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Understanding Home Heating Systems

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 18, 2018 2:43:25 PM

If you're like most homeowners, you don't really think much about how your house is heated — until the heat stops working. And then you panic. Not only can replacing your heating system be a big expense, but these days there are so many options available to you. It's downright overwhelming.

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Topics: heating systems, energy tips

Heating Oil Payment Options Explained

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 9, 2018 1:29:40 PM

In the 21st century, there are lots of ways to pay for something, including heating oil. From cash on delivery to a payment plan, how do you know which option is best for you?

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Topics: heating oil, home tips

Comfort Foods to Help Keep You Warm in Winter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Mar 20, 2018 11:38:00 AM

Winter is the time of year to throw on a cozy oversized sweater, grab a bowl of homemade mac and cheese, and enjoy the comforts of home. We all love the aroma of fresh-baked bread from the oven or mom's famous chicken soup cooking on the stove. Winter weather is the perfect excuse to embrace all that is gooey, cheesy and warm.

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Topics: home tips

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

 

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