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Propane Safety During the Winter

Do You Know What to Do?

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It’s already September. The kids are back at school, and before you know it, winter will be here. As the Hudson Valley’s home comfort leader, Downey Energy wants to make sure you’re ready. Because your comfort matters to us. At Downey Energy, we also care a great deal about propane safety.

As a Downey Energy propane customer, here are some things you can do now and all winter to make it safer and easier for us to complete your propane deliveries:

  1. Keep the path to your propane tank clear. Once we start getting snow, that will mean regularly removing snow and ice so that our delivery drivers and service technicians have safe and easy access to your tank.
  2. Make your propane tank easy to spot. You can make your tank easy to find after a heavy snowfall or during other low visibility conditions by attaching a bright flag to the top of it. This will help our delivery drivers to safely position their trucks.
  3. Keep your propane tank free of snow and ice. Use a broom to clean snow and ice off the tank itself. Never use a shovel for this task. It could damage your tank and lead to a propane gas leak.
  4. Check your vents and flues for obstructions. Do this regularly. This important safety step will help prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide in your home. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that can cause serious illness and even death. Make sure to test your carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace the batteries every six months or so. And if your carbon monoxide detector is 7 years or older, replace it now before winter hits.
  5. Carefully monitor your propane level. The colder it gets, the more often you should check your fuel levels to avoid a run-out. Call Downey Energy before your tank is less than ¼ full. Or sign up for automatic delivery and make getting your propane effortless and worry-free. We’ll track your usage, account for the weather, and schedule your propane delivery so you always have enough.
  6. Know what to do if there’s a leak. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do if they think there’s a gas leak.

If you have propane cylinders for grilling etc., it’s important to know how to safely store them during the winter season. Here are some instructions for winterizing and safely storing your propane cylinders.

  1. Leave it outside. Even as the temperatures drop, your propane tank should remain outdoors in a well-ventilated, shaded area that’s at least 10 feet from your home.
  2. Turn it off. If you’ll be bringing your grill inside for the winter, be sure to turn off your propane tank and disconnect it. If your grill will remain outdoors, you can keep the tank connected, just make sure to turn the tank off.
  3. Check for leaks. Prior to storing your tank, do a careful inspection to make sure there are no leaks. Look closely at the valves, the tank itself, and the connector hose. Conduct this inspection outside in a well-lit and well-ventilated space. Stay far from any open flames or other ignition sources.
  4. Keep it stable. Store your tank in a secure, level, and upright position. Keeping your tank upright protects against damage that could lead to leaks.
  5. Cover it up. Propane fuel doesn’t need to be winterized. However, your tank does need to be protected from the elements. Use a plastic tarp to cover your propane tank and keep snow and ice from accumulating on it. Any moisture that builds up could lead to tank-damaging rust.

Downey Is Here for You

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is a dependable propane provider for our Hudson Valley customers.

When you’re a Downey Energy customer, you get propane delivery you can count on. Contact us today to learn more.

Make Heating Your Home More Affordable

propane prices new yorkFamilies across America are looking for ways to economize. Inflation has affected us all and forced many of us to make some different (and sometimes difficult) financial decisions. If you’re managing the budget for your Hudson Valley household, Downey Energy offers a range of pricing and payment options to help our propane and heating oil customers manage their fuel costs. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Some can even be combined for additional control over your fuel costs.

Downey Energy’s Pre-buy Plan

With our Pre-buy Plan, you’re in control of how much you pay for your fuel. As the name suggests, you purchase your supply of fuel before the heating season begins. When you do that, you’ll get every gallon at our lowest preseason price. We’ve seen how volatile the fuel markets can be. And fuel prices tend to increase during the winter months because demand increases and supplies are limited. However, you won’t have to worry about steep increases in fuel prices when you enroll in our Pre-buy Plan because you’ll have already purchased your fuel.

Downey Energy’s Price Cap Plan

Our Price Cap Plan puts a limit on how much you’ll pay per gallon without making you buy all your fuel upfront. You’ll also benefit if the price of fuel happens to go down. Before heating season begins, we’ll set a price per gallon—your capped price. No matter what happens in the markets, you’ll never pay more than that per gallon price. However, if the daily market rate falls below your capped price when we deliver your fuel, you’ll pay that lower amount. So you’ll be protected against price spikes but you’ll also benefit if fuel prices go down.

