Posted: March 30, 2020
System 2000 – A different kind of boiler When it comes to comparing boilers, one measure you’ll hear a lot about is AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating. Think of AFUE as you would MPG for your car – the higher the number, the more efficiently your boiler runs. The problem is that calculating […]
Posted: February 24, 2020
What are the best settings for my programmable thermostat? For most people, a thermostat is a box on the wall that they visit to turn up temperatures when they’re too cold. But if you have a programmable thermostat and that’s all you’re using it for, you’re missing out on an easy way to save 10 […]
Posted: January 27, 2020
How can I keep the warm air inside this winter? “Close the front door…do we live in a barn?” It’s a phrase most of us have heard at one point or another in our life – usually from the frustrated person who pays the heating bill. And it’s a valid point: anything that makes your furnace […]
Posted: December 23, 2019
What happens during a heating system maintenance visit? Routine heating maintenance is one of the most important ways to protect the investment you’ve made in your home heating system – but what actually happens during annual heating maintenance visit to make it so important? Mostly, your technician is looking for ways to make your heating […]
Posted: November 25, 2019
How can I save on heating bills this heating season? As temperatures drop, heating bills rise. But how much they rise can depend on how much time, effort, and sensible money you put into improving the energy efficiency of your Connecticut or Northern Westchester County home. Here are some of the smartest ways to cut […]
Posted: November 12, 2019
Want to Manage Your Own Heating Oil Deliveries in CT & NY? If you’re a resident or homeowner living in or around Westchester and Fairfield Counties, chances are that you use home heating oil to keep your residence safe and warm. Fuel oil is a top choice for residents on the NY/CT border because of […]
Posted: October 28, 2019
If you have heating oil delivered to your home anywhere in New York, you probably know that the State has mandated that all fuel oil sold must be Bioheat® – the industry’s official registered name for the fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel.
Posted: September 30, 2019
What are the benefits of Automatic Fuel Delivery? Most people don’t want to think about keeping one eye on their heating oil gauge (or dipping a stick in their tank, if it doesn’t have one) all winter long –and no one wants to deal with the hassles and potential risks of running out of fuel […]
Posted: August 27, 2019
Time for heating system maintenance…! Don’t let the lingering summer heat fool you: now that Labor Day is upon us, cooler weather will soon be on its way to NY and CT, and before you know it you’ll be switching your thermostat from “cool” to “heat” mode. Before you flip that switch, it’s a good […]
Posted: July 23, 2019
For heating oil payment plans in CT or NY, trust the pros at Westmore With the intense heat and humidity we have been experiencing this summer here in Connecticut and northern Westchester County, choosing how to pay to keep your house warm is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But a little […]
Posted: June 24, 2019
Should I repair or replace my boiler? It’s a time that every homeowner with a boiler dreads – your oil-fired boiler breaks down, and you’re left with the decision to repair or replace it. It could be tempting to take the cheapest and quickest way out, which often means opting for a repair. But “cheapest” […]
Posted: May 27, 2019
Summer: A great time to replace the heating system in your NY or CT home As we near the onset of summer’s first month, your heating system is probably the last thing on your mind (although we have been relying on our heating equipment a little longer than usual this year as a result of […]
Posted: April 15, 2019
Bioheat: a Clean Fuel for Earth Day–and Every Day Did you know that April 22, 2019 marks the 49th annual Earth Day? It’s now a global event that celebrates our planet while recognizing the challenges we face to preserve it. One small way for Westmore Fuel customers to get into the Earth Day spirit is […]
Posted: March 25, 2019
Important safety reminder: Keep your vent pipe clear When snow falls here in southern Connecticut and northern Westchester County, you probably spend a good deal of time clearing your walkways to protect your family from slips and falls (good job!). But when it comes to protecting your family, don’t neglect the side of your home, […]
Posted: February 25, 2019
Keep the warm air in this winter You pay to heat every inch of air in your Connecticut or Westchester County home during the winter – but not all of that air actually stays indoors. In fact, anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of the air you pay to heat (or cool in the summer) could […]
Posted: January 28, 2019
Old habits die hard.
Consider how you pay your bills, for instance: if you are used to writing checks every month, it would be easy to keep paying your heating bill that way – even if you find yourself scrambling every month to find the time to do it and occasionally suffering for that delay with a late fee.
