When people talk about what’s driving higher prices, they often mention the cost of gas—typically unleaded 87 gasoline. But, as pricy as gasoline is today, diesel fuel has become even more expensive. This is very noteworthy as diesel is what fuels most of the fleets that deliver goods, or are used in manufacturing, farming, and more.
For large vehicle fleets, farms, and other commercial ventures, the high price of diesel is an aggravating reality of life. Its on-road and off-road uses make it indispensable for many businesses. But why is diesel generally priced higher than gasoline? To answer this, we first need to understand how the two fuels are different:
Like gasoline, diesel is made from refined crude oil, but it is less flammable and less volatile than gas and delivers a lot more power. The distillation process separates the different hydrocarbons that compose either gasoline or diesel. Here are some essential differences:
Functionally, diesel produces 10 to 20 percent more energy in combustion than gasoline. So, diesel engines get more mileage per gallon of diesel than gas engines.
There are three factors that contribute to diesel’s higher price point compared to gasoline:
One barrel of crude oil only produces about 11-12 gallons of diesel, compared to 19-20 for gasoline.
When your business depends on every truckload of diesel fuel, that fuel is more than just a line item in your budget. You need a partner who will deliver true value at a fair price. As a local, independent fuel company here in the Hudson Valley, we can’t do much to reverse the high taxes, refining costs, and demand driving up diesel prices (not to mention global conflicts, market speculation and OPEC cutting production). But we CAN help make your diesel fueling easier!
Our commercial and business partnerships are important to us, and that’s why we strive to deliver real value that goes beyond competitive prices. Our friendly staff has fuel management expertise that takes the stress and guesswork out of commercial fuel deliveries. We’ve got the experience to understand your needs and help you plan, schedule, and manage your fuel deliveries. We can also help you track your fuel usage to reduce waste and improve efficiency. And we can work with you to plan a fueling station right at your business or job site!
We’re always here to take your call. Contact us today to find out how we can make doing business easier for you.
Your heating system is one of the largest investments you make in your home. The best way to protect your heating equipment investment is to have professional maintenance service performed on your equipment every year.
Trust us—we hear it all the time! You may think you’re saving a little money by skipping your seasonal maintenance, but chances are a breakdown will cost you a lot more than the tune-up.
An annual tune-up by a trained service technician means tiny problems get corrected before they can become expensive breakdowns. Regular maintenance also extends the life of your equipment—an investment you don’t want to have to make again too soon.
A good tune-up will include a thorough cleaning of all parts, lubrication of motors, bearings, and other moving parts, testing and adjustment of controls, and more.
Most heating and cooling 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 otherwise.
Regular maintenance also extends the life of your equipment. Further, when your equipment is properly tuned, it operates at maximum efficiency, helping you keep energy costs under control.
Our technicians stay up to date on all the latest equipment, including boilers, furnaces, water heaters, and even cooling equipment, to ensure that your repairs are done not just quickly but correctly so you can avoid repeat problems. But if you do need to replace a major part, it can get expensive. That’s why we offer several comprehensive service plan options to help take the sting out of any repairs that you may need!
We offer three levels of service plan—including our new Diamond level service plan. Each option includes thorough seasonal tune-ups and round-the-clock emergency service. And all offer varying discounts on parts and labor so you can find the best plan for your needs. Be sure to read the brochure on our website for specific details.
When it comes to protecting your heating equipment investment, you can count on the pros at Depew for unsurpassed service and quality any time of the day or night. We aim to get you up and running again as quickly and painlessly as possible. Our technicians bring the same level of expertise and high standards to every job, whether it’s a new system installation, an emergency repair, or a routine tune-up.
Contact us to schedule a tune-up, learn more about our heating equipment service plans, or to get started on enrolling today!
If you’ve never lived in a propane-heated home before, you might be surprised to know all the benefits—particularly compared to an all-electric home. Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around. It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide steady, reliable heat energy at an affordable price. And when you choose propane delivery from Depew Energy, you’ll enjoy exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances at a much lower cost than electricity.
Here’s why propane is a better alternative both environmentally and economically:
One of the selling points of electricity is that it has “zero” emissions. In fact, the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases. More than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.
Propane, on the other hand, is much more clean-burning, generating nearly zero emissions. Additionally, propane is a nontoxic, nonpoisonous fuel that burns cleaner than other fuels, nor will it create an environmental hazard if spilled.