Downey Energy’s Budget Plan

Our Budget Plan gives our customers a way to keep their fuel costs predictable and affordable. Most households use more fuel during the winter months. And fuel prices also tend to get higher during the winter as demand increases and supplies can be limited. The combined effect is often extremely high bills during the winter months. You can avoid getting hit with higher fuel bills during your high usage months. As part of the Budget Plan, your yearly fuel costs are evenly divided into ten payments. No matter what, you pay the same amount each month—even when your usage goes up or the price of fuel goes up. Want even more control over your fuel costs? You can combine the Budget Plan with the Price Cap Plan.

Enjoy the Downey Difference

Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader for reliable propane and heating oil delivery. We’ve been serving residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for over 100 years. These are financially challenging times, but our personalized pricing and payment options can help you manage your fuel costs.

Contact us today to learn more or to sign up for one of our price protection or payment plans.

Downey’s Budget Program

energy payment options new yorkThings are getting tougher and tougher for Americans financially. Prices for everything from gas to groceries have been on the rise all summer. Inflation is breaking decades-old records, and many predict a recession is on its way. Chances are you’re looking for ways to economize.

Downey Energy gives you the means to keep control over your propane and heating oil costs. Simply enroll in our Budget Plan and you’ll always know what your bill is going to be from month to month.

Downey Energy’s Budget Plan

Staying on top of your budget becomes even more challenging when you can’t predict how much things will cost from month to month. However, even though we’re seeing a lot of volatility in the price of just about everything lately, your heating oil or propane bill doesn’t have to be a surprise. It can look exactly the same every month.

If you’d like to keep your fuel costs predictable and affordable, simply sign up for Downey Energy’s Budget Plan. And now is an ideal time to sign up, because our program begins in September.

Don’t get caught with exponentially higher bills this winter. You may not be thinking about the colder days ahead now, but when winter comes to the Hudson Valley, your fuel usage will increase. Chances are, fuel prices may increase as well because the price of fuel usually trends higher during the colder months due to supply and demand. But even when your usage goes up or the price of fuel goes up, you can pay the same amount for your fuel all year long. You just need to sign up for our Budget Plan. Once you enroll, even during a high usage month when you need more than one fuel delivery, your bill won’t change.

The Numbers

How do we calculate your monthly bill? First we estimate your total yearly fuel usage and cost. Then we divide that into 10 equal payments. And that’s what you pay every month from September through June. Even if your usage increases or the price of fuel increases, your monthly payment stays the same.

Enjoy the Downey Difference

Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader in reliable propane and heating oil delivery. We’ve been serving residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for over 100 years. We know these are financially challenging times, and we’re proud to offer our customers personalized pricing and payment options for managing their fuel costs.

Don’t wait. September is just around the corner. Contact us today to learn more or to sign up for our Budget Plan.

Downey Delivers for Businesses

bulk propane new yorkBusinesses of every size operate in the Hudson Valley. They support our local economy by providing jobs, products, and services to our region’s residents. At Downey Energy, we understand the unique needs of businesses in our area because we’re a business in the area too!

Do you have a restaurant, warehouse, or construction company in the Hudson Valley? Then choose us as your bulk propane supplier and let us put our decades upon decades of experience to work for your company. We’ve been doing this for more than a century!

Your Business Is Our Business

Businesses of all types and sizes can count on Downey Energy. Whether you have a restaurant, warehouse, or construction company Downey Energy can meet your bulk propane needs. We know how to serve a variety of commercial customers—everything from restaurants and hotels to trucking and construction companies to hotels, condominiums, farms, and non-profits. Whatever business you’re in, we’ll make it our business to deliver all the propane you need.

And Downey Energy goes beyond propane. We also deliver heating oil and kerosene and provide on-road and off-road diesel delivery for our commercial customer. We can even set you up with fuel pumps and tanks. You can trust Downey Energy with all your commercial fuel needs.

The Versatility of Propane

Propane is an affordable fuel with numerous applications. Depending on the type of business you run, you may use propane for heating, cooking, or drying clothes. Alternatively, it might fuel your fleet of vehicles. That’s why so many different types of businesses in the Hudson Valley depend on Downey Energy for their propane.

Here are some of the ways propane can play a part in your business:

So whatever business you’re in, propane can help keep it running. And however much propane you need to keep your business running, Downey can deliver.

You Can Depend on Downey

Downey Energy has been serving the Hudson Valley for over a century. We have earned the loyalty of our customers through our dedication to service and reliability.

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader in reliable propane delivery. Click here to see if your business is in our service area.

Downey Energy provides reliable and safe bulk propane delivery. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business succeed.

