If your family is like most, you’ve had to tighten the purse strings a bit over the past couple of years. Almost everyone’s budgets have felt the sting of increased prices for just about everything. The average American family spent more on Christmas presents, groceries, and gas for their car during the past year. A new year is here, but in most categories of household spending, prices continue to be higher than they’ve been in the past. That includes the cost of heating oil.
Heating oil is like most of the things you buy for your family and household in that there are a variety of factors that affect its cost. It can be helpful to understand those factors, especially when the price fluctuations have visible effect on your monthly bills.
What influences the price of heating oil? Here are some of the forces at play:
The cost of heating oil may change, but as a Downey customer you get heating oil delivery you can count on and competitive and transparent heating oil pricing. And our cleaner-burning heating oil will help your heating system run as efficiently as possible. That means it will cost you less to keep your home warm. Our cleaner heating oil will also improve the longevity of your heating system. So you’ll save on repairs and prolong the need for a replacement.
Serving Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader for reliable heating oil delivery.
Contact Downey Energy today to learn more or to request a heating oil delivery.
Well pumps aren’t a piece of equipment everyone has to think about. Folks who live in a city or suburb usually benefit from a public water supply. When they want water, all they have to do is turn on the tap. When it’s time to do laundry or wash the dishes, they just start the washing machine or dishwasher and assume there will be water. However, that’s not the case for all of our Hudson Valley customers. Some of you live in more remote locations. Or perhaps you have a farm or other business that must rely on a well for your water. Downey Energy is here for those customers. In addition to providing reliable propane and heating oil delivery, we also sell well pumps and provide installation, conversion, maintenance, and repairs for well pumps. If you’re not too familiar with well pumps, keep reading to learn more.
Well pumps perform an essential function. They are how water gets from your well to the pressure tank that provides water for your home or business. When your tank needs more water, the pressure switch signals the well pump to send water from the well. Once there’s enough water (pressure), the switch then signals the well pump to turn off.
On average, well pumps tend to last between 8 and 15 years. One of the biggest determinants of how long any particular well pump will last is the number of times a day it runs. The higher the frequency of your pump’s duty cycle, the more wear and tear there will be on its motor. And that will inevitably shorten its life expectancy. If your home’s water tank is too small, that will also cause your pump to run more and make it harder to keep up with demand. Additional factors in the life expectancy of your pump include the quality of the motor, the amount of sediment in the water, and the height of your water table.
Downey Energy is proud to install Goulds submersible well pumps. They have state-of-the-art mechanics and smart technology integration. So if it’s time to replace your well pump, Downey Energy is the company to call.
Even if it isn’t time to replace your well pump, you want to make sure it’s in good working order. Regular maintenance is essential. That’s why Downey Energy’s pump service includes pump maintenance and repairs. And we’ll get the job done correctly on the first visit and efficiently. We don’t want you waiting around. That’s why all of our service trucks are equipped with a full inventory of replacement parts. That way, whenever you need well pump service, we’ll be sure to have the parts needed to get the job done right so you can have running water again as soon as possible.
Downey Energy has served our Hudson Valley customers for over a century. All of our plumbers are trained, experienced, and licensed, so you’re always in good hands with us.
From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is there for our Hudson Valley customers.
Contact Downey Energy today to learn more or to request well pump installation or service.
We hope you know that you can count on Downey Energy for dependable propane delivery in the Hudson Valley. And hopefully you also know that we make propane delivery even easier by offering an Automatic Delivery plan. But how much do you know about propane itself. Propane is clean-burning, efficient, and versatile. Let’s take a closer look at what propane is and what it can do.
What is propane? Propane is a product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It’s usually compressed and stored as a liquid. It’s also called liquefied petroleum gas, LPG or LP.
Propane is extremely versatile, and so there’s a lot it can do in and around your Hudson Valley home. Here are some of the ways propane can provide comfort and utility for your household:
Propane offers a lot of benefits. It is safe and versatile. In addition to running a variety of appliances, propane comfortably heats your home and water, powers gas fireplaces, and gives you precise temperature control.
Here are more of propane’s benefits:
From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is your one-stop source for all things propane.
When you’re a Downey Energy customer, you get reliable and safe propane delivery as well as courteous and timely service. Contact us today to learn more.
At Downey Energy, we’ve become the Hudson Valley’s home comfort leader. We offer a wide variety of services that help to keep you and your family comfortable at home. We work with boilers, furnaces, water heaters, and well pumps. We sell and install equipment from brands you can trust. We also maintain and repair equipment. If you need emergency HVAC service this winter, we offer 24-hour emergency service.
Hopefully, you won’t need emergency service this winter. The best way to ensure that is to get regular maintenance for your heating equipment. If you didn’t do it during the fall, don’t wait another day to schedule a tune-up for your boiler or furnace.
