Corse is the Name You Can Trust

fuel delivery vermontWhen you’re shopping around for a fuel service provider, there’s a lot to consider. National chains have slick advertising, but the headquarters are often several states away—and so is the person answering the phone. “Discounters” usually offer rock-bottom prices, but you won’t get much else—and good luck getting anything more than voicemail when you call. Neither have any ties to the community other than their wallets. It’s a lot like Goldilocks, and that’s what makes Jack Corse Fuels the “just right” choice of locals in Northern Vermont.

While we’ve grown since we started delivering fuel in 1947, we’re still a local business run by the third generation of the family. We offer reliable, safe delivery of propane, heating oil, kerosene, diesel, gasoline and motor fuel to residents and businesses, and we do the best job we can because we’re your neighbors. We know where you’re calling from, whether it’s a mountain road or a main street, a farm, or a business.

Why Choose Local for Home Heating Fuel Supply?

Here are just a few of the reasons why choosing local keeps you on Corse:

  • Full-Service Reliability: As a local business, we can’t hide behind a call center or anonymous corporation. We offer dependable, safe fuel deliveries with convenient options like automatic deliveries. And we’re here for you 24/7 for emergency service, because that’s what good neighbors do.
  • Ways to Save: We offer budget-friendly pricing and payment plans to help you keep fuel costs under control, including our Budget Program and Pre-Buy Program, which spreads heating costs over 11 months—and can cut winter bills by as much as 50%. Our Pre-Buy Program lets you buy your propane or heating oil all at once, before the heating season begins. That means you can take advantage of lower off-season pricing by locking in your per-gallon price ahead of time and eliminating worry over unexpected price jumps.
  • We Make It Easy: We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for you. Hassle-free automatic billing and online accounts, smart pricing, and payment plans to manage fuel bills, all via our easy-to-use and secure online portal are just some of the ways Corse Fuels can streamline your to-do list and help you save money.
  • Commercial Services:  From ski resorts and schools to restaurants, farms, construction sites, and everything in between, Jack F. Corse is your partner. We offer a full range of commercial fueling services including heating oil, propane, gasoline, and on-road and off-road diesel.

Corse Fuels—The Local, Reliable Fuel Provider Vermonters Depend On!

There are a lot of things we can’t control—the weather, the price of fuel. But as an independent, locally-owned business, we can—and do—put customers, not corporate headquarters, first.

Contact us today and tell us exactly what you need. We’ll be here ready to help.

Keeping You Up to Date About Changing Fuel Prices

fuel prices vermontWe’ve heard from a lot of you recently with concerns about surging oil and propane prices. Prices were already up more than a dollar this season from the previous year because of issues related to the pandemic. Now, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions have shocked the energy markets, causing a near-daily roller coaster effect on pricing.

Why Does the War in Ukraine Affect My Fuel Prices?

War, political strife, conflict, and natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes or hurricanes in other regions of the world can impact crude oil and natural gas prices. Since propane is a by-product of both crude oil and natural gas, rising prices for these fuels have a ripple effect on propane. Even the hint of a possible disruption in energy supply will heavily influence commodities traders in the energy markets. In the investment world, it’s called the fear factor.

Recently, we thought of events in the Middle East causing volatility in fuel markets. But Russia is the third-largest petroleum and liquid fuels producer in the world, behind only the United States and Saudi Arabia. It’s a major exporter of both crude oil and natural gas.

That’s why the U.S. ban on importing Russian oil and petroleum products—with other countries expected to follow—means there may be a big energy void to fill. And the people who make their living in the oil markets don’t like that uncertainty. This includes the speculators who are betting on price moves as well as the hedgers, who are limiting risk for their clients who are involved with either the production or consumption of oil.

Other Factors Are Also Affecting Prices

Even before the invasion of Ukraine, prices were being driven higher by the usual factors, supply and demand compounded by extreme weather. Also, the continued effects of the pandemic have come into play. The cost of delivering fuel has gone up, there are new expenses related to workforce issues, and supply chain problems have caused shortages, shipment delays, and inflated prices for supplies, parts, tanks, and other materials.

What’s Coming Next?

We know that when it comes to prices, what goes up must come down. It’s just a matter of when. For all of us, the feeling is, the sooner the better.

The main thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people believe that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back on usage. They have trouble paying their bills and our receivables skyrocket. Yet our suppliers still expect us to pay in just 10 days. It becomes a bit messy for everyone involved.

