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Where It Comes from, How It Keeps You Warm

If you’ve kept your home warm with heating oil for a while, you probably already know that heating oil, like many other products, comes from the refinement of crude oil.

Through the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the heating oil that we ultimately deliver to your heating oil tank.

Wilson Oil and Propane just doesn’t just deliver heating oil though. We deliver premium B20 Bioheat Plus® fuel. Bioheat Plus fuel is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel. It’s produced domestically, and it offers several advantages over traditional heating oil.

Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oils, animal fats and other renewable materials, is considered a biogenic fuel that reduces carbon output 100%. That’s because the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycle carbon dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll be hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.

B20 Bioheat Plus Fuel Saves You Money

When you use B20 Bioheat Plus fuel to warm your home, your heating system will not only burn fuel more efficiently, it will also last longer and require fewer repairs.

Bioheat fuel can be used in your existing heating system without modification – which means you won’t need to make a further investment in equipment to enjoy its benefits. Further, getting Bioheat fuel deliveries may extend heating equipment life while reducing heating maintenance and service calls.
Bioheat fuel is one of the fastest-growing alternative fuels in the nation.

How Heating Oil Keeps You Warm

If you use heating oil, you either have an oil furnace or oil boiler in your home. A furnace uses air to heat your home, while boilers use water. Furnaces and boilers can both use fuel oil to heat, and it starts in the combustion chamber, where the oil is tuned into a flame by the oil burner.

Oil Burner: Engine of Your System

Like any mechanical device, heating oil systems require all components to work together. But some parts are more important than others. One component that is particularly vital to the efficient and effective operation of a heating oil system is its burner.

The burner can be considered the engine of the heating oil system. When your house gets chilly, the thermostat will send a signal to tell the oil burner in the furnace or boiler to turn on. A fuel pump then starts to draw the oil from the tank and through fuel lines to reach the oil burner.

There is a device on the burner called the nozzle, which turns the oil into a very fine spray. This oil mist mixes with air and ignites in the combustion chamber, which gets very hot. This heat then gets moved around your home and comes out either through radiators or baseboards (if you have a boiler) or vents (if you have a furnace).

How efficiently this is done depends on the design of the burner. Modern burners contain electronic pre-purge and post-purge controls to ensure ultra-clean starts and stops. New two-stage burners also have an efficiency level that’s 5–15% higher than older ones because they have been designed to conserve fuel.

Please reach out to us if you would like to get a heating oil delivery from us.

Affordable Energy for Everyone

Since propane was first identified as a volatile compound in gasoline in 1910, businesses and scientists have worked diligently to make propane the viable fuel source it represents today. The process itself of making propane has evolved over the last century or so. Today, there are two primary ways propane is produced.

Because propane is created through the processing of natural gas and crude oil, it is a fuel that is largely a domestic product. In fact, about 90% of the American propane supply is generated right here in the United States! That abundant, right-at-home supply in your propane tank makes propane a reliable fuel choice for your Delaware Valley home or business, and all its potential appliances and equipment, throughout the year.

Crude Oil Refining

Some propane is created during the process of crude oil refining. There are a lot of products that can be derived from crude oil refining, including gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, jet fuel and heating oil—and propane as well. During the stabilization phase of the refining, the heavier hydrocarbons fall to the bottom. But propane, being a lighter hydrocarbon, is at the top and it’s easily extracted.

Natural Gas Production

The process of crude oil refining plays a small role in the production of propane, however. The majority of propane is derived today from natural gas production. When we take natural gas out of the earth, it is a mix of different gases. One of these gases is propane.

To stop condensation from forming in natural gas pipelines, propane is extracted from liquid compounds as the natural gas is being processed. Butane is also extracted during this process. Propane, being much denser as a liquid than as a gas, is stored and transported as a liquid in this form of production.

Propane: Energy-Efficient and Affordable

Propane is an ideal fuel for many purposes, even beyond your water heater and heating your home with your furnace, boiler, space heater, or fireplace. It’s also useful for stoves and grills, as well as for outdoor use, including lawnmowers, pool heating, and outside lighting. And peace of mind is never far off when you have a propane-fueled generator.

This comes as a surprise to many people, but homes that are run on electricity are actually less energy efficient than those running on propane. And it is pretty straightforward – propane gives a big bang for your buck on your energy bills. Since propane naturally burns hotter, it feels warmer, and the energy produced creates a larger impact. Your energy bills will cost less with such an efficient fuel working for you, especially when paired with propane appliances.

Propane is safe

Wilson Oil and Propane technicians are trained to keep you and your family safe – it’s our number one priority. Our staff is certified by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA), in cooperation with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Propane has an excellent safety record, and we’re proud to be a part of that.

Please reach out to us if you would like to get a propane delivery from us.

When the Power Goes Out, Let Propane Take Over

We’ve all experienced a number of uncomfortable power outages in the Delaware Valley over the years.

To stay prepared for such disruptive events, some people keep gasoline-powered portable generators in their garages for power outage emergencies. But these units have the capacity to deliver only a limited amount of power. They can also be dangerous if not vented properly.

On the other hand, many people have opted for a propane generator installation instead. A whole-house propane generator allows you to enjoy all the comforts of home and keeps you safe when power is disrupted. With a propane-powered standby generator, your power will restart automatically within seconds after an outage, and it will stay on until power is restored – all without the hassles of worrying about the fuel you need for a portable gasoline generator.

