Helpful Tips

Warm Weather Energy Saving Tips

No matter the time of year, energy savings is something that is on everyone's mind. Whether you own your home, rent or lease, conservation is key to keeping your energy bills manageable.

Here are some tips and ideas now that the warmer weather is here.

  • During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
  • Install ceiling fans. They could help reduce your cooling bills by 40%.
  • If you turn your ceiling fan on when using the air conditioner, you can raise your thermostat about 4°F to save on cooling costs with no reduction in comfort.
  • During hot summer afternoons, avoid using appliances. Wait until cooler times of the day to do tasks that make your house warmer, like laundry and cooking.
  • Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt.
  • Clear furniture away from air conditioning ducts.
  • Make sure the output of your air conditioner is right for the size of your room or house to ensure optimum efficiency and comfort.
  • Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.
  • Look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR® approved.
  • Install an attic fan. This can cool your attic by nearly 30 degrees.
  • Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
  • Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
  • Open windows on cool summer days and nights. A good rule of thumb is to open windows when the outside temperature is cooler than the inside of your house.
  • Consider air drying clothes on clotheslines or drying racks instead of using your dryer.
  • Caulk gaps and cracks around drafty door frames and windows to prevent warm air from entering your home on summer days. Caulk is inexpensive and can be purchased at most hardware stores where they can also teach you how to apply it.

We Want to Help You Stay Safe

We strive to keep you warm and comfortable with our fuel services. We also want you to stay safe no matter what kind of heat source you use for your home or business. Safety starts with common sense. If something seems dangerous consult a professional and follow all safety procedures.

Here are some practical safety tips to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Install and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Keep anything that can burn a least three feet away from heating equipment
  • Never hang anything from gas pipes or fuel oil pipes
  • Teach your children what to do in case of an emergency

With any application and practice common sense is the key, we all need to be reminded sometimes of the little things we may take for granted.  When heating your home, it is important to take some everyday thought into being safe.

  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers on each floor of your home. Check them regularly and know how to use them.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Space heaters should always be placed at least three feet from furniture, walls and anything that could ignite from the heat.
  • Only use the manufacturer-recommended fuel in your portable heater.
  • Never add fuel to a space heater while it's in use. Wait until it has been turned off and cooled down completely, and then take it outdoors to fill it with fuel.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters at all times.

Propane Gas Safety Tips

What to do if you suspect a gas leak:

  • Immediately put our all smoking material and any other open flames.  Refrain from using lights, appliances or phones, flames or sparks from these items can trigger a fire or explosion.
  • Propane is heavier than air. The vapor will descend to the lowest point, for example, your basement. Avoid these areas when a leak is suspected.
  • Leave the area and go to a safe place
  • If possible shut off the gas source.  Know the location of the shut off valves on appliances and how to use them.  On a propane gas tank close the valve by turning it to the right (clockwise)
  • From a safe location report the leak.  If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.  Do not return to the property until it has been determined that it is safe and your gas system has been thoroughly inspected.

General safety guidelines for propane gas

  • Tampering with your propane system my cause a potentially dangerous situation.  Any modifications or alterations should be performed by authorized and trained professionals.
  • The easiest way to detect a propane leak is by a very unpleasant odor (rotten egg smell)
  • Never tamper with your system's supply lines, regulators, safety devices or storage tank fittings.
  • Never use an open flame to test for propane leaks.
  • Have your propane gas furnace or boiler inspected before using it for the first time every year.  Also make sure to have any vents, chimney’s or flues inspected as well.
  • Please have your propane system checked if you have any of the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headaches, dizziness, loss of muscular control, vomiting, and watering of the eyes.
  • Prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning is listed in the following steps: Never use range burners as space heaters. Never use propane heaters that are not intended for indoor use. Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Have all propane appliances tested regularly by a qualified technician. Always make sure there is plenty of ventilation.  Carbon monoxide detectors are available at most hardware stores.

Fuel Oil Safety Tips

Fuel oil storage tanks

  • Have your fuel tank inspected by a trained professional. It is important to periodically check your fuel oil storage tank for defects that could possibly lead to a leak. Leaking fuel oil can contaminate water and soil as well as damage property and affect indoor air quality.
  • Inspect your fill pipes, vent alarm and tank plugs for any leaks that may be present.
  • Contact Broedel Fuel Group for assistance with this inspection

What to do if you have an oil spill/leak

  • If fuel is leaking from your storage tank or piping contact Broedel Fuel Group or your local fire department immediately.  Make an attempt to contain the leaking fuel within a specific area.  Try to keep the fuel from entering any floor drains or sump pump areas.
  • Know the location of the oil shutoff and how to operate it.
  • We DO NOT recommend that you attempt to repair a fuel leak yourself.  Please contact Broedel Fuel Group for assistance.

Cleaning and maintenance

  • Oil burning appliances are equipped with safety controls for your protection. These controls are designed to shut off the burner if they detect something is wrong. If the burner does shut off it may be reset by pressing the reset button.  It is recommended that you only push the reset button (1) one time in the attempt to restart the burner.  If this does not get the burner to operate call Broedel Fuel Group for assistance.
  • Broedel Fuel Group, along with appliance and tank manufacturers, recommend having your oil burning appliances and oil storage tank maintained annually.
  • An annual tune-up of your heating system is a good investment and includes an in-depth inspection of the inner workings to help maintain performance and efficiency.  Contact Broedel Fuel Group to schedule an appointment.
  • Make sure to have any vents, chimneys, or flues inspected each year.