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You can trust Hometowne Energy to get your heating system fixed!

heating repair new york With recent worries over inflation and how it can impact everything from groceries to your energy costs, you may hesitate to contact Hometowne Energy about problems you’ve noticed with your home’s heating system.

Frequently, the problem may not be as bad as you think and can be quickly resolved. Conversely, by neglecting the problem it may only get worse leading to much more expensive heating repairs, something that could easily have been avoided!

Hometowne Energy service plans are tailor-made to protect you from expensive heating repair costs. Annual maintenance ensures that your home’s heating system operates at optimal efficiency, while uncovering potential issues before they aggravate. If a service call is ever required, many parts and labor costs are covered!

Signs That Your Heating System Needs Help

Banging or booming. A banging or booming noise coming from your furnace may not be anything to worry about; it could simply mean that the ductwork is expanding and contracting. If, however, you hear this same sound only when your furnace cycles on, then there could be a potential danger for your family. This might indicate that the burner is dirty, and, if left unchecked, it can damage the heat exchanger. A broken heat exchanger could dangerously release carbon monoxide into your home. Never attempt to service the burner yourself. This must only be done by an experienced professional.

Squealing. If you notice this issue, don’t hesitate to contact us for a service call. It could potentially be due to the blower fan belt wearing out or insufficient lubrication in other furnace parts – both of which are fixable issues! However, if left untreated it may lead to your furnace completely breaking down. So, act fast and get ahead of the problem before it spirals into something bigger.

Rumbling or rattling. If you are hearing these noises coming from your heating system, it could be signaling a hazardous situation in need of immediate attention. The sound may originate from an irreparable heat exchanger, one that can leak carbon monoxide if not taken care of properly. Don’t wait to find out: contact us now for assistance.

Scraping. Is your furnace making this sound? This may be due to a loose blower fan, which can cause overheating and unexpected shutdowns. Contact us to fix the problem.

Electrical or burning smells. Is the scent of burning wire lingering in your home? Then something may be overheating. If you experience random shutoffs from your furnace, it could signify that your heating equipment is automatically protecting itself. Alternatively, if there’s a similar smell emanating from your heater, this could suggest that certain rubber or metal components are on their last legs and starting to burn. In either case, shut off your heating system immediately and contact us for service.
 
Noxious exhaust odors or smoke. If you detect any of these strange smells, that could be a sign the exhaust chimney is blocked. The blockage may be partial or total. If this is true, deadly carbon monoxide can begin to accumulate in your home. Immediately turn off your heating system and contact us for a service call.

Rotten-egg smell. If you use propane or natural gas in your home and detect this odor, it’s likely that there is a gas leak. To ensure safety and protect yourself and others, evacuate the home right away then contact 911 as well as Hometowne Energy to report the incident.

Inadequate heat. Is your home’s furnace or boiler not providing sufficient heating? First, double-check that your thermostat is set correctly. Then ensure vents and radiators are free from any obstructions like furniture or window treatments. If these tips don’t solve the issue, reach out to us for a service call!

Heating system cycles on and off frequently. If your heating system seems to be cycling on and off in short intervals, the issue might lie with a faulty thermostat or a dirty air filter. Check these two and adjust or replace as needed. Still not seeing any improvement? Don’t hesitate to reach out: Our team of experts are always ready to help!

You won’t get left in the cold with Hometowne Energy! Contact us for all your heating system installation, maintenance, and repair needs.

Enjoy cozy comfort with a propane fireplace from Hometowne Energy!

propane fireplace new york We’re fully into winter here in the Finger Lakes Region, and many days, there’s nothing like coming home and relaxing in front of a warm and cozy fire in the fireplace.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you’ve got some work to do before you can relax. You need to bring in the wood, build and light a fire, then wait for it to get going. When you’re done, you have to deal with the mess of cleaning up the ashes.

You can skip all of that with a propane fireplace and gas logs from Hometowne Energy! We install and service propane fireplaces and gas logs and can help you secure financing and rebates, if available.

Propane usage for fireplaces

A propane fireplace is an excellent way to add ambiance and heat to your home, but you may be wondering how much propane it will use. As a general rule of thumb, each 100,000 BTUs uses approximately one gallon of propane. For example, if you have a 50,000 BTU fireplace then you can expect it to use one gallon every two hours that it is in use.

