We get calls all the time from people who have been offered a “good deal” from other fuel companies — the promise of low fuel prices and free services. One company in our area offers ridiculously low prices to lure customers, and then, after the first year, increases the price by a dollar or more per gallon.
Some companies say they offer service, but they actually subcontract their work to plumbers when the weather gets cold and demand for service gets high. You could wait a really long time for a repair when that happens.
Other “good deals” come from the gas utilities, which promise big savings if you switch to gas. But they don’t tell you about the high costs of conversion or how, over the long term, the price of both oil and gas swings back and forth. Eventually, prices even out. So here’s the real deal. With Westmore, you get the value of fair prices, professional service and total customer satisfaction that comes from a local family-run business that cares about its friends and neighbors.
Richard C. Bologna
Explosive growth in natural gas use has alarm bells ringing louder — especially in terms of supply problems and environmental harm.
The amount of natural gas being used in electric power-generating plants (instead of coal) has increased enormously over the last decade. This monstrous increase has raised legitimate worries about the limited capacity of pipelines that transport natural gas. (Severe storms knocking out gas transmissions are also becoming more common.)
To make matters worse, U.S. suppliers are rushing to export our gas overseas. Three U.S. terminals have already received permission to ship natural gas overseas and about 15 more proposals are awaiting approval. This trend could restrict supply and drive up prices even further. In fact, wholesale natural gas prices have already surged more than 60% this year!
In addition, a recent study found that over the last decade, natural gas customers in the U.S. paid $20 billion for fuel they never received. That’s due to old, leaky pipelines — which release large amounts of methane, the main component of natural gas, into the atmosphere. Methane harms the environment because it’s a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
So for those of you who have chosen to stay with oil, congratulations! More than ever, it’s proving to be the right choice.
If there were a competition for the most energy-efficient home on your block, would you be the winner? BEGIN THE COMPETITION RIGHT NOW by marking the box for each statement that is true; then ADD UP YOUR POINTS to see if you end up on the winners’ podium.
Why It Matters: If you didn’t check this box, consider replacing your heating system soon; the performance and reliability of heating equipment typically deteriorates after 15 years (sooner if maintenance has been neglected). At minimum, a new system should help you save up to 20% on your annual heating costs. (If you significantly improve system efficiency, savings can be even higher.) You’ll feel the difference in comfort too. You’ll also save on repairs because you’ll minimize the potential of a system breakdown, a common problem with old systems.
Finish Line: A family that spends $3,000 per year to heat their home and reduces their annual costs by 20% save $600. If the new system costs $3,000 the payback time on a system investment takes only five years.*
For illustrative purposes only; energy savings and equipment costs vary.
Why It Matters: When your heating system gets inspected, cleaned, and adjusted annually—ideally in the spring or summer—fuel efficiency improves, saving you as much as 10% on your annual fuel bills.
Finish Line: The money you save on fuel easily covers the cost of getting your system serviced. Regular checkups fend off inconvenient breakdowns and costly repairs, and extend equipment life.
Why It Matters: When you have an oil-fired or propane-fired water heater, you not only get all of the hot water you need, you get it for about half as much as you would if you heated your water with electricity.
Finish Line: One great option is a tankless water heater, an on-demand system that stops heating water when you turn off your hot water faucets. Tankless water heaters are up to 50% more efficient than standard water heaters.
Why It Matters: Air leaks are like a broken window! The average house loses as much cool or warm air through leaks in walls, attics, and other areas as if its owner neglected to repair a broken window.
Finish Line: Proper insulation and air sealing can “fix” that window, reduce energy costs by up to 20%, and make a home more comfortable.
Why It Matters: It heats a room more evenly and efficiently than a wood-burning fireplace because as much as 90% of the heat produced by wood goes straight up the chimney.
Finish Line: Propane gives you more control over your fire and you’ll do less work too, thanks to remote controls, variable heat controls, thermostats and push-button ignitions. You can also install natural-looking log sets, complete with glowing, crackling embers, and high flickering flames.
Why It Matters: Equipment and appliances that keep using power even when turned off are sometimes called vampires—because they constantly suck energy. Electrical vampires include everything from computers, printers, and wireless routers to microwaves, coffeemakers, and more.
Finish Line: If you’ve been unplugging equipment when not in use, you’re conserving electricity by as much as 10%. If everyone banished electrical vampires, nearly $6 billion would be saved and 87 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions would be eliminated every year.
1. 76-100 points: You win a gold medal. You have reached Olympian levels of efficiency!
2. 51-75 points: You win a silver medal. There are more ways to save, but you’re doing well!
3. 26-50 points: You win a bronze medal. Keep looking for ways to save on energy!
Because of advances in technology, today’s high-efficiency oil heating systems use much less energy than older models. A new system can reduce annual fuel bills by as much as 40%!
Many customers have seen savings like this after installing the Energy Kinetics System 2000. Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, has rated the System 2000 the most efficient oil boiler in the world!
The System 2000 has the lowest overall standby heat loss (the heat lost up the chimney when a boiler turns off) and the best annual efficiency performance of all heating systems tested to date.
Call or email us today if you would like a FREE evaluation of your heating system and a free estimate on a replacement system.
Many of our customers love the convenience of getting their billing statements by email. You will too! It’s easy, good for the environment and reduces paper clutter. You may even save a tree!
Please email us at CustomerCare@WestmoreFuel.com and tell us you want to receive your billing statements by email.
Everyone who is an e-billing customer by Nov. 30 will be entered in a drawing to win this programmable touch-screen thermostat from Honeywell.*
*Installation not included. Other conditions apply. Contact us for details.
We work really hard for our customers and we treat them the way we would want our own family to be treated. That’s why it’s so rewarding when a customer takes the time to thank us for our efforts and praise one of our hardworking employees.
If you would like to acknowledge someone, please write your comments on our Facebook page. Go to Facebook.com/WestmoreFuel. Submit your entry by Feb. 28 and we’ll enter you in a drawing to win a $50 Home Depot gift card.
If we have not met your expectations, we urge you to call or email us so we can make things right.
New York State residents who get their fuel from Westmore qualify for a 20¢ per gallon credit on their 2013 taxes. For a customer who uses 1,000 gallons, that’s a savings of $200! Westmore delivers B20 BioHeat® to all our customers without charging a penny extra. No other fuel company offers this deal.
Each January we mail the tax credit information and form to you or you can download it from our website. So please tell your New York friends who heat with oil to call us or visit our website. They’ll appreciate it, and you’ll both get a $50 credit towards your next fuel delivery once they sign up!