How being home more often affects your energy consumption
These are certainly unusual times. A virus, COVID-19, that is affecting the entire world in ways we’ve never imagine. Many of us are not only staying away from our favorite places and pasttimes, but we are also working from home.
This new normal has changed how we are living and working has changed significantly. Right now, many of us are may be confined to the walls we call home. Only venturing out when absolutely necessary – for groceries, supplies, etc.
You may not give it much thought, but this can significantly change your home’s energy usage. Many people are experiencing high electric bills and increased home heating fuel usage even though this heating season and last have been fairly mild. Let’s forget right now about the snow we saw just before Halloween. The following weekend had temperatures well into the mid-70’s. For November, that’s very warm.
Being home during the day when you and your family are normally at work or school means that computers, lights, water and heat are being used more. Where you may have set back your thermostat during the day while everyone is away, you now leave it set higher and may actually turn it up. Less dining out involves more cooking and dishes at home. All of these require greater energy use than what was used in the past.
Those customers who are automatic, monitored or scheduled deliveries should take a look at their tanks more often. While our technology does a great job of predicting your consumption, there is now way it can take into account whether you’re home more often or not.
There are quite a few factors that go into our estimate of your usage. Past usage history, degree days and K-Factor. Please refer to this blog post to learn more about our calculation process.
We’ve got degree days (Wow, was it warm last winter!) and K-Factor but there is nothing in anyone’s previous usage history to account for what’s going on now. Nowhere in our automatic delivery program is there a checkbox for Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
This is where you come in. If you are on automatic delivery and have been practicing the #stayhome routine, you are undoubtedly using more energy – and perhaps blowing up the internet. Please check your propane gas and fuel oil gauges regularly. Should you notice your propane gas tank getting down towards 30% or your oil tank near ¼ give us a call.
This applies even more to customers who have moved into their second homes. Rather than have you run out because we don’t know you’re there, check your tank. Let’s #stayhomestaysafe and also let CES know when your tank is getting low. Call us at 800-874-1975 to order heating fuel.
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Brought to you by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) here are some tips to keep you safe around outdoor propane heaters.
These safe, effective heaters are a great way to warm up a patio or outdoor space. Just follow these simple rules to keep you and your guests safe.
1. SMELL GAS? DON’T LIGHT IT.
Know propane’s distinct odor, and always follow manufacturer instructions for connecting a cylinder and lighting a heater.
2. NEVER USE OUTDOOR PROPANE HEATERS INDOORS.
While safe for outdoor use, these types of heaters should never be used in enclosed spaces.
3. ALWAYS SHUT A HEATER OFF BEFORE MOVING IT.
Relocating a heater while it’s in use can create a potentially unsafe situation.
4. KEEP HEATERS AWAY FROM FOOT TRAFFIC AND FIVE FEET FROM EXITS.
Lower the chances of a heater getting knocked over while in use.
5. NEVER USE HEATERS NEAR OTHER FLAMMABLES.
Paper, plastics, and other fuel sources are all things to avoid.
6. NEVER STORE PROPANE CYLINDERS INDOORS.
Store propane cylinders upright, on a level surface, in an area with plenty of ventilation.
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Combined Energy Services Monticello office is an annual drop off location for the Hudson Valley Toys for Tots. In 2019 the Hudson Valley Toys for Tots, under the supervision of Sgt. George Matthews, distributed 82,005 toys and supported 39,864 children.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991. The primary mission of this year’s Toys for Tots local campaign program is to fill the toy requests for local non-profit organizations such as your local church or youth organization.
COVID-19 has put financial stress on a large number of families in our area. The need will be greater this year. Your donation of a new, unwrapped toy may be the only gift a child receives this holiday season. Please stop by our 216 East Broadway Monticello location with your donation. Thank you!
Statements & Invoices Now Available Through the Online Portal
Our online portal just received another update – Statements/Invoices will begin appearing online! That means moving forward you will begin to see these items available for download and print on our online portal via our CES website.
Where to find these items? Go to myaccount.combinedenergyservices.thrivehivesite.com. If you are already registered, please login. If not, please register your account.
To register first, make sure that we have an email account associated with your account. This is a key part to registering for the online portal. If you do not have an email on your account, you can call, and we will add one or you can complete the form at the bottom. You will also need your account number and the street number of the delivery address. Then click on register and complete the process.
Once logged into the summary page, you will see a drop down on the top left called My Account. Hover over the downward arrow and towards the middle you will see a link for My Documents. Click on this. If there are documents available, you will be able to see the date, type, amount and click on view to see the bill. They can be downloaded and printed directly from the screen.
No bills available? It means that there haven’t been any uploaded to your account yet. Over time, your account history will begin to build. Unfortunately, this is option is not available through the CES app.
Have questions, please give us a call, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 agree 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.