What Determines Home Heating Oil Price?

What Determines Home Heating Oil Price?

Factors that influence the fuel’s cost

heating oil Cheshire County, NH If the heating system in your Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire home depends on heating oil, you know that you are going to have to place an order for the fuel at one point or another. But do you know how much that order is going to cost you? The answer to that question may be no considering how much heating oil prices fluctuate.

What accounts for changes in heating oil prices

We see prices of the goods we use and buy going up and down all the time. This happens at the grocery store, at gas stations and even with our cell phone bills. Heating oil prices are no exception.

There are a few factors that influence how much you are going to find yourself spending on heating oil. These factors include:

Understanding how much heating oil you are going to use

All of us here in the area know that winter is going to eventually come. One way that we can prepare for the colder season is to think about how much heating oil you are going to go through and place a fuel order accordingly.

Look over your prior heating bills and history of heating oil deliveries to see how much heating oil you ordered for the last few winters and how often you had to place these orders.

If you haven’t yet experienced a winter in your current home, ask a neighbor whose house is similar in size about how much heating oil they typically go through a season.

You can count on Fraticelli Oil & Propane for the heating oil you need

If your Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire home is in need of a heating oil delivery, know that you can turn to Fraticelli Oil & Propane to get the job done! You simply won’t find another provider in the area who is as reliable as getting you the heating oil you need when you need it.

Contact Fraticelli Oil & Propane today to learn more about our heating oil services!

Types of Generator Fuel

You need power and generators do too!

generator fuel Franklin County, NH Do you know how many people count on generators to provide power in the event of a blackout? Without getting too specific, the answer is tons! In the midst of a power outage, homeowners rely on generators to keep the food in their fridges from spoiling. Construction workers need them for heating purposes. Manufacturer and warehouse workers depend on generators to keep their forklifts up and running. But what do these generators themselves need to keep working and stay operational? Generator fuel!

Common types of generator fuel

There are a few different types of fuel that can be used to power generators. Let’s take a deep dive into what they are:

  1. Diesel fuel: Generally, diesel fuel generators are used by commercial businesses and facilities such as hospitals and emergency service provides that need to be fully operational at all times. Generators that are powered by diesel fuel typically last a long time (however diesel fuel itself can expire and go bad) and are not particularly costly to operate or maintain.
  2. Gasoline: Gasoline powered generators are most popular among homeowners who are looking for a backup power source. Part of what makes them appealing is the fact that gasoline itself is very attainable and easy to find. On top of that, any generator that produces less than 150 kilowatts of power can use gasoline. However, gasoline expires after 12 months and is also incredibly flammable, which brings up all sorts of safety issues.
  3. Natural gas: Since natural gas is a clean-burning fuel that produces a smaller amount of emissions than some other fuels, a natural gas powered generator is the preference for certain people. A natural gas generator is connected to a gas pipeline underground and is therefore protected from natural elements. However, this means that in the event of a natural disaster or a widespread emergency, people who count on natural gas generators for backup purposes may still lose power if the natural gas utility gets cut off.
  4. Propane: Propane, like natural gas, is clean burning in addition to being non-toxic and green. Therefore a propane-powered generator is certainly an environmentally friendly choice. The fuel doesn’t expire so even if you only use your generator on the rare occasion you don’t have to worry about your generator fuel going bad with propane. And since propane doesn’t need electricity or any sort of power or pipelines to work, you can count on a propane-powered generator to keep you up and running at all times!

Generator fuel from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

If you need propane or diesel fuel to power your generator Fratielli Oil & Propane can help! We can deliver the fuel of your choice directly to your central Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire door, whether it’s a home or a business. We understand the importance of needing fuel for your generator, which is why we will go above and beyond to make sure your fuel supply is full at all times. In fact, our team can even help with emergency fuel deliveries!

So contact Fraticelli Oil & Propane today to get the diesel fuel or propane you need for your generator today.

Will a Propane Tank Monitor Prevent a Run-out?

A look at how the trackers work

propane tank Middlesex County, NH We all know how disappointing it is to head to the bathroom to brush your teeth only to discover that you are out of toothpaste. And we all know what a bummer it is to open your kitchen’s fridge for your favorite drink to realize that you already had the last one. Imagine if there was a way to prevent these kinds of run-outs? Well, when it comes to your propane tank there actually is.