If you run your home with propane and the electricity goes out, you have options at your disposal. Your home will stay warm and comfortable thanks to your supply of propane stored right on your property in a propane tank that’s kept full with prompt deliveries.
Whether the power goes out as a result of a summer thunderstorm or a winter Nor’easter, a propane-powered whole-house backup generator will keep your home running through an outage. You’ll be able to keep food safely cold or frozen, electronics running, the home security system on, and more! All from the supply of propane already on your property. No lining up for gasoline to run a portable generator.
Complicated electric conversion regulations cost everyday landlords, businesses, and homeowners a lot of money while leaving them at risk for loss of power from an unreliable grid. Sometimes this can run a typical homeowner $20,000 or more!
When it comes to your wallet, consider that it also costs more to heat your home with electricity. Electric heat takes much longer to reach a comfortable temperature and can struggle to maintain it—driving up your energy usage.
There is a range of factors to consider when choosing the energy source for your home heating and appliances, including cost, efficiency, dependability, and more. But when it comes to heating your home, remember that electric heaters take much longer to reach a comfortable temperature as well as maintain it. That means, even without geopolitics driving energy costs up, electricity costs you more.
Thinking about making the switch to propane? The pros at Depew Energy can make it easy. They’re happy to answer all your questions and explain the benefits of converting your Hudson Valley home to propane. Contact us today for information on propane home heating systems, deliveries, and more.
If you’re looking for information about the best way to heat your home, or you’re purchasing your first home, there are quite a few options to consider. These include systems powered by propane, natural gas, or electricity. However, the best choice for the damp cold winters here in the Hudson Valley is oil heat. Why? Those other fuels just don’t provide the same heating energy.
And if you think heating oil is a “dirty” fuel, think again! Today’s ultra-low sulfur heating oil is as clean an option as any of those other fuels. If you’re not familiar with this fuel, let’s get you caught up.
Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is the result of dramatic enhancements in the refining process that has resulted in fuel oil that burns 95% cleaner than it did in the 1970s. As a result, the heating oil Depew delivers to fill your tank burns so cleanly, producing such negligible emissions, that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t even regulate it anymore. In fact, it’s the only type of heating oil used in New York State.
What makes ultra-low sulfur heating oil a better way to heat your home? Heating oil has a higher BTU output per gallon than other types of fuels. That means it will warm up your home faster than other types of fuels. It’s also true of ultra-low sulfur heating oil. And because it burns so cleanly, it’s even more efficient, and it’s easier on your equipment.
When it comes to pricing, every type of heating fuel is reacting to pressures in the market. The global economy and any issues that affect the supply of crude oil will affect how much you pay to heat your home.
On a local level, seasonal demand always plays a big role. When temperatures are colder than normal, people use more heating fuels, driving prices up. That’s why we secure large amounts of heating oil year-round, especially during summer, when the costs tend to be lower, so we can pass on savings to you in the winter when you need them most.
One of the ways we do that is with price protection programs, which we offer during the summer and fall seasons:
If those options aren’t right for you, or you chose not to enroll this season, ask about our Budget Plan, which spreads your costs evenly over 11 months. This helps in cutting winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to budget your expenses all year long.
When you’re looking for a heating oil provider for your home or business, you want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier.
Depew Energy has been dedicated to prompt, reliable, courteous service for our customers in Ulster, Duchess, and Orange County, New York, since 1998. Contact us to learn more and become a customer today.
When it comes to heating your Hudson Valley area home, there’s a lot to consider. Firstly, there are the options of heating oil, propane, and natural gas. Further, there’s the growing pressure to switch to electricity, which is actually the least efficient option—particularly for our cold, damp winter climate.
So, what’s the best option for your home? If your current home heating system is new and performing well, there’s no reason to change. After all, it can be an expensive endeavor. But if it’s time to replace your old heating system, or you’re building a new home, it’s smart to consider the benefits and downsides of each. Here’s a quick guide to some of the bigger points:
Electricity is great for lights, computers, televisions, and some appliances. But while it’s touted as the future of clean energy, we just aren’t quite there yet.
While electricity produces virtually zero emissions when you use it, until we can fully rely on wind and solar generation, electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases.
In fact, more than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.
