Act quick – these rebates won’t last!
New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) has continued the conversion-replacement rebate program for 2020, using PERC funds to support retention and growth of safe, efficient propane appliances in New York.
The available rebates for New York State residents were:
- Water Heater
$250 for converting from another fuel
$100 for replacing an existing propane unit
$350 for converting from another fuel
$200 for replacing an existing propane unit
In order to access these funds, the propane customer must submit their documentation through a propane marketer (CES). The rebate form is available here. This form needs to be completed and returned to Combined Energy Services for processing. All required documentation must accompany the form. Customers of Combined Energy Services receive a copy of all of the required paperwork including a copy of their leak test (typically a yellow copy) along with their equipment bill. The safety inspection is provided free of charge if you’re a customer of Combined Energy Services and purchase their propane through CES. Rebate checks are issued directly from the New York Propane Gas Association to the customer.
Changing your furnace or water heater to clean, high efficiency propane gas with Combined Energy Services before 09/30/2020 and you will get…
- Free oil tank removal
- Free propane tank install
- Free underground gas line up to 50 ft with pressure regulators
- Free leak / safety check**
Enjoy an Early Bird Discount for Furnace/Boiler Service
You wouldn’t hesitate to clean this child’s face, would you? So why do you hesitate to clean and service the hardest working appliance in your home? Your furnace or boiler keeps your home warm and cozy all winter long, sometimes starting as early as September and often running to the beginning of May. I’ve even been known to turn the heat on in July if it’s been cold and wet just to take the chill out of the house.
Why clean your furnace/boiler? Most furnaces are in a basement, crawl space or utility room. These areas aren’t places that you normally keep dust and dirt free. The average furnace is a magnet for dirt and dust.
Think about changing the oil in your car. You change the filter and oil in the car every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. You get a tune-up, rotate the tires, take it to the car wash, maybe even get the inside detailed. Your furnace has been running for months. Faithfully providing you with heat and perhaps hot water. To keep running at its peak efficiency, it needs yearly maintenance.
A central furnace/boiler’s efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). AFUE is a measure of how efficient the appliance is converting the energy in its fuel to heat over the course of a normal year. The older the furnace, typically, the lower the AFUE. You want your furnace/boiler to run at its peak efficiency. When your heating system isn’t maintained properly, you can expect its efficiency to decrease.
To help encourage you to schedule your annual heating system tune-up, CES is offering a 15% discount off your bill if you have the tune-up completed before May 1st. Keeping your system properly tuned will save you money on fuel usage and extends its life while ensuring dependability next season. Contact us today at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below.
*Note: CES only performs service for our own heating fuel customers.
What you need to know
Next to heating and air conditioning, water heating eats up a large chunk of your home’s energy budget. A whopping 25% to be exact! Old, inefficient and leaking water heaters can use even more. What to do if it’s time to replace that dinosaur in the basement? You should investigate switching to propane, especially if you already have propane gas service at your home for other appliances.
If you’re not in a panic to replace a leaking water heater, spend some time researching the pros and cons of each fuel source. There is a ton of information available on the internet. Here’s a couple items to look at:
- Price to purchase and install: Generally speaking, an electric water heater is cheaper to purchase and if you already have on in place, also cheaper to install. Swapping the similar equipment makes sense or does it? While the electric water might have a lower initial cost, over the life of the water heater, propane will cost less. The savings comes from propane’s higher BTU input compared to electric. Propane puts out an impressive 92,000 BTU/gallon, where electricity is a paltry 3,413 BTU/kilowatt hour.
- Have you ever been in the middle of singing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in the shower and run out of hot water? No? Huh, that must just be me! Propane water heaters will keep you in hot water longer because they tend to heat up more quickly (Review #1). The recovery rate and first-hour rating (FHR) determine if a unit will meet your home’s water heating needs.
Recovery rate (or time) is the amount of hot water that your water heater can provide in a given period of time once it has been completely drained. It is measured in gallons per hour and provides a basic idea of the speed your water heater provides hot water. Typically, manufacturers will list a recovery rate based upon a 90°F output temperature. This number is important if you have a high hot water demand. What you will find is that propane water heaters usually have a higher recovery rate than electric heaters because of the greater BTU output.
