How old is your water heater?
According to the Propane Education Research Council (PERC), a year for you is like 10 for your water heater. So before your hot showers or baths disappear take this quick quiz on Propane.com and find out if it’s time to start shopping for a newer, more efficient propane system – How long Does Your Water Heater Have?
If the quiz told you your water heater’s lifespan is almost over, start shopping now! Here’s a few things you should know about switching to propane water heating:
- Most propane powered storage water heaters are smaller than electric with the same capacity;
- Most are Energy Star qualified;
- Save 13 – 16 percent annualy in energy costs; and
- Up to 46 percent fewer green house gas emissions than electric units.
Switch out your water heater…Before it’s too late!
If you already rely on propane in your home for heat, cooking or other appliances, upgrading to a propane water heater is a no-brainer. Watch this video to learn why it may be time to pull the plugh on your electric water heater.
Contact us today at 800-874-1975 to find out more and click the button below to schedule a free quote.
The importance of where you buy your home heating oil
Recently, one of our services techs sent in a photo of a filthy oil furnace filter. It was dirty. Not just routine dirty but caked with grime and sludge. So much sludge that it was piled up on top of the filter.
The first question was how long ago was this furnace cleaned? He answered – last year. Okay so this was someone who took care of their HVAC equipment. It was cleaned on a regular cycle not 10 years ago.
The next question was what in the world caused this kind of gunk to build up over the course of a year? More than likely the homeowner bought cheap or discounted oil from an unscrupulous oil company. What? Home heating oil isn’t all the same? The answer is a huge NO.
While it’s not as prevalent now as it used to be (and in some areas it’s illegal), some retailers mix waste oil or recycled oil into their home heating oil blends. Used motor oil and other types of used oil can be mixed into your home heating oil. Motor oil is designed not to burn. These additives can clog not only your furnaces nozzle but also create the sludge you see pictured.
This basically deteriorates the efficiency you get from burning clean #2 Heating oil and can wreak havoc on your furnace. The savings you may have realized from purchasing a load of “cheap” oil may very well be eaten up by the cost of replacing your furnace.
The next time you’re tempted to “save” some money, keep in mind that what you save today may very well cost you in repairs and replacements tomorrow. The only thing Combined Energy Services may add to our home heating oil in the winter is an anti-gel additive for home heating oil tanks that are outside. You are getting exactly what you are paying for – #2 home heating oil.
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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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.
Propane gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is a convenient, readily accessible energy product that is available for your home or business. It is a powerhouse for all the comforts and necessities you need to operate, and it does its workload effectively and efficiently.
You see, propane just works harder. You can use propane for so many things:
- Heating – cost efficient, environmentally friendly, and safe
- Water Heating – both storage (tank) and on-demand, tankless water heaters
- Cooking – constant temperature without fluctuations
- Drying Clothes – faster drying time with less energy
- Generators – the energy source of choice for standby power
- Fireplaces – no mess but all the ambiance – push of a button convenience
- Outdoor Living – from BBQ grills to pool heaters, propane can do that!
Propane is readily available. According to the US Department of Energy, most of the propane consumed in the United States is produced in North America. Propane is safely used in roughly 50 million American households.
So why use propane? The question really is why wouldn’t you use propane! For a free quote call us at 800-874-1975 or complete the form below.