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You Should Tell Your Friends and Neighbors About Depew Energy

heating oil company new yorkWhen a friend recommends a movie or a restaurant, it means more than any review from a stranger, doesn’t it? And when you need a service, you’re much more likely to ask a neighbor or friend for that same reason.

We’re always looking for ways to make it easy to do business with us, with products and services that help you save money—without sacrificing an ounce of comfort. If you’re happy with the service you get from Depew Energy, we hope you will let your friends and neighbors know. They’ll thank you—and we will too when you take advantage of our Refer-a-Friend program.

Here are five reasons they’ll be glad you told them about the great service you get from Depew:

  1. Everybody Wins. Our Refer-a-Friend Program rewards you and your friends. For every friend you refer to us who becomes a customer, we’ll give YOU a $30 credit, and we’ll give THEM a $50 credit.
  2. Local, Dependable Deliveries. Customers appreciate our reliable propane and heating oil delivery services, and the convenience of automatic deliveries all year long.
  3. More Ways to Save. We offer budget-friendly pricing and payment plans to help you keep fuel costs under control, including a Worry-Free Budget Plan, Capped Price and Pre-Buy Plans for heating oil and Budget and Fixed Price plans for propane.
  4. Expert Service. Our well-trained technicians are friendly and courteous and committed to top-notch workmanship, whether it’s a tune-up, system installation or repair. For even more peace of mind, our comprehensive service plans include seasonal maintenance to keep your equipment running efficiently, with fewer breakdowns.
  5. We’re Your Neighbors, Too! As a family-owned local company, we’ve built our business on serving our customers the right way—treating them like family and standing behind everything we do.

We hope that you’re happy with the service you get from Depew Energy, and we work hard every day to keep it that way. Why not tell a friend about the responsive, dependable service you get from us? Contact us for more information, or just fill out the form online today if you have a friend in mind—it takes less than two minutes to complete!

Learn How to Best Calculate Your Propane Needs

Even as the weather is getting more unpredictable—and more extreme—you can be pretty sure winter will be cold here in the Hudson Valley. And with the prices on the rise, you might be wondering what exactly to expect when it comes to how much propane you’ll need this season.

Figuring out just how much propane you use in your home is a great way to better predict—and manage—your winter propane costs. There are a lot of variables that can affect how much propane you use over the heating season. Looking over your propane statements from the previous year or two is a great place to start. You’ll be able to see how your use fluctuates and it can give you an idea of the big picture.

What Affects Your Propane Usage?

The three main things that influence your propane use are the weather, your home and appliances, and your lifestyle.

The weather is the one area where you have the least control. If the winter brings record lows and extended cold snaps, you’ll use more propane than if the season is average or mild.

Other variables will be different from home to home. Is your house well insulated and less prone to drafts or heat loss? Is your heating equipment new, well-maintained, and highly efficient or not? Do you have a propane-fueled space heater that you use more often when it’s cold? If your home is a weekend or vacation getaway, you’ll use far less propane than someone using a house full time.

Finally, your lifestyle plays a role. The main factor is how warm or cool you like to keep your rooms. But other things can affect your fuel use, too, including having more people in your home, spending more time at home, or being away for a few weeks for an extended trip. If more people were spending increased time at home last winter comparted to this winter—for home schooling or remote work—your propane could end up being lower this year.

The Bottom Line

While all these factors come into play, there are also some general guidelines you can apply to give you a rough estimate. On average, a propane furnace for a single-family home in our neck of the woods burns between 500 and 1,200 gallons of propane annually for heating. Heating water uses between 200-300 gallons of propane per year.

This chart can give you an idea of how much propane different equipment in your home can use. While these estimates are yearly averages, these appliances will probably use more of their total propane during the winter months as compared to the other seasons of the year. 

Appliance Gallons Used Yearly
 Propane Furnace  1000
 Propane Water Heater  250
 Propane Fireplace  200
 Propane Stove/Range  35
 Propane Clothes Dryer  20

You can also check out this article from propane101.com to learn about some of the factors that can cause you to use more propane than usual!

Take the Worry Out of the Winter Season

There’s no crystal ball for what the season will bring. That’s why we are always looking for ways to make winter easier for you. Our Worry-Free Budget Plan keeps heating bills predictable and eliminates the pain of bigger winter bills. We’ll spread your propane costs into even, monthly payments based on your average usage.

