Energy (IN)equality: A Problem in the U.S.

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 12/20/16 11:51 AM

Equality of all aspects is a hot topic of discussion both in the United States and around the world. Gender, marriage, and income just to name a few. A topic that is not often touched on, but of equal importance, is energy equality.

Topics: Natural Gas, Energy, Electricity

Natural Gas Prices Could Skyrocket This Fall

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 6/7/16 12:00 PM

Mother Nature has been throwing us a major curve ball with temperature variations that are not-so-seasonal. Starting Christmas Day 2015, we experienced temperatures ranging from 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the mid-Atlantic region. So much for being able to wear your favorite ugly sweater for the occasion.

Topics: Natural Gas

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

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

Is An Annual Furnace Inspection Necessary?

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/2/15 11:01 AM

With winter approaching, now is the time to make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency for the season!  As the temperatures threaten to drop, it may not be something you consider a requirement if your furnace has been working fine. You may even be wondering if annual inspection this year is truly necessary.

A great way to look at it is to compare an annual inspection to maintaining your car. If you don’t take care of your vehicle, a lot of things will break down before you realize it. However, like a car, proper maintenance will give you a much longer life on your furnace. By some professional estimates, approximately 75% of all furnace breakdowns in the winter are a result of improper maintenance.  Energystar.gov and Energy.gov both agree that a yearly inspection is absolutely necessary to prolonging the life of your furnace.

Topics: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil, HVAC

Energy in the United States

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/14/15 6:30 PM

Typically, not much thought is put into energy, where it comes from, and how it’s used.  Energy in all of its forms is part of everyday life and has a huge impact on the United States.  From President Obama’s rules on climate change to the ongoing debate over fracking and the Keystone XL pipeline, the topic of energy is brought up often.  Looking at the numbers of how Americans use their energy is both fascinating and shocking.

Topics: Natural Gas, Heating Oil, Electricity

Benefits of Converting to Natural Gas

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 7/21/15 9:00 AM

It’s hard to think about home heating during this period of humidity, but it is never too early to think about conversion of energy sources! When it comes to heating our homes this winter, we have a resource that is standing above the rest. Natural gas is emerging as a better option than heating oil and propane, yet it is still not being fully taken advantage of.  

The environment-friendly aspects of heating a home with natural gas are very enticing to home owners, but the cost drives some potential buyers away. But do the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term costs?  


Topics: Natural Gas, HVAC

Round 3: Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 7/7/15 9:00 AM

The Nimble Natural Gas has challenged our Heavyweight Heating Oil in Round 3 of the Service Tournament. Heating oil vs natural gas: let’s go there live! 


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Check out Heating Oil’s nail-biting victory over the Heat Pump in Round 2 coverage! 

Natural Gas has some loyal fans in the energy business, but is also one of our more controversial challengers in the tournament. It is a fossil fuel formed by pressure and intense heat over thousands of years, where it is then extracted, treated to remove impurities, and piped into power plants. 

Topics: Natural Gas, Heating Oil, HVAC

Four Fun Facts about Natural Gas – The Future

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/25/15 9:30 AM
Natural gas as an energy source has a long, complex history.  But the future looks bright!
Topics: Natural Gas

Looking Back at Natural Gas (A History)

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/18/15 10:35 AM
Natural gas is far from a recent product that humans used for warmth, cooking, and light.  It’s an energy source that has been around for centuries.
Topics: Natural Gas