What’s more, electric heat takes much longer to reach a comfortable temperature and can struggle to maintain it—driving up your energy usage. That means, even without geopolitics driving energy costs up, electricity costs you more.
Think about how cold it can get here in January and February and imagine the effect on your utility bill. Plus, because electric heat pumps rely on outdoor air, they become less able to keep your home warm the lower the temperature goes. In fact, many homes with electric heat pumps also need to have oil- or gas-fired furnaces or boilers as a backup.
Rapid, widespread adoption of electric heating will put even more strain on the electric grid. Think about how many times a winter storm will knock out power to your home, and then imagine the inconvenience when you are relying completely on electricity!
The cost of every form of fuel and energy continues to be volatile. But Depew Energy has your back with multiple options to help you manage your costs, whether you choose to heat your home with oil, propane, or opt for a combination of the two! We also offer monthly budget plans that give you level payments spread throughout the year. For a limited time, we offer enrollment in our pre-buy, price cap, and fixed price options that can help eliminate price volatility.
We make it easy to do business with us. With our convenient automatic delivery service, an easy-to-use app for ordering fuel and managing your account, expert technicians and responsive customer service representatives, there’s a reason we have hundreds of five-star reviews!
Whether you are looking to upgrade to a high-efficiency oil heating system or explore whether converting to propane makes sense for you, the experts at Depew can help. There’s a reason homeowners and businesses in Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties rely on Depew Energy for propane and heating oil service.
We can help you make the right choice! Contact us today to learn more.
Have you ever run out of propane? If so, you know what a hassle it can be:
In general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%.
Plenty of our customers enjoy our automatic propane delivery service to eliminate the worry of a run-out. But automatic deliveries aren’t the best solution for everyone. If your propane usage isn’t very consistent, we can’t rely on our algorithm to best predict your needs.
And many of our customers travel often, or maybe they only use their Hudson Valley home seasonally or on weekends—which means their propane use fluctuates. They appreciate the real-time accuracy of our Otodata wireless propane tank monitoring service.
Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane in your tank in real-time and transmit your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via the wireless mobile app.
In addition to timely alerts, the app gives you even more control and insight. You can use it to easily track and adjust your monthly energy consumption—and save on energy costs.
If you manage rental properties, a tank monitor can be a game changer. Whether you handle long-term rentals or short-stay properties, or even an Airbnb, unpredictable usage makes it hard to gauge usage. And constantly checking tank levels is inconvenient.
A tank monitor can save you the expense and hassle of fuel run-outs that can ruin a guest’s stay, and take the guesswork out of knowing when to order fuel for different locations. Track everything and get alerts with the app!
A wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in a matter of minutes!
Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free.
Many things can affect just how much propane you need to properly heat your home. One big factor is the climate. Another is the size of your home. So, let’s say you have a 2,000 square-foot-home. On average, you’d need about 73 gallons a month to heat a home of that size. But there are a lot of other factors that can affect that number, too.
If your home is well-insulated, your home will retain heat better, thus improving efficiency and using less propane to stay warm. On the other hand, if your home is prone to drafts, as much as 35% of the air you are paying to warm can escape—and that goes for cool air in the summer, too! Not only will you need to burn more propane to make up for the loss of heated air, but your heating system also needs to work a lot harder to keep up.
A brand-new home with a high-efficiency furnace or boiler might use less propane, while an older, draftier house with less-efficient equipment might need to burn more propane to keep you and your family comfortable.
Keep in mind that most homes using propane for heating also use it for other appliances, such as water heaters, ranges, fireplaces, and clothes dryers. Generally, water heaters need about two-thirds of a gallon per day—but high-efficiency tankless water heaters can use less. How much propane you need for those other appliances can depend on variables like how much you cook and how many people are home and can change depending on the season.
Here in Ulster, Duchess, and Sullivan Counties of New York State, we can count on a pretty cold winter, with cold snaps as early as late October. That means you’ll be running your heating system for at least six or seven months. But the water coming into your home is colder in the winter, so your water heater may need to work even harder to do its normal job. If you have a gas fireplace, consider whether you are using it regularly for supplemental heat or more occasionally, when entertaining or for ambiance.
A great way to estimate how much propane you’ll need—and how much you should budget for—is to look at your bills for the past few years. Maybe make a spreadsheet and include average temperatures for the season.