Instead of several big bills over a few months, you’ll get predictable bills and pay one level amount every month, even if stretches of extra-cold weather cause you to burn more fuel.

No matter how much propane you use, when you’re on automatic delivery you can eliminate the worry, hassle, and expense of running out of propane. We calculate your needs using an algorithm based on the weather and your household’s typical propane usage. It allows us to accurately predict when you will need fuel and provide convenient and reliable automatic delivery. In addition to eliminating the hassle of watching your tank, this convenient option saves time and money. There’s no need to schedule and wait for propane deliveries, and you avoid the expense and hassle of pressure testing and relighting due to empty tanks!

Whatever your propane needs are this season, the friendly pros at Depew Energy are ready to serve you. Need more information? We’re happy to answer all your questions. Contact us today.

Spread Some Holiday Cheer This Season with Referral Rewards

referral program new yorkDepew Energy is committed to keeping your home and family cozy all year, but as we enter the season of giving, Depew Energy has a great opportunity for current customers to refer friends.

It’s simple: In November, propane heating customers who refer a friend will receive a $30 credit, and, in turn, that new customer will receive a $50 credit! Just mention the November 30/50 special when speaking with your local Depew representative—or fill out a form online at the link here.

Your referral is giving them more than an account credit. Depew Energy offers competitive energy prices and home comfort services, including water heaters and propane space heaters. They can help you find the best HVAC system for your home and budget, install it and then maintain it. Of course, they deliver both heating oil and propane.

Plus, Depew Energy is there when you need them with 24/7 emergency service and parts protection. That includes 24/7 emergency service for your equipment as well as parts and labor coverage, discounts on parts and services, and other perks like installation credits for your heating oil tank.

So, this month, give your friends a gift that keeps giving and refer them to Depew Energy. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit DepewOil.com or call 845-568-0072 today!

Keep Your Home Warm and Get Some Added Peace of Mind

service plans new yorkHudson Valley winters are no picnic. If your heating system conks out on a freezing night, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost of repairs. The thing is, those unexpected equipment repairs can take a bite out of your budget, especially if you need to replace a major part or component.

Did you know the average cost of a furnace or boiler repair can be between $300 and $400, and repairs to a water heater can run close to $600?

However, with a service plan from Depew Energy, we can help you avoid breakdowns—plus provide peace of mind that unexpected repair costs don’t bust your budget.

We’ve Got Your Systems Covered 24/7/365!

It doesn’t matter if you heat your home with propane or #2 heating oil, Depew Energy’s has three service plan options to help you protect your equipment and save money no matter what winter brings. Every plan we offer includes an annual heating system tune up, which is the key to immediate savings. In addition to helping prevent breakdowns, regular maintenance by a trained pro helps ensure your system is running at peak efficiency. That means you’ll burn fuel more efficiently and keep heating costs down. Regular maintenance also extends the life of your equipment—an investment you don’t want to have to make too soon.

Our “Don’t Be Fuelish” Plan covers the basics including:

For more peace of mind, our Value Plan coverage provides:

Depew’s Total Comfort Plan provides a worry-free experience:

Annual tune-ups also protect your warranty, too! Most heating equipment warranties require routine professional service as a precondition; skip your tune-up and your manufacturer’s warranty could be voided, leaving you to pay out of pocket for expenses that would have been covered.

The Bottom Line

A service plan including regular maintenance from the pros at Depew Energy is the best way to keep your heating equipment running better—for longer. Contact us to schedule a tune-up if you haven’t yet gotten one and ask about enrolling in one of our convenient service plans, today!

Enjoy Continued Comfort All Season Long!

choosing space heaterWith cold weather coming, now is a great time to make sure you can use every single space in your home comfortably throughout the chilliest months of the year.

Depew Energy sells, installs, and services propane space heaters that can add warmth and comfort wherever you need them! These convenient appliances help you out by providing a warm, comfortable space—perfect for garages, a shed workshop or studio, even a three-season sun porch all year-round. Underheated spaces in your home—such as home additions—can be warm and comfy without having to crank up the thermostat, or subsequently, your energy costs.

Our in-house experts will make sure you get the right size propane heater for your space—and your budget. For example, if you’re heating a smaller space of around 100 square feet, you need a space heater that can emit 2,500 British Thermal Units (BTUs). A larger space, say around 400 square feet, needs a space heater that can emit 13,600 BTUs.