Winter can be harsh in the Hudson Valley. You want to be sure your heating system won’t let you down this winter. A no-heat emergency can be dangerous, inconvenient, and extremely expensive.
Maintenance is important. In addition to reducing the likelihood of a breakdown and a no heat emergency, tune-ups keep your heating system running at peak efficiency. A heating system that doesn’t receive regular maintenance can lose up to 5% of its efficiency every year. Regular maintenance for your heating system saves you money on your energy bills and reduces the likelihood of you’ll have to pay for expensive emergency repairs.
For both our propane gas and heating oil customers, Downey Energy offers service plans for boilers and furnaces than include an annual tune-up plus discounts on repairs.
Annual maintenance visits are designed to address any wear and tear on your heating system and get ahead of any potential problems before they become more serious.
During a maintenance visit, your HVAC professional will do the following:
Your heating system should be serviced once a year. And it’s best to do it before the heating season is really under swing, since that will make scheduling much easier, and it will also make it less likely that your heating system will fail when you need it the most. However, it’s more important to get yearly maintenance than to schedule it for the perfect time. So if you haven’t had your heating system serviced yet for the year, don’t put it off any longer.
You don’t need to enroll in a service plan to schedule an annual service visit for your heating system, but it is a good investment. It’s akin to health insurance. In addition to being good preventative care, it also includes coverage for if and when things go wrong.
Here are some of the features of the Downey Energy Service plans:
Oil Comfort Plan:
Oil Comfort Plus Plan:
Gas Comfort Plan:
With all of the above plans you have the option of adding coverage for your water heater.
From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy delivers for our Hudson Valley customers.
Contact Downey Energy today to schedule a tune-up for your heating system or to enroll in one of our service plans.
At Downey Energy, we don’t take water heaters for granted. Hopefully you don’t take the water heater in your Hudson Valley home for granted either. It might be easy to forget about your water heater when it’s working well. But if it stops working as it should or breaks down, you’ll definitely notice.
Water heaters do a lot to add to the comfort of your household. Your home’s water heater generates all the warm and hot water you and your family need to bathe, clean your clothes, wash your hands, clean your dishes, and more.
Whether you need a new water heater or repairs and/or maintenance for the water heater you already have, Downey Energy is here for you. We sell, maintain, and repair water heaters. We also take care of the water heater installation ourselves.
Whether you’re in the market for a new water heater or just want to better understand the water heater you already have, let’s take a look at the different types of water heaters.
Here are the basic categories of water heaters:
Downey Energy offers both propane and oil-fired water heaters. And our equipment experts can help you find the best water heater for your home and your hot water needs.
You can trust Downey Energy for quality water heater installation, maintenance, and repairs. Downey Energy has been serving residential and commercial clients in the Hudson Valley for more than a century. We have earned the loyalty of our customers through our dedication to service and reliability. Let us deliver for you as well.
Contact Downey Energy today to learn more about the water heater sales and services we provide.
A wide variety of businesses take advantage of propane’s versatility and affordability or use other commercial fuels. Yours can too. Downey Energy understands the unique needs of Hudson Valley companies. We’ve been helping local businesses of all sizes succeed for over a century, and we can help your company as well.
Whatever business you’re in, it’s our business to take care of all your commercial fuel needs. Downey Energy provides bulk propane, heating oil, and kerosene delivery. We also deliver on-road and off-road diesel. If your business needs to be set up with fuel pumps and tanks, we can handle that as well. Commercial customers of all kinds rely on us for their fuel needs.
If your company needs to keep a fleet of vehicles on the road or runs a lot of equipment, Downey Energy is a local company you can trust for bulk diesel delivery. We’ll make sure your cars, trucks, vans, and equipment always have the on-road or off-road diesel they need to keep working for you.
A wide variety of businesses rely on propane. Our commercial propane clients range from restaurants to construction companies to farms and beyond. Here are some of the Hudson Valley businesses that depend on us for bulk propane delivery:
There are a lot of ways propane can help your business run smoothly. And Downey Energy is here to provide reliable, safe bulk propane delivery to your business or job site. We deliver commercial fuels in Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and Northern Westchester County, New York.
Contact us today to find out how we can help your business succeed with our commercial fuel services!
At the forefront of many homeowners’ minds is the debate between propane and electricity for powering their homes. This is especially true if you’re trying to make a cost-effective and energy-efficient choice. There are several reasons why propane makes an ideal choice for energizing your home. Keep reading and we’ll explore why—especially as compared to electricity.
