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

11 Interesting Facts about Heating Oil

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/14/15 6:00 PM

Approximately 18 million American households use heating oil to heat their homes in the winter. Of those 18 million, most of those houses came be found in the Northeast. Even though it is so common, there are still many people who have questions about it. We’ve put together a small list of facts about heating oil to help answer a few of those questions!

Topics: Energy, Heating Oil, HVAC, History

5 Fun Facts about Propane

Posted by Laura Bretz on 10/7/15 5:00 PM

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a gas that is typically compressed and stored as a liquid. It is a relatively new form of energy but it has an extremely interesting, although brief, history. Aside from its origins, there are many interesting things about propane that you may not know.

Topics: Propane, Energy, HVAC

Five Fall Energy Saving Tips

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/24/15 10:27 AM

Fall is officially here.  For many, in addition to the appearance of pumpkin spiced everything, this signals the end of the cooling season and in a couple of weeks, the first time you’ll turn on your heat.  There are a number of things to check before you fire up your long-dormant furnace.                                                                                    

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC