Laura Bretz
Laura Bretz is a Marketing Coordinator at Shipley Energy.

Recent Posts

Factors to Consider When Installing an Oil Tank

Posted by Laura Bretz on 1/24/17 12:29 PM

Nearly all of the 8 million U.S. households that use heating oil are concentrated in the northeastern states. If you live in a northeastern state like Maryland or Pennsylvania, Shipley Energy can make home deliveries and provide maintenance service for your system. There are other factors to consider with regard to oil heating and oil tank installation, and we want to help guide you through the selection and installation process.

Topics: Heating Oil

3 Ways to Get your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Posted by Laura Bretz on 4/18/16 2:33 PM

There isn't a better time than early spring to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer months. With your system lying dormant for the winter, you need to take special care to avoid running into issues when you need your air conditioner most!

Topics: HVAC

5 Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Furnace

Posted by Laura Bretz on 2/23/16 9:00 AM

It's never too late (or too soon) to think about upgrading your furnace. There are a lot of signs to indicate that it's time for a replacement, but below are five of the easiest ways to tell that it's time to upgrade!

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil, Electricity, HVAC

Preparing for Cold Weather

Posted by Laura Bretz on 1/14/16 8:30 AM

It took some time, but winter is finally here! As you know, wintertime energy spikes are driven by an increase in heating, the single largest user of energy in a home. Luckily, there are a number of simple and easy steps that you take now in order to help conserve energy, lower your bills, and help keep you warm this winter.

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

Short-Term Energy Outlook 2016

Posted by Laura Bretz on 1/7/16 4:23 PM

It’s certainly no secret that this has been an abnormal winter. Between the current El Nino tying 1997 – 1998 as the strongest on record and improved refinement techniques for natural gas and oil, we are experiencing a very unique energy-trend.

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Energy, Heating Oil

The Advantages of LED Holiday Lights

Posted by Laura Bretz on 11/23/15 9:00 AM

With the holiday’s right around the corner, looking at simple ways to save some money can be a high priority! There is no question that LED lights use less energy than their incandescent counterparts. Although incandescent lights may be cheaper to initially purchase, they end up costing you more in the long run.

The problem with incandescent strings of lights is that they burn hot, broke easily, and one broken or burnt-out bulb often causes the whole string to not light. Since they are painted glass, the color often doesn’t last and you can end up dull, dingy lights on your tree. Many people are opting to make the switch to LED lights and there are many reasons why.

Topics: Energy, Electricity, Electric bill

LIHEAP - Here to Help

Posted by Laura Bretz on 11/10/15 10:43 AM

What is LIHEAP?

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally-funded program that helps qualified households with their home energy bills. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also help reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire, or eviction). 

Topics: Propane, Heating Oil, LIHEAP

Propane Autogas – the Clean Alternative

Posted by Laura Bretz on 11/2/15 9:00 AM

Did you know that propane gas has been used as a commercial fuel for over 80 years? It serves as the fuel for over 4 million vehicles around the world. After gasoline and diesel, propane is the third most popular engine fuel. More than 70% of domestic propane supplies are from natural gas refined in the United States; as a country, the United States produces enough propane to exceed customer demand! There are many reasons why it’s such a popular type of fuel, and why we’re making the switch for some of our vans here at Shipley Energy!

Topics: Propane

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/27/15 4:16 PM

Trick-or-treating is a little over a week away! Soon, the streets will be full of kids going door-to-door to get candy and other goodies from their neighbors. While it’s not a “fun” part of this tradition, staying safe is extremely important. This goes for party hosts, parents, children in costumes, and especially motorists. Everyone needs to do their part to make sure every has a safe and fun night.

Topics: Electricity, Holidays

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/20/15 8:11 PM

When it starts getting colder and the snow starts to fall, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do if your home loses power. There are some easy steps you can take before a power outage occurs that will make the loss of power a little bit more bearable. The list below is some things we suggest doing in the event that if something happens, you won’t be totally in the dark.

Topics: Electricity, HVAC