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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, Protect Your Price, and Keep Warm!

low sulfur heating oil vermont If you’re wondering about the best way to heat your home, or you’re purchasing your first home, you have a lot to think about as energy prices remain extremely volatile. While there are several options—like propane, natural gas, and electricity—the best choice for central Vermont’s damp cold winters is oil heat. Those other fuels just don’t provide the same heating energy. And if you think heating oil is a “dirty” fuel…think again. Today’s ultra-low sulfur heating oil is as clean an option as any of those other fuels. But what is ultra-low sulfur heating oil? Let’s answer that.

What is Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil?

Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is the result of dramatic enhancements in the refining process that has produced fuel that burns 95% cleaner than it did in the 1970s. Traditional heating oil has a sulfur content of up to 4,000 parts per million. In contrast, ultra-low sulfur heating oil has a sulfur content of just 15 parts per million.

As a result, the heating oil we deliver to fill your tank burns so cleanly, producing such negligible emissions, that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t even regulate it anymore.

What are the Key Benefits of Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil?

What makes ultra-low sulfur heating oil a better way to heat your home? Heating oil in general has a higher BTU output per gallon than other types of fuels. That means it will warm up your home faster than other types of fuels. It’s also true of ultra-low sulfur heating oil…but because it burns so cleanly, it’s even more efficient, and it’s easier on your equipment, too.

Delivering Value with Every Gallon

When it comes to pricing, every type of heating fuel is reacting to pressures in the market. The global economy and any issues that affect the supply of crude oil will affect how much you pay to heat your home.

On a local level, seasonal demand always plays a big role. When temperatures are colder than normal, people use more heating fuels, driving prices up. That’s why we secure large amounts of heating oil year-round, especially during summer, when the costs tend to be lower, so we can pass on savings to you in the winter when you need them most.

But we like to make sure you’re protected from the volatility. That’s why we offer our Monthly Budget Plan. It you off the heating oil price roller coaster by spreading your costs evenly throughout the year helping to cut winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to budget your expenses.

We also offer Pre-Buy and Fixed Price programs that you can enroll in each fall season. Please note these plans are closed for the 2022-2023 season, but here’s how they work so you can take advantage in the years ahead:

Need a Heating Oil Delivery? Call Junction Fuels Today!

When you’re looking for a new heating oil provider for your home or business, you want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier. Families and businesses in the Woodstock area get all that and more from Junction Fuels! Contact us today to learn more or to get started on becoming a customer.

Get Familiar with Propane and Its Benefits

propane supplier vermont Most folks who’ve lived in the northeast have—at least once—lived in a home heated with heating oil, or even kerosene. But those who’ve previously lived in a warmer climate region may be more familiar with electric heat.

So, the idea of heating a home with propane might seem odd or unfamiliar. Most people think propane is just for grills and camping. But as electric rates go up and the cost of oil remains unpredictable, many homeowners are looking for a domestic fuel source with less volatile prices and a more abundant supply. Others are wondering if oil or electricity is the fuel greenest choice on the market. And once they learn the details, more and more people are discovering the many benefits propane has to offer! But what exactly is propane?

Propane is a byproduct of natural gas. Because it is compressed and stored in a liquid state, it is sometimes referred to as Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG.

Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and most efficient fuels around. It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide steady, reliable heat at an affordable price. Propane also offers exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances at a much lower cost than electricity.

Here’s what you probably didn’t know about propane, and why so many customers in eastern Vermont are making the switch:

Propane Is Remarkably Efficient Compared to Other Fuels

Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, and it delivers more than twice the Btus of natural gas, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy.

Also, propane appliances are incredibly efficient, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. On the other hand, about two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted along the way.

Propane is Versatile Enough to Power Many Appliances

Because propane is so efficient, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances, in addition to heating your home.

For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174.

The same technology that makes propane ideal for space heating and water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat:

Propane Has a Fantastic Track Record for Safety

While it’s a highly flammable gas under certain conditions, leaks are rare, and propane is a safe and clean-burning way to heat your home and water. Like natural gas, propane has a distinct rotten-egg smell to help you quickly notice leaking gas.

Propane can also help keep your home and family safe year-round. When storms knock out power, a propane-fueled backup generator will keep your lights and everything else running until the utility companies can make repairs. In addition, a gas stove will continue to work during a power outage. Now that’s some peace of mind!

How Can I Get Propane? Call Junction Fuels!

Whether you’re ready to make the switch to propane, or have more questions, the professionals at Junction Fuels have the knowledge, experience, and resources to answer all your questions. And we can get you started with the right size propane tank for your needs, reliable propane delivery, and more.

Contact us for more information or to get started today.

