If your business relies on a fleet of vehicles or equipment powered by diesel fuels, you’re well aware of the importance of dependable diesel fuel delivery and service.
Vaughn Oil’s diesel fuel services can significantly enhance your business’s efficiency and productivity, resulting in a substantial boost to your bottom line. With our expert services, you can optimize operations and maximize profitability.
We specialize in bulk diesel delivery directly to your business, farm, or job site. As a locally based company, we pride ourselves on offering personalized and responsive service that larger national fuel companies simply cannot match. Whether you require an urgent delivery to meet sudden demand or need to adjust your delivery schedule, we are committed to promptly addressing your needs.
When you select Vaughn Oil as your trusted onsite fuel supplier, you benefit from accurate monitoring and measurement of your fuel consumption. By analyzing historical trends, patterns, and data points related to fueling demand, you can confidently plan for future refueling expenses. This comprehensive approach allows for strategic decision-making, ensuring efficient and cost-effective operations.
Your fleet operations become more efficient, as your drivers have a full tank every day and don’t lose valuable work time because they need to find a filling station. Fuel theft is also dramatically reduced, reducing your fuel costs in another way.
Diesel fuel serves a multitude of purposes beyond powering large transport trucks.
Diesel-powered standby generators offer crucial emergency backup power to ensure continuous operation of lighting, HVAC systems, and vital medical equipment in hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions. These generators play a vital role in maintaining the uninterrupted functioning of these essential services.
Government agencies depend on diesel fuel to operate essential vehicles such as school buses, snowplows, and road maintenance vehicles.
Diesel vehicles and equipment are crucial for our local farms and aquacultural businesses.
There are no chemical differences between the two types of diesel fuels; the only distinction lies in their specific applications.
On-road diesel is specifically designed for vehicles that operate on public roadways, including trucks, buses, and shuttles. As a result of this classification, on-road diesel is subject to the federal excise tax.
Off-road diesel is primarily utilized in non-transportation machinery, including backhoes, bulldozers, diesel generators, and agricultural equipment like tractors and harvesters. Since it is not intended for transportation purposes, off-road diesel is exempt from excise tax. This exemption applies due to its specific use, allowing for cost savings in industries that rely on these equipment types.
On-road diesel fuel is not dyed, whereas off-road diesel fuel is intentionally tinted with a red dye to deter its use in on-road vehicles. This measure serves to discourage drivers from evading excise taxes. Penalties for misusing off-road diesel for on-road purposes can result in substantial fines for each violation. In Rhode Island, the penalty is a minimum of $10 per gallon or $1,000 per violation.
Vaughn Oil is Rhode Island’s leader for dependable commercial diesel fuels services. Contact us today for a consultation.
When your home’s furnace or boiler undergoes maintenance, the heating system service technician inspects it thoroughly. If you use heating oil, they check for the presence of sludge in your heating system.
The mixture of dirt, rust, and oxidized fuel, known as heating oil sludge, is the primary cause of heating system issues. It is thick and black and can obstruct filters, which puts more strain on your equipment to generate heat. This lowers efficiency and increases energy expenses.
If you don’t take care of sludge buildup in your heating system, it can cause blockages in the supply line of your furnace or boiler, making your system less efficient and possibly leading to system failures, meaning your heating system could stop working completely, which would be expensive to repair and leave you without heat.
Over time, sludge build-up inside your tank can cause corrosion and eventually lead to tank failure. If this happens, it could be very costly to replace the tank in an emergency and clean up any spilled heating oil.
If you don’t fill your heating oil tank during summer, then moisture can collect on the tank’s inner walls that are exposed. The water is denser than oil and eventually drips down to the bottom of the tank. This creates the perfect environment for microorganisms and bacteria to turn this water into sludge and sediment which can corrode the tank over time.
To effectively and safely get rid of sludge from your tank while preventing expensive repairs and bigger problems, it’s advisable to seek the services of a waste-oil contractor. They will be able to promptly empty your tank and enhance its overall performance.
Replacing an old tank is advisable as older tanks made of steel with varying thickness and single-wall construction are prone to corrosion. Instead, the newer tanks made of plastic and fiberglass are less susceptible to sludge damage and can last for up to 50 years or more.
Get a tune-up of your heating system every year. Regular, professional maintenance gives Vaughn Oil’s experienced service technicians the opportunity to spot and fix any sludge-related problems before they can lead to problems. An annual maintenance tune-up is included in all our heating system service plans.
Inspect your heating oil tank regularly. You should watch for signs that your old heating oil tank may soon fail. These signs may include rust, pinhole leaks, and condensation on the outside of the tank, even a long time after an oil delivery. If your tank is more than 20 years old, it’s advisable to start planning to replace it.
