A shocking rise in energy prices

Mark GagnonDear Friends,

As I write this, the Russian invasion of Ukraine had created an earthquake in the energy markets, sending crude oil prices into record territory and causing all energy prices to soar. We don’t know where things will go from here, but we hope this spike is only temporary.

Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just 10 days. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is us. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. If you’re having trouble paying your bill, talk with us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been
with us a while. We can also set you up—at no cost—on SimplePay, our monthly
payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices return to normal. Until then, trust
us to look out for you, and let’s hope by the time you read this, we are living in a more peaceful world—where children don’t have to sleep in bomb shelters any more.

Mark Gagnon, President

foodWe could all use some extra money in our wallets — especially when we go grocery shopping!

Here’s your chance to stretch your household budget a little further.

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shieldYou can enroll right now in any of the popular programs shown below.

Lower your winter payments.
Enroll in SimplePay, which spreads out your fuel payments for as long as 14 months.
The sooner you sign up, the lower your monthly payments will be.

Add price protection.
Customers who protected their price last year saved a lot of money! Add a price cap to your SimplePay plan or enroll in our prebuy fixed-price program. Both guard you from rising heating fuel prices. Capping your price prevents it from rising over a
certain amount but allows you to pay less if market prices fall.

Make automatic payments.
Enroll in Auto Pay and have your payments automatically deducted each month from your credit card, debit card or bank account. Enroll now and get a $20 credit.*

Request paperless billing via email.
Reduce paper clutter and organize your receipts electronically. Enroll now and get
a $20 credit.*

Please reach out to us for more information.

*Valid for new enrollees only.

upgrade techIf you noticed anything out of the ordinary with your furnace or boiler last winter, please contact us as soon as possible for a service appointment.

Unusual noises—Most modern heating equipment runs pretty quietly. If you hear banging, clanking or other unusual sounds, something is probably about to go wrong—if it hasn’t already.

Odors—If your system is working properly, you should never smell fuel oil. An oil smell could be caused by a leak, burner troubles, a heat exchanger failure or exhaust system problems. If you detect a smoky odor, this may be caused by a back
draft pulling flue gases through the exhaust system and into the home.

If you haven’t scheduled your heating maintenance service yet, please do so before
next fall. Our technicians can fix small problems before they turn into big ones.

And if you’re tired of spending money on repairs, ask us about your options for
a replacement heating system. Doing this now means we will be able to get to you
quickly—before the fall rush begins.

Contact us today for a free estimate.

shelf life of heating oilWhen the heating season ended and you had plenty of heating oil left over in your tank, you may have wondered if your fuel would still be good when you turned your home heating system on again.

Don’t worry. Your heating oil will be fine—the average best-used-by life span of home heating oil ranges between 18 and 24 months. And that life span should be longer, thanks to the high-quality premium heating oil that we deliver. It has
been treated with a blend of additives called UltraGuard that acts as a fuel preservative.

On the other hand, if you have 30% or less of a tank of heating oil right now, you risk problems with condensation. It’s better to go through the warm months with a full tank so that condensation doesn’t build up inside and cause damage.

Please contact us if you have questions or want to request a summer fill-up.

A big thank you to everyone who posted an online review about us recently. Please keep them coming, because they always make us smile.

Here is one example of how we want all of our customers to feel after we complete a service call.

“Thoroughly professional services are delivered with the hometown touch. The furnace inspection and maintenance program takes the worries out of winter operations. Fuel deliveries are reliable.”

—Phil M.