You don’t want to pick a space heater with insufficient BTUs for the given area. Conversely, a space heater that produces far too many BTUs than required for heating your room is also inefficient, as you’re burning through propane unnecessarily.

Types of Propane Space Heaters

Vented propane heaters are vented out the back of the device into a chimney or a vent pipe, so any dangerous combustion fumes are sent outdoors. They offer a more precise heat that you have more control over. However, because vented space heaters must be placed on an exterior wall, your choices for where they can be put in your space may be more restricted.

Vent-free heaters do not require ductwork or vents, making installation easier and less expensive than vented heaters. They may also be placed where vented heaters can’t go because vent-free heaters don’t require access to an exterior wall for ventilation.

You have a few more options when it comes to vent-free propane heaters as they typically come in a wide range of sizes. There are two types of vent-free heaters:

Modern vent-free propane heaters have safety features such as oxygen depletion sensors, overheating protection, and automatic shutoff capabilities. Because exhaust is released inside the home, it is illegal to install vent-free heaters in rooms where people sleep. Some municipalities may completely prohibit them. Before you select a space heater, make sure to check your local codes—we can assist you in this process!

Depew Energy can help keep your home, garage, or shed warm and comfortable all winter long. Contact us today to add a propane space heater to your home!

Waiting Only Increases the Facing Threat of Higher Heating Bills

propane delivery new yorkDriven by higher demand and catastrophic hurricanes hurting production, oil prices hit their highest levels in the past three years. In fact, oil topped $75 per barrel last week—the highest since October 2018.

With some meteorologists predicting a very cold winter ahead of us, U.S. homeowners could see heating fuel prices increase even further.

Oil prices have surged about 10% over the past month as Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas swept through the Southeast and halted production in the Gulf of Mexico for weeks. The shutdowns effectively canceled the impact of modest production spikes from international producers this summer.

Analysts from Goldman Sachs even called Ida the “most bullish hurricane” for oil prices in U.S. history.

A Call to Action for Will-Call Customers

If you’re a “will-call” home heating customer—meaning you call in to get your fuel after you see your tank gauges beginning to run low—it might be time to reconsider your delivery schedule for this winter. When you rely on will-call for delivery, you set yourself up to always be fretting over fuel prices. In the face of fluctuations in the market, it can make your home heating budget seem like a moving target. However, automatic delivery of your home heating fuel helps you control your delivery budget because you eliminate your run-out risk and can better predict your costs. 

When you enroll in automatic delivery, you know when your fuel is coming, and how much fuel will arrive each time. In their second season of auto delivery, many customers take an even further step budget their expected payments across the entire year. That’s right—with auto delivery, you can also enroll in our budget plan to spread your payments into even, monthly installments!

Secure Your Supply with Depew Energy

At Depew Energy, we do our best to keep our propane prices as low as possible. One way we do that is by ensuring a reliable supply of propane, so we are not caught short and need to buy a lot of propane when prices spike upward. Here are some of the ways that we do this.

If you ever find yourself struggling to pay your Depew Energy bill, we’re here to help. Get in touch with us quickly so we can help you come up with a solution. New York also has low-income energy assistance (LIHEAP) programs. Don’t let fear or pride stop you from making sure you and your family are warm, safe, and comfortable this winter!

*Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/business/energy-environment/oil-and-gas-prices-clean-energy.html

5 Reasons Not to Skip Your Seasonal Maintenance

fall heater maintenance new yorkOne of the best things about living in the Hudson Valley is the crisp fall weather and beautiful foliage. These cool nights are perfect for sleeping comfortably, but before too long—if you haven’t already—you’ll soon want to turn the heat on as the temperatures dive lower!

When that inevitably happens, make sure your heating system is ready to go by scheduling your professional tune-up! Our expert, in-house heating technicians clean, inspect, test, and prepare your furnace or boiler to make sure it’s ready and running at peak efficiency for the fall and winter months ahead, including:

Thinking of Waiting Until Next Year? That Could Prove Costly.