Keeping Track of Your Home’s Fuel Level Has Never Been Easier!

propane monitor vermontPlenty of our customers enjoy our automatic propane delivery service to eliminate the worry of a run-out. But automatic deliveries aren’t the best solution for everyone. If your propane or heating oil usage isn’t consistent, we can’t use our algorithm to best predict your needs.

You may be one of our many customers who only use their Vermont home seasonally or on weekends—or maybe use it as a rental property. All those things mean your fuel use fluctuates. And it means you’ll really appreciate the real-time accuracy of our Otodata wireless propane tank monitoring service.

What’s So Bad About Running Out of Propane?

If you’ve never run out of propane, you may not realize what a hassle it can be. There’s the inconvenience, of course. Then there’s the cost of an emergency fill up, plus a pressure and leak test for safety. And even if your tank isn’t completely empty, you could still have problems. When propane levels get too low, air can get into your system, which can lead to expensive damage. In general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%.

Watching your tank yourself isn’t hard, but it’s also easy to forget to check your tank levels. This is made especially hard if you aren’t using your home full-time, or if you have to make a trip to check on a rental property (or count on tenants to check for you).

How Does a Tank Monitor Work?

Wireless tank monitors track the level of propane or heating oil in your home’s fuel tank in real-time and transmits your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via the wireless mobile app.

In addition to timely alerts, the app gives you even more control and insight. You can use it to easily track and adjust your monthly energy consumption—and better save on energy costs.

Tank Monitoring is Smart for Vermont Rental Properties

If you manage rental properties, a tank monitor can be a game changer. Whether you handle long-term rentals or short-stay properties, or even an Airbnb, unpredictable usage that varies from week to week or month to month makes it hard to gauge usage. Plus, constantly checking tank levels is inconvenient.

Our tank monitor service can save you the expense and hassle of fuel runouts that can ruin a guest’s stay and take the guesswork out of knowing when to order fuel for different locations. Track everything and get alerts with the app!

Tank monitors are easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in a matter of minutes! Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up 100% hassle-free.

Don’t Wait Until the Temperatures Drop to Replace Your Furnace!

heating service vermontIf you’re looking forward to the crisp, cool nights of autumn, we’re right there with you. But while a little nip in the air makes for great “sleeping weather,” you want to be sure your heating equipment is ready for the colder winter temperatures soon to follow. If your heating system wasn’t pulling its weight last year—cycling more often to keep your home warm, burning through more fuel than usual, or even breaking down—you might even be thinking about an upgrade.

It’s smart to do it before the coldest months of the year settle in. if for no reason other than you don’t want to be caught in a deep freeze in the middle of the installation process. But there are other smart reasons to get the work done before the season changes, too. For starters, as we get deeper into fall, our team gets busier—so it’s harder to schedule a convenient time for your installation.

But did you know getting the work done before winter sets in could also help you keep heating costs more manageable?

Investing in Your Heating System Can Lead to Savings

A new heating system is a big investment. So, you want to make sure that you get a good return. With a new heating system, that means improved efficiency without sacrificing comfort from the second it turns on. That’s why many of our customers are thinking about the fuel they use to heat their home. And many of them are opting for clean, efficient, and versatile propane.

Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Also, propane appliances are very efficient as well, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process. On the other hand, about two-thirds of the energy used by a power plant to generate and transmit electricity is wasted.

In other words, propane can offer more bang for your buck, all while protecting the environment and keeping your heating costs as low as possible. It’s a win-win for customers who care about the environment but also want to keep costs under control. 

Enjoy Better, More Comfortable Heat

There’s a lot of talk about the virtues of electricity for powering and heating our homes. The problem is, not all heating systems work in all climates. Electric heat pumps are getting a lot of buzz—and they can be effective in some areas of the country. But they deliver heat at or below your normal body temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and when the temperature drops below 25 or 30 degrees, they become incredibly inefficient.

As you’d expect, that really won’t cut it during a Vermont winter. Propane furnaces deliver a warmer, more comfortable heat, regardless of the outdoor temperature. In addition, many high-efficiency propane furnaces are two-stage or variable speed units, so they will deliver more consistent and steady heat, too.

Call the Pros at Junction Fuels For A Heating System Upgrade

Because propane is so efficient, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances in addition to heating your home.

For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174. Those savings can add up, especially as electric costs are going up, even as gas and propane prices are starting to moderate.

If you’d like more information about how a propane heating system can help you keep heating costs down without sacrificing comfort, contact us today. We offer everything from furnaces to water heaters—and are locally owned and operated right here in Woodstock, Vermont!

Three Key Reasons Not to Leave Your Tank Empty

summer oil delivery vermontWho thinks about ordering heating oil in July? If you’re enjoying the endless days and balmy temperatures, you’re probably not giving much thought to your oil tank. In fact, it might seem nuts to schedule a heating oil delivery in the middle of summer…but hear us out! We’ve got three smart reasons to fill up your tank this month:

1. You’ll extend the life of your oil tank.

It’s true! When your heating oil tank sits at or near empty, condensation will begin to form on the interior walls. Because water is denser than heating oil, that water drips down and sinks to the bottom of the tank, where it becomes an ideal environment for bacteria and other microorganisms.