Posted: December 18, 2018
If you lose your heat, don’t worry – our expert technicians are there for you 24/7. But sometimes there’s a simple reason you lose heat that you can fix yourself.
Before you contact us for service, take a few minutes to troubleshoot your system – it could potentially save yourself the cost of an unnecessary house call.
Posted: November 19, 2018
Let’s face it, life can get pretty hectic these days – and when it does, it’s easy to forget a “little thing” like remembering to check the fuel levels in your heating oil tank.
Posted: October 30, 2018
Temperatures are dropping quickly here in Connecticut and New York – are you ready for the cold weather to come?
Posted: September 28, 2018
An indirect water heater is one of the most efficient ways to heat water available for your Connecticut or Westchester County home today – yet it’s an option that you may not have considered or maybe even heard about.
Posted: August 29, 2018
A heating system is a significant investment for any homeowner – and like any investment you’ll need some guidance when it comes to making a decision about whether to repair or replace it.
Posted: July 27, 2018
We’re guessing that your home heating system is not high on the list of things you’re thinking about as the dog days of August approach us here in Connecticut and Northern Westchester.
Posted: June 18, 2018
We’ve had some crazy weather over the last year – it seems like 30 degree temperature swings in a single day have become commonplace.
Posted: May 17, 2018
Convenient Westmore Services Take the Stress out of Heating Season Heating season may seem light years away as we lurch toward Memorial Day here in Connecticut and New York. But the key to cutting stress during the cold, gray months to come is to plan ahead – and the time to do that planning is […]
Posted: May 8, 2018
Crude Hits Yearly High Tuesday, May 8, 2018 The President is to announce his decision on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran nuclear deal) this afternoon, at 2pm. The leaders of both France and Germany recently visited, aiming to persuade him to continue with the agreement. A US withdrawal from the agreement could raise […]
Posted: April 12, 2018
One of the most important ways to make your life easier next winter involves managing or reducing your energy bill. One way to do this is weatherization which we talked about in our last blog. An important element in home weatherization is insulation.
Posted: March 16, 2018
In our last post, we discussed why weatherizing is one of the best bang-for-the-buck energy efficiency investments you can make for your Connecticut or Northern Westchester home.
Posted: February 9, 2018
Imagine how much more your energy bill would be if you left your front door wide open in the middle of winter – in effect, that’s what you’re doing if you don’t weatherize your home.
Posted: January 18, 2018
This holiday season, temperatures dropped more than 30 degrees from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day here in Connecticut – and according to the latest forecasts, we’re due for a similar roller coaster ride in the coming weeks.
Posted: December 19, 2017
Do you have a friend who you think would enjoy experiencing the Westmore Advantage? Then why not bring him into the Westmore family of customers and earn a $100 credit for your account?
Posted: November 20, 2017
Want an easy way to take some stress out of the long winter months here in Westchester county and Southern Connecticut?
Sign up for an economical Westmore Service Plan.
Posted: October 20, 2017
A programmable thermostat is one of the best bang-for-the-buck investments you can make for your home: with the amount of energy it can save you, it will pay for itself in the first year or two you own it (don’t just take our word for it…
Posted: September 11, 2017
Ready or not, Fall is coming to Westchester and Connecticut – and with it comes back-to-school busyness.
Just don’t forget, in that busyness, to do the little things that take potential stress away this fall and winter – like scheduling your annual heating system maintenance.
Posted: August 16, 2017
If you’re a Westmore Fuel customer (or want to become one), you’ll never have to look at your bill and wonder, “Am I paying a fair price for my heating oil?”
That’s because the answer is an emphatic yes – every time.
Posted: July 10, 2017
Want a little more certainty in today’s unpredictable world? Try signing up for Westmore’s Even Pay budget plan.
Posted: June 7, 2017
It seems like we can all use a little more certainty in our lives these days. When it comes to paying your heating bills, Westmore can help.
Posted: May 10, 2017
Crippling storms can have a huge impact on heating oil supply and distribution – and during those times, it’s a big advantage to have ready access to an ample supply of quality heating fuel.
Posted: April 18, 2017
You may never have heard of the concept of outdoor reset, but if you have a boiler-based heating system (one with baseboard heating, as opposed to a forced air system with vents), it’s an idea that can save you money on your energy bills every month.