Or you can simply and easily take advantage of our Worry-Free Budget Plan, where we do the calculations for you! We use the previous two years’ worth of fuel records to predict what your usage will be for the following year. If you’re a new customer, we can make an estimate based on the size and style of your home and the type of equipment you have. We’ll then spread that total cost evenly throughout the year—we can also account for equipment protection plan costs in this monthly budget payment, too!
Combine that with our convenient automatic delivery service and you don’t have to keep tabs on your propane level OR schedule deliveries. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Not everyone has predictable usage patterns. Maybe you own a rental property with varying stays. Maybe you’re a snowbird who goes south to the Carolinas or Florida for the winter. In either case, our wireless tank monitoring system gives you the ability to check your tank level from anywhere, at any time. And when levels are low, our Odata tank monitor will let you—and us—know it’s time for delivery without you having to do a thing. It all but eliminates the worry of runouts.
Nowadays, everyone is looking for ways to better manage their energy costs. Let the pros at Depew Energy help! We can help assess your needs and show you your options if you think you’re burning through more propane than you think you should be.
From our budget-friendly payment plans to expert technicians who can help maintain your equipment and keep it running efficiently, Depew has options and expertise to help you save money—all while keeping your home and family more comfortable. Contact us for more info today.
Propane is a gas—and you’re probably aware of that. However, you may wonder why your tank is so heavy when you get it filled up. And why is it measured in gallons?
Knowing about what’s in your propane tank—whether it’s a portable cylinder you use to fire up your grill, or a residential-size propane storage tank that fuels your heating systems and other appliances—can help you use it safely and effectively.
For starters, you may not know that the propane in your tank is stored as a liquid. This is an important distinction because while it comes out of the tank as gas, it’s stored in liquid form. Visually, it looks a lot like water. Propane is stored as a liquid because, in its gaseous state, it takes up 270 times more space than liquid propane. Imagine having a tank that big to store propane for your grill—let alone your house!
Because it’s stored as a liquid in your tank, it’s measured in gallons—except for portable cylinders, which are usually measured by weight in pounds.
If propane is stored as a liquid in your tank, how does it turn back into a gas? Believe it or not, it boils—just like boiling water turns into a gas (steam). Unlike water, which boils at 212 F, propane boils as soon as the temperature is -44F or higher. In its liquid form, it’s extremely cold, but because it turns to gas instantly when exposed to even winter temps as low as zero, propane spills are harmless.
When you open the valve on your tank, the pressure in the tank drops and the propane inside is exposed to outside temperatures and begins to boil. From that point, it turns to gas and moves through the gas lines to fuel your heating systems, cooking appliances, and other equipment.
Maintaining the pressure when the valves are closed is important. That’s why we need to perform pressure tests after a runout. If the pressure changes in the lines—as happens when you run out of fuel—there is the possibility that the joint compound sealing connections could contract and create a leak. While propane is completely safe under most conditions, it can be highly flammable, so leaking propane lines can be dangerous. The best way to avoid runouts is to sign up for our tank monitoring services.
Propane has a distinct rotten-egg smell to help you quickly notice leaking gas. In its gaseous form, it can be flammable. Make sure everyone in your home can recognize the odor. If you do smell gas:
At Depew, safety is our number one priority. All our technicians follow the highest safety standards for all your propane deliveries, and we invest in ongoing training to keep them up to date in the latest technologies and safety protocols available.
You can find links to more propane safety information on our propane safety page. These will help you get familiar with propane best practices and other tips.
And as always, we’re here to help with everything from convenient automatic deliveries to answers to any of your questions—contact us today.
According to the American Pet Products Association, 70% of U.S. households have a pet. And while most of those are cats and dogs, even small pets like hamsters and rabbits shed fur and dander that can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. It can make air quality uncomfortable for people with allergies, too. But we love them just the same!
Here are five simple ways to manage all that fuzz to keep everyone more comfortable, ensure your HVAC performs at peak efficiency and prevent inconvenient issues or breakdowns.
1. Groom Your Pets Often
Brushing your furry pet regularly is the best way to keep fur and hair out of your HVAC system. When you brush your pet, the fur gets caught in the brush or falls to the floor, where it’s easy to sweep up and put in the trash. Conversely, when your dog shakes its fur, it goes flying into the air—and into your ducts.
Grooming in an area with a hard floor makes it even easier to clean up hair and dander—and if you can do it outside, even better.