A convenient way to prevent running out of propane

Anyone who uses propane should know that, for safety purposes, their propane tanks should never be 100% full. In fact, they should only be filled to about 80% at a time. This gives propane the room it needs to expand (it’s a liquid so this will happen) as it gets warm.

This is why propane professionals recommend placing your next order of propane once your tank hits the 20% mark as this will help prevent a run-out.

However, there is an easier and more convenient way to keep your propane supply full and that is a wireless propane tank monitor.

Here’s how a wireless propane tank monitor works: it is a device that goes directly on your propane tank and tracks how much propane you are using in real time. This information is sent directly to your propane supplier who then knows exactly when you’ll be ready for your next order of propane. And here’s a bonus for Fraticelli Oil & Propane customers – you can track your propane levels yourself with our complimentary smart phone app.

Basically, you can rest easy knowing that you will always have a sufficient amount of propane with the help of a wireless propane tank monitor!

Even more convenience with Fraticelli tank leases

Fraticelli Oil & Propane is all about making our customers’ lives simpler and easier. Our wireless propane tank monitoring services aren’t the only way we do this. We also offer propane tank leasing options. Here’s a look at what you get when you lease a tank from us:

Propane services from Fraticelli

Anyone in Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire can also count on Fraticelli Oil & Propane for reliable propane deliveries. We even offer an Automatic Delivery option. On top of that, we are the only propane company in the area who offers 24-hour emergency deliveries and our prices simply can’t be beat!

Contact Fraticelli today to start receiving propane, wireless propane tank monitoring services or to lease a propane tank!

Is Propane The Same As Natural Gas?

Here’s what sets them apart

propane Worchester County, NH While natural gas and propane can be used to power and fuel some of the same things, the two are actually different and not interchangeable. It’s important for anyone who uses either natural gas or propane to understand exactly how the two differ. So let’s take a look at what sets them apart from each other.

Natural gas versus propane

While propane is technically a gas, it is actually a result of natural gas processing and the petroleum refining process. Natural gas, on the other hand, is a combination of methane and additional gases.

Natural gas and propane also differ:

What propane is used for

One of the great things about propane is its versatility. It can be used to power and fuel so many different items. Just take a look at what propane can do:

Why choose propane

On top of how versatile propane is, the energy source provides a whole long list of benefits to anyone and everyone who uses it. Those benefits include:

Propane from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

Both homes and businesses in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire can count on Fraticelli Oil & Propane for the propane they need. In fact, we’ve been servicing the area for over 90 years!

On top of propane deliveries we offer propane tank leases, maintenance and repairs on any leased tanks and tank installation.

Contact Fraticelli Oil & Propane today and let us know how we can help with your propane needs!

Emergency Fueling for Public Safety

Fraticelli Oil & Propane is here to help

emergency fueling Winchendon, MA We have all found ourselves in an emergency situation (or at least what felt like an emergency at the time) at one point or another. And sometimes those situations have to do with emergency fueling needs.

Emergency fuel services

If you use diesel, heating oil or propane there is always the possibility of suddenly finding yourself without a supply of fuel. When this happens, your first move is to probably contact your fuel provider for an emergency delivery and refill.

However, not every fuel provider is able to step up and get you what you need, even in an emergency-fueling scenario. We are proud to say that this is not the case here at Fraticelli Oil & Propane.

Emergency fueling from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

Fraticelli Oil & Propane knows and understands that there is more to diesel fuel, heating oil and propane than simply keeping certain equipment and appliances up and running. All this fuel also keeps you, your family, your home and your business safe, comfortable and operational.

Therefore, we have made ourselves available for emergency fueling needs and deliveries all throughout Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to both our loyal customers and those who are in desperate need of fuel even if they are not our current customers.

We are able to do this, in part, thanks to the fact that we have over 200,000 gallons of dedicated fuel storage in addition to the most extensive vehicle fleet in the region. This abundance of fuel paired with our reliable delivery system allows the drivers who work at Fraticelli Oil & Propane to get you what you need fast. You can usually expect the fuel delivery that you need to arrive within 24 hours of your request. Other providers in the area can sometimes take up to a week (sometimes even more!) to make a delivery, which, let’s face it, is not going to cut it when you are in the midst of a true emergency!

Public safety and emergency fuel

Sure, homes and businesses that rely on heating oil or propane can easily find themselves in need of emergency fuel services.

