making them even more efficient. They do not produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which can save you money. We proudly offer Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters.
Environmentally friendly – Made from the process of refining crude oil and natural gas, propane is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels in the world. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved clean alternative fuel, propane offers lower greenhouse gas emissions than electricity and is non-toxic to the environment.
Safety – Propane tanks are far more puncture resistant and are very difficult to ignite since propane is a non-toxic gas. However, if this was to happen and your propane water heater was to leak, it would vaporize and dissipate into the air rather than puddle and cause a fire threat. The strong pungent smell, resembling rotten eggs, will let you know immediately if there is a leak.
How old is your electric water heater?
Over time, the performance of an electric water heater diminishes, wasting energy and costing you more money than you should be paying. Even worse, your old electric water eater could quit or fail at any moment, costing you even more money for a replacement and cleanup.
Do you know how old your electric water heater is or how well it is performing? It’s important to not wait until your current electric water heater is past its prime. It’s probably the case that your water heater is performing well below the level of when you first bought it, and significantly below the level that a propane water heater would perform at.
The sooner you make that switch over to propane, the sooner you will be able to reduce your energy bills and save money on monthly energy costs.
Yes, free. Our truck, our trainer, our fuel.
You practice & use our truck for your road test. We want to help people in dead-end jobs get a better career where they can make a living. Catch? We’re growing, always looking for delivery drivers – if you pass, we need a minimum of 24 hours / month working for us for min of 9 months. That equals 3 day per month and, of course, you get paid! Full time employment includes health/ dental, 401k retirement, paid vacation/ sick time. Full time & part timers are eligible for home fuel/ propane at wholesale or less than wholesale. We’re scheduling drive time now- days, eves, weekends – we work with your schedule. Learn more here or email your resume to email@example.com
Automatic Delivery is a free service offered to all credit approved customers. The service is intended to assist customers from running out of fuel. Our automatic delivery system is designed to deliver propane or fuel oil when your tank is approximately 35% full. We track information that will affect the schedule of your delivery, including degree days and prior consumption. This allows you to always have fuel when you need it!
Benefits of Automatic Delivery:
- No more waiting – We try to handle “Will-Call” deliveries as fast as possible mixing in with our automatic delivery route, but in the cold of the winter it can take up to 5 – 7 business days since there are hundreds of orders coming in daily. The colder the weather, the harder it is for fuel distributors to keep up and plan routes – so automatic delivery ensures you’re on our schedule no matter the temperature or weather.
- No more scheduling deliveries;
- No more gauge checking;
- No more costly run out situations;
- Receive additional discounts when enrolled;
- Get even more protection with our remote tank monitoring system;
- You’re able to sign up for our “Balanced Budget Payment Plan” that levels out your heating bills over 12 monthly payments and you receive our best price in addition to being able to “cap” your winter heating costs.
Contact us today to sign up for automatic delivery, before you’re left out in the cold!
*Automatic delivery is not a guarantee of never running out of fuel. There are many variables, such as increased fuel consumption due to issues in unattended homes and inclement weather that make such guarantees impossible.
Does Automatic Delivery Cost More Money?
NEVER! We encourage automatic delivery so that we can effectively plan our delivery routes, especially during the long cold winter months when weather can greatly affect our capabilities to make timely deliveries. There is never an additional cost to be on automatic delivery and, in fact, our Cap Price Balanced Budget Plan customers saved over $1 per gallon last winter. Saving money is what we’ve been doing for our heating oil and propane gas customers for the last 50 years!
Propane Cellular Tank Monitoring
CES offers our customers that heat with propane a free cellular monitor that tells us exactly how much propane is in your tank all the time. Therefore, there’s no need to have to worry about call for gas again. These monitors are especially great for weekend home and those with sporadic heating schedules. Effectively eliminating the fear of running out of gas.
What are Degree Days?
Heating degree days are a calculation designed to reflect the demand for energy needed to heat a home or business. We use this system to calculate your next delivery.
Heating degree days are calculated by subtracting the average daily temperature from 65 degrees. For example: on a cold day in January the high temperature may be 20 degrees and the low temperature 0 resulting in an average daily temperature of 10 degrees (subtract 10 degrees from 65 degrees and you made 55-degree days on that day).
We will calculate your next delivery based on degree days and historical usage if available. It may appear we deliver every so many weeks, but the fact is we base delivery solely on the outdoor temperature and your prior gallons delivered. You should notify us of any changes that may affect your usage.
Contact us today for more information or to sign up for automatic delivery!
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