Keep the tank filled all year, even in summer. To avoid the condensation that can lead to the development of sludge, we recommend getting a heating oil delivery before summer. This is because warmer weather can lead to the development of condensation in tanks that have more air than oil.
Protect yourself from the high costs of heating oil tank failure. Sign up today for TankSure heating oil tank protection!
Heating oil tanks are not meant to last forever, even though they are durable. In case of a tank failure, you may incur substantial costs in replacement and cleanup expenses amounting to thousands of dollars.
Vaughn Oil is here to help! Not only to we install and service top-quality heating oil tanks, but we offer our Tank Secure heating oil tank protection plan. With Tank Secure, you receive multiple protections. Firstly, an annual inspection is conducted to detect any faults that may cause tank failure. The inspection also involves administering a treatment that reduces corrosion, increasing the lifespan of your heating oil tank. In addition, you receive a warranty for tank replacement worth $1,000.
You can get a Tank Secure heating oil tank protection plan no matter how old your tank is. However, if your tank is more than 25 years old or if you aren’t sure of its age, now is not the time to dawdle. Once your tank shows signs of leaking, even just pinhole leaks, it is no longer eligible for coverage.
To prevent heating oil tank failure, it’s essential to perform periodic inspections and keep an eye out for signs of corrosion. Some visible indicators of corrosion include:
If you notice any of these things, please contact us immediately and we will come and inspect your tank.
Condensation forms on the bare interior walls of the heating oil tank when it isn’t full, especially in warmer weather.
What are the negative effects of condensation? Bacteria growth can occur in your heating oil when there is condensation, leading to the development of sludge.
When sludge accumulates, it can block your fuel lines and make your heating system inefficient. In extreme cases, the furnace can stop working due to the complete blockage of the fuel lines. This can leave you without heat and with big additional expenses for repairs.
Condensation can cause issues when it accumulates and drops from the interior tank wall due to gravity. Being heavier than heating oil, water sinks to the tank’s bottom and creates the perfect environment for sediment formation. This sediment can eventually lead to corrosion on the inside of the heating oil tank and cause the tank to fail.
If your heating oil tank corrodes and fails, you will need to replace it. Additionally, you must hire a professional to safely remove the failed tank, clean up any spilled oil, and, if your tank is outdoors, perform soil remediation, all according to regulatory standards. This process can be expensive.
If you keep your heating oil tank full when winter ends, it can prevent condensation from forming and help extend the life of your tank.
Another benefit is that you can avoid the inconvenience and cost of ordering an emergency delivery of heating oil when winter returns. In case of an early cold spell, which is common in New England, you’ll have sufficient oil to keep your home heated without any concerns.
Give yourself peace of mind with a Tank Secure heating oil tank protection plan from Vaughn Oil! Contact us today to learn more and enroll.
Your water heater is often overlooked since it functions quietly in the background of your home, providing you with hot water for various activities such as bathing, cleaning, and cooking.
You should be paying attention to your water heater because if it fails, you may have to deal with cleanup, home repairs, and replacement which can cause a lot of hassle and expenses.
If you know when to replace your water heater, you’ll have time to research and plan the replacement. This way, you won’t have to rush through the stressful process in case of a sudden water heater failure.
Vaughn Oil is here for you with a selection of top-quality, high-efficiency water heaters! We provide expert water heater installation, maintenance, and repair services from our team of trained and skilled service technicians. Our affordable service plans help keep your water heater operating at peak performance and energy efficiency while helping to shield you from big repair bills.
Here are five signs that it’s time to contact us to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency water heater.
If your storage-type water heater is over 10 years old, it’s time to start planning to replace it as the average life expectancy for this type of water heater is between 10 to 12 years.
Are you unsure about the age of your water heater? Use the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker to find out. The first letter in it corresponds to its month of production. The first two numbers are the year it was made. That means if the serial number on your water heater is H092738598, “H” is the eighth letter in the alphabet and corresponds to August, the eighth month of the year. The “14” stands for the year. That means that the water heater was manufactured in August of 2014.
One-fifth of a household’s energy usage is dedicated to heating water. If you have noticed an unexplained increase in your energy bills, it could be attributed to an old, ineffective water heater. Upgrading to a new, efficient water heater can dramatically cut your energy costs!
If your faucet is producing rusty water when using hot water, it may be due to sediment buildup inside your water heater tank. This could indicate an impending tank failure. Please contact us immediately.
If you hear banging or rumbling while your water tank is heating up, there might be sediment build-up and solidification at the bottom of the tank. Regrettably, it implies that your water heater might not be repairable and needs to be replaced quickly before the tank fails.
