Last winter was one of the coldest we’ve experienced in a long time. Unlike many companies, we always have members of our service team on call to ensure that we can respond to every customer who needs deliveries or repairs. That’s the kind of service our business was built on; it’s what we call the Swezey Difference.
As a community-minded local business, Swezey Fuel has 90-plus years of experience that’s built on putting our customers first. We make sure we always have more than enough fuel to keep all our customers warm, and we put in as many hours as it takes—nights, weekends, holidays—to ensure that none of our customers are left in the cold. This dedication is one of the reasons we have earned excellent ratings from the Better Business Bureau.
Most importantly, there is always someone from Swezey available to handle your call in case of an emergency—and then respond accordingly. This is the kind of service you will never get from someone selling bargain-basement fuel door-to-door or at a mall kiosk!
So as we enter another heating season, rest assured that we will always be there for you, no matter the weather or the time of day. We have the resources and experience to guarantee that we can meet that commitment.
Thank you for your confidence in us.
Bruce, Gary, Kent and Michael
Our third-party notification program ensures that the people you look after will never lose heat due to an unpaid bill. If they don’t respond to an overdue fuel bill, we’ll contact their designated third party to make sure everything is OK.
There’s no financial responsibility for the third party, and you can feel peace of mind that loved ones won’t lose their heat. Call us today to find out more.
Back to school, back to work; fall is a busy time for everyone. But don’t forget to take time to get your home ready for another cold winter. To help out, we’ve put together this “to-do” list.
Heating oil has been a safe, reliable and extremely efficient fuel for many years. And we’re always happy when we can share great news with you. Staying informed allows you to make smart decisions for your home and family.
Total U.S. crude oil production next year is on track to reach 9.3 million barrels per day—the highest level since 1972! The United States is now the biggest oil producer in the world, overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia. Crude oil output will continue to surge and will top 13.1 million barrels a day by 2019.
While this represents a giant leap toward our country’s goal of greater energy independence, it remains to be seen how oil prices will play out in the years ahead due to unpredictable factors including:
Speculation also injects price uncertainty. Speculators from giant banks, hedge funds and elsewhere place bets on which way the energy markets will move, hoping to make money from their investments. With unrest in the Middle East reaching the boiling point recently, speculators are especially jittery, which opens the door to future price volatility.
Unfortunately, everyone gets caught in the whipsaw effect of increased costs and uncertainty. It hits you—and us—in the wallet and has many other consequences.
Like you, we hope to see oil prices stay at lower levels in the future. With domestic oil production levels surging strongly, there is a better chance that this might happen.
Thanks in large part to the big boost in domestic supply, oil prices are expected to remain at levels that are similar to, if not slightly lower than last heating season—barring any unexpected world events.
Sources: Energy Information Administration, Short Term Energy Outlook, July 2014; International Energy Agency.
High demand brought on by last winter’s bitter cold forced many utility companies to cut off their “interruptible” customers—businesses that use a lot of natural gas—and switch over to a more secure fuel source: heating oil!
Here’s one striking example: in New York City alone last winter, at least eight million gallons of heating oil were diverted to make up for the natural gas shortage. This type of situation is not unusual; it happens year after year whenever there is a prolonged cold snap.
Once again, oil heat proved to be safer, more reliable and more efficient than natural gas. There’s nothing like bitter cold winters to prove that over and over again!
“Gas that is lost through leaking pipelines is still paid for by the gas customer.”
As more power plants convert from coal to natural gas and older gas pipelines continue to deteriorate, an adequate supply of natural gas is becoming a major concern.
Leaky gas pipelines are also costing people money! Gas that doesn’t reach the customer is considered lost or unaccounted for, although it is still paid for by the gas customer. Imagine if we charged you for oil that was “lost”!
By sticking with oil heat, and upgrading to high-efficiency, clean-burning oil heating equipment, you can reduce emissions, save energy and keep your heating bills reasonable. And by doing this, you’ll still have us on your side, always willing to go out of our way to keep you warm and safe.
Can any gas company make the same claim—and then back it up?
Our staff is ready to respond with fast service whenever you need us. We always have enough drivers and trucks, and our vehicles are maintained properly, so we can get to you no matter what the weather conditions are.
We invest in ongoing and extensive training for our employees. This ensures that when we do work for you, we get the job done right the first time. Our training program also provides accurate information and a courteous response from our office staff.
Some oil dealers will get you to sign a contract with them and then start stepping up your price, hoping you won’t notice. We never play that type of game!
We understand that heating bills can be a big burden, so we offer flexible payment options for qualified customers to lighten the load for you during winter.
We have never been without fuel, so we are always able to take care of our customers.
You may have heard the recent news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to 30% by 2030.
Less well known is another plan that outlines both regulatory and voluntary actions that federal agencies would undertake to reduce methane emissions, which are more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide emissions (methane is the main component of natural gas).
This strategy targets industries creating the largest percentage of domestic methane emissions, with the top three polluters being agriculture (farm animals), natural gas systems and landfills.
While there is no practical way to control emissions from farm animals, some landfills have been installing wells and vents to capture methane.
We can only hope that the natural gas industry makes similar progress in addressing an environmental problem that affects us all.
Last spring, Sandra Kahn asked us to install a new boiler, water heater and oil tank. And she couldn’t be happier.
“The heating system was 40 years old, so it was really due to be replaced,” says Sandra, who has been a loyal Swezey customer since the late 1990s.
Sandra is looking forward to staying warm for less with her new high-efficiency boiler. And she’s already enjoying the benefits of her indirect-fired water heater, which connects to her boiler and provides plenty of hot water at a low cost.
Sandra says she has always been pleased with our service; that’s why she wasn’t surprised by an installation process that she described as “flawless.”
“I would recommend Swezey to anyone,” she says. “The service is excellent, prices are reasonable, and I am impressed that their employees always seem happy to be working there. A lot of them have been with the company a while. Those things speak volumes to me about the quality of a company.”