Now, compare the expense and work you put into your wood-burning fireplace with a propane one. Most people are delighted by how easy and cost-effective it is to have a propane fireplace in their home.

If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, adding a propane fireplace is much easier and less expensive than adding a masonry fireplace. Installation is quick, often taking less than a day. And you can install it wherever you like in your home.

Can you convert a wood-burning fireplace to propane?

Yes! It’s quite easy with a propane fireplace insert and gas logs.

With a propane fireplace, you get a much more attractive and realistic flame than electric fireplaces. You can choose gas logs in a wide ranges of styles, from classic oak to rustic birch to coastal driftwood. Today’s gas logs are made to look closely like real wood.

What’s great is, you’ll be able to enjoy a fire in your propane fireplace with the push of a button. When you’re done, just turn it off with no worries about cleanup.

A propane fireplace also gets and keeps your room warm much better and efficiently than a wood-burning fireplace. A propane fireplace insert can have an efficiency of up to 80%, which is much higher than a wood fire. In fact, up to 90% of the heat produced by a wood-burning fireplace goes straight up the chimney! This means that when a wood fire starts to burn out, the room can become very cold very quickly as all the heat is drawn out.

With expert propane gas fireplace and gas long installation and service, along with dependable propane delivery, Hometowne Energy is your one-stop shop for enjoying all a propane fireplace can bring to your home! Contact us today to get started.

Hometowne Energy is your reliable heating oil delivery company!

heating oil delivery new york Many customers worry that their fuel will “go bad” if it sits in the tank over the summer. We are here to assure you that, even if you didn’t fill your tank last spring, you don’t have to worry about any unused heating oil going bad and becoming unable to use this winter.

Heating oil typically lasts 18 to 24 months, so the leftover fuel from last winter is still good!

You can be always assured of having heating oil with Hometowne Energy’s reliable heating oil delivery, especially our Automatic Delivery option where we use your usage history and weather forecasts to accurately predict when you’ll need more heating oil and make a delivery before you run low.

Not only does a full heating oil tank protect your home, it protects your tank as well!

Condensation is bad for your heating oil tank

When the heating oil tank isn’t full, condensation will start to form on the bare interior walls. This happens more quickly when it’s warmer outside.

What makes condensation bad? Multiple things.

Condensation in your heating oil encourages bacteria growth, which can develop into sludge.

Sludge can clog your fuel lines and reduce the effectiveness of your heating system. If the lines are completely blocked, then your furnace won’t get any fuel and will eventually break down. As a result, you’ll be stuck in the cold and also have to pay for repairs.

Another problem with condensation is that, as it builds up, it falls off the interior tank wall due to gravity. Water is heavier than heating oil, so it will sink to the bottom of the tank. Once at the bottom, the water creates an ideal environment for sediment to form. Over time, this sediment leads to corrosion of your heating oil tank from the inside out.

Not only do you have to replace your heating oil tank if the corrosion caused a tank failure, but you also have to hire a professional for safely removing your failed tank and cleaning up the spilled oil according to regulatory standards. The entire process can be quite costly.

Keeping your tank full after winter ends prevents the development of condensation, helping your tank last longer.

An additional upside is that you won’t have to go through the hassle and expense of an emergency heating oil delivery when winter comes back around. If there’s a cold snap early on, as often happens in the Finger Lakes Region, you’ll be prepared with plenty of oil to heat your home without any worries.

Heating oil tank failure signs

The best way to protect yourself from heating oil tank failure is to inspect your heating oil regularly. The signs of corrosion you can see are:

  • condensation or weeping on the outside of the tank long after the tank has been filled
  • pinhole leaks
  • blistering on the tank’s exterior, especially along the bottom
  • rust

If you see any of these, contact us right away and we’ll come to take a look at it.

Become a Hometowne Energy customer and get the most reliable heating oil delivery in the Finger Lakes Region.

Discover the benefits of propane in your home!

propane or electricity new york Recently, more and more people have been suggesting that we use electricity as our primary energy source for powering our homes, including for home heating and water heating.

The belief that electric homes are more environmentally friendly is mistaken and could have a negative impact on our homes, wallets, and way of life.

Hometowne Energy offers dependable propane delivery and expert propane appliance installation so that you can enjoy all the benefits of using propane to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable without worry. Propane has several advantages over electricity, including being more reliable and efficient.