Permanently installed (similar to an outdoor A/C unit) and supplied by a propane tank, propane generators are available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home in our area.

Propane Generators Protect Your Comfort and Family

With a propane whole-house backup generator, you’ll get through a summer outage with your air conditioning keeping the house cool. If you lose power in the winter, your home will stay at a safe, warm temperature so you and your family will be comfortable.

If you have someone in your home who relies on medical equipment such as oxygen, home dialysis, or an electric wheelchair, a propane whole-house backup generator keeps this vital equipment running.

Propane Generators Preserve Food, Protect Electronics

Some of the foods in your refrigerator can begin to spoil in just a few hours after the power goes out. You could end up throwing out hundreds of dollars worth of food–from your refrigerator and freezer–without a propane whole-house backup generator.

A backup generator will also supply power for your laptop, mobile phone, TV, gaming system and more. You can work safely from home; you and your family will stay entertained, and you can stay connected with loved ones and the world outside as you await updates on restored power.

What to Do for Your Generator this Fall

If you already have a propane generator, it’s important to take these three steps to be certain that your generator will answer the call when you need it.

  1. Fill it – Make sure your generator has enough propane to get you through at least a week without power, since impassable roads and other emergencies may delay deliveries. Early fall is a good time to schedule a top-off before the heating season is in full swing.
  2. Test it – Like any mechanical equipment, a generator that sits for long periods without running will eventually develop problems. Give your generator a test run about once every three months, powering up to a full load and observing any problems. During the winter, increase the frequency to at least once per month. This will lubricate moving parts and maintain seals. Think of it this way. You wouldn’t leave your car in the driveway in January without running it occasionally, would you? The same idea applies to your home’s propane generator.
  3. Maintain it – Generator maintenance is the key to keeping your generator running at its reliable best. An annual tune-up is highly recommended.

Contact Us

If you don’t have a propane generator yet and would like to explore your options, reach out to us for advice. Wilson’s generator technicians are thoroughly familiar with all installation protocols, and this goes hand in hand with our unequaled experience as propane suppliers. With a licensed electrician on our team, we will connect your new generator directly to your home’s power supply, so if the power ever does go out, your power will soon be back on.

Severe weather-related power outages are dangerous, and they happen all year long. Protect your home and family with an emergency propane generator, professionally installed by Wilson Oil and Propane. Contact us today for more information.

Dear customer,

On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. As a result, the price of heating oil has spiked over $1.00 per gallon, as of the time of this writing.

This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, and diesel to move higher too. (Fortunately, propane prices have been more stable.) Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far this fast, you can always see the impact of Wall Street firms that jump to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck. (Or should we say millions of bucks?) It frustrates the heck out of us.

Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.

Here are a few things to bear in mind

  • We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company and makes planning very difficult.
  • This year, supply issues could become problematic. While we have excellent relationships with our suppliers, it is imperative that you go on (or stay on) automatic delivery. This way, if we go on “allocation” from suppliers, and with the possibly of facing another COVID season this year or facing severe weather conditions, Wilson will provide our customers the best service possible during this difficult time.
  • More than ever this year, it’s important that you don’t ask us to deviate from our automatic delivery schedule by requesting “short fills.” While we understand that inflation is pinching your household budget a lot, these smaller deliveries disrupt our carefully-planned out delivery schedules because in the end, we would have to send our trucks out more often than we would otherwise. Thanks for your understanding.
  • Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’d like to know how much you used last year so you can project this year’s bills more accurately, call us. This is going to be painful, but it will be helpful to be able to plan for it.
  • If you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, it is critical that you call us as soon as you realize there’s an issue. We can work with you but only if you communicate with us early.

I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control, but we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.

Updated March 11, 2022

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues- the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen, and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked the energy markets, sending crude oil up over $130 per barrel.

To give you a sense of this of how this affects your heating oil price, wholesale prices have continued to surge daily- a total of $1.72 in one week. Normally, they might change 5 cents in a week. Propane prices have been better, but still increased over 40 cents per gallon. And the situation remains very fluid.

What’s coming next

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just 10 days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for 95 years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies who can’t say the same, and who are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.

If you are having trouble paying your bill talk to us. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, since you have been a loyal Wilson customer. Remember that we do offer price protection options. Call us if you’d like to discuss.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then trust us to look out for you and pray for the people of Ukraine.

Warm regards,
David O’Connell, President

A Heat Pump Can Keep Your Home Warm and Cool

Thanks to evolving technology, heat pumps have become more practical in colder climates like the Delaware Valley.

Here’s how a heat pump works. Unlike a furnace that creates heat and distributes it through your home, a heat pump doesn’t create heat. Instead, it captures existing heat energy from the outside (yes, even in cold temperatures) and transfers that heat to inside your home.

In warm weather, a heat pump does another important job: it functions just like a central air conditioning system does. The heat pump system absorbs the heat from inside your home and releases it to the outside.

The obvious benefit of a heat pump is that you don’t need two separate systems to keep your home comfortable. The all-in-one heat pump can handle the job of both cooling and heating your home.

The secret to doing this is a device built into a heat pump that’s called a reversing valve. This reverses the flow of refrigerant in your heat pump system. In warm weather, the valve makes the refrigerant in your system flow to the outside first, carrying the heat from your home with it. In cold weather, the reverse happens. The refrigerant in your heat pump, after absorbing heat from the outdoor air, will flