From the President...
Well, it's February but one would never guess it with the 60 degree weather out there. The snow is all gone again and the forecast is more heat. It's too early to say winter is over especially if you think back to last year with the cold and snow piles lasting until June. For now though, the warm weather is good news for all our customers since you are using less fuel so your heating bills are lower.
We are still busy here, ready for when old man winter returns, no doubt that he will. We invite you to visit our new website, www.coanoil.com. It's a major redo chock full of information, ideas for conserving fuel and improving your home energy efficiency and home comfort. It's easy to order oil or service, pay online and even lock in your oil price, from our web site. We encourage your comments and suggestions, and hope you find the site useful. To add a little fun and reward, any existing customer who emails us from the website with your email address will be entered in a Dinner Drawing (one entry per email address). We will pick the lucky winner on Leap Day, February 29, 2012, for a $75 gift certificate to your favorite restaurant. Just enter "February Dinner Drawing" in the comment section.
Given the warm weather, our stockroom is way overstocked with heating equipment and our techs are not busy. So, we are extending our Clunker Heating System Replacement Program. With the rebates from MassSave and credits offered by us, you won't get a better deal!! Now is the time to replace that tired, old heating system. Call for details.
While it's early to think about spring and summer, given the warm winter, you should consider air conditioning now. Beat the rush.
As always, we are ready to serve you, whether it's to keep you warm and cozy during our cold and snowy New England winters (?), or cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer. You get the Best for Less for your home comfort needs from Coan Heating and Cooling.
Kevin B. Coan,
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Newsletter ArchivesWe keep our most recent newsletters archived on this site so that you can find them any time and review articles of interest. Please use the links below to review our past issues.
To read the most recent Massachusetts Energy Watch for Heating Oil customers, please click here.
Articles of InterestWe use this section to post links to articles of interest to heating oil customers. You can browse these articles at your leisure to learn more about heating oil and energy conservation
When Goldman Sachs Warns That Speculation Drives Oil Prices, Listen Up
Sulfur in Heating Oil to Be Reduced
Oil Speculation Is Subject of 60 Minutes Piece (Video)
Seasonal-Unoccupied HomesNo matter how you heat your home, maintaining your heat to a certain level is critical. Freeze-ups in an occupied/empty or unoccupied home can cause expensive losses. Water from broken pipes can flood a house in a matter of hours causing structural damage to the house and loss of personal property.
If you lose power because of a snow or ice storm, or simply from a circuit-breaker tripping or fuse blowing, then your heating system is not working and there is no heat for your home. Even if you have power, the heating system may malfunction and stop working. On a zero (0) degree day with a strong wind and no heat, the pipes won't take long to freeze.
Turning the heat down may save you a few dollars in the short-term but if set too low, a room or rooms may get so cold that water in water pipes stops flowing and freezes in certain circumstances.
Remember that you have a responsibility to protect your home against damage arising from a drop in or loss of heat. This scenario can result in frozen pipes and water damage.
There are devices and systems such as sentry lights, Winter-Watchman, the Scul-Tel Monitoring System, and security systems that provide some level of communication that your heating system is either working or not working. We'll be happy to discuss these options with you. But they're mechanical systems that are not fool-proof, and themselves subject to malfunctions.
We strongly urge and recommend that you arrange for inspection and supervision of your home if you plan to be away from it for any length of time, even as short a time as a weekend. We recommend that someone enter the house on a daily basis to verify that the heating system is running properly and providing adequate heating to all rooms of your home.
Learn the Truth about Natural GasThe natural gas utilities are spending millions of dollars to promote natural gas, but there are lots of things they don't tell you. Natural gas is less safe than Oilheat, and the natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracturing or "fracking" has been linked to numerous environmental problems. Click here to read "Seven Reasons Not to Switch to Natural Gas".
You can get an excellent education about natural gas from the American Energy Coalition website.
Information about Energy ConservationHere are links to websites that offer helpful information about saving energy at home.
U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Savers
U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Savers: Insulation and Air Sealing
U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Savers: Selecting a New Water Heater
Energy Star: Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency
Energy Star: Heat and Cool Efficiently
Energy Star: When Is It Time to Replace Equipment?