2. Clean Your Filters Regularly
With a furry pet in your home, you may need to replace or clean your HVAC system filters more often than they are rated for. For example, if your filters are rated to last three months, you may need to replace them every two months.
Match the frequency to your pet’s shedding habits. So, when your dog is shedding winter fur in the spring, you should replace or clean filters more often. If allergies are a concern, upgrading to a higher-quality filter will reduce allergens. Look for a higher MERV rating—most residential air filters have a MERV 5-8. A MERV 10-12 filter will trap smaller particles, including pet dander and prevent them from clogging your HVAC unit or coming back into your home through the vents.
3. Add a Fence or Barrier Around Outdoor Units
If your pets spend time outdoors, you may have a fence around the edge of your property to protect them from traffic and keep them from straying. But be sure to build a fence around the outdoor unit for your AC system, too. If your pets mark their territory by peeing, the urine will damage your equipment. And if they rub up against it, their fur will get directly into the unit, and into your HVAC system.
4. Vacuum Frequently
More frequent vacuuming will help your filters last longer. The indoor air intake in your system is designed to suction hair and dander in to trap it in the filter, but the more hair and dander it takes in, the more often you need to replace or clean the filters. Be sure to use your vacuum cleaners’ tools to get in corners and behind and under furniture. Using the upholstery tool to get fur off couches and chairs and even draperies will help, too.
5. Don’t Skip Regular Maintenance!
Regular maintenance is important even for homes without pets. For homes with fur babies, it’s imperative. All that fur puts extra stress on your system, even when you’re conscientious about changing filters and thorough with vacuuming. Every time your pet rolls on the carpet, they’ll shed hair and dander, and every time you walk around or sit on the couch, you send that fur and dander into your HVAC system. That’s why homes with furry pets should be sure to have a system tune-up twice a year—and you should be sure to let the technician know you have pets so he can check all the places where hair and fur can hide in your system.
Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency and prevent breakdowns.
Don’t let things get hairy. Contact us today to get on a regular maintenance schedule. Plus, ask us about our available HVAC service protection plans! We offer plans for central air and heating systems that include seasonal maintenance and can take the bite out of unexpected repairs if you do have a breakdown.
Located in Newburgh, NY, Depew Energy has been the Hudson Valley’s go-to heat comfort specialist since 1998. We are a family-owned and operated business that prides ourselves on putting the customer first, using increased technology, providing easy-to-access options, and presenting an ever-growing selection of products and home comfort services.
Summer in the Hudson Valley of New York can be glorious…that is, until the humidity kicks in. We all count on our A/C systems to keep comfortable, so a cooling equipment problem can become a big deal, quickly. One of the most common calls we get is about excess condensation or water dripping or leaking. Often, it’s an easy fix—but even when it’s not, you can count on Depew Energy’s in-house team of professionals to get you back up and running fast.
These are the most common causes of leaking and dripping:
Over time, dirt and dust passing through the condensate drain line will accumulate and clog the line. Condensation can’t drain and backs up, overflowing out of the air conditioner. Clearing the line involves opening the unit—but that leaking water can damage internal parts. Give us a call to get the job done right.
A dirty air filter forces your AC system to work harder and can cause it to stop working properly. It also will prevent air from flowing over the evaporator coil and cause the evaporator coil to freeze. When the frozen coil melts, the water can cause the pan to overflow. This will also cause the ac unit to leak water.
Changing or cleaning your filters regularly—every 90 days, and more often if you have pets—is the best way to prevent this.
If the leak isn’t due to a dirty filter or clogged drain line, you may be low on refrigerant. When you’re low on refrigerant, the pressure inside your system is low as well. That can cause the evaporator coil to freeze (see above).
In the case of a leak, you may also hear a hissing or bubbling sound. We may be able to add more refrigerant, but if the leak is serious you could have to replace your system.
Of course, the best way to avoid a major A/C meltdown is to schedule seasonal maintenance. Regular maintenance keeps your system running at peak efficiency, so your home stays cooler—all while saving you money. Our technicians are skilled at catching small problems and fixing them before they lead to an expensive system breakdown. Ask us about our cooling system service plans! They include seasonal maintenance, priority service if you do need a repair, plus a discount on parts and labor.
And, if you have a problem that you can’t—or don’t want to—tackle yourself, we’re at your service. Our trained technicians will find the root of the issue and address it completely the first time. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today.