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Check out these 4 benefits of upgrading this year!

new water heater rhode islandHow old is your water heater? If it is 10 years old or older, you are living on borrowed time with it because 10 years is the average life expectancy of a water heater.

Now is the time to get started on replacing it, as you have the time to research your options and work with the equipment professionals at Vaughn Oil to make sure you get the best one for your home.

Here are four reasons that upgrading to a new water heater is a great call.


If your water heater is taking longer to heat water, meaning you have a longer wait to take a shower, that’s a sign it’s time to replace it. An older water heater often is not able to heat the hot water as quickly as it used to. A new water heater will get your water hot faster, so those long waits are over.


As time goes on, your water heater has gotten less and less efficient. To heat your water and keep it hot, it needs more energy than before. You can reduce your environmental impact without giving up a bit of comfort by upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient water heater!

Saving money

A new water heater’s increased efficiency will help you save money on your energy bills. You’ll see the results in a big way because water heating makes up about 20% of your home’s energy costs. Right now, we’re offering a special with a $200 rebate/discount for HTP SuperStor or The Laars-Stor® indirect-oil water heaters. Vaughn Oil also offers transparent and competitive financing.


An older water heater’s vent pipe might deteriorate with time, posing a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in your house. During a power outage, older water heaters may not turn off automatically, posing a fire hazard.

Get comfort, security, and safety with a new, high-efficiency water heater from Vaughn Oil! Get in touch with us to get started and to learn more about our financing options.

Jennifer BorsareDear Friends,
These days, it’s hard to find a heating oil and service company that isn’t part of a national chain or a major corporation. So it’s no surprise when our customers tell us how much they appreciate working with a local, neighborhood company like Vaughn Oil.

Your experience is so important to us, and we always want to ensure that you feel appreciated as one of our loyal customers. Being big enough to serve you and small enough to know you goes to the heart of why we do what we do.

In our business, we believe in the Golden Rule: Treat your customers the way you’d like to be treated. People tell us they value our fair and transparent pricing as well as all of the services we offer that make their lives a little easier.

And you can rely on us for dependable, on-time deliveries and fast emergency service no matter how bad the weather gets. Just let us know what we can do to help throughout the heating season. You know that with Vaughn Oil, you can always count on Service, Quality and Value — Guaranteed.

Jennifer Borsare
General Manager

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Electricity is considered a “clean” fuel by many. Although electric appliances and electric heat pumps don’t produce any emissions at a home, the power plant that generates the electricity probably does. In fact, those power plants, many of them coal-fired or powered by natural gas, are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.

Contrast that to the ultra-low-sulfur Bioheat® fuel we deliver. Because of the industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Bioheat fuel burns more cleanly, with fewer emissions.

Consumers also benefit from better heating efficiency and easier maintenance, since highly refined, renewable and ultra-low-sulfur Bioheat fuel creates fewer deposits on heat exchangers.

Looking ahead, the heating oil industry is committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. As higher blends of Bioheat fuel become more common in the coming years, home heating oil blended with biofuel will continue to move closer to becoming a carbon-neutral fuel.

This and other innovations within the industry will help keep heating oil as a leader in America’s clean energy evolution!

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Q: When is the right time to replace an oil tank?

A: if your tank is in 25-year-old range, it’s probably time to think about an upgrade. Older, single-walled heating oil tanks typically corrode from the inside out due to trapped moisture and sediment. That’s why you probably won’t see visible leaks, rust or any other signs of degradation before the tank begins to fail. Today’s tanks are light-years ahead of the old models. They’re corrosion-proof, and many feature a double-wall construction that makes them far tougher than their predecessors.

The best aboveground tanks are virtually leakproof and some offer warranties of up to 25 years. We can help you determine whether it’s time for a new oil tank, and we’ll guide you to the best choice for your needs and your budget.

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Sharon Ribeiro, who joined our customer service team six years ago, takes pleasure in her job.

“My main responsibility is to answer the phone and give assistance to customers, whether it’s scheduling a fuel delivery or a service call.”

Sharon especially enjoys interacting with customers who visit our office.

“It’s been such a long time since we saw many of them because of the pandemic,” she says. “It was so good to see them and reconnect. Some will come in, say hello and hand us a doughnut. They’re so wonderful, they can always make me smile.”

Off the job, Sharon likes to shop, read and spend time with her grandchildren.

“I’m very big on creating stuff too, especially around Halloween. We always come to the office dressed up that day.”

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If your home heating habits have changed over the past year, please let us know before the weather gets cold. Without this information, our automatic delivery projections could be thrown off, which could affect your deliveries.

Factors that may impact your heating fuel consumption include working from home, (or returning to the office full-time), a change in the number of people living in your home or any other substantial change to your daily routine.

And if you’ll be out of town for an extended period of time, please let us know that as well. Contact us by using the form on our website or call us anytime.

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We encourage you to take advantage of our many programs and services! If you haven’t had a tune-up in the past year, set up your appointment now. If a repair or an equipment upgrade is needed, you’ll have time to take care of it before it gets really cold.

We also recommend that you sign up for automatic delivery to reduce the risk of a run-out. If you’re already on automatic delivery and your home heating patterns have changed over the past year, please let us know so we can make adjustments to your delivery schedule.

Lastly, if you are not already participating in one of our payment plans or service plans, contact us. These are both great ways to take away worries.

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If your car needs a repair, it’s a good feeling knowing “you’ve got a guy” who can be trusted to get the job done right—at a fair price. Many Rhode Islanders feel the same way about their home comfort needs. They want to be able to say, “I’ve got a guy” who will: Vaughn Oil does all of that—and much more—for you!