As I write this, the decimating effects of the coronavirus are coming into full view. None of us are escaping unscathed. My deepest hope is that you and your family are well.
Early on, we decided that our priority was the safety and ongoing support of our people and customers. I couldn’t be prouder of our team, and the commitment they’ve shown our customers and community. For that reason, we’ve taken a number of steps. By way of example, we’ve adopted strict precautions when entering customers’ homes for necessary repairs and maintenance. Many of our team members are themselves working from home, and being exceptionally responsive. I am likewise thankful for the appreciation our customers have shown them, and the precautions you have taken to keep both them and yourselves safe.
Of course, all of this is extremely fluid. I wish you and your family the best, and look forward to brighter days and seeing you soon.
When you spend so much more time at home, the cracks begin to show. If it’s time to replace your central A/C, heating system, water heater or oil tank, call us. We now offer 12-month 0% financing, or spread payments out for up to five years. Plus, there are currently rebates and tax credits available that give you hundreds of dollars off your purchase on certain items. We can explain your options by phone, and we’ll install your new system without coming into contact with anyone in your home.
When one of our people enters your home, we want both of you to feel as comfortable as possible. That’s why we’ve instituted the following precautions:
These are challenging times. You can count on us to be there for you, and to be safe.
Forward-thinking industry leaders have embraced an impressive vision for oil heat. They are driving the engines of progress and creating a brighter future for the industry — and for oil heat customers too. Stay with oil heat and enjoy the ride!
More than 300 leaders from the heating oil industry unanimously passed a resolution to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal was established at the Northeast Industry Summit last September.
The resolution calls for:
Net-zero emissions will make heating oil a carbon-neutral energy source, with a carbon footprint of zero. The recently passed resolution means that is the expectation for the entire heating oil industry within 30 years.
To achieve the targets adopted by the Northeast Industry Summit resolution, every heating oil retailer in the region must do its part to provide adequate blends of Bioheat with clean, ultra-low-sulfur fuel.
Bioheat is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels, including the heating oil you use to keep your home warm. It’s a nontoxic, biodegradable, renewable fuel, produced from agricultural byproducts, including used cooking oil, animal fats, inedible corn oil, soybean oil and canola oil.
Bioheat reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly — by 52% to 86% — and no modifications to your existing heating system are necessary.
The combination of continually improving Bioheat® with increasingly efficient heating oil systems is the one-two punch that will help homeowners with oil heat save significant money on their energy bills at the same time that their homes are becoming carbon-neutral.
Today’s heating oil systems are incredibly efficient, and tomorrow’s systems will boast efficiency ratings of 95% or better. It’s truly a win-win situation.
Compared with 25 years ago, homeowners now need an average of 500 gallons less oil to heat their homes each year. That’s because new, high-efficiency heating systems feature enhanced technology and control capabilities to provide optimal comfort while decreasing your energy costs. Another popular feature of modern, high-efficiency heating systems is that they operate significantly more quietly than old heaters.
In contrast, old heating systems were built with thick metal components that do a poor job of transferring heat. Unfortunately, many of these systems are still in use today, and people who use them pay a lot more to heat their home.
Despite this potential for big savings, many people don’t bother to update their heating system until something major goes wrong. They don’t realize that a new, high-efficiency system could actually pay for itself in a fairly short time.
To see how much you can save with a new, high-efficiency system, reach out to us and we’ll be glad to crunch some numbers for you. We think you will be pleasantly surprised.
To encourage homeowners to invest in high-efficiency systems, Congress recently extended a tax credit program for energy-efficient home improvements. The tax credit is not only valid through Dec. 31, 2020, but is retroactive to Dec. 31, 2017. This means that if you installed a qualifying system in the past two years, you can still apply.
The tax credit varies. In some cases, it can be 10% of the total cost, up to $500 for home improvements like windows, doors and new insulation. In other cases, the credit is limited to a specific amount.
In the case of a high-efficiency oil furnace or oil boiler, you can qualify for a $150 federal tax credit.
One thing to keep in mind is that this must be for an existing home that is your primary residence. The credits do not apply to new construction or rentals.
If you’ve been putting off making those home improvements or purchasing that new comfort system, 2020 is the perfect time to take action. Not only will you enjoy some bonus money in tax credits, but the energy-efficient improvements will save you money on your energy bills, year after year.
To learn more, go to EnergyStar.gov and click the button for tax credits under “Energy Efficiency,” toward the top of the home page. And please call us for other savings incentives that may be available when you replace your old equipment.
There are so many products on the market today that the process of selecting a new heating system can be quite confusing to the average homeowner.
We’re here to help. We want to be certain that you are happy with your decision. After all, when we’re finished installing your new system, it will have an impact on your home’s comfort and your energy usage (and savings) for many years!
Old-fashioned quality workmanship from us — combined with first-rate, highly efficient equipment that has been customized for your home — will give you years of trouble-free operation while reducing energy consumption. Count on us to deliver an energy-efficient heating system that maximizes your comfort and minimizes your energy usage.
Contact us today to get started.
Every member of our team always goes the extra mile for you, and we love hearing about the great experiences you’ve had with us. Here is just one customer’s story:
“Vaughn Oil said they could fix our boiler, but we would be spending so much more fixing it over the next few years. Ultimately, we ended up deciding to replace it. While we waited for the installation, our heat went out. They came out the same day I called to make sure we had heat until the installation of the new boiler could take place.
They’re truly customer-service oriented. Melissa, in the business office, was amazing — always attentive to our needs and willing to go the extra mile. The install went seamlessly. The new high-efficiency boiler works amazingly well. Hopefully, I will be looking at a significant savings in the cost of oil compared to the old outdated boiler. We are very happy with Vaughn Oil.”
With the lockdowns and uncertainty around the coronavirus, we urge you to make your tune-up appointment now. We are concerned that if customers wait, we may not be able to get to them all. Our fall appointments are already near full but our summer is full of openings. Your tune-up will not “wear off” by winter, and it ensures that your unit operates at peak efficiency, with fewer breakdowns. Please call the office now to get this taken care of.
A little predictability is a good thing, especially now. Please consider taking advantage of these options.
Customers on these programs report our highest levels of satisfaction. All it takes is a 5-minute call to get details and make things a little easier for yourself this year.
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.