One thing you can count on is that we will always be here for you with the fuels you need, at the best possible prices. As a family business with three generations serving Northern Vermont, we have the experience and understanding of fuel markets to plan in terms of supply. And, we have strong, longstanding relationships with our suppliers and financial partners.

If you’re having trouble paying your bill, talk to us. Many of you have been with us for a long time, and we will always work with you to give you more time. Also, now is a good time to ask us about our payment plans. They’re designed to help you keep bills manageable, and enrollment for next year will be opening soon.

As a Jack F. Corse customer, you can be sure we’re here for you whenever you need us. That’s our commitment to you! If you need to contact us for any reason, please feel free to call us or visit our office. We’re easy to find—right at the base of Mount Mansfield!

Heating Oil Tanks Are Built to Last—But Not Forever

oil tank care vermontIf you don’t think about your fuel tank—other than when it’s time for a fill-up—you’re not alone. And truth be told, that’s usually fine. Heating oil tanks are built to last a long time. But eventually, they’ll need maintenance, and in due time, they will need to be outright replaced.

The point here is that waiting until your tank fails is not the best way to find out it’s time to replace it. The hassle and expense of remediating an oil spill is a lot bigger than the cost of simply replacing an aging tank.

So, how long should your oil storage last—and when should you think about getting a new one? The honest answer is “it depends.” Different factors can influence the lifespan of your heating oil tank including its age, consistency of maintenance, construction quality, and countless other things. The good news is that modern heating oil storage tanks have come a long way from designs of the past decades, offering virtually leak-proof performance for years and years to come.

Here’s what you need to consider if you think it’s time to replace your heating oil tank:

  1. Age. If your tank is less than 15 years old, you’re probably ok for approximately 5-10 more years. If you don’t know when it was installed, and your home was built before 2000, it’s probably time to keep this well on your radar.
  2. Construction. Older tanks are made of steel and can be of single- or double-walled construction. In addition, the steel can be different gauges or thicknesses. Thicker, double walls are better. Also, where the connector valve is located can make a difference. Connectors at the bottom of the tank—instead of the side—last longer. Newer tanks are made from plastic and fiberglass and are designed to last 50 years or more.
  3. Maintenance. Tanks left empty over the summer can have condensation build up inside. That can lead to rust. Likewise, sediments at the bottom of the tank can result in corrosion. All that damage happens from the inside out. If you are seeing rust or seepage on the outside of your tank, you need to act fast to avoid a costly leak or potential tank failure.

Steel tanks are still available today, but they are built to a much higher standard than in the past. Using alternative construction materials such as fiberglass and polyethylene for the inner lining of double-walled tanks makes them virtually leak-proof. 

The other thing to keep in mind is that according to Vermont regulations, before we can fill your tank, you must confirm that it’s been checked by a Vermont Certified Tank Inspector within the past three years. If your tank has not been inspected in that time frame, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with us soon! Our certified team of service technicians can assure your tank is up to speed and ready for the seasons ahead.

Contact Jack F. Corse fuels today for more information.

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. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. 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 us all keep the people of Ukraine in our thoughts during this terrible time.

Save Money & Maximize Your Comfort

home efficiency vermontNorthern Vermont has had its fair share of deep freezes and storms this winter—some piling on more than 18in of snow at their worst! So, no matter what some groundhog says, spring rarely comes early here. On top of that, supply chain issues and geopolitics delivered higher fuel prices, making it uncomfortable to crank up the heat as much as you might like to.

These tips can help you keep warm and comfortable in your home this winter, while keeping heating costs more under control.

