Stay Safe and Prepared No Matter What the Weather Brings!
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. During the winter season, they must deal with hazardous conditions, especially when there’s snow and ice on the ground, to make sure you get your heating oil or propane delivery when you need it. Maneuvering with a heavy hose while navigating slippery surfaces can be challenging!
But there are ways you can make fuel deliveries safer for our drivers—both before and after big storms—so they can get their work done efficiently and get to everyone quickly.
Being Ready For A Heating Oil or Propane Delivery
Make sure to follow some of the tips below:
- Do clear a path to your fill pipe after a snowfall. Make sure it’s about a foot wide and free of debris and branches, too.
- Don’t forget to mark the location of your underground tank so it’s easy to find over snowbanks and drifts. Use a pole topped with a bright-colored flag or wide ribbon if needed.
- Do keep in mind that our trucks need a 9- to 10-foot-wide path to maneuver safely on your driveway—and we cannot deliver fuel if your driveway isn’t plowed and free of ice. Remember, just because you can get your car down your driveway doesn’t mean our 15-ton fuel truck can make it!
- Do mark the edges of your driveway to make it easier to navigate, especially on steep grades.
- Don’t let snow, ice, or fallen leaves block your vents. Your heating system won’t work effectively. It also increases the risk of carbon monoxide buildup in your home.
- Do check for downed trees, branches, and power lines that may obstruct access to your equipment.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to call for a delivery. If you’re a will-call customer who phones in your order, keep an eye on your tank and schedule a delivery when your tank is no less than a quarter (25%) full. That ensures we have time to get to you before you run out!
- Do sign up for free automatic delivery service. You can cross “order fuel” off your to-do list with this FREE, convenient service options.
Protect Your Family, Too.
We’ll make sure you have fuel to keep your home and family warm. But there are a couple additional steps you can take when winter weather and dangerous cold is in the forecast.
- Test your carbon monoxide detectors at the start of the heating season. 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.
- Always 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.
We’ve been helping families keep comfortable with reliable heating oil deliveries across northern Vermont since 1947. Contact us to become a customer today!
How Cold Weather Effects Propane and How You Can Prevent Problems
If you’re used to heating your home with oil here in Northern Vermont, you know that it can often dip below 16°F. That’s cold enough for your heating oil to gel, and result in problems keeping your home warm. But, if you have an aboveground propane tank, you might still be wondering if your propane supply can freeze or gel in similar fashion when temperatures plummet.
The good news is that the freezing point for propane is -44°F which is well below our average low in northern Vermont, which tends to be around 9°F in January. Suffice it to say, you don’t need to worry about your propane freezing.
Nevertheless, cold weather can still cause problems for the propane in your tank.
Like most substances, propane contracts in cold temperatures. If your propane tank is buried, you don’t need to worry. Temperatures need to get extremely cold for an extended period to affect the propane in an underground tank.
It’s a different situation with an aboveground propane tank. When it’s extremely cold outside, the volume of propane inside your aboveground propane tank will shrink, resulting in a loss of pressure. The problem is, if the pressure becomes too low, the propane inside your tank will not be able to reach your gas burner. That means you may not be able to run your propane appliances, including your furnace or boiler. In addition to no heat, you need to worry about pipes freezing.
3 Ways to Avoid Low Pressure Problems
- Keep your tank full. The best way to prevent pressure problems in your propane tank is to keep your tank at least 30% full. The more propane is in your tank, the more positive pressure there will be. When the forecast is predicting a stretch of low temperatures, check the gauge on your tank, and call us for a propane delivery if you’re getting too low.
To make things easier, you can sign up for our convenient automatic delivery service. We factor the weather into our deliveries and scheduling without you ever having to call. We’ll make sure you never run low! (We do ask that you factor in the weather too—please keep driveways plowed and sanded, and clear a path to your tank so we can deliver your fuel safely at all times.)
- Keep the snow off your tank. If you notice snow accumulating on your propane tank, brush it off. When sunlight can reach your tank, it keeps the propane inside warmer and slows contraction.