Propane offers superior energy efficiency

Propane-powered appliances are more energy efficient than electric ones. For example, a propane water heater can heat water faster and at a lower cost than an electric one. You also are able to dry your laundry in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer.

Propane is better for the environment

Although electricity may refer to as “cleaner” than propane, it is not. In fact, coal-fired power plants produce 22% of the electricity in the United States and are detrimental to the environment. They cause smog and acid rain while also being one of the leading drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in America. However, propane is much cleaner because it creates close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!

Propane virtually eliminates energy waste

Inefficient electric transmission due to power line resistances causes approximately 60% of electricity to be wasted during travel. For every one unit of electricity that reaches your home from the power plant, three units of source energy are required. Burning greenhouse gas-producing coal is necessary to provide homeowners with electricity. With your propane near your home in your propane tank, there is virtually no energy loss from the tank to your propane appliances.

Propane is better at heating

According to the Department of Energy, propane home heating has been more cost-effective than electricity in recent years. A propane furnace heats air much hotter (Between 130° and 140° Fahrenheit) than an electric one does (usually only up to 98.6°), so you’ll feel the difference!

Propane offers better comfort

Propane fireplaces have many advantages over electric ones, and these factors are important to consumers. Propane flames look more natural and realistic than electric flames, they heat your space faster, and cost much less to operate overall.

You can count on propane!

Unlike electricity, propane will never let you down. If you have a propane tank right on your property, you won’t need to worry about losing power and not being able to cook. With a whole-house backup generator fueled by propane, you’ll be able to keep the lights on and your house comfortable and secure even during an outage.

Propane appliances save you money

By investing in a propane furnace, you will get a better return on your investment as they last 5 to 10 years longer than electric heat pumps. Propane furnaces are cheaper to maintain than heat pump units because they have fewer moving parts. Propane water heaters could save you $175 a year on your water heating costs.

Propane enhances your quality of life

Propane makes many appliances around your home better. With a propane range, you can better manage the temperature while cooking, so your food is cooked beautifully. Also, gone are the days of cold showers! With a propane tankless water heater, you can have access to hot water whenever you need it. Plus, propane pool and spa heaters work much faster than electric models, making them more efficient overall.

Become a Hometowne Energy customer for the best propane service in the Finger Lakes Region!

Hometowne Energy can meet your business’s diesel fuel needs!

diesel fuel new york The economy here in the Finger Lakes region is diverse and includes industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, health care, marinas, trucking, construction, and more.

Many of these industries rely on diesel fuels to get the job done. Hometowne Energy is the region’s leader for dependable on-road and off-road diesel delivery.

Hometowne Energy not only delivers diesel to businesses but also to schools and local municipalities. We have a large fleet of delivery vehicles that allows us to provide prompt and responsive service to our customers as well as quality fuel at a competitive price!

We understand that winter weather can be rough here in the Finger Lakes, which is why we blend our diesel fuels for cold weather earlier than other area diesel providers and keep an eye on weather forecasts all winter long to make sure we have a plentiful supply of winter-blend diesel fuels for our customers.

If you’re not familiar with diesel fuels, here is some essential information about them and how they are used.

How are diesel fuels made?

Diesel fuel in the United States is most often distilled from crude oil at petroleum refineries and is ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD). This type of diesel has 15 parts per million (PPM) or less of sulfur.
The U.S. produced 1.63 billion barrels (68.35 billion gallons) of ULSD in 2021.

In the 19th century, Rudolf Diesel invented a compression ignition engine that was more thermal efficient than any other invention of its time. Consequently, diesel fuel was named after him.
[h3]Are on-road diesel and off-road diesel different from each other?

Off-road diesel and on-road diesel only differ in function; There are no chemical differences.
Diesel used for commercial vehicles driven on public roads, like trucks, buses, and shuttles, is called on-road diesel. Thus, the federal excise tax applies to it.

Off-road diesel is a type of fuel primarily used in large construction machinery, agricultural vehicles, backhoes, and bulldozers. Since it not used for transportation purposes, off-road diesel does not have an excise tax.

On-road diesel is not dyed but rather the latter which has a red dye to prevent it from being used for regular vehicles as this would help drivers avoid the excise tax. If caught using off-road diesel penalties include hefty fines each time. In New York, the penalty is $10 per gallon or $1,000 per violation.

