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Safety Tips for Propane Tanks During Heavy Snow

If you have a propane tank, be sure you don’t damage it when clearing heavy snow. Do not push snow off the roof onto the propane tank. The weight of the snow can damage the pipes and fittings, causing gas leaks. Read more »

How to Combat Higher Prices and Colder Temps

Consumers are being hit with a double whammy this winter. Prices for natural gas are up as much as 13% and electricity is up about 2%. Heating fuel is about the same, but is still one of the most expensive fuels. As these prices increase, so has fuel consumption due to a colder than average winter. One way to conserve on fuel costs is by changing the way you dress. Read more »

Unplug to Save Energy

How many devices do you have plugged in at your home right now? The average household keeps 40 or more appliances, lamps and electronic devices plugged in all the time. Each of these is using electricity, even if they are turned off. In severe winters, such as the one we’re experiencing this year, if each of us would unplug items not in use it will give a huge boost to the energy grid. Read more »

How to Prepare for a Winter Power Failure

Power supply interruptions can happen in winter due to high winds, freezing rain, or sleet that brings down power lines. Most disruptions are usually fixed within hours. To remain comfortable in your home during a failure make these preparations. Read more »

How Your Service Contract Helps Others

The extended cold has caused a huge demand for emergency heating repairs and heating system replacements. Our techs are working night and day to take care of customers. It occurred to us that we should take time to thank those customers who didn’t have emergency heating repair needs this winter. Read more »

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe in Cold Weather

Most dogs like to frolic in the snow and eat the snow! But the harsh winter and low temperatures can be dangerous for our dogs. To be sure your dog stays healthy this winter here are some the things to do. Read more »

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Increases in Winter

As we spend more time inside our homes in the winter, with doors and windows tightly closed, we become more at-risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. Because the potentially lethal gas is colorless and odorless, you may not realize you are being exposed to it. Here are the symptoms. Read more »

Things You Can Do to Protect Pipes from Freezing

It’s never too late to take preventative action that protects you from having your pipes burst in cold weather. Take advantage of milder winter temperatures to have us come do an at-risk assessment of your pipes. Read more »

Temperatures that Cause Your Pipes to Freeze

The sub-zero temperatures we’ve seen this winter have gotten a lot of our customers asking us at what temperature are their pipes vulnerable to freezing? While there isn’t one specific temperature that affects all pipes for all homes, most pipes become vulnerable when the temperature is below 20 degrees. Read more »

The Major Cause of a “No-Heat” Furnace Problem

There is still a lot of winter weather to come, and being without heat in the winter is something you want to avoid. Did you know that up to 75% of the time the major cause of “no-heat” emergency calls the lack of ongoing maintenance and service? Read more »

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