- Turn down the heat. It may seem counterintuitive, but another way to reduce pressure problems is to turn down your thermostat. Your propane-fueled furnace or boiler won’t run as often, so it won’t try to draw propane from the tank, allowing the pressure inside your propane tank to rebuild.
Looking for Reliable Propane Services? Call Corse Fuels Today!
There’s a reason folks in Lamoille and Franklin Counties trust Corse Fuels for dependable propane deliveries, as well as tank installations, maintenance and more! We’ve got the knowledge, skills, and resources and can answer all your questions about the benefits of propane for your home. Contact us today to learn more.
It Helps You Stay Warm and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!
You might not be too surprised to know that 50 percent of Vermonters use heating oil to warm their homes. That’s because heating oil is better at generating heat and keeping your home warm, particularly through our cold, damp, and long winters. Other fuels just don’t provide the same heating energy! What you might not know is that every drop of heating oil burned in the State—and the entire northeast—is ultra-low sulfur heating oil.
What is ultra-low sulfur heating oil? Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is the result of dramatic enhancements in the oil refining process resulting in fuel that burns 95% cleaner than comparable oil used to heat homes in the 1970s. Traditional heating oil has a sulfur content of up to 4,000 parts per million. In contrast, ultra-low sulfur heating oil has a sulfur content of just 15 parts per million.
As a result, the heating oil we deliver to fill your tank burns so cleanly, producing such negligible emissions, that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t even regulate it anymore.
Are There Other Benefits of Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil?
What makes ultra-low sulfur heating oil a better way to heat your home? Heating oil in general has a higher BTU output per gallon than other types of fuels. That means it will warm up your home faster than alternative types of fuels like natural gas or electricity. It’s also true of ultra-low sulfur heating oil. But because it’s so clean-burning, ultra-low sulfur heating oil improves the efficiency of your heating system—helping to save you money. It also helps your system last longer and reduces breakdowns.
Delivering Value with Every Gallon of Heating Oil
The improved efficiency of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil means you get better value per gallon. Of course, when it comes to pricing, every type of heating fuel is reacting to pressures in the market right now. The global economy and any issues that affect the supply of crude oil will affect how much you pay to heat your home.
On a local level, seasonal demand always plays a big role. When temperatures are colder than normal, people use more heating fuels, driving prices up. That’s why we secure large amounts of heating oil year-round, especially during summer, when the costs tend to be lower, so we can pass on savings to you in the winter, when you need them most.
One of the ways we do that is with our Pre-buy Plan. This program lets you take advantage of lower off-season pricing by paying for your heating oil at the start of the season. You’ll lock in your per-gallon price and eliminate worry over unexpected price jumps. Enrollment in this program is limited each calendar year, so please speak to a member of our team about how you can take advantage in the seasons to come!
Further, our Budget Plan is our most popular choice, too! It spreads your costs evenly over 11 months, cutting winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to budget your expenses.
Need Heating Oil? Call Corse Fuels Today!
When you’re looking for a heating oil provider for your home or business, you want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier.
Jack F. Corse Fuels has been dedicated to prompt, reliable, courteous service for our customers in Lamoille, Franklin, & Northern Chittenden Counties in Vermont since 1947. Contact us today to learn more or to get started on becoming a customer.
Selecting the Best Size for Your Home
You’re probably familiar with the portable propane tanks you use to fire up your grill. Usually, you go for a 20-pound cylinder, whether you get it refilled or exchange your empty tank for a full one. But when it comes to residential propane tanks, what’s the right size? Whether you’re a new homeowner who has never run a home with propane, or you’re thinking of making the switch to propane, the team at Jack Corse can help you understand all your options when it comes to propane tank sizes.
The Size of Your Tank Matters
Unlike portable tanks, which are measured in pounds, residential propane tank size is usually given as their water capacity volume in gallons. Since propane is stored in a liquid state under pressure, it needs room to expand into a vapor. That’s why propane tanks are “filled” to 80% of its water capacity. For example, a 120-gallon tank will hold approximately 100 gallons of propane when completely full.