Over time, it turns into sediment or sludge that can corrode your tank from the inside out—a big problem that could be difficult to see coming and very costly to remediate.

2. You’ll prevent winter breakdowns.

Sediment and sludge that forms at the bottom of an empty tank can get into your fuel lines and clog them up. This will cause your heating system to shut down, likely early into the next winter season, when we’re in the middle of a deep freeze. You’ll need a potentially expensive emergency repair to de-gunk the lines.

Because your tank never stays empty for long in the winter, these issues typically don’t even have the chance come up. Plus, condensation is less likely to form in colder temperatures. But in summer, especially if your tank is located outside, condensation will form quickly.

3. A spring fill up means one less hassle in the fall.

How quickly do the lazy days of summer turn into the crazy, busy days of fall? Back to school, end of vacations, all those pre-winter chores. When your tank is full in the fall, you won’t have to fight for a convenient heating oil delivery appointment at the same time everyone else is trying to get a delivery. You’ll also be ready for those early cold snaps.

While you’re at it, schedule your heating system tune-up in the summer, too! Not only will you have your choice of appointments, but the benefits won’t wear off over the late summer.

Though fuel costs are up right now, filling up your tank to protect it from failing is a much better investment than paying for cleaning up an oil spill and a new tank—and the oil to fill it.

Ready for a heating oil fill-up? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to get you scheduled.

We’ve Got 3 Budget-Friendly Options to Help

propane pricing vermontNumerous contributing factors including ongoing supply chain issues and geopolitical conflict have surged energy prices across the board. This is not just for the oil and propane to fuel your home, but also at the gas pump and at the grocery store. While we can’t control fuel prices at-large, our longtime customers know we always look for ways to help keep costs manageable.

That said, several of our customers who enrolled in one of our pricing and payment plans for their propane found that they were better protected from the worst of this past winter’s price spikes.

Available Propane Price Protection Plans

We know every budget is different—that’s why we offer three options. Read on to learn how each works and discover the best option for you.

  1. Our Monthly Budget Plan: Even when fuel prices are low, this plan is the most popular! That’s because our Monthly Budget Plan helps you to avoid unexpected high invoices, no matter how cold it gets or how much fuel you use.

    We use an average based on your past fuel use to spread your costs evenly over 12 months, cutting winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to budget your expenses.

    The point is to keep your fuel costs level and manageable, so even if we have a particularly harsh winter or prices spike, we’ll adjust your payments, so you don’t get hit with a large balance in the summer. Likewise, if it’s a mild winter, we can adjust and reduce your payments. The point is to help you save while avoiding big fluctuations, no matter if you use propane OR heating oil!

  2. Our Propane Pre-Buy Program: When you choose our Pre-Buy program, you buy your all your propane gallons for the year up-front at the start of the season. This lets you take advantage of lower off-season pricing and eliminates the worry about the price of fuel going up as the winter season sets in and demand increases.

    When you opt for this plan, you’re also automatically enrolled in our Automatic Delivery service, which delivers even more peace of mind! You don’t have to remember to order propane, and you don’t have to worry about running out.

    Ready to enroll? Click here to get started.

  3. Our Propane Fixed Price Program: Our Fixed Price Program for heating oil and propane is exactly what it sounds like. We agree on a fixed price ahead of the heating season and you’re locked in at that price. No matter what happens with fuel prices, your price won’t go over the fixed amount throughout the heating season ahead.

    Ready to enroll? Click here to get started.

If you’re using propane, letting the pros at Junction Fuels handle all your heating—and cooling—needs is a smart choice! You can count on us for reliable deliveries all year long, as well as superior service if something goes wrong, and expert installations if you need to replace or upgrade equipment! And, no matter what happens with prices next winter, our price protection plans are designed to help you keep costs manageable.

If you’d like to sign up for a plan, now is the time to enroll. Review your options at the links above or contact us today to learn about all the ways we can help you save.

Grill and Chill Safely

safe grilling vermontWe wait a long time for summer to arrive in Vermont, and when it finally does come our way, everyone wants to make the most of it! Making your backyard, patio, or deck a welcoming space for family and friends is easy with propane. This versatile fuel can power all sorts of backyard appliances including grills, deck and patio heaters, pool and spa heaters, insect traps, firepits, and fireplaces to name just a few.

Important Safety Facts For Operating a Grill

But before you get the party started, make sure you know these important facts about propane safety and how to protect your home and loved ones:

Make Space

Follow Best Practices

Transport & Store Properly

Make sure nothing ruins your summer fun. Have your outdoor propane appliances inspected and serviced every year by a professional propane service technician. Make sure to also clean and inspect your equipment frequently throughout the summer to spot any potential signs of problems. Have questions about propane safety? 