Posted: April 4, 2017
You probably know that a programmable thermostat is, dollar for dollar, one of the best ways to save energy in your home (it can basically pay for itself in as little as one year, according to the EPA).
But what about “Smart” (wireless) thermostats – are they worth investigating?
Posted: March 10, 2017
Carbon Tax Coming to CT Unless Stopped by People If you oppose this legislation, please click here to find and contact your CT State Representatives. AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CARBON PRICE FOR FOSSIL FUELS SOLD IN CONNECTICUT The Connecticut General Assembly’s Environment Committee has raised a bill that establishes a $15 fee per ton of […]
Posted: March 10, 2017
Environmental Study: Leaking Gas Pipelines Costing State Consumers Millions, Adding Air Pollution Leaky natural gas pipelines are costing Connecticut consumers millions of dollars a year, according to a new study reported recently by the Hartford Courant. In Hartford alone, natural gas pipes leak an estimated 43,000 cubic feet of gas every day. “The research, commissioned […]
Posted: March 8, 2017
Bedford 2020 Event Recently, our own Sean Lytle attended a Bedford 2020 event at Fox Lane High School with 900 other local participants. As a biofuel supplier, supporting local soybean farmers is important to us and it’s another great way to promote improved air quality throughout our region. “Westmore is actively involved with Clean Cities, […]
Posted: March 7, 2017
Congrats to Pat Tasca for winning 100 gallons of BioHeat Pat Tasca and his wife Barbara have been longtime Westmore Fuel customers. Back in January, they sent us a wonderful letter. The Tasca’s have been customers for so long, nobody is quite sure exactly how many years. It certainly goes many decades. Servicing customers for […]
Posted: March 6, 2017
Congrats to Mini iPad Winner Meeting Sheila Oliver today was an honor. Sheila and her family have been Westmore Fuel customers for many years. Sheila entered our long term customer contest back in October and wrote, “Your staff knows me very well. I bring laughter and joy to the office every time I come to […]
Posted: March 1, 2017
Westmore Fuel- long term customer winners! Congratulations to longtime customers Phil and Margaret Gambino. They are one of the three winners from out longest term customer contest. Margaret is pictured with her 100 free gallons of Westmore’s BioHeat! Phil and Margaret are residents of Harrison and have been lifelong Westmore customers. It is truly a […]
Posted: February 17, 2017
Consumer, Environmental Groups Say Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Has Less Demand, Higher Costs A proposed pipeline project to bring more natural gas into Connecticut and New England will cost double what its developers claim and may be needed far less than energy officials believe, according to a new anti-pipeline study reported recently in the Hartford […]
Posted: February 13, 2017
What home energy fuel is as pure as table salt, biodegrades as fast as sugar, and can be refined in part from soybean oil?
Only today’s BioHeat.
Posted: February 6, 2017
Westmore Fuel Helping New Canaan Residents Reduce Their Carbon Footprint We’re so proud that Westmore’s B20 BioHeat is helping local communities reduce their carbon footprint. Over the weekend, The New Canaanite wrote a great story about our efforts. The article can be viewed here.
Posted: January 4, 2017
When it comes to saving money on monthly energy bills, not all boilers – not even boilers with the same AFUE rating – are created equal.
Here’s why: AFUE only accounts for the efficiency of the boiler itself; it doesn’t consider all the other ways energy is lost while delivering heat to your home, including:
Posted: November 18, 2016
No one wants to hassle with managing their heating oil supply – or with the consequences of running out of fuel in the dead of winter.
Luckily, there’s a FREE service from Westmore that helps you avoid these problems and helps you avoid many of the hassles of heating your home: Automatic Delivery.
Posted: November 15, 2016
You’ve already got enough on your plate – why should you have to worry about remembering to write a check for your energy bill every month?
AutoPay from Westmore takes the hassle of monthly bill paying by automatically deducting a payment from your bank account or credit card.