First Hour Rating is a calculation used to explain the capability of a water heater to fully heat water within the first hour of use. To get a water heater’s FHR, you need to multiply the tank’s maximum capacity by 70% and add the result to the heater’s recovery rate. The result is the first hour rating measured by gallons per hour. Why only 70%? When you use hot water from the tank, cold water enters (typically from the bottom). This causes the overall water temperature to drop inside the tank. The theory is once you have used 70% of the tank’s hot water capacity, the water now in the tank is cold.
These two numbers are either provided on the Energy Star Rating label or manufactures information statement. Check out the manufacturer’s website. A lot of information can be found. What you can expect to discover is that propane heats water faster so you can get more Mama Mias in when taking a shower.
Water heating is an integral part of every home and it’s likely that you won’t think about it until you run out or something goes wrong. Plan ahead and you will be able to make an educated decision regarding the replacement of your water heater.
Is it time to retire your heating oil system?
Your heating oil system worked well for years. It chugged along keeping your family warm. Now it seems to have lost its vigor. The years have made it less efficient than it was and there seems to be a better alternative on the horizon. Now is the time to consider propane, a solution that performs better, saves money, and is more environmentally friendly.
Today’s propane-powered heating systems outperform heating oil in every way. Once you explore the economical and environmental advantages of a high-efficiency propane furnace, you’ll see you can’t afford not to switch to propane.
Comparing Propane with Heating Oil
Comfortable, consistent warmth for your family isn’t the only benefit of a propane heating system. Here are other advantages you’ll enjoy when you retire your old heating oil system and replace it with propane.
- Propane systems have lower overall energy costs compared with heating oil systems.
- Propane is better for the environment, producing 12 percent fewer greenhouse gases and 80 percent fewer NOx emissions compare with a heating oil furnace.
- Propane gives you flexibility. It can provide you with exceptional home energy performance in water heating, cooking, clothes drying, fireplaces, and backup power generation.
Types of Propane Heating Systems
Choose propane, and pick between high-efficiency furnaces and high-efficiency boilers. Both offer tremendous performance and value for homeowners.
High-Efficiency Propane Furnaces
These furnaces deliver significant value and distinctive comfort. They are affordable, efficient, economical to operate, and kinder to the environment.
- Space heating for any size floor plan.
- Rated from 90 – 98 percent efficient.
- Smaller carbon footprint than most other systems.
High-Efficiency Propane Boilers
These also lower costs and add value to homes. They serve a variety of space and water heating applications.
- Heating capacities as high as 299,000 Btu/hr.
- Additional end use options include snow melt and zoned heating.
- Many Energy Star rated boilers have efficiency ratings of at least 85 AFUE.
Retire your heating oil system before it quits! Don’t wait until your current heating oil system decides to quit on you. Give us a call now and we’ll help plan your old system’s retirement. For a FREE no obligation quote call our office at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below.
Tank Monitors for Propane & Fuel Oil
With all the modern technology available, there must be a way to monitor my propane or fuel oil tank remotely. You’re absolutely correct! CES offers remote monitoring for both propane AND fuel oil tanks.
For propane tanks, we offer a cellular monitor that tells us how much propane is always in your tank. The monitors are perfect for seasonal use homes or home with periodic propane use. They communicate back to our office and notify scheduling when a delivery is required, effectively eliminating the possibility of running out of propane.
The monitor is free if you use 600 gallons of propane per year, otherwise there is a $139/year fee. Think of it as spending $11.58 per month to know your home won’t run out of fuel. For less than 40¢ per day, you’ve got peace of mind.
This monitor works in conjunction with our CES smart phone app that is available for both Apple & Android phones. You can view the amount of remaining fuel in your tank and pay your bill. If you’re not a phone person, but want to remotely view your account, the same credentials are used on our website.
Home heating oil tanks also have a special monitor that works off your home’s Wi-Fi. The Smart Oil Gauge is easily installed on your aboveground oil tank and connected to your home Wi-Fi system. This remote monitoring system allows you to check your tank level at any time via your smartphone or computer.
You can set up text and email alerts when the tank is getting low and reminders that it’s time to order fuel. This system provides fuel consumption tracking that can show you how small changes in room temperature can affect your fuel usage. It even connects with your home’s cloud-based voice services. Ask Amazon’s Alexa how much fuel you have anytime.
The CES Smart Oil Gauge costs $79 installed. You must be or become a CES customer and order a minimum of 150 gallons of home heating oil. The gauge works on aboveground tanks that are inside or out.
To find out more about these products contact us today at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below.