  1. Use your programable thermostat like a pro. When used correctly, a programmable thermostat can help you lower your heating costs by 10% or more. To maximize your savings, set the thermostat for 68° when you’re at home and awake—and layer up with your favorite sweater. Lower the temperature setting by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.
  2. Turn down your water heater. Most water heaters have a default setting of 140° which is not only dangerous, but also inefficient. Reducing the temperature setting to 120° will meet all your hot water needs and save as much as 10% in heating costs. When you consider that heating water—for bathing, dishwashing, laundry and more—accounts for close to 20% of your heating costs, you may want to talk to us about upgrading your water heater to a high-efficiency model that can help you save even further.
  3. Eliminate drafts. Unless you live in a brand-new home, it’s likely that as much as a third of the air in your home escapes via drafts around windows and doors. That’s like throwing money out the window—or door. A weekend of DIY projects, like sealing up drafts with caulking, weatherstripping and expanding foam, can help save you 20% or more on heating costs going forward.
  4. Go solar. We’re not talking about expensive solar panels. We’re talking about free heat from the sun. Leaving curtains and blinds open during the day lets the sun warm your rooms. Closing them at night helps keep the heat in. It can warm your rooms enough that you can lower your thermostat and use your boiler or furnace less.
  5. Change your filter. A dirty air filter can restrict air flow, making your system work harder to heat your home—which uses more fuel and increases bills as a result. Because the filter protects your heating equipment from dirt and dust, it also helps prevent problems that can lead to a breakdown—and an expensive repair.
  6. Reverse ceiling fans. Switch the direction of your ceiling fan in winter and run it at a low speed. The blades will gently push warm air that rises toward the ceiling back down toward floor level.
  7. It’s the humidity. In summer, we all know the humidity can make the air feel oppressive and warmer than it is. In winter, when running your heating system makes the air in your home feel dry, adding humidity via a humidifier can make it feel more comfortable, and just enough warmer that you can lower the thermostat a tad.
  8. Cook and bake. In summer, grilling outside and using the microwave are smart ways to keep cool in the kitchen. In winter, simmering a stew all afternoon adds actual warmth—and a cozy vibe! After you bake a batch of cookies, turn the oven off but leave the door open to spread the warmth. But NEVER use your oven or stove as a supplemental heat source.

We Can Help You Save!

We’re always looking for ways to help you keep costs under control—including payment options you can sign up for in the fall to help you keep propane and heating oil costs manageable. You can also find help from Vermont’s Seasonal Fuel Assistance program. And if you are having trouble with your bills, let us know. We’ll work with you in any way that we can.

Founded in 1947 as a true mom-and-pop shop working right out of their home, Jack F. Corse Inc. has grown over the years. Now in our third generation, we are a reliable supplier of propane, heating oil, kerosene, diesel, gasoline and motor fuel to residents and businesses in Northern Vermont. Ensure your comfort to Corse Fuels this season—and countless seasons beyond!

How to Keep Everyone Safe—No Matter What the Weather

winter fuel delivery vermontEven a mild winter is no picnic in Northern Vermont. With an automatic delivery service, you never have to worry about running out of heating oil or propane. But conditions can get harsh and mountain roads can go from clear to closed in no time.

That’s why we’re proud to say our delivery drivers are the best on the road—and they’re out there in all kinds of weather to ensure you stay comfortable. That means dealing with hazardous conditions, especially when there’s snow and ice on the ground.

Maneuvering with a heavy hose while navigating slippery surfaces can be challenging… But there are ways you can make deliveries safer for our drivers—both before and after big storms—so they can get their work done efficiently and get to everyone quickly.

Keep these tips in mind to help us help you no matter what winter brings!

Winter Storm Preparedness Tips

  1. Be sure the path to your fill pipe is free of debris or branches and clear a path about a foot wide after a large snowfall.
  2. Is your tank underground? Marking its location with a pole topped with a bright-colored flag or ribbon makes it more visible over snowbanks and drifts.
  3. When clearing your driveway after snow, keep in mind that our trucks need a 9- to 10-foot-wide path to maneuver safely—and we will NOT be able to deliver fuel if your driveway isn’t plowed. Marking the edges makes it easier to navigate, especially on steep driveways. Remember, just because you can get your car down your driveway doesn’t mean our 15-ton fuel truck can make it too.
  4. Be sure vents are not blocked by snow, ice, or fallen leaves. Your heating system won’t work as effectively, plus, it also increases the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
  5. After a storm, check for downed trees, branches, and power lines that may obstruct access to your equipment.

Protect Your Family

Wind, snow, and ice can damage lines and block vents, resulting in potentially dangerous situations for your home and family.

  • Be aware of propane leaks. You’ll know it by the rotten-egg smell of propane gas. Small propane leaks can be created or made worse by storms. If you use propane in your home, you and your family should brush up on propane safety and know what to do if you suspect a leak.
  • Keep areas around vents clear. Removing debris like leaves and maintaining a wide space around them makes clearing snow and ice easier after storms.
  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors. With windows shut tight and the heat on, winter is the most dangerous time when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations and change batteries if needed.
  • Charge your devices. When bad weather is in the forecast, make sure your phones, laptops, and tablets are fully charged—especially if you live in an area prone to outages. If you have portable chargers, charge those as well.

Corse Fuels has been delivering warmth for generations. Let us know if you have questions, need help clearing your drive, or want to set up automatic delivery, contact us today.