Posted: November 11, 2016
World’s Priciest Natural Gas Is Bound for New England This Winter The global glut of natural gas still hasn’t reached New England, according to a recent article by Bloomberg News. The heating fuel may surge to three times the current price in New England this winter, making it the highest priced natural gas in the […]
Posted: October 31, 2016
Was a great honor to have Congressman Jim Himes visit our office with morning. We shared the Westmore story with our Congressman, including our commitment to our environment through the delivery of biofuels and high-efficiency heating equipment. Congressman Himes is seen in front of one of our fuel trucks with Rick and Dick Bologna.
Posted: September 19, 2016
While warm weather is still upon us, the last thing on your mind is heating. However, there’s nothing more frustrating than starting up your heating system when you need it most only to discover a problem! You can avoid this by testing it now to make sure you have ample time to prepare for the […]
Posted: September 16, 2016
Cooler weather is coming, and with it comes your heating bills.
Want to keep those bills as low as possible? Try these five great bang-for-the-buck energy saving tips.
Posted: August 31, 2016
Congratulations to 10-year old New Canaan resident, Connor Lytle, son of our oil department manager Sean, for winning CT NFL’s Pass Punt & Kick contest in 2016. Connor Lytle bested Caden Bowling last week in a tie-breaker and will now challenge competitors in the sectional tournament to be held in October, followed by regionals to […]
Posted: August 19, 2016
Westmore Fuel is Proud to Stand for the Troops Westmore Fuel is a proud sponsor of the Frank Robotti Golf Tournament. The annual tournament supports STAND FOR THE TROOPS and Rescue Coalition Programs which help Veterans suffering from the effect of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. To learn more about this great cause and […]
Posted: July 28, 2016
It may be the middle of summer, but believe it or not now is the best time to get your heating system tune-up done.
Posted: June 22, 2016
If you’re looking for a greener alternative to diesel for your fleet, construction company, or other industrial business, Biodiesel might be a good fit. But how much do you know about the fuel?
Posted: May 18, 2016
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the most widely used measure of a boiler’s (or furnace’s) heating efficiency (you’ll see AFUE indicated on the yellow stickers on your boiler).
Posted: April 21, 2016
If you’re like most people, you probably spend too much on your monthly energy bills –in some cases literally throwing money out the window because of inefficiencies in your home.
Posted: March 31, 2016
We recently created an online survey to gauge the level of our service as well as to gather important data. Our customer survey revealed that 27% of our customers still rely on oil heating systems that are more than 20 years old.
Posted: February 29, 2016
Because of plunging oil prices, most people have been saving a lot of money on heating costs over the past two years, whether they chose to pay our daily posted price or enrolled in our price cap program.
Posted: January 31, 2016
We are firmly committed to green energy solutions that not only enhance comfort and convenience for our customers, but also save money over the long term while protecting the environment.
Posted: December 15, 2015
Customers who live in a home with a basement oil tank have asked us why they hear a whistling noise whenever our driver makes his delivery. First, be assured this is perfectly normal and is the sign of a safe oil delivery. Here’s why your oil tank “whistles.”
Posted: December 1, 2015
Spanish Conglomerate Is Buying New England Gas Utilities Local businesses contribute to the economies in their regions with jobs, community involvement and support for local charities. International conglomerates, meanwhile, come looking for profits that they can ship to overseas investors. As Connecticut residents choose their energy providers, they might soon be relying on an international […]
Posted: November 13, 2015
Hopefully we won’t see a repeat of last year’s record cold and snowfall, but here are some easy ways to help keep your heating costs down and stay warm.
Posted: October 14, 2015
Winter can be a tough season, as many of us already know, and the last thing you need is more to worry about when you’re dealing with bad weather.
That’s why we provide programs that offer you convenience, so you don’t have to think about anything that might add to the stress of the season.
Posted: September 17, 2015
Using renewable, domestically produced BioHeat® fuel and saving money through improved heating equipment efficiency are important factors for oilheat consumers, according to the findings of a just-released study that surveyed more than 2,300 oil heat consumers.
Posted: August 10, 2015
Even with fuel prices trend lower, keeping your home warm can stress your monthly expenses during the coldest months. With record-breaking temperatures last winter, our customers used a lot more heating oil than usual.
Westmore Fuel’s scheduled payment plan gives you control and predictability over your energy costs.