Small leaks in your water heater may not be easily visible but are indicated by a wet floor or small puddle around or under the water heater It’s important to contact us immediately to have it inspected.
Are you in need of a new water heater? Contact Vaughn Oil today and we’ll get to work for you!
The wild fluctuations in gasoline prices over the past year have been a major cause of concern for both consumers and businesses.
Despite its higher pricing, diesel pricing has remained relatively overlooked. Yet it is an essential element of our economy as fleets that transport goods to stores rely on it and countless industries – such as agriculture, manufacturing, and construction – utilize it in their equipment. Municipalities rely heavily on diesel fuel to power their vehicles and equipment, ranging from school buses to snowplows. Our own propane and heating oil delivery trucks are powered by diesel.
If your business relies on diesel fuels, you are likely feeling the strain of high diesel prices. While increased costs aren’t ideal, there’s no getting around the day-to-day expense of using diesel fuel.
Let Vaughn Oil’s superior diesel fuel services help you rein in your business’ expenses. Our on-road and off-road diesel solutions are the perfect answer to managing your costs!
Production costs. Starting in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began introducing progressively stricter sulfur regulations for diesel fuel to minimize emissions. This phase-in was finished by 2014. The new standards dictate that all diesel fuel has a sulfur content of no more than 15 parts per million, significantly less than the 5,000 ppm prior to 2006. While this alteration is incredibly beneficial for air quality and our environment, it has also had an effect on refining costs for diesel.
Demand. Diesel is a necessary fuel source for many different industries, from transportation to construction and beyond. Unfortunately, only 11 to 12 gallons of diesel can be produced from one barrel of crude oil – far less than the 19 to 20 gallon yield you get when producing gasoline. Nonetheless, demand for diesel continues to remain consistently high across all sectors.
Taxes. With a federal excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents for diesel fuel, it’s clear that the taxes on diesel are significantly higher than those imposed on gasoline fuel across the United States. Additionally, several states have their own diesel fuel taxes.
If you have a fleet of vehicles and equipment powered by diesel, then you understand the significance it holds in your budget. To make sure that all jobs can be successfully completed, there is no room for poor quality or unreliable diesel fuel delivery and service.
While Vaughn Oil is unable to affect production costs, taxes, and diesel demand that shape pricing – our cost-effective diesel fuels services can provide your business with the efficiency and productivity it needs to grow. Ultimately this will improve your bottom line.
Our partnerships are extremely valuable to us; therefore, we always guarantee more than just competitive prices. We aim to provide real value for our commercial customers. We offer bulk diesel fuel delivery straight to your business premises or job site with zero hassle.
As a local business, we take pride in offering personal and prompt diesel fuel services that cannot be found with larger national firms. If you ever require an emergency delivery to keep up with demand or just need to adjust your delivery timetable, you can count on us for swift service.
If you’re looking for a diesel fuels partner you can trust, contact Vaughn Oil today to learn more about our diesel services!
Keep your Rhode Island home warm, safe and snug with the help of Vaughn Oil’s dependable heating oil delivery. Don’t worry about what winter brings; trust in Vaughn Oil to provide you with an efficient and stress-free solution that will keep every room comfortable all season long!
In order to take advantage of the benefits of heating oil, you’ll need a reliable and dependable heating oil tank. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding these tanks.
For most residential applications, the two typical sizes of heating oil tanks are 275 and 330 gallons.
Heating oil tanks now come with an assortment of materials and features to guard against leaks or overfilling. Double-walled tanks are one option, built from galvanized steel on the outside and polyethylene inside – meaning no welding required! If you’re looking for something more affordable, single-wall tanks can be placed both indoors and outdoors as well.
We highly recommend that our customers use aboveground heating oil tanks for several reasons. Most notably, it is much easier to detect leaks in an aboveground tank than an underground tank one. Underground installation takes longer and is more expensive.
Selling your home in the future may be a difficult undertaking if you have an underground oil tank on the property, as potential buyers are likely to balk at any financial and environmental risk associated with such tanks.
We encourage our customers to regularly inspect their heating oil tank. If you see any of these below conditions, contact Vaughn Oil right away so we can take a look at it.
During warmer weather, empty space in your heating oil tank is the most hazardous element for its durability. Condensation forms on the bare walls inside the empty part of the tank. That water eventually drips off the walls and, because water is heavier than heating oil, it sinks to the bottom of the tank.
Consequently, that water is a breeding ground for bacteria and the sediment formed from it begins to corrode your tank, leading to its deterioration.