Propane is exceptionally versatile. There’s so much it can do in and around your home. Inside your home it can provide heat and hot water, dry your clothes, and cook your meals. Outside your home, propane can power your pool heater, space heater, grill, fire pit, and lighting. And since it’s safe and portable, you can take it camping, tailgating, and more. There’s so much it can do!
Propane is efficient and eco-friendly. That makes propane good for the environment (and your budget). Part of what makes propane more eco-friendly than electricity is the fact that propane is a primary energy source while electricity is a secondary energy source. That means propane can be used as it is, but electricity must be created. In the US, coal-burning power plants are the second-largest source of electricity. Those power plants have an adverse effect on the environment.
Electricity is no match for propane when it comes to the number of BTUs generated. It takes less propane versus electricity to generate the same amount of heat energy. Because propane is a more efficient way to heat your home, using propane versus electricity means you’ll have lower bills and produce fewer carbon emissions.
Propane appliances are significantly more efficient than their electric counterparts. A propane clothes dryer saves you time, money, and energy by drying your clothes 25% faster than an electric dryer can. Propane clothes dryers are also gentler on your fabrics and lead to less static cling. You’ll also have fewer wrinkles, so you’ll spend less time and energy ironing.
Autumn is here, and before you know it, you’ll be turning up the heat in your Hudson Valley home (if you haven’t already). When the harsher days of winter arrive, you want to know if your heating system can get the job done.
Propane furnaces are extremely efficient heating systems. The colder it gets, the more they outperform electric heating systems. Electric heat pumps simply don’t work as well when the outside temperatures approach freezing.
Your family depends on having an abundant supply of warm water for bathing, washing dishes, etc. Propane water heaters outperform electric water heaters. In fact, a propane water heater can produce twice as much hot water as an electric water heater in the same amount of time.
Additionally, it costs about 30% less to operate a propane water heater than an electric water heater. And a tankless propane water heater can save you even more money while providing a limitless supply of hot water. That’s especially great for large households.
There are several reasons propane is a good choice for powering your home. Propane heats your home and your water more efficiently than electricity does. However, there’s another reason propane is a clear winner compared to electricity. Power outages, especially after major storms, are becoming more and more common. If there’s a power outage, you can still cook your food on your propane grill. And if you have a whole-house propane generator, you can keep all of your appliances running during an electrical outage.
Propane is the clear choice for your home, and Downey Energy is the clear choice among propane providers. You can count on Downey Energy for dependable propane delivery in the Hudson Valley New York from Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County,
When you’re a Downey Energy customer, you get propane delivery you can count on. Contact us today to learn more.
This year, volatile energy prices have been an unpleasant fact of life. After heating oil prices spiked in the spring, we saw them decrease throughout the summer. These price fluctuations were driven by global factors, including market speculation, supply issues and the conflict in Ukraine.
On October 5, OPEC reduced its oil production by two million barrels a day, and this has caused prices to skyrocket yet again. In just the last few days, the price we pay for heating oil has increased by more than a dollar per gallon.
We want to say right away that this situation frustrates us as much as it does you. We hate the disruption to our business and especially to you, our customer. We hope prices go down again soon, like they did over the summer. But with prices changing so quickly, no one can definitively say where they’re are headed in the weeks or months ahead.
With history as our guide, we can say two things with confidence. Firstly, this price spike will not be limited to heating oil — all energy sources with be affected, from natural gas to grid electricity. Secondly, what goes up must come down. It’s just a matter of when.
We’ll keep tracking heating oil prices daily (sometimes hourly) and keep you in the loop. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take.
Enroll in our no-fee automatic delivery if you haven’t already. We have great relationships with our fuel suppliers. Still, there’s reason to believe that oil supplies will become a problem in the coming months. Having customers on automatic delivery helps us effectively manage our supply and ensure everyone stays comfortable and safe. And remember, we always prioritize our current customers.
Additionally, we can help you plan for higher prices by providing a breakdown of your prior heating oil usage that you can use to budget for the winter. Please let us know if we can help.
Finally, please call us if you’re worried about paying. We can almost always work out a solution with you. But the sooner we can address your concerns the better. Please don’t wait to contact our team.
We have been in this business a long time, and we’ve weathered many tough periods. Rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to help you navigate the winter with a little less stress. We are always here when you need us.
We know many of you are looking at the energy cost increases and wondering when this will end, and we don’t blame you. Our goal is to keep you in the loop as much as possible, even though the situation remains very fluid.
Last week, our suppliers again raised prices by over 65 cents per gallon over a few days. The reasons are complicated and seem to be affecting heating oil and diesel fuel much more than gasoline.
The driving factor is that both heating oil and diesel fuel–pretty much the same thing–are in abnormally short supply now. In fact, if you look at prices on the commodities exchanges, they show heating oil at a dollar less than we can get it at! That never happens. It’s called “basis blowout” and reflects a disconnect between the markets and actual supplies.