How is diesel fuel used?

Diesel fuel isn’t exclusive to large transport trucks or equipment; it has numerous other purposes.
Diesel-powered standby generators provide backup electricity to keep lights on and running medical equipment operational in many area hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions during a power outage.

Diesel is used by government agencies to power school buses, snowplows and other road maintenance vehicles and equipment.

Are you ready to get commercial diesel fuel services you can count on? Get in touch with the commercial fuels experts at Hometowne Energy to set up a consultation!

Hometowne Energy serves all kinds of Finger Lakes businesses

If you only think about propane in terms of your home’s BBQ grill, you’ll be surprised at all the ways it can be used in all kinds of businesses all around the Finger Lakes region.

Hometowne Energy has been serving those businesses for close to 80 years. We understand the needs of local businesses because we are one! We provide customized commercial propane services to businesses and farms from Ithaca to Brockport. Here are some of the ways our commercial customers use propane.

Propane in hospitality

Tourism is a major industry here in the Finger Lakes. Propane provides many benefits to businesses such as restaurants, hotels, inns, bed-and-breakfasts, resorts, banquet facilities, and golf courses.
Propane is a gas that commercial kitchens can use for cooking if they’re not in an area with natural gas lines. Propane-powered appliances include cooktops, ovens, broilers, water heaters, warming trays, grills, and outdoor heaters.

Not only do hotels, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts use propane for cooking, but it is also used for high-efficiency heating, water heating, and commercial dryers. These dryers not only get laundry done up to 25% faster than electric ones but there is less wear and tear on the laundry and fewer wrinkles, helping to make housekeeping work more efficient.

Agriculture and propane

There are more than 7,600 farms in the Finger Lakes region including apple orchards, vineyards, dairy farms, and farms that grow a wide array of produce.

Propane can help the region’s farms in many ways. Its outstanding efficiency keeps barns, greenhouses, and other outbuildings safely warm while keeping those costs down.

A cold snap in early spring can be lethal to apple crops. Propane-powered orchard heaters can protect trees from frigid temperatures. Using propane for flame weed control is safer for you, your workers, and the environment than using toxic herbicides. You can also get back to work faster.

Commercial propane generators

Businesses of all types are affected by power outages, which is why having a commercial propane generator is vital. Healthcare facilities rely on them to keep patients safe, while grocery stores use them to keep perishable and frozen foods at safe temperatures. Additionally, propane generators ensure that HVAC systems and other essential technologies remain operational when the power goes out.

Propane for construction

Construction sites can make use of propane in a variety of ways. It can be used for temporary space heating, so work can continue even in cold weather. Propane ground thawing equipment allows paving and concrete work to happen even when the temperature drops. And propane generators charge equipment batteries, keeping them ready to go at all times.

Propane forklifts

Propane-powered forklifts have numerous benefits in comparison to electric or gasoline models. For instance, with a propane model, you simply need to replace an empty cylinder with a full one and it’s ready to get back on the job. There’s no downtime like with electric battery recharging (which takes eight hours minimum) or the risk of messy fuel spillage which can happen with gasoline-powered forklifts. Another great perk is that they can be used both indoors and outside.

Contact Hometowne Energy to learn more about our commercial propane services.

This is not your parents’ heating oil!

what is bioheat new york For many years, heating oil had a poor reputation as being “dirty.” Bioheat® fuel has changed all that!

Hometowne Energy, which specializes in delivering only Bioheat fuel, provides reliable heating oil delivery of Bioheat fuel to your house or business in the Finger Lakes region.

Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biodiesels that deliver a cleaner burning fuel, which benefits the environment. Bioheat is also kinder to your heating equipment and your finances!

We’ve put together some common questions people have about Bioheat fuel so you can learn more about it.

What are biodiesels?

Bioheat fuel is made of natural and renewable biodiesels, such as:

  • plant oils such as sunflower, corn, soybean, and canola
  • animal fats and tallows
  • recycled restaurant cooking oils
  • algae

Biodiesel research is ongoing, and new discoveries are being made all the time. According to recent findings from Michigan State University, switchgrass, a crop often used for biofuel, can actually help protect the environment when planted on agricultural land of little value.

This benefits our country’s farmers as it provides them with a new source of biodiesel to be used in Bioheat fuel. In addition, by growing crops on parts of their land that were not productive before, they may earn more money.