To know what size tank you need, you need to know how you will use your propane—just for cooking, heating water, heating your home, and more. There are a lot of variables to consider, and the pros at Jack Corse are here to help you take the guesswork out of calculating the best size tank for your needs:
- 40- to 100-pound cylinders: If you plan to use propane for a gas grill, patio heater, outdoor cookstove, or an RV, a refillable portable cylinder tank is what you want.
- 120-gallon propane tank: This size tank is perfect if you only use propane just for water heating or space heating, or to fuel a range or clothes dryer.
- 150-gallon propane tank: If you have one or two low-Btu appliances, such as a water heater, cooking range, space heaters, wall heaters or a clothes dryer, this size tank should provide ample propane.
- 250-gallon propane tank: For three or more propane appliances like ranges, water heaters or fireplaces (but not a furnace or boiler) you may need to go up to this size.
- 500-gallon propane tank: This is the minimum you’ll need if you heat your home with propane. You’ll have enough propane to also fuel appliances including fireplaces, ranges, and water heaters.
- 800- to 1,000-gallon propane tanks: This capacity will fuel a large home or small commercial business heated with propane that also uses several propane appliances as well as high-Btu propane appliances like pool and spa heaters.
Once we’ve helped you determine the best size tank for your needs, our pros can help determine the best location for your tank and make sure it’s installed safely.
Keep in mind, due to our frigid winters and plentiful snow, we only set up tanks between April and October. We’ve been installing tanks for all kinds of homes and businesses for more than 40 years. Whether you’re new to propane or just need to replace your tank, we’re here to answer all your questions!
Need a Propane Delivery? Count on Corse Fuels!
Once you have your tank, you’ll want to ensure you have reliable propane delivery service to ensure you always have propane. You want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering real value and true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier.
We’ve has been dedicated to prompt, reliable, courteous propane delivery service to homes and businesses across Lamoille County, Franklin County, Westford, Fairfax, Underhill, and Jericho Counties since 1947. Contact us to learn more or become a customer today!
On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon.
This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, gasoline, and propane to move higher too. Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far this fast, you can always see the impact of Wall Street firms that jump to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck. (…or should we say millions of bucks?) It frustrates the heck out of us.
Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.
Here are a few things to bear in mind:
- We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company, and makes planning very difficult.
- This year, supply issues could become problematic. While we have excellent relationships with our suppliers, it is imperative that you go on—or stay on—automatic delivery. This way, if we go on “allocation” from suppliers, have drivers out sick because of COVID or face severe weather, we can manage capacity better and keep you warm.
- Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’d like to know how much you used last year so you can project this year’s bills more accurately, call us. This is going to be painful, but it will be helpful to be able to plan for it.
- If you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, it is critical that you call us as soon as you realize there’s an issue. We can work with you but only if you communicate with us early.
We will try to keep you best informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control, but we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.
Jack F. Corse Inc.
For Transparent Pricing and Great Value…Trust Jack Corse
Winter is still officially a couple of months away, but temperatures in northern Vermont will start to drop below freezing before too long. Meanwhile, everyone is feeling the pressure of higher prices for everything from a gallon of milk to a gallon of gas. We know that’s hard on everyone. And we know how important it is for you to have a dependable source of heating oil that won’t break the bank. Especially as winter approaches and you are thinking about what your heating costs might be.
What Drives Heating Oil Prices?
The price of crude oil accounts for most of the cost of heating oil, which has the largest impact on the price. Because crude oil is a commodity—a raw material that can be bought or sold—its own price is driven by the laws of supply and demand. That means the global economy and any issues that affect the supply of crude oil will affect how much you pay to heat your home.
Other factors that contribute to the overall price consider things like labor costs, transportation, and storage costs, as well as the weather.
On a local level, seasonal demand always plays a big role. When temperatures are colder than normal, people use more heating fuels, driving prices up. That’s why we secure large amounts of heating oil year-round, especially during summer, when the costs tend to be lower, so we can pass on savings to you in the winter when you need them most.