You may think skipping a year is no big deal, especially if your equipment is new or has always run “pretty well.” Here are five smart reasons not to skip a year—or an additional one:

  1. Lower Bills. Without regular maintenance, your heating system will lose about five percent (5%) efficiency per year on average—which makes a tune-up an investment that will basically pay for itself.
  2. Improved Reliability. The best way to make sure your heating system will withstand the rigors of a Hudson Valley winter is to have it professionally serviced every year. Besides, who wants to be put in a position to call about a no-heat emergency during a snowstorm or deep freeze?
  3. Early Problem Detection. Most (about 80 percent) heating system repairs are preventable; routine maintenance will uncover small issues before they turn into more costly heating system repairs.
  4. Warranty Protection. Many furnace and boiler warranties require annual maintenance from a qualified pro. If you don’t have your system serviced, you might find yourself paying for a heating repair even if the equipment is still under warranty!
  5. Improved Safety. A heating expert can spot the early warning signs of a carbon monoxide problem before it becomes a risk to your family.

Depew Energy’s service plans are also a great way to protect your investment in your home heating system. In addition to annual tune-ups, you’ll get 24/7 emergency service and big savings on the cost of any repairs!

Is It Ever “Too Late” for a Tune-up?

There’s no bad time for a tune-up, but there are better times. Fall tune-ups mean you’re ready for whatever winter brings. Getting it done in the spring means scheduling is easier—and the benefits don’t wear off before you turn it on again. But if you’re seeing certain problems recur more frequently, a tune-up may be just a band-aid for an aging system that’s due for an update. If you’re seeing rising fuel costs, experiencing frequent breakdowns despite regular maintenance, or your system just isn’t keeping your home warm anymore, it might be time to replace it.

Today’s high-efficiency equipment is designed to make your whole home more comfortable while reducing annual energy costs by 30% or more! That’s probably more than what you will spend on maintenance and repairs to keep your old system running.

Need a new furnace or boiler, or service for your current furnace or boiler? Contact the professionals at Depew Energy! We have the training and experience to take care of your home heating needs—no matter the season or situation!

kerosene supplier new yorkKerosene fuel reliably turns the triple play of winter comfort. In addition to heating, it can also fuel stoves for cooking and lanterns for lighting, meaning you’ll have the top three essentials covered: warmth, hot food, and light—even if the power goes out! What’s better? Depew Energy—located right here in the heart of the Hudson Valley—offers reliable delivery of this somewhat unique fuel type.

Safety, Stability and Affordability

Kerosene offers a safe fuel alternative. Unlike natural gas or other common combustion fuels, kerosene is a relatively clean-burning fuel. The carbon monoxide emissions produced by a kerosene heating system are considered very low, so the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning affecting your family is low, as well.

Kerosene is most prized for its molecular stability. It will not freeze or react to cold temperatures until the thermometer reaches around -40 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that you will never have to worry about your kerosene freezing or turning into sludge in the midst of a sudden cold snap like you would with an outdoor oil tank. Kerosene’s stability can help ensure that you always have access to reliable heating fuel for your home no matter the outside elements.

Heating costs can make up a major part of your monthly budget during the cold season. Because the process for extracting kerosene from crude oil is very straightforward, the cost of kerosene production is low, which contributes to low retail costs.

In fact, kerosene is one of the most affordable heating fuels available on the consumer market today!

Who’s a Great Fit for Kerosene?

In general, kerosene is used for burning in kerosene lamps and domestic heaters or furnaces, as a fuel or fuel component for jet engines, and as a solvent for greases and insecticides. In many parts of the world, kerosene is still a common heating and cooking fuel as well as a fuel for lamps. Standard commercial jet fuel is essentially high-quality, straight-run kerosene, and many military jet fuels are blends based on kerosene.

Depew Energy delivers kerosene to communities all across Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam & Sullivan counties in New York. Folks who live in mobile-home or houses without a basement are the prominent residential beneficiaries of kerosene heat. If there’s no basement, the heating fuel tank has to be outdoors. The average low winter temperature in parts of the Hudson Valley drops into the teens, and during cold bursts, even plummeting to -20 degrees or colder. As mentioned above, users of No. 2 heating oil then could face big problems during the frigid blasts of winter. Oil can suffer from gelling, which is when heating oil thickens in the cold. Gelled heating oil can reduce or even block heating oil from flowing into your system, which can cause it to shut down, necessitating an emergency service call and repairs.

Kerosene, which is stored in a regular heating oil tank, doesn’t gel. Your home will have fuel for heating regardless of Old Man Winter’s wrath!

Want to know more about the powers of kerosene delivered by Depew Energy—and how we can help your home or business? Contact us today.

Helping Resolve Your Hot Water Issues

water heater repair new york

Your water heater does much more for your Hudson Valley home than supply hot showers. It provides the hot water you need to run your dishwasher, clean your clothes and linens, wash your pots and pans in the sink, clean your home and far, far more! It really is the unsung hero of your home.