You Can Count on Downey

pool heaters new yorkThere’s a lot to love about summer in the Hudson Valley. Spending time lounging in or near the pool is just one of them. And when things really heat up (and we’ve already had some super-hot days this summer), spending time in the pool is a great way to keep cool.

Even though you may be looking to cool off in your pool, you’ll still need to heat it to make it warm enough to be comfortable. Most people like their pool somewhere between 78 degrees and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to achieve the ideal pool temperature is to use a propane pool heater.

Dependable Propane Delivery

Whether you’re looking to power your pool heater or any of your other propane backyard appliances, you need a propane delivery company that’s reliable and safe. You can count on Downey Energy for dependable propane delivery.

For added convenience, we offer our customers an automatic delivery plan. Once you enroll, you’ll no longer have to remember to call for a delivery. We’ll schedule your deliveries and make sure that you never run too low. For customers that prefer to monitor their propane levels and schedule their own deliveries, we also offer a will-call propane delivery option. The choice is yours.

Whether you schedule deliveries yourself or sign up to become one of our automatic delivery customers, you’ll get safe, easy, and dependable service from Downey Energy. And because our delivery drivers don’t need to enter your home to access your propane tank, you don’t need to adjust your schedule to be present for deliveries.

Downey Is Here for You

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is a dependable propane provider for our Hudson Valley customers. Click here to see if you’re in our service area.

When you’re a Downey Energy customer, you get propane delivery you can count on. Contact us today to learn more.

Experience the Downey Difference

propane delivery new yorkDowney Energy is the Hudson Valley’s home comfort leader. We’ve been serving our residential and commercial clients for over 100 years. We are a reliable provider of propane, heating oil, and commercial fuels. We also sell and install equipment like boilers and furnaces, well pumps, and water heaters.

Downey Energy has been in business for decades, and we’ve earned the loyalty of our customers throughout the Hudson Valley thanks to our outstanding and reliable service. That’s the Downey Difference!

You can trust Downey Energy to keep your Hudson Valley home or business comfortable all year long.

Propane Delivery

Downey Energy is a reliable propane provider. You can count on us to deliver for you. And if you enroll in our automatic delivery plan, being a Downey Energy propane customer will get even easier, because you won’t have to remember to call. We’ll schedule your deliveries and make sure that you never run too low. However, if you prefer to track your propane usage and schedule deliveries yourself, you can do that. We also offer a will-call propane delivery option.

Whether you schedule deliveries yourself or sign up to become one of our automatic delivery customers, propane delivery couldn’t be easier. Our delivery drivers don’t need to enter your home to access your propane tank, so there’s no need to adjust your schedule to be there when we deliver.

Downey Energy also offers our propane customers 24/7 emergency service. If you need us, we’ll be there.

Downey Is Here for You

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is a dependable propane provider for our Hudson Valley customers. Click here to see if you’re in our service area.

When you’re a Downey Energy customer, you get propane delivery you can count on. Contact us today to learn more.

Commercial Fuels from Downey Energy

commercial propane new yorkIf you already rely on Downey Energy for your home propane delivery, then you know how dependable we are. We apply that same level of commitment to our commercial customers in the Hudson Valley as a bulk propane supplier.

Downey Energy Helps You Take Care of Business

Businesses of all sizes can count on Downey Energy. Whether your company is big or small, you’ll find that Downey Energy’s bulk propane service is just right for you. We care about seeing the local businesses in the Hudson Valley succeed. And we understand firsthand what it takes to run a business in this region. We’ve been doing it ourselves over 100 years! Let us put a century’s worth of experience and dependability to work for you and your enterprise.

Downey Energy serves a variety of commercial customers—from restaurants and hotels to trucking and construction companies to hotels, condominiums, farms, and non-profits. Whatever business you’re in, we’ll make it our business to provide all the bulk propane you need.

As part of our commercial fuel offerings, Downey Energy also delivers heating oil and kerosene and provides on-road and off-road diesel delivery. We can also set you up with fuel pumps and tanks.

Bulk Propane for Your Business

Propane is an affordable fuel that can be used for everything from heating to cooking to fueling fleets and more. That’s why so many different types of businesses in the Hudson Valley depend on Downey Energy for propane. Here are some of the businesses that use bulk propane:

You Can Depend on Downey

Downey Energy has been serving residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for over a century. We have earned the loyalty of our customers through our dedication to service and reliability.

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader in reliable propane delivery. Click here to see if your business is in our service area.

Downey Energy provides reliable and safe bulk propane delivery. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business succeed.