Contact Junction Fuels today. We’re glad to answer all your questions.

9 Reasons Why it’s Not as Crazy as it Sounds!

hvac tune up vermontThe days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. That means the chores most likely moving to the top of your spring to-do list are yard work, clearing the gutters, and cleaning the grill. Chances are, you’re not giving much thought to your boiler or furnace, other than those last few chilly nights when you might need to turn it up a little. That also means the last thing on your mind is your heating system tune-up.

It may sound crazy, but we’ve got some great reasons that you should schedule it in the spring or early summer months.

Why HVAC Maintenance in The Spring?

  1. Most importantly, the benefits of your tune-up won’t wear off over the summer. Once your tune-up is done, it’s ready for when you turn the heat on again in the fall.
  2. A well-maintained heating system runs more efficiently, burning less fuel to keep you comfortable. That translates into savings on your fuel bills—often as much as 10 percent.
  3. Your equipment will run when you need it most. It’s those stretches of single-digit days and polar vortexes that force your heating system to work extra hard to heat your home, not the more average winter temps. Routine maintenance catches heating system problems in their early stages, helping you avoid inconvenient equipment breakdowns and the potentially costly repairs that come with them. 
  4. Your equipment will last longer. Regular maintenance can add years to the life of your furnace or boiler! Neglected heating equipment will need to be replaced earlier than expected—a big expense that can be avoided with seasonal tune-ups.
  5. If you have a forced-air heating system, a well-maintained furnace will help keep air moving while also controlling household humidity—two significant contributors to healthy indoor air.
  6. Your system will be in prime shape and ready to go at the first unexpected cold snap in the fall.
  7. You’ll get your choice of appointments. In the fall, everyone is in a rush, and convenient appointment times fill up fast.
  8. If nothing else, it’s a jump start on your fall chores—which is kind of great when you think how busy that time of year can be.
  9. For most people, a good warranty is a key consideration with a major purchase like a heating system. Why jeopardize that coverage? Most heating equipment warranties require routine professional service as a precondition; skip your tune-up and your manufacturer could be voided, leaving you to pay out of pocket for the expense. 

Plan Ahead by Enrolling in a Heating Equipment Protection Plan!

Speaking of out-of-pocket expenses, consider one of our heating equipment service plans. So much more than a seasonal tune-up, our service plans can really help you save when you do need a repair. For just a few dollars a month, our Value plan for oil systems covers parts and labor for most repairs, and our Don’t Be Fuel-ish plan provides discounts on parts and labor for oil and gas systems.

What’s better? All our plans include priority emergency service. Because according to Murphy’s Law, if something can go wrong, it will—and usually at the worst time. These emergencies won’t wait until the weather clears or normal business hours resume, and neither will we.

Why wait? Contact Junction Fuels today to get your heating equipment tuned up and ready for fall season soon to come.

Get a Jump on Those Fall Chores

hvac tune up vermontSeptember is one of the busiest months of the year. Kids are headed back to school, summer vacations come to a close, and the pace of life picks up. Amidst the numerous other happenings, getting your heating system tune-up should be at the top of your to-do list. But there’s no reason to wait until fall to have us perform seasonal maintenance!

Get a Tune-Up Now, Not Later

The benefits of a tune-up won’t wear off until you start your system up again. And if you schedule your tune-up in the spring, you’ll get your better choice of appointment times and be ready to go by the time the fall arrives. And, for oil heating systems specifically, a tune-up in the spring means gunk doesn’t sit on parts all summer.

When you get your seasonal maintenance from the pros at Junction, your furnace or boiler will be cleaned, inspected, tested, and primed to run at peak efficiency for the fall and winter months. Our 7-point tune-up and inspection includes:

How Else Can a Heating System Tune-Up Help Me Save?

Tune-ups are more than clean filters and gaskets. Here’s how a spring tune-up can help you save money—and save energy:

Ask Us About Our Protection Plans!

Enjoy added protection and peace of mind when you sign up for one of our preferred customer premium protection plans. We offer two options—the Value Plan and the Don’t Be Fuel-ish Plan—so you can choose the one that’s right for your system and your budget. Either plan includes seasonal maintenance, as well as 24/7 emergency service at a discounted rate, plus valuable discounts on parts and repairs and credit toward a new heating system when you’re ready.

A service plan is a smart choice for older systems that are more prone to breakdowns as they age, and for newer systems to keep them running, well, like new!

Contact us today to get on the schedule for your spring tune up—and don’t forget to ask about our service plans, too.

We want to acknowledge the recent, alarming surge in energy prices. This is difficult for everyone and we want you to know we are here to help any way we can. If you need assistance or have any questions please contact us to discuss the best solution.