To avoid the development of condensation during warmer months, our customers should top off their heating oil tank at the end of winter to keep walls fully covered. This will help reduce any chance of moisture accumulating.
Sadly, the majority of homeowner insurance policies do not cover remediation costs in case of a heating oil tank failure.
Heating oil tank failure can be very costly Last year, a family in the Boston area faced losing their home due to remediation costs of over $100,000 incurred as a result of the heating oil tank in their basement failing.
Vaughn Oil helps protect you from that possibility with our Tank Secure tank protection plan.
Contact Vaughn Oil today to learn more about our heating oil tank services and enroll in Tank Secure tank protection!
If you’ve ever had to buy a new heating and/or cooling system for your home, you may have wondered how to compare heating power across different types of systems using different kinds of energy sources such as heating oil, natural gas, propane, and electricity.
One term you might have heard is “BTU.” We’re here to explain that term and how you can use it to get the right heating system for your Rhode Island home. You can trust the team of trained, experienced service technicians at Vaughn Oil for expert and safe boiler and furnace installation.
BTU stands for the scientific term British thermal unit. It’s simply the means for quantifying the heat generated from fuels and energy sources. One British thermal unit conveys the amount of energy needed to increase one pound of water at its most dense level, and with a sea level pressure setting, by a single degree Fahrenheit. Water has its greatest density at about 39°F. In a nutshell, one BTU is equivalent to the amount of energy released from burning a single match, which is enough heat to raise 1 pound of water from 39°F to 40°F.
By using BTUs, we are able to compare energy sources equally. The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides a comprehensive catalogue of the most frequently used energy sources, in addition to their BTU conversion factors.
When selecting heating appliances such as a furnace, boiler, or heat pump, BTUs are an indispensable factor to consider. A higher BTU number indicates a greater capacity of the appliance to generate heat and warm your home. Nevertheless, BTUs are not the only factor you need to consider.
You can have too many BTUs as well as too few BTUs in a home heating system. If it has too few BTUs, it will not be able to keep up with your home’s heating needs, forcing it to run longer and causing it to wear out sooner, leading to potential breakdowns and big repair bills, as well as shortening the heating system’s life expectancy.
A heating system with too many BTUs can cause other problems. Heating systems operate in cycles, meaning that they put out a set amount of heat for a specific length of time to keep your home at your thermostat setting. If your heating system has too many BTUs, it can put out too much heat, causing it to cycle off, then cycle on again very soon. This too-frequent cycling creates excessive wear and tear on your heating system, which can cause breakdowns and a shorter lifespan.
To determine which BTU rating is appropriate for your home, multiple factors must be taken into account such as the size of your house, insulation levels, ceiling height and neighboring climate. Additionally, window type and the shape of your home can also contribute to how many BTUs you will require.
Are you looking to replace your home’s heating system? Contact Vaughn Oil today to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency furnace or boiler!
While winter has not been too hard on us yet here in Rhode Island, there’s still plenty of time for winter to do its worst.
That is why it is essential that your home always has the heating oil it needs to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable. We have put together a task list of ways you can be assured that Vaughn Oil can always make a heating oil delivery when you need it.
As winter brings snow and ice, shoveling and clearing your driveway and walkways can become an unpleasant task. Although inconvenient, it is necessary.
Vaughn Oil is committed to the safe delivery of heating oil. If our delivery drivers cannot safely navigate your driveway or get to your heating oil tank or fill pipe, we will unfortunately not be able to deliver your heating oil.
We ask that you please clear your driveway to a width of 10 feet. Inclines on driveways can be hazardous for large vehicles such as our delivery trucks; therefore, adding de-icer or sand is strongly recommended to provide extra traction. Thank you in advance for taking this precaution!
You also need to provide access to your fuel tank or fill line. Create a clear path that is at least one foot wide between it and your driveway. When hiring snow removal services, kindly remind them to leave this path clear while they are working. Furthermore, make sure that the tank/fill line is still visible after heavy snowfall by placing a tall pole next to it with either a bright flag or ribbon on top.
If you happen to be absent when your fuel delivery is due, please ensure that your driveway and the path leading to your tank or fill line are clear. Additionally, if there is a gate blocking access, make sure someone is available to unlock it for the delivery.
Snow accumulation on outdoor heating oil tanks carries inherent risks that you should be aware of. Heavy snow can cause the legs to buckle or create cracks, and thus fuel leakage can occur. To guarantee safe removal of excessive snow build-up, use a broom only; never an ice scraper or shovel as they could damage the heating oil tank or its components.
Speaking of protecting your heating oil tank, Vaughn Oil offers Tank Secure heating oil tank protection.