Our propane customers have been feeling the pain too, although price swings have not been as erratic as what we’re seeing right now with heating oil and diesel. Since propane is a by-product of both crude oil and natural gas, rising prices for these two fuels have a ripple effect on propane and drive its price upward.
Inflation has raised its ugly head too, as the actual cost of delivering fuel has risen. Long-time factors that have always influenced where propane prices go include supply-and-demand balance, transportation bottlenecks, energy policy and other issues.
The good news is that the supply issues are happening because the markets expect heating oil to go lower by a fair amount over the next several months. Fuel suppliers are reluctant to purchase fuel now and get stuck with higher-priced product. The bad news is that it is causing prices to be artificially higher now, and no one really knows for sure what will happen with the Ukraine war. The war is also causing a historic amount of diesel fuel to be shipped to Europe, which is impacting heating oil as well. By the way, we are seeing the same kind of surges in natural gas and electric costs.
We decided to hold off most deliveries except for those who seemed to be running low. It didn’t help that we’ve had an unusually cold spring, and people needed to use their heat longer than normal.
Beyond that, we want to urge people to get on our Budget Plan program, which allows us to spread your fuel payments over 10 months, beginning in September. If prices do stay high next year, it will be much easier to manage your bills if you don’t have to pay for all of your deliveries in just five months of fall and winter.
There is no way of knowing whether prices will rise or fall going forward. However, we will do our best to keep you in the loop as things emerge.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office. We are here for you.
Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our heating oil suppliers of over $1.25 per gallon in less than a week. Propane prices have been better but still increased over 40 cents per gallon. And the situation remains very fluid.
We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. 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 ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.
One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.
If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to 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 on a monthly payment plan.
Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.
As the Hudson Valley’s home comfort leader, Downey Energy wants you to be comfortable with your choice to use heating oil in your home. Perhaps you have some questions about heating oil: What is it? Is it safe? Is it a good choice for your home?
Many Hudson Valley residents rely on heating oil for their homes. Why? Heating oil is affordable and capable of warming your home faster than any other fuel source.
Keep reading to learn more about heating oil, and you’ll have a deeper appreciation for the fuel when you get your next heating oil delivery.
Heating oil starts its life as crude oil. However, crude oil has too many impurities to work in your furnace or boiler. Those impurities must be removed. The crude oil is put through a refining process called distillation. Through the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil, further purified, and blended to make products like the heating oil your furnace or boiler uses.
Heating oil is extremely safe. It won’t explode. You can’t even ignite it with a lit match. It only becomes combustible once it’s been vaporized by an oil burner at temperatures above 140° Fahrenheit.
Your heating system itself is also safe. A device within your unit is designed to shut your furnace or boiler off before carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a risk.
Think about your very first mobile phone. The one you have now is much more advanced, isn’t it? Similarly, the heating oil of today is better than the heating oil that was used years ago. Today’s heating oil is cleaner. And the heating oil industry continues to make advancements towards its goal of zero emissions by 2050.
Downey Energy delivers a cleaner burning heating oil that has been blended with Heating Oil Plus, an additive that improves the efficiency of your heating system.
Modern oil heat systems are incredibly efficient. They can be up to 95% efficient. The more efficient your heating system is, the less fuel it needs to keep you and your family warm and comfortable. An increase in efficiency can add up to an annual savings of up to 30% on average. And when heating oil prices go up (as they often do during the winter months) needing less of it to warm your home is a great way to save some money.
Heating oil is also a more efficient way to heat your home than electricity. It’s 30% more efficient than electricity when it comes to home heating.
The high-quality heating oil Downey Energy delivers is good for your heating system. It leaves fewer deposits because of how cleanly it burns. Fewer deposits lead to less wear and tear on your equipment. That means your heating system will break down less often and have a longer life. So you’ll save on the cost of repairs and delay the expense of a replacement.
Yes! Heating oil is a a very good choice for your Hudson Valley home. And Downey Energy provides heating oil delivery you can count on.
Make being a heating oil customer even easier by signing up for automatic delivery with Downey Energy. Once you become an automatic delivery customer, we start tracking your heating oil usage as well as the weather. We use that information to accurately schedule heating oil deliveries to your home before you run low. You’ll never again have to worry about how much oil is left in your tank. And you’ll never have to schedule another delivery. We’ll take care of everything.
Downey Energy has been serving our clients in the Hudson Valley for over 100 years. We have earned the loyalty of our customers through our dedication to service and reliability. Let us deliver for you as well.
From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County and northern Westchester County, your neighbors know that Downey Energy is the Hudson Valley’s leader for reliable heating oil delivery.
Contact us today to learn more or to sign up for automatic delivery.
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:
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.
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.