But sometimes, emergency fuel services are a matter of public safety. For example, sometimes grocery stores and other businesses that people depend for basic needs find that they have an emergency need for fuel so that they can run their generators, which are their source of backup power. Other times, emergency vehicles, school buses and other fleets that are considered vital are in desperate need of diesel fuel.

Fraticelli Oil & Propane is here for you

When you need an emergency fuel delivery, know that you can count on Fraticelli Oil & Propane. Whether you are a current customer or someone who just needs fuel, we will be happy to assist. The Fraticelli Oil & Propane team will go above and beyond to help you out of any emergency fuel situation.

And, of course, you can rely on us for propane, heating oil and diesel fuel when it’s not an emergency as well. We offer the most dependable delivery services and some of the most reasonable prices around.

So when you need fuel for your Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire home or business contact Fraticelli Oil & Propane!

Storing Diesel Fuel Safely

Tips to keep you safe and help your fuel last longer

diesel fuel Whistler, MA If you use diesel fuel there are certain things you have to know and be aware of. You have to understand the difference between on-road diesel fuel and off-road diesel fuel and know when it’s appropriate to use each kind. You should know how to go about using diesel fuel in safe way. And you should also know how to store diesel fuel safely.

Diesel fuel storage basics

Properly storing diesel fuel is just as important as properly using diesel fuel. In fact, if you don’t store your diesel fuel correctly is can become contaminated and start to become ineffective.

When diesel fuel is stored correctly it can typically last about 6 to 12 months. You can actually extend this amount of time by storing diesel properly and safely.

So how exactly do you store diesel fuel safely and properly? Here are some tips:

Why use diesel fuel?

A fairly long shelf life isn’t the only advantage and benefit that diesel fuel provides. Diesel fuel also:

Diesel fuel from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

Fraticelli Oil & Propane can get you the diesel fuel you need if you are in Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire. Whether you need on-road or off-road diesel fuel we can help you out. What’s the difference? We’re glad you asked!

On-road diesel fuel is used to power fleets of commercial vehicles such as trucks, school buses and public buses – basically any vehicle that drives on a road.

Off-road diesel fuel powers equipment that does not go on a road. We’re talking about generators, agricultural equipment and machinery that is used on construction sites to move and lift heavy equipment.

If your business depends on diesel fuel you can depend on Fraticelli Oil & Propane. Contact us today to start receiving reliable diesel delivery services from us!

Kerosene Heaters: How To Use Them Safely

Tips and guidelines that will keep you safe

kerosene Hillsborough County, NH These days, using kerosene for heating purposes and power is not the most popular choice when it comes to the kind of oil you can use. However, some of us in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire do still use kerosene, especially those of us with RVs, mobile homes and homes that have exterior oil tanks.

So for that part of the population, it is important, even imperative, to know how to use kerosene heaters safely.

Using kerosene heaters safely

When it comes to using any home appliance, safety is important. After all, most of us want to do whatever it takes to keep our families, our homes and ourselves out of harm’s way. This holds true for kerosene heaters as well.

Using kerosene for heating purposes can sometimes be a great option. However, there are some specific tips and guidelines that should be followed to ensure that you are using kerosene heaters in the safest way possible. These safety tips include:

Why use kerosene

Even though you certainly have to be careful and cautious when using kerosene heaters, kerosene itself offers certain benefits and advantages such as:

Kerosene deliveries from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

If you are in Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire and are looking for kerosene, Fraticelli Oil & Propane can help. In fact, we can deliver kerosene directly to your front door and we happen to be the only company in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Worcester, Middlesex and Franklin counties that does so.

Kerosene can be hard to find, but not when you turn to the team at Fraticelli Oil & Propane. You can always count on us to get you the kerosene you need.

Contact us today and let us know how we can help with your kerosene needs!

Commercial Propane for Retail Businesses

How is the energy source used?

commercial propane Cheshire County, NH You can’t have a retail business without some sort of good or product to sell. You also can’t have a retail business without some sort of fuel or energy source to power and run the appliances, equipment and machinery that you count on to help make that retail business function. That is where commercial propane comes into play.

Retail businesses and commercial propane

A lot of businesses and different industries are turning to commercial propane for their fuel needs. Commercial propane is used:

There are a lot of ways retail businesses can use commercial propane. Here is a look at a few:

Why turn to commercial propane

Businesses, including retail businesses, can benefit from using commercial propane in many different ways. The benefits and advantages commercial propane provides include:

Commercial propane from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

Fraticelli Oil & Propane has the bulk propane your southern New Hampshire or central Massachusetts business needs. In fact, we are the most trusted commercial propane provider in the area!