Delivering Value with Every Gallon
If you use propane in your home, you already know it’s a great value! It’s clean-burning and efficient, and it provides steady, reliable heat energy at an affordable price. When you’re a Corse Fuels customer, you understand that value isn’t just about rock-bottom prices. The real value comes from dependability, quality fuels, convenience, and personal service.
With Jack Corse, you get the added value of convenience. This includes our free automatic propane delivery service which eliminates the need to monitor your tank levels. Our proven system is based on your typical use, daily temperatures, and real-time weather forecasts, so we can predict when you need fuel.
Corse Fuels is Here to Help You Save!
We also offer payment options to help you manage costs no matter what happens with prices or how cold it gets.
- Our Budget Pay plan spreads home heating oil costs over 11 months, so you can avoid bills that spike in the winter.
- We also offer a Prepay Plan that lets you lock in a lower price by buying your fuel for the year upfront. Your fuel will cost the same all year long—even in the winter when demand is high and market prices rise.
The Bottom Line When Looking for the Best Oil Prices
When you’re looking for a heating oil provider for your home or business, you want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier.
Jack Corse Fuels has been dedicated to prompt, reliable, courteous service for our customers in Cambridge Junction and all throughout northern Vermont since 1947. Contact us today to learn more and become a Corse Fuels heating oil customer.
Your Go-To for all Commercial Fueling Needs
From agricultural businesses to warehouses, and from construction to hospitality, businesses large and small throughout Lamoille, Franklin, and Northern Chittenden counties trust Jack F. Corse for the commercial fuels they need to get the job done. They know we provide the same superb and attentive service to our commercial accounts as to our residential clients! And that’s why we’re proud of our commercial and business partnerships that support the local economy.
We’re committed to delivering real value that goes beyond competitive prices. We provide easy ordering and on-time deliveries of regular E10 87 octane, and non-ethanol 97 octane as well as on- and off-road diesel so you can keep your focus on your business and your fleets on the road.
Why Partner with Jack F. Corse Fuels?
We operate a fleet of trucks that we need to keep fueled and ready to serve our customers, so we understand how delivery of quality gasoline and diesel fuel can be critical to the success of your business. Our on-road and off-road fueling services are convenient and dependable for trucking, construction, and farm equipment needs, which save you both time and money.
On-Road Diesel Supply
If you operate a fleet of service vehicles that use diesel fuel, our bulk delivery service saves you big when compared to the cost of dispatching your fleet to an off-site gas station for fill-ups. We deliver on-road diesel fuel throughout the year to construction companies, trucking companies, and many other businesses with a fleet of vehicles.
Do you operate a construction company or other business that has diesel-powered equipment, or a farm running tractors, or other farm equipment? If you’re currently buying on-road diesel from a gas station for your off-road equipment, you are paying unnecessary taxes.
With the ultra-low sulfur-dyed diesel that we deliver for off-road vehicles and equipment, there’s no federal excise tax—and you may be eligible for state excise tax refunds.
Corse Fuels Makes Doing Business Easier for You!
Whether you need 200 gallons or 10,000 gallons, our experts can help you plan, schedule, and manage your fuel deliveries. We’ll also help you track your fuel usage to reduce waste and improve efficiency.
We’re always here to take your call. Let us know how we can make doing business easier for you.
There’s Still time to Enroll in Our Budget Plan!
Usually, nobody is giving too much thought to buying heating oil—or propane—in the summer. But with fuel prices continuing to be elevated across the board, the thought of paying higher winter heating bills is becoming a worry for many folks. That’s why numerous Corse Fuels customers are taking advantage of our Budget Plan!
Even when fuel costs are low, this is a very popular plan, because it keeps your bills level and manageable. But enrollment for our Budget Plan closes at the end of July—so now’s the time to sign up.
How Does the Budget Plan Work?
We use an average based on your past fuel use to spread your costs evenly over 11 months, cutting winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to plan your expenses. As a result, our Budget Plan is a smart way to manage winter heating oil and propane costs and avoid unexpected high invoices, no matter how cold it gets—or how much fuel you use.