Posted: July 15, 2015
Emerging Reality of Gas Infrastructure: Destination Export There is mounting evidence that the natural gas pipelines being planned for the New England region are intended to ship natural gas overseas and not to meet any regional energy needs, according to a recent article on Huffington Post. “Over the last few weeks, we’ve gotten new evidence […]
Posted: July 6, 2015
Of course we’re fuel dealers at Westmore Fuel, but we want to do something good for our environment and our country’s energy security. That’s why we’re proud to offer biodiesel, because every drop of biodiesel we sell means less reliance on foreign oil.
With biodiesel, you get longer diesel engine life. Due to its greater lubricity and lower pollution, biodiesel enhances diesel engine performance and improves the longevity of diesel engines.
Posted: June 9, 2015
We know you’re not thinking about your heating system right now, but summertime is the best time for your annual preventative maintenance tune-up.
It’s much easier to schedule now. You can get an appointment that’s convenient for you because you’ll beat the fall tune-up “rush.”
Posted: May 15, 2015
Spring has arrived at last, with the long-awaited warmer season finally here. While we all look forward to these days, none of us want higher energy bills.
Whether you are running your air conditioning more often, using more water to take showers, or using more electricity to run fans to get a cool breeze, energy saving tips can help your pocketbook. Here are energy saving tips for you.
Posted: April 2, 2015
Perspectives on Protecting your Fuel Price For about 20 years now, Westmore Fuel has offered our customers insurance against price uncertainty by giving them the option to either fix or cap their fuel price for the season. This is our way of offering stability against the unforeseen in a volatile energy market. Because the fact […]
Posted: March 2, 2015
We’re Here for You Even When the Going Gets Tough If you made it through the winter thus far without worrying about losing your heat, then we are doing our job right. Looking ahead, we’re all hoping for less drama as far as the weather goes. But these days, that’s far from a certainty. Whatever […]
Posted: February 20, 2015
Power Prices Surge on Higher Natural Gas Prices Electric ratepayers in the Boston and New York City markets are paying more for electricity due to increasing natural gas prices, and some power generators are switching from natural gas to oil, because oil costs less, according to a recent report by Bloomberg News. Natural gas spiked […]
Posted: February 5, 2015
Energy Saving Tips for Cold Weather For many people, cold weather always means high heating bills – especially if you have an older, less efficient furnace or boiler. (If your heating system is more than 15 years old, it might be time to replace it when spring arrives; a new high efficiency model will quickly […]
Posted: December 31, 2014
Natural Gas Pollution Becomes Visible Out of sight, out of mind. This certainly applies to emissions of methane, the primary ingredient in natural gas, according to a recent blog post by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). A highly potent greenhouse gas and the primary constituent of natural gas, methane is invisible to the naked eye, […]
Posted: December 15, 2014
Vote Opens Door for Biodiesel Innovation in Heating Oil ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels and lubricants, has voted to approve performance specifications for blends up to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil. The move is a significant leap forward in the industry effort to boost the percentage of […]
Posted: November 12, 2014
Electric Rates to Rise 26% Because of Natural Gas The cost of a kilowatt hour will jump 26 percent for Connecticut Light & Power’s residential customers starting next year. The unwelcome spike in electricity generation prices is a direct result of bottlenecks in natural gas pipelines. And although it’s little consolation, prices are jumping throughout […]
Posted: October 30, 2014
According to a recent investigative report by USA Today, at least 135 people have died and 600 people have been injured in the past decade—either by natural gas pipeline leaks, fires or explosions.
For safety sake, federal and state regulators have been urging utilities to replace old, leaky pipelines made from cast iron and bare steel pipelines with more durable materials (plastic or corrosion-resistant steel). Unfortunately, there are thousands of miles of old pipelines throughout the Northeast that won’t be replaced for decades because of the high expense: it can cost $1 million per mile, or more, to replace aging pipe; these costs are typically passed to customers.
Posted: August 13, 2014
Despite what the mercury says, it’s time to start preparing for the coming cool of the Fall and Winter seasons.
As always, Westmore offers several options for purchasing your home heating oil – but deciding which option to choose can be confusing. Because it’s impossible to predict which direction fuel prices will trend, there’s also no way to predict which buying option will offer you the best value in a given year.
As with most buying decisions, however, it pays to be informed. To help you sort through your buying options, we’ve prepared a little “cheat sheet” to help you assess the pros and cons of each and choose the plan that’s best for you and your family.