If Not, You Should Find Out All the Benefits You May Be Missing Out On!

fuel delivery vermontVermont winters are long, and you are extremely busy. We know how easy it can be to forget little tasks like checking the fuel gauge on your propane or heating oil tank. Unfortunately, running out of fuel is not a little problem. 

For starters, there’s the discomfort of being without heat in the middle of winter. Then there’s having to pay for an emergency fill-up. And with our bitter cold winters, there’s a chance you’ll have to deal with cleanup and repairs from frozen pipes—especially if you run out of fuel in a vacation home when you’re not there.

Imagine a solution that would take that tiny to-do off your list for good, and at the same time eliminate all those big worries. Corse Fuels has that exact answer for you.

The Benefits of Automatic Deliveries

Corse Fuels’ automatic delivery service for heating oil and propane is a FREE and easy way to make your life just a little easier.

The main benefit of Automatic Delivery service is that you don’t need to remember to schedule heating oil or propane deliveries. We work with a computer algorithm based on your past usage patterns and current weather conditions to make sure we fill your tank on time. Usually, that’s when your tank is about one-quarter (25%) full.

Since our calculations are based on your average usage, it’s important for you to let us know of any changes that would result in a big shift in heating oil or propane use. An extended vacation, more or fewer people living in your home or spending more time at home all day, new heating equipment or new propane appliances or hearth products can all change your fuel use.

New customer? No problem! We can look at old statements from your previous supplier or estimate your use based on our customers with similar size homes in your neighborhood. Even if you only use your place on weekends, we can accurately predict your usage, if your usage is consistent.

Another big benefit? With automatic deliveries, not only do you eliminate the worry of running out of fuel, but you also avoid the expense and hassle of having your oil system primed for restart or a propane line pressure test—both required after a run-out.

The Bottom Line

Running out of fuel can be more than a nuisance. It can be a very expensive mistake. With automatic fill, you can drastically reduce the odds of having one while also saying goodbye to the hassles and headaches of managing your fuel deliveries.

What’s in it for us? It makes things easier on our end too. We’re better able to plan deliveries, using the most efficient routes. That saves time and money, savings we can pass on to you.

What are you waiting for? Don’t risk a run-out—contact us to sign up for automatic propane or heating oil delivery in Lamoille, Franklin, & Northern Chittenden Counties today from Jack F. Corse Fuels, today!

It’s All About Safety!

why leak test vermontRunning out of propane can be a big inconvenience, especially in the winter. Every year, our Will-Call customers often ask why we must perform—and charge them for—a safety check when they’ve let their propane tank hit empty. It doesn’t seem like it should be a such big deal, after all, just fill up the tank like you always would, right? Not quite. Here’s why:

Safety and Necessity

All propane piping and fittings are coated with a pipe-joint compound to seal connections and prevent leaks. But if the pressure changes in the lines—as happens when you run out of fuel—there is the possibility that the joint compound could contract and create a leak. While propane is completely safe under most conditions, it can be highly flammable, so leaking propane lines can be dangerous.

As a result, whenever we install a new tank, or if you have a run-out, we perform a pressure test to make sure everything is operating safely when we refill your tank.

These pressure tests are also required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules. According to the National Fuel Gas code, “Immediately after the gas is turned on into a new system or into a system that has been initially restored after an interruption of service, the piping system shall be tested for leakage. If leakage is indicated, the gas supply shall be shut off until the necessary repairs have been made.”

In other words, a licensed professional must perform a leak test:

  • Any time you install propane equipment 
  • Any time you begin new propane service or change residence
  • After an interruption of service for repairs, equipment shut-off/disconnect, etc.
  • After a fuel runout
  • If a leak is suspected
  • If service has been suspended due to an unpaid account balance

How Do I Avoid Run-Outs?

If you’re on will-call for propane deliveries, you’re responsible for monitoring your tank levels, and if you run out of fuel, we will have to perform and charge you for a test. Keep an eye on your tank, particularly in colder weather, and call when you have no less than 30% left in your tank. That ensures we can get you on the schedule and make a delivery in plenty of time.

Or you can avoid all the hassle altogether with our Automatic Delivery service. Our customers who use propane to heat their homes overwhelmingly choose Automatic Delivery because it’s no work, no worries. Our sophisticated computerized system monitors the weather and keeps track of your fuel use so we know when to schedule your deliveries, and you always have propane.

