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What to Do If You Run Out of Heating Oil

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Feb 7, 2018 9:33:52 AM

You’re relaxing in your toasty living room on a frigid mid-winter night. Temperatures outside are sub-zero, but you’re nice and warm in your well-heated surroundings. Then, your heater stops. Your stomach drops — what now? You start to panic when you realize you don’t know what to do if you ran out of fuel or heating oil. How will you survive the cold? How will you keep your family warm?

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Topics: oil

NEVER pay for a "Cap" or "Fixed" price plan

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 18, 2018 7:03:00 AM

Heating oil customers throughout New England and the Mid Atlantic are bombarded with offers from heating oil suppliers to lock in their price for the winter either through a price “cap” or a fixed price plan. While on the surface these offers can be appealing, they are really a marketing and retention tool for oil companies that, over the last 10 years, have cost consumers significant amounts of money.

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Topics: heating oil, cap plan, fixed price, oil

What You Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 17, 2018 2:18:42 PM

There’s a reason why carbon monoxide is considered a silent killer. It is odorless and colorless, meaning many people have no idea that it is present in the air. On the other hand, it’s also lethal.

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Above-Ground vs. Underground and Outside vs. Inside Tanks

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 3, 2018 9:48:00 AM

When it comes to heating your home or business, few factors are more important in the long run than which type of tank you choose to use. There are tanks that rest above the ground or those that are buried below it, as well as tanks left outdoors and those kept indoors.

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Topics: propane, oil, oil tanks

How to Extend the Life of Your Oil Furnace

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 12, 2017 7:59:35 AM

For a heating furnace to operate at full capacity, it must be balanced in its setting, which requires proper installation. To extend furnace life during the time you occupy a residential property, you must deal with any problems promptly and clean vents and ducts as needed.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems, home tips

Detecting and Preventing Air Leaks In Your Home

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 6, 2017 4:07:06 PM

Detecting air leaks can be an easy or difficult process, depending on where the leak is located. The signs of warm air leaking from your house are sometimes physically felt, but they often go unnoticed as you crank your heat up higher and higher. Therefore, knowing how to inspect for air leakage is important for your personal comfort, as well as for the energy efficiency of your house.

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Topics: energy tips, home tips

How to Tell If Your Oil Tank Needs to Be Replaced

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 28, 2017 9:32:07 AM

Questions about when to replace oil tank units are common among homeowners. Some of the most frequently asked questions are along the following lines:

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Topics: inspection, oil tanks

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes During Winter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 10, 2017 10:20:01 AM

There’s nothing funny about frozen pipes. Cold weather can be bad enough, but having water pipes freeze is something no homeowner needs. Every winter, thousands of homes suffer from frozen pipes that cost thousands of dollars of damage per building. That’s a terrible loss, but the really sad thing is that almost all repair costs of frozen pipes are preventable.

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Topics: heating systems, home tips

Why You Should Care About Degree Days

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 24, 2017 7:49:00 AM

No one enjoys paying higher home heating bills during an unusually cold winter or spending the extra money on increased electric bills due to the hot summer months. As expensive as monthly energy costs are for homeowners, however, they generally represent a more significant expenditure for businesses with large facilities.

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Topics: energy tips

How To Save Money on Heating Oil

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 5, 2017 12:10:14 PM

Winter is coming just as it always does. Are you ready to fight back against the cold?

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Topics: heating oil, energy tips, home tips


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