Fuel for Thought

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Jan 13, 2017

What You Should Know about CO and Smoke Detectors When You Heat With Oil

You probably can’t tell from my picture on the Crowley Fuel website, but I am old enough to remember life before smoke detectors. When they became available I rushed right out and bought them and I am probably on my 6th or 7th set now. For the safety of yourself and your family you should have properly installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Always heed the alarms from all safety devices and leave the building when they go off.

Read More >

Tags: Heating Systems, Home Heating Tips

U.S. Distillate Stockpiles at Yearly Deficit

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving energy prices for New England homeowners as we head into Janury of 2017.

Read More >

Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Rising U.S. Interest Rates and Oil Prices

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Dec 30, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving heating oil prices for New Englanders as we head into the beginning of 2017.

Read More >

Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Buyer Beware: How Many Codes Violations Can You Find?

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Dec 16, 2016

The pictures that I have included in this blog show 2 old oil tanks that are connected at the fill and vent piping on top as well as at the suction lines on the bottom. I was called to this home by a young couple who had bought the home with these tanks the week before. Being unfamiliar with heating oil they did not know how much oil was in the tanks and so, let the oil run out. I went there on an emergency call to put oil in the tanks and get them some heat. Crowley Fuel has a policy of inspecting oil tanks before delivering to a new account, and in this situation it saved us all from experiencing the possibility of a release of oil and all of the headaches that result!

Read More >

Tags: Heating Oil Company, Oil Heating, Heating System Maintenance

OPEC Agrees to Reduce Output in 2017

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Dec 09, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving your energy prices as we head into December of 2016.

Read More >

Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Bank and Tank Part II

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

I wrote a blog recently comparing an oil tank to a bank account and gave some reasons why it is a good thing to order your oil when you are at one quarter full. The message that I have today relates to the delivery side of that equation: the needs of the company delivering the oil.

Read More >

Tags: Heating Oil Company, Oil Prices, Oil Heating, Home Heating Tips

Temperatures and Oil Inventories in New England

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Nov 25, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving heating oil prices for New Englanders through November 2016 as it feels like winter temperatures are starting to set in.

Read More >

Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

Bank and Tank

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Here’s our winter riddle:
How is your oil tank like your bank account?
Both of them benefit from having a minimum balance!

While it may not be your favorite thing about your bank account, you could consider letting it become your favorite thing about your oil tank. If you are a customer who orders their oil you should be calling when your tank is ¼ full. This leaves you roughly 75 gallons in reserve – which at today’s prices is worth $150!

Read More >

Tags: Heating Oil Tank, Oil Heating

Speculation Surrounding OPEC Continues

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Nov 11, 2016

The report below provided by Hedge Solutions highlights some of the factors driving energy and heating oil prices for New Englanders as we head into November of 2016.

Read More >

Tags: Oil Prices, Energy News

The Full Service Oil Company Dilemma

Posted by Bob LaFlamme on Fri, Oct 28, 2016

A full-service oil company is one that provides not only the best quality heating oil but also the best quality 24 hour service to their customers. For those of us who have been in this business for many years, this is the way that has always been. And this is a promise that we hope to keep for anyone who calls our company for help in their time of need. It is an important commitment that we make that, in some cases, pre-empts all other commitments in our lives.

Read More >

Tags: Heating Oil Company, Oil Prices, Heating System Maintenance