When your business needs commercial propane, you can count on the Fraticelli Oil & Propane team. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial propane services.

Why Isn’t My Propane Tank 100% Full After Delivery?

Propane professionals leave room in your tank on purpose

propane tank Franklin County, NH If you are a propane customer, we would bet that you have found yourself in the following scenario before: you contact your propane provider and schedule a propane delivery to refill your propane tank. Your delivery arrives, but, upon further examination, you realize your tank is not actually 100% full.

Despite what you may have thought at the time, this is not an oversight. In fact, there is a very good reason why your propane tank is never completely following a propane delivery.

Filling your propane tank

Believe it or not, propane tanks should never be 100% full, even right after a propane delivery. Propane tanks should actually only be 80% full at a time. This is a standard set in place for safety reasons. Not filling a propane tank all the way leaves room for the propane inside the tank to expand, which it inevitably will do as its temperature increases. Neglecting to leave extra room for propane’s expansion is hazardous and dangerous.

Propane tank sizes and how much propane they hold

Propane tanks come in a variety of sizes. However, since we now know that propane tanks should never be 100% full, we also know that the size of a propane tank is not equal to how much propane should be in that tank at a time. For example, 120-gallon propane tanks hold about 96 gallons of propane. A 500-gallon tank will hold about 400 gallons of propane at once.

Therefore, it is recommended to place your next propane order as soon as your tank is 20% full. This gives you time to schedule your next propane delivery without having to worry about running out of the fuel completely.

Wireless propane tank monitors

Another way to avoid running out of propane completely is by using a wireless propane tank monitor. This is a device that gets attached directly to your propane tank and tracks your propane supply. That information is sent directly to your propane supplier in real time, which allows your supplier to automatically schedule your next propane order accordingly.

Any Fraticelli Oil & Propane customers with wireless propane tank monitors can track their propane levels as well with the complimentary Fraticelli app and a Wi-Fi signal.

More on propane safety

Not filling propane tanks to their absolute maximum capacity is just one way propane safety is enforced to propane customers.

The propane industry as a whole has very strict regulations and high standards that are put in place to help keep everyone safe. As a result, propane has an extremely strong safety track record.

Additionally, propane is non-toxic and, therefore, not harmful to its surrounding soil, water, plants and other living organisms.

Propane leaks are also easy to identify thanks to the fact that they smell like rotten eggs, spoiled meat or a skunk’s spray. This scent is actually added to propane during production as a way to warn people that they could be in danger.

Propane services from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

If you are in Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire and are looking for a reliable propane delivery service or dependable propane tank installation, look no further than Fraticelli Oil & Propane.

Contact us today to learn more about the propane services we offer.

How To Safe Money On Your Commercial Heating Oil Bill

Tips and tricks for reducing costs

commercial heating oil Middlesex County, NH We all know that it costs money to own, run and operate a commercial business. So it is always nice when, as a business owner, you come across a way for your company to save a little bit of money and cut back on expenses.

Ways to save money on your commercial heating oil bill

One way that commercial business owners can cut costs is by reducing what they spend on their commercial heating oil bills. Here are some suggestions, tips and tricks to help you save on your commercial heating oil expenses:

How Fraticelli Oil & Propane can help you save on your commercial heating oil bill

Getting your commercial heating oil from Fraticelli Oil & Propane can add up in cost savings too. Here’s a look at how we help businesses save money:

Commercial heating oil from Fraticelli Oil & Propane

If you are in Central Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire and are looking for commercial heating oil for your local business, Fraticelli Oil & Propane can help.

Whether you need commercial heating oil for your school, hospital or commercial building, you can count on us. In fact, we can often deliver the heating oil your business needs when competitors simply can’t thanks to Fraticelli’s 200,000-plus gallons of fuel storage. On top of that, we also have a larger vehicle fleet than the competitors in our region.

Fraticelli Oil & Propane is also proud to offer clean-burning Bioheat® fuel, which is a combination of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biodiesel that is healthier for the environment and decreases what commercial business owners spend on equipment maintenance costs.

The Fraticelli professionals can also help you with the purchase, installation and service of oil and gas fired furnaces and boilers.

We can help keep your commercial space comfortable with heating oil. Contact Fraticelli Oil & Propane today to learn more!