Control Your Propane & Heating Oil Costs

energy payments new yorkThese are tough financial times for a lot of us. Prices are on the rise everywhere you look. Whether you’re at the gas station or the grocery store, you’re paying more for necessities every day. In fact, most American households are paying significantly more a month in expenses compared to a year ago.

At Downey Energy we’re proud to offer our customers a way to stay in control of their propane and heating oil costs for their Hudson Valley homes.

Our Budget Plan

It’s hard to stay on top of your budget when the price of everything keeps changing. And lately the price of everything seems to be changing in one direction—just about everything is getting more expensive. Heating oil and propane are no different. The cost of both is affected by lots of factors, most of which are beyond our control.

But there’s a way to keep your fuel costs predictable and affordable. Simply sign up for Downey Energy’s Budget Plan.

Even though winter may be far from your mind right now, the fact remains that your fuel usage tends to increase in the colder months, and so does the price of fuel (in large part due to supply and demand). Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pay the same amount for your fuel all year long? You can do that when you sign up for our Budget Plan. Even in high usage months when you may need more than one fuel delivery, your bill won’t change if you’re in the Budget Plan.

Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Here’s how it works: We estimate your total yearly fuel usage. Then we divide that into 10 equal payments. That means you’ll know exactly what your fuel bill will be each and every month. Even if your usage increases or the price of fuel increases, your monthly payment will be the same. How many of your other bills can you say that about?

If you’d like even more control over your fuel costs, we also offer two price protection plans: a pre-buy plan and a price cap plan.

Enjoy the Downey Difference

Downey Energy has been serving residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for over 100 years. We care about your bottom line, and so we offer our customers personalized pricing and payment options for managing your fuel costs.

Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader for reliable propane and heating oil delivery. Contact us today to learn more or to sign up for our Budget Plan.

Get More Out of Your Backyard

propane outdoor appliances new yorkPropane is an amazing fuel. It’s eco-friendly, efficient, and extremely versatile. And now that the warmer weather is here for a while, propane can help you have a great summer.

There are a lot of advantages to making propane a part of your summer fun:

  1. Portability: You can easily and safely take propane tailgating, camping, et cetera.
  2. Versatility: Propane can help you do a lot of different things—heat your pool, grill your meals, light your backyard, and much more.
  3. Eco-Friendly: Propane is an efficient and clean-burning fuel.

Ways to Use Propane

Because propane is so versatile, there are lots of ways to use it this summer. Here are four propane products that can help you get the most out of your Hudson Valley backyard:

  1. Propane Grills: A propane grill offers precision temperature control that will help you cook like a pro. Impress your guests with the perfect seer every time.
  2. Propane Fire Pits: Add ambiance and warmth on those cooler nights with a propane fire pit. They’re user-friendly. Some light with the flip of a switch! And you won’t have to worry about ash, smoke, or soot, cleaning up, or keeping enough wood on hand.
  3. Propane Pool Heaters: A propane pool heater can keep your pool’s temperature just right all summer long and into the fall.
  4. Propane Outdoor Lighting: A beautiful and functional addition to your outdoor space.

As you can see, there are many ways to upgrade your outdoor space with propane. And whatever you use propane for, Downey Energy offers dependable propane home delivery. We also provide safe, expert propane tank installation and BBQ grill tank exchanges and refills.

From Poughkeepsie to Garrison, Newburgh to Mahopac, and all over the Hudson Valley, Downey Energy is there for our Hudson Valley customers.

Contact us today to learn more about the propane services Downey Energy provides.

Safely Handle & Transport Small Cylinders

propane grills new yorkThe official start of summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time for flip-flops and flipping burgers. It’s time for shorts and short ribs. It’s time for tee-shirts and T-bone steaks. It’s time to get grilling!

Whether you’re a daily griller, weekend griller, or save the grill for special occasions, you need a steady and reliable supply of propane. Make Downey Energy your source for propane tank installation and propane grill grill tank exchange and refills.

Downey Energy exchanges and refills propane cylinders in the following sizes:

Easy Exchanges & Refills

Exchanging or refilling your propane cylinder is convenient and easy with Downey Energy. You can visit our Bank Street office to exchange or refill your propane cylinder. We also offer propane cylinder exchanges at several area gas stations.

Safe Cylinder Handling & Transporting

Here are a few simple guidelines for the safe handling and transporting of small propane cylinders:

For additional propane safety information, click here.

From Poughkeepsie to Garrison, Newburgh to Mahopac, and all over the Hudson Valley, Downey Energy is there for our Hudson Valley customers.

Contact us today to learn more about the propane services Downey Energy provides.