How does Bioheat fuel help the environment?

Bioheat fuel is environmentally friendly in several ways, but most notably it reduces greenhouse gas emissions. As the amount of biodiesels in Bioheat fuel increase, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions becomes greater. Bioheat fuel plays a significant role in the heating oil industry’s objective to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.

By using biodiesels in Bioheat fuel, we decrease our dependence on oil drilling both at home and internationally.

We’re keeping garbage out of landfills by turning these resources into biodiesels for Bioheat fuel.

Are there different kinds of Bioheat fuel?

The only difference between Bioheat fuels is the proportion of biodiesel they contain. Here’s how to have an idea of how much of your Bioheat fuel is biodiesels.

A Bioheat fuel supplier will often provide a letter B followed by a number indicating the percentage of biodiesels in their product. The amount of biodiesel in the fuel is represented by this figure. There are also different names for each level of biodiesel content.

Bioheat® fuel: Blends ranging from 2% to 5% biodiesel (B2–B5)

Bioheat Plus® fuel: Blends ranging from 5% to 20% biodiesel (B5–B20)

Bioheat Super Plus® fuel: Blends with 20% biodiesel and above (B20+)

Does Bioheat fuel help me to save money?

Bioheat fuel is a cost-effective way to heat your home or business for several reasons! With Bioheat fuel, your home’s heating system will run much more efficiently than traditional No. 2 heating oil. Save money on your home heating costs with this affordable and eco-friendly option! With Bioheat fuel, you’ll see fewer deposits on heat registers, meaning less strain put on your furnace or boiler. You can expect to live a longer life for your heating system and experience fewer breakdowns and repair costs!

From Brockport to Milo Mills and all around the Finger Lakes Region, Hometowne Energy provides dependable delivery of Bioheat fuel to your home or business. Become a customer today!

Dear customers,

On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers had increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon. Ridiculous!!

This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, and gasoline to move higher too (fortunately, propane has not moved nearly as high this entire year.) Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far, this fast, you can always see the fingerprints of Wall Street firms that jump in to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck (or should we say millions of bucks.) It frustrates the heck out of us.

Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. We are hoping for the best, but there are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.

A few things to bear in mind:

  1. We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company, and makes planning very difficult.
  2. This year supply issues could become problematic. While we have excellent relationships with our suppliers, it is imperative that you go on (or stay on) automatic delivery. This way, if we go on “allocation” from suppliers, have drivers out sick because of COVID, or face severe weather, we can manage capacity better and keep you warm.
  3. Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’ve already signed up for our Monthly Smart Pay Payment Plan, you made a smart move! If you haven’t, it is not too late. If you’d just like to know how much you used last year, so you can project this year’s bills more accurately, call us. This is going to be painful, but it will be helpful to be able to plan for it.
  4. If you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, it is critical that you call us as soon as you realize there’s an issue. We can work with you, but only if you communicate with us early.

I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control. But we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.


Keeping you in the loop about fuel prices

Updated: May 26, 2022

We know many of you are looking at 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 more than 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 heating oil in our area is in 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! That never happens. It’s called “basis blowout” and reflects a disconnect between the markets and actual supplies.

Good News and Bad News

The good news is that the supply issues are happening because the markets expect heating oil prices 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. By the way, we are seeing the same kind of surges in natural gas and electric costs.

What we are doing about it

We decided to hold off most deliveries except for those customers who seemed to be running low. It didn’t help that we’ve had an unusually cold spring, and people are still using their heat. Beyond that, we want to urge people to get on our budget billing program, which allows us to spread your fuel payments over 11 months. If prices 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.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office. We are here for you.


Shocking Spike in Fuel Prices

Updated March 11, 2022

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.

What’s Coming Next?

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. 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.  

Steve Roth
Wholesale Sales/Sales Manager

Take a closer look at where your home fuel comes from.

Propane is a versatile and energy-efficient fuel source that offers many benefits for Finger Lakes region homes.

If you don’t know much about propane, that’s all right! We have gathered some information to help expand your understanding.

What is propane?

Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.
In 1864, Edmund Ronalds, a British academic and industrial chemist, discovered propane while researching chemicals in light crude oil from Pennsylvania. The next big step forward in propane was made by American chemist Walter O. Snelling in 1910. Snelling worked for the United States Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, where he was studying gasoline evaporation and storage methods when he discovered that certain evaporating gases might be converted to liquids. Out of all the gases studied, Snelling found that propane was the most plentiful. He then discovered a way to bottle the liquid gas, which led to the establishment of the propane industry. He went on to sell the patent for propane to Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum, for $50,000 three years later. That’s about $1.4 million in today’s money.
 
Propane processing involves adding an odorant since propane doesn’t have a smell. The most common odorant is ethyl mercaptan, the smell of which might remind you of rotten eggs. This scent helps people identify propane leaks. If you notice that rotten-egg smell in your home, follow propane safety best practices and evacuate immediately. Get to a safe location, then call 911 and Hometowne Energy.

Where does propane come from?

About 70% of the propane used domestically in the US and Canada is produced as a by-product of natural gas processing. The recent increase in shale gas production has helped to meet this demand. Our propane supply is also derived from crude oil refining.

When natural gas is processed, it produces liquid components like propane, butane, methane, and ethane. Propane is then distributed through pipelines, tankers, ships, trains, and trucks to bulk distribution facilities. The propane is distributed to local vendors, such as Hometowne Energy.

We provide safe and dependable propane delivery to communities in Monroe County, Yates County, Onondaga County, and other parts of our service area. You can be confident that you’ll always have the propane you need to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable with our Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring.

Is propane environmentally friendly?

Propane is a clean-burning, efficient energy source that was selected as an alternative energy under both the 1990 Clean Air Act and 1992 National Energy Policy. Propane is not a greenhouse gas because it does not contain methane, unlike natural gas. In the rare event of a leak, propane does not harm the air, soil, water, aquatic life, marine life, or plant life.

Propane is not only cleaner burning, but more energy efficient. In fact, today’s propane heating systems and appliances have efficiency ratings that can reach 95% or higher! Propane eliminates the need for you to compromise comfort or convenience in order to decrease your home’s carbon impact.

Become a Hometowne Energy customer and get the most dependable propane delivery in the Finger Lakes region!

Keep your furnace going strong with expert maintenance from Hometowne Energy!

furnace tune up new yorkAs fall gets started, our service department gets busier. That’s why Hometowne Energy encourages customers to contact us right away to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s furnace before the weather becomes chilly.

If you make an appointment for your tune-up soon, it will be easier to schedule one that works with your schedule. You won’t have to wait as long, either.

Every one of our service plans come with an annual maintenance check for your furnace. This way it will stay in working order and many parts and repair expenses are covered as well!

Why do I need a tune-up of my furnace?

By getting an annual maintenance tune-up from the skilled professionals at Hometowne Energy, you’re not only ensuring that your furnace will be in good shape to withstand another winter in the Finger Lakes region, but you’re also gaining other benefits!

Cut your heating costs. Properly maintaining your furnace will allow it to operate at peak efficiency. This, in turn, may help you save a nice amount of money on propane or heating oil expenses!

Keep your furnace going. By keeping your furnace well-maintained, you can make it run more smoothly and last much longer.

Keep the warranty valid. If you don’t have your furnace serviced by a professional once a year, you may be jeopardizing your furnace’s warranty. No warranty would be able to put you on the hook for future repair expenses.

Should I repair or replace my furnace?

As your furnace gets older, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth repairing or if it’s time to buy a new one. Our team of professional experts will assist you in making an informed decision and offer an objective assessment on the most appropriate solution for your needs.

In certain situations, repairing your furnace may be the best option. Repairs are often easier and less expensive if it is no more than seven years old. Repairing may be the right solution if you want to move in the following year or two. Finally, a brand-new heating system may not be within your financial means.

There are times, however, when replacing your furnace is the correct decision.

Age and condition. As a rule of thumb, furnaces last around 10 years. If your furnace is nearing this age or older and you haven’t had it regularly serviced, it might be time for an upgrade.

Repair bills. If your furnace repairs will cost more than half of the cost of a new one, it’s usually preferable to replace it. In the long run, you’ll be more comfortable and save money on your energy bills.

Efficiency. Over time, furnaces that aren’t taken care of gradually become less efficient. For example, an older furnace’s efficiency may drop to only 60%. However, a new furnace boasts efficiencies up to 98%, meaning your energy costs will stay low for years.

Make time today to get in touch with Hometowne Energy to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!