If you’re a Vaughn Oil Automatic Delivery customer, we’d appreciate it if you could notify us of any extended trips away from home that last more than one week. This information is important because our calculations that determine when you’ll need more heating oil include your prior heating oil history. If we know you won’t be home and thus not using as much heating oil for that time, an unnecessary delivery may be prevented.
When it comes to reliable heating oil delivery to Rhode Island homes, Vaughn Oil can’t be beat! Become a customer today.
If you use heating oil in your Rhode Island home, you may be worried about heating oil pricing and heating oil supply.
You get peace of mind from Vaughn Oil with our reliable heating oil delivery, including our Automatic Delivery option where we use your usage history and the weather to accurately predict when you’ll need more heating oil and deliver it to you before you run low.
Our pricing and payment options make managing your heating oil costs easier and less worrying.
It all depends on the weather. Here’s an estimate of how much heating you’ll use each day based on average outdoor temperatures.
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Remember, these are estimates. You may use more or less depending on some of the factors we get into next.
Several factors go into determining how much heating oil you’ll use and subsequently spend on this winter, such as:
All of these affect how much heating oil you’ll use this winter, so a prediction will be more individualized. So, don’t assume that because your best friend’s house is comparable in size to yours, they’ll have the same heating oil usage. They may have an elderly parent living with them who needs the house warmer, meaning they’ll be using heating oil, or their work schedule may require them to travel frequently, resulting in less need for heat and therefore using less heating oil.
There are ways you can minimize your heating oil usage without making your home uncomfortable. Here are a few.
Take care of your heating system. Regular professional maintenance keeps your home’s furnace or boiler running at its best possible energy efficiency. Each of our affordable service plans includes an annual tune-up.
Invest in a programmable or smart thermostat. Using a smart or programmable thermostat can help cut your heating costs by 10% or more, especially if you set it correctly. Here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends.
Add insulation. Many older homes, unless they have been renovated, are not adequately insulated. The U.S. Department of Energy has a guide to let you know how much insulation your home should have, breaking the country up into zones.
You can count on Vaughn Oil for dependable heating oil delivery. Become a customer today!
These are the national averages for installing a new heating system.
There are multiple things that could make a new boiler or furnace for your home more or less expensive. Vaughn Oil is here to help, with professional heating installation done by our team of trained and skilled service technicians. Also, we can help with financing and rebates that can assist you in saving money on your new heating system. We help take care of your furnace or boiler with expert heating service, with tune-ups, repairs, and our affordable service plans.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the factors that impact the price of a new furnace or boiler.
With such a large number of boilers and furnaces available, many people feel lost trying to decide which one is the best fit for them. What’s more, it’s not enough to just go off of name recognition. You have to take several other factors into account. Here at Vaughn Oil, we will help you determine which furnace or boiler will work optimally in your home while also fitting within your budget.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a widespread and profound impact on supply chains all over the world, including those in the HVAC industry. The pandemic has caused shortages in labor as well as materials like copper and aluminum.
At Vaughn Oil, we understand how important it is for your home to have an efficient, well-functioning furnace or boiler. If your system is starting to show its age, you might be due for an upgrade. To make sure that you have the best possible experience, we only work with manufacturers of top-quality products. We’ll come to your house, take a look at your furnace or boiler, and give you a free estimate for a replacement—with absolutely no commitment required on your part.
Depending on the size and location of your unit, the cost of installation for your new heating system may vary. If you have a large home, for example, you will need a bigger unit, which not only increases the product’s price but also makes installation more complicated. Additionally, where you place your furnace or boiler can add to how easy or difficult it is to install; thus affecting the final cost.
Even though it might be more expensive to switch your electric furnace for an oil-powered one, you will save money in the long term because of the improved comfort and energy efficiency. You may need to add a heating oil tank to your home as well as running oil lines; there may be other modifications required as well.
If you have more in your home that require heating, such as an addition or a finished basement or attic, since you installed your current furnace or boiler, we will make sure that your new heating system can accommodate them. If these unfinished spaces didn’t originally come with ductwork or baseboard radiators, you will likely need to add them now though, which could increase the cost.
As we have recently learned, it is crucial to have clean, safe air in our homes. If you are replacing your furnace, you might want to think about buying indoor air quality products like an air purifier or humidifier. Although this will be additional money upfront, the better air quality in your house will be worth it.
With Vaughn Oil, you get expert heating system installation and the most reliable heating oil delivery in Rhode Island. Become a customer today!
You can now download our app (available for IOS and Android) to have 24-hour access to your account, so you can pay bills, look up information and schedule service when it’s convenient for you. Just search for Vaughn Oil in the App store or Google Play Store to get started.