As with all appliances, water heaters can stop working completely, or even partially. That means identifying the source of your problem with your water heater can be difficult at times. This article will help you diagnose some common problems you may eventually encounter—and how to best address them.

Running out of Hot Water

One of the most common and most obvious signs that your water heater is faulty is a shortage of hot water. If you find yourself running out of hot water in the middle of showering or doing dishes, contact us. Your water heater may be showing its age—a storage tank water heater will last about 10 years on average—and a replacement system may be needed. Our experienced team knows how to handle any situation that might arise in a typical installation job.

Leaking Water Heater

If you notice water leaking from your water heater, do not ignore it! Failure to correct a leaking water heater as soon as possible can cost you thousands of dollars in water damage if your water tank fully gives out. A puddle of water under your tank—or rusty-filled water coming from it—are signs that your water heater could be corroding, or has corroded, from the inside out. Since a rusted tank can’t be repaired, a new water heater tank would absolutely be needed.

Discolored or Smelly Water

If your water has suddenly become yellow or discolored in any way, chances are, you have a problem with your water heater. The same applies to water with a strong odor as neither of these signs are normal unless a water heater is faulty. The most likely causes are bacteria have accumulated in your water tank or the interior anode rod has deteriorated.

Wait, What Is an Anode Rod?

Tank water heaters contain many parts and components, including a long metal anode rod, which extends the life of your water heater by preventing corrosion from building up inside your tank.

Usually made of magnesium or aluminum, the anode rod does its job through a process called electrolysis. The metals in the anode rod attract ions that normally would cause rust in iron and steel. But instead, these ions latch on to the anode rod and as a result, cause it to degrade over time. Without the anode rod, your water heater could rust out in just a few years.

Resolving Problems with Your Water Heater

If your water heater cannot be repaired and you need a new one, Depew Energy can take care of you! We start by helping you choose the right water heater for your home, taking certain factors into consideration, such as the size of your home, how many appliances use hot water, how many bathrooms you have, the size of your family and your hot water needs—as well as your budget parameters.

Depew Energy sells, installs, services and repairs both conventional water heaters with a tank and high-efficiency propane tankless water heaters. And we can help you decide which is best for you!

We also have service plans for your water heater so you can save money on maintenance, parts, and repairs.

Please read more about our available water heater brands and styles, and then contact us if you have questions or would like a FREE estimate on a new water heater!

There Are Less Expensive Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions!

carbon tax new yorkWhy switch to a less efficient heating fuel when there are safe and clean-burning fuels to help keep your home and family comfortable, even on the coldest nights?

Right now, heating oil is playing a leading role in the drive towards clean energy.
Thanks in part to the transition to ultra-low sulfur heating oil, particulate emissions have been reduced significantly from the already low levels of the past few decades. New heating oil systems now burn fuel 99.9% cleanly, according to studies conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Laboratory.

Nevertheless, there’s a misguided effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making homes and businesses convert their heating to electric-powered heating systems. One of the ways New York State is trying to force this change is through a “carbon taxthat will cost families and business owners an estimated $21,900 over the next ten years.

That’s without factoring in the cost to convert to electric heating systems—which can cost tens of thousands of dollars in itself!

Combatting Climate Change

We’re all in favor of combatting climate change. The problem is more than 90% of the coal used in the United States goes towards electricity production. In addition to deforestation by mining and greenhouse gas emissions from combustion, the burning of coal is also responsible for a significant percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions. Even if renewable power is available, the U.S. is not close to meeting its goal yet; we’re still stuck with environmentally destructive forms of electricity, and until those changes, heating with electricity simply cannot be considered the best option.

Is Heating Oil the Most Effective Choice?

Heating oil generates a very high number of BTUs of heat energy per gallon, so it will warm your home reliably—and more evenly. Modern, efficient heating-oil systems in well-insulated homes can help homeowners achieve the same amount of warmth—while subsequently using much less fuel in the process!

The proposed carbon tax levies the least amount on electric usage. But when it comes to heating your home, electricity not only costs more—it impacts the environment more.

If you agree that this is the wrong way to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change, tell your legislators to oppose these carbon taxes.

With Depew Energy, you get dependable delivery of cleaner-burning, efficient heating oil all year-round. Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your Hudson Valley home or business!