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Changing Your Heating Oil Filter

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 11, 2020 11:22:09 AM

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Heating is a significant undertaking in most homes. Heating costs more and consumes more energy than any other household system, generally accounting for around 42% of a home's utility bill. You need your system to run efficiently to give you the most value for your investment. 

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

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

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

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

How to Prep for a Fuel Delivery

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 18, 2018 8:07:18 AM

Whenever you schedule to have your oil or propane tank refilled with fuel, you are calling for a service that is not generally a DIY task. Understandably, you are putting your tank in the hands of professionals who know how to handle the task at hand. You, however, are the expert on the layout of your property and how to best navigate from your driveway to the location of your heating fuel tank.

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Topics: heating oil, home tips, oil tanks

Oil Tank Winterization

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Dec 3, 2018 12:07:16 PM

The weather is getting colder, and winter will be here before you know it. When you're preparing your home for cold weather, make sure you also get your oil tank ready for the winter season. This guide provides you with the tips you need to keep your oil tank functioning and your home warm and cozy throughout the winter.

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Topics: heating oil, oil tanks

Should I Repair or Replace My Furnace?

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Oct 1, 2018 9:58:00 AM

As summer draws to a close and signs of autumn slowly start to appear, you may be thinking that it's time to get a head start on equipping your home for winter. One of the most important ways you can prepare for the upcoming winter months is through checking your furnace for signs of wear and considering the repair or replacement of a broken system.

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Topics: heating oil

How Much Heating Oil Will I Use During Winter?

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Sep 15, 2018 1:14:00 PM

Winter may technically be three months on the calendar, but everyone knows the chilly or freezing weather often lasts longer than that.

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Topics: heating oil, heating systems

 

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