Even if we have a particularly harsh winter or prices spike even more, we’ll help adjust your payments, so you don’t get hit with a large balance in the summer. Likewise, if it’s a mild winter, we can adjust and reduce your payments. The point is to help you save while avoiding big fluctuations.
More Options for You!
We know every budget is different, and that’s why we offer multiple options. Our Pre-Buy plan lets you buy your all your heating oil or propane at the start of the season. This lets you take advantage of lower off-season pricing and eliminates the worry about the price of fuel going up even more. Enrollment is open from present day through September—or while supplies last. *
If you prefer to pay as you go, we still offer ways to save: Ask about our prompt-payment discount.
Whether you use heating oil, propane, or both, letting the pros at Corse Fuels handle all your heating needs is a smart choice. No matter what happens with prices next winter, our price protection plans are designed to help you keep costs manageable.
If you’d like to sign up for a plan, don’t delay! Contact us today to learn about all the ways we can help you save.
*Enrollment subject to availability. Please speak with a customer service representative for details.
5 Benefits that Might Surprise You
When the stock market is volatile, one evergreen piece of advice that comes to mind is to diversify. It’s the idea is that by spreading your investments across different areas, you can better ride out the bumps. The same is true with the energy you use to run your home. With energy and fuel prices skyrocketing across the board, many homeowners are looking at ways to save.
Looking ahead to the fall months forthcoming, we’re already anticipating many folks to be lowering the heat and using less hot water as some simple ways to control energy costs.
However, reevaluating the kind of energy you use—and diversifying rather than going all-electric—can help too. Electricity is necessary to run a lot of things—lights, phones, and some appliances both inside and out. But it’s not the smartest choice for all your appliances and systems. Propane is a versatile and efficient choice, and all the benefits to your home, comfort—and, yes, your bottom line—might surprise you.
Why Propane Is So Great
Here are 5 reasons to love propane as your home’s primary fuel source:
- It’s clean. When it comes to environmental impact, propane gas is one of the cleanest and efficient fuels around. It burns cleanly and produces minimal emissions. Another important factor when it comes to evaluating whether a fuel is “green” is that propane also doesn’t harm soil or groundwater in the rare event of a leak.
- It’s domestic. Did you know propane is also an American energy source? About 90% of the United States’ supply of propane is domestically generated. Most of it comes from the processing of natural gas—which is considered a greenhouse gas when burned. Propane, however, is not considered a greenhouse gas itself.
- It’s efficient. Propane generates more Btus than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat or energy. Also, propane appliances are also very efficient, so they waste very little fuel in the combustion process.
On the other hand, the generation of electricity is the second-largest creator of greenhouse gases in the United States. That’s because most of our electricity supply is generated by coal-fired power plants. In fact, only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases.
- It’s versatile. Because propane is so efficient at heating, it’s a smarter choice than electricity for a wide variety of appliances. For example, propane water heaters generate much more hot water at a cheaper cost per gallon. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that heat water with propane rather than electricity can see average annual savings of $174. The same technology that makes propane ideal for water heaters makes it a smarter choice than electricity to power all kinds of appliances that use hot water or heat:
- Clothes washers and dryers
- Outdoor lighting
- Patio heaters
- Pool and spa-tub heaters
- Outdoor grills
- Stoves and cooktops
- It’s readily available. Because your propane supply is delivered and stored in a tank right on your property, so you’ll always have it on-hand. There’s no fear of pipeline problems caused by cold weather, accidents, or deterioration. And consider this: When storms knock out power, a propane-fueled backup generator will keep your lights and everything else running until the utility companies can make repairs. Now that’s peace of mind!
In a nutshell, propane delivers more bang for your energy buck, all while protecting the environment. It’s a win-win for homeowners who care about the environment but also want to keep costs better under control.
Here at Jack F. Corse Fuels, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to answer all your questions about the benefits of propane for your Northern Vermont home. Contact us today to learn more, or to get started on converting to propane power.
Corse is the Name You Can Trust
When 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.