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apartments Oilheat is the best fuel for heating, because it outperforms competing fuels in every important way: value, safety, service, quality of heat, and reliability of supply. Oilheat is greener than you might think, thanks to the growing use of biofuel blends and the imminent reduction of sulfur content in the fuel.

Here are a few of the most important Oilheat advantages:


Value:

Energy prices have fluctuated considerably in recent years, but Oilheat has remained a consistent value, particularly in New York. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that in 12 of the 17 years between 1992 and 2008, Oilheat was a better value than utility gas in the Empire State. Oilheat bills are straightforward and generally include no extra charges, while utility bills are convoluted and include extras like a basic monthly charge, delivery charges, supply charges, cost adjustment charges, distribution charges, taxes, franchise fees and administration charges.

Great Providers:

A customer enjoys a far more satisfying relationship with a company like Hunts Point Fuel than you could ever expect with a gas utility. Utilities are faceless conglomerates that answer to distant boards of directors and have no real local ties. Hunts Point Fuel is a local, family-owned company that maintains long-term, personal relationships and is fully accountable. And where utilities offer nothing beyond fuel, Hunts Point Fuel offers the services you really need, like preventive maintenance and 24-hour emergency service.

Safety:

Oilheat America There are significant differences between the properties of Oilheat and utility gas - and their safety records. Oilheat is a non-explosive liquid that is not flammable at room temperature. In fact, you can drop a match in bucket of Oilheat, and it will go out as if it were dropped in water. To ignite Oilheat, you must first heat it to 140 degrees F - the point at which it begins to vaporize. In the unlikely event of a release from an Oilheat tank, there is no risk of explosion. Utility gas, on the other hand, is a volatile gas that is extremely hazardous when it leaks. It has caused many powerful explosions, including some that have destroyed homes and killed people inside.

Renewability:

Oilheat blends readily with plant-based biofuel, which draws on a renewable supply. As fuel producers develop new biofuel blends that incorporate a broader range of feedstocks, the Oilheat supply expands further, easing our dependence on energy imports. ASTM has endorsed select Oilheat/biofuel blends as compatible with all Oilheat burners, so customers can "go green" without even changing their equipment.

Cleanliness:

Oilheat producers will reformulate their fuel in the years ahead to reduce the sulfur content. The Energy Research Center says that a blend of biofuel and reduced-sulfur Oilheat may well become "the preferred fuel for lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S."

Service:

Customers of Hunts Point Fuel have a team of heating experts on their side to keep their equipment running reliably and efficiently all year long. We offer Service Contracts that cover the cost of regular preventive maintenance and guarantee emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is a vital form of protection, because a heat outage can develop into an emergency quickly when the weather is very cold. Health and safety are at risk when the heat is out, and there is risk of major property damage from frozen water pipes. Gas customers do not enjoy that kind of protection because utilities don't provide equipment service.

Five Reason Not to Switch to Gas Heat

The gas utilities are spending a lot of money marketing gas heat to Oilheat customers, and they often distort the facts. Here are five good reasons to stay with Oilheat.
1. Upgrading an Oilheat system is less expensive than converting to gas heat.
Converting a home from Oilheat to gas can cost $10,000 or more. Costs might include relining the chimney; installing a gas line; installing an excess flow valve to protect against dangerous gas leaks; and plumbing and wiring the new system. The Consumer Energy Council of America (CECA) calls fuel conversion "an expensive gamble" with no guaranteed payoff. "In 95 out of 100 cases, it makes economic sense to stick with oil, and if an energy-related investment is desired, to invest in conservation," CECA wrote in its brochure Smart Choices for Consumers: Best Ways to Deal with High Heating Costs.

Natural Gas Vs. Oilheat 2. Competition Is Very Limited in Natural Gas
Most communities are served by several independent Oilheat companies that compete on price, but there is only one natural gas pipeline network, and it is owned and controlled by a utility. Natural gas utilities have very little competition, and there is often no one to compete with them and drive down the price.

3. The Natural Gas Industry Pollutes With Methane
Natural gas pipelines are plagued by leaks that release gas into the air. Natural gas is 95 percent methane, which is a greenhouse gas that has up to 72 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Gas utilities routinely tolerate leaks that do not pose a direct threat of fire or explosion.

4. Natural Gas Supply Relies on a Controversial Drilling Method
The utility gas industry claims that there are plentiful deposits of gas in the United States, but 60% to 80% of new wells require the use of a controversial extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." Fracking uses millions of gallons of water and injects chemicals into the ground. Many residents who live near gas wells say their water supplies have been tainted. Some even have flammable methane gas entering their homes through faucets and showerheads. To read more about fracking, visit the American Energy Coalition website.

5. Gas Utilities Do Not Offer Full Service
Natural gas utilities do not service equipment in customers' homes, so customers must make arrangements with an independent service company or neglect their equipment altogether. Full-service Oilheat companies like ours offer preventive maintenance, 24-hour emergency service, equipment installation, conservation advice and friendly, personal service.

What the Gas Utilities Don't Want You to Know...

Please don't believe everything you read about natural has from the gas utilities. For a hard-hitting look at the truths about natural gas, please visit the website of the American Energy Coalition.

The Coalition has compiled excellent research on a number of topics:
  • The pernicious environmental effects of methane (Natural gas is 95 percent methane)
  • The safety risks involved with natural gas use
  • Persistent leakage from natural gas pipelines that is routinely tolerated by the utilities
  • Fracking - the destructive drilling technique developed by Halliburton that involves injecting millions of gallons of chemical-laced water underground
  • Overstatements of natural gas's environmental benefits
The Website also features a news feed with dozens of important stories about natural gas.

If you are considering natural gas as your heating fuel, please visit the American Energy Coalition website before you make your decision. Please feel free to call our office for more information too.

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