There’s a reason homeowners and businesses in Lamoille, Franklin, and Northern Chittenden Counties in Vermont trust Corse Fuels for top-notch service and fair prices. Contact us for more information today!

Trust Corse Fuels for Reliable Heating Fuel Deliveries All Season Long

propane delivery vermont

If you typically call us for your fuel when you need it—what’s otherwise known as “Will-Call” style delivery—and you haven’t yet given us a ring this season, it’s best that you do so now. It’s of utmost importance that you contact us to get your propane or heating oil tank filled for the rest of Fall, and as the winter season fast approaches. It takes just a few minutes to get this done!

When it comes to scheduling your fuel delivery, putting this off means you’ll be one of many who will all want their propane or heating oil at the same time after the chilly weather settles in for good. Scheduling your delivery now allows you to beat that rush! You’ll get prompt delivery, and you won’t have to worry about being without enough fuel to keep your Vermont home warm, safe, and comfortable—all while eliminating any run-out worries, too.

Take Advantage of Our Free Automatic Delivery Service

You may be used to calling in to your order whenever you notice that your tank level is getting low. For this season, we encourage you to give our propane or heating oil automatic delivery service a try. There is no extra cost for this service!

This is how it works: We use a sophisticated computerized system that monitors the outdoor temperatures and keeps track of your fuel usage. It lets us know exactly when to schedule your deliveries, so you always have the propane or heating oil you need—all without any work or hassle on your side. Please reach out to us to see if qualify for this popular service.

Help Us Make Safe Deliveries When Winter Rolls In

When the leaves start falling—or the Nor’easters start blowing in—it’s always important to keep your tank unobstructed. (This includes the fill pipe for our heating oil customers with basement tanks.) Start off by making sure that leaves or other debris don’t block or obscure the tank/fill pipe area or driveways.

After a snowfall, please clear a path (about 12 inches wide) to your tank. We also need you to clear your driveway. Our fuel trucks require a 9- to 10-foot-wide clear path in your driveway to allow enough room for maneuvering. Safety codes prevent us from making a delivery if a driveway is not clear.

You should also make sure the vents from your combustion systems stay clear from snow build up! This is very important for vented heating systems.

Contact Us Today

Get in touch with us today to find out how we can prevent the hassles of having a run-out when you need propane or heating oil the most.

If you’re a Corse Fuels customer, you can order fuel online by going here. We’re standing by ready to help you stay warm, safe, and worry-free this season. If you would like to start enjoying all the advantages of becoming a Corse Fuels customer, including reliable propane or heating oil deliveries please go here.

Corse Fuels, established in 1947, proudly provides service to Lamoille County, Franklin County, Westford, Fairfax, Underhill, and Jericho Counties in Vermont. Lookup your ZIP code to see if it’s within our service area! If so, we’ll be happy to help.

fuel payment program vermontWe understand that the weather outside is still quite warm—however, before too long, the chilly temperatures we’ve come to expect here in Vermont will arrive! Therefore, thinking about how you’ll be keeping your home warm now can save you money and hassle down the road this winter.

What’s the best way to do that? It’s simple. Check out our Prebuy plan! This program provides a great opportunity for you to take control of your propane or heating oil costs.

The Prebuy Basics

When you enroll in Prebuy, you are buying your supply of propane or heating oil for the entire heating season. We help you determine how much fuel you’ll need based on past usage. Then, you pay in advance for your fuel at a fixed price.

What’s the Advantage of Enrolling in Prebuy?

During the summer, propane and heating oil tend to have lower prices per gallon than during heating season. By choosing Prebuy, you lock in the price you’re going to pay for your heating season’s fuel at the optimal time!

You’re also protecting yourself from the roller coaster of the markets, where everything from geopolitical disputes to natural disasters can influence your fuel prices. Because you’ve bought your heating oil or propane in advance, none of that makes an impact on your fuel costs, even into the coldest months of the year. Another benefit? You don’t have to worry about propane or heating oil bills because you’ve already paid! That means you can plan your budget for everything from the holiday season to tax time. No surprises, no worries.

If it’s a mild winter and you don’t use all the fuel you purchased, you get to roll that credit balance forward towards your next fuel purchase. And if you end up needing more heating oil or propane than you purchased, we’ll deliver it to you at our fair and transparent daily market rate.

Remember, the Corse Fuels Prebuy Program is a limited-time opportunity. Procrastination is the thief of savings! Lock in your heating fuel price for the Pre-Buy Program early! Contact us by September 30th to enroll. Availability is first come first serve, while supplies last.