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How to Get Rid of a Heating Oil Spill Smell

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 8, 2020 12:15:00 AM

Millions of American homes rely on heating oil to keep them warm during colder months. Heating oil, also known as fuel oil No. 2, has a distinct oil smell, but in most cases, it is well-contained. That means you typically won't notice the smell at all, or will only catch a faint whiff just after getting your tank refilled. When you note a strong oil odor, it is probably due to a more severe issue such as a spill. 

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Topics: heating oil

Route Heating Oil Delivery Takes to Reach Residence

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Apr 1, 2020 11:17:02 AM

As winter comes to an end and we start moving into the warmer spring months, most people aren't thinking about their heating oil levels or when they need to place an order to replenish the supply the used during the cold winter months. Today, companies transport more than 3.2 billion gallons of heating oil to homes in the Northeast every single year.  Where does all that heating oil come from and how does it get to your house?

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Topics: heating oil

What Temperature Should Your Heat Be Set At?

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Mar 25, 2020 9:58:43 AM

Winter energy bills can send us running for cover. Specifically blanket covers, because it's cold and because we want to hide from the number on our statement.

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Why You Should Service Your Oil Furnace Every Year

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 24, 2019 4:23:00 PM

For many homes in the United States, an oil furnace is the preferred source of heat. As a natural source of warmth, an oil furnace can provide well-distributed warmth throughout all the rooms in a house. For the furnace to work when you need it most, you must have it serviced at least once per year. The following reasons best summarize the importance of furnace maintenance.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems, inspection

How to Check Oil Levels Manually and Fix an Oil Tank Gauge

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 17, 2019 4:00:21 PM

As the weather gets colder, your home must have plenty of heating oil in the oil tank.  The best way to avoid running dangerously low on heating oil is to monitor the level in your tank regularly. You can do this by consulting your oil tank gauge and conducting manual inspections of your oil level with a gauge stick.

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Topics: heating oil, oil tanks

Why You Should Care About Degree Days

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 11, 2019 9:34:00 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

Prepare Your Propane Home For Winter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 30, 2019 4:31:26 PM

A propane-powered home can be very energy efficient during winter. Compared to other heating options, propane generally heats homes faster with less fuel consumption. Preparing your propane tank and home for the winter can help you take advantage of the savings and fuel efficiency of propane.

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Topics: heating systems, propane

How to Heat a Home Efficiently With Propane

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 15, 2019 4:36:28 PM

Propane is an energy-efficient fuel that serves as an alternative to regular gas in homes throughout the United States. While some homes come with propane tanks, it's also possible to retrofit regular tanks to accommodate propane fuel. If propane is your fuel of choice, you can lower your household heating costs by stocking up on propane in the summer months, when demand is low and the fuel is typically available at discount prices.

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Topics: propane

Lower Your Heating Bill

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jul 19, 2019 2:12:58 PM

Home heating costs are among the most significant cumulative expenses that homeowners incur over a year. For residents who rely on oil-based heating systems, there are various ways to lower your heating costs. Some of the simplest aspects of home maintenance can give you a lower heating bill. Depending on the condition of your oil tank, you might need to perform some system maintenance to reduce heating bill hikes. This article covers 20 different ways to reduce heating costs.

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Topics: lower your heating bill

Top 10 Tips on How to Avoid Extra Fuel Charges

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 24, 2019 7:58:00 AM

Wintertime is fuel time for homeowners with oil and propane heaters, both of which are common features in homes along the northeast U.S. As outdoor temperatures get colder, indoor heating costs typically go up because this is when fuel is in high demand. When homeowners approach this season unprepared, most are left to fill their tanks at the most urgent of times. Consequently, many of these people have to cope with extra fuel charges and emergency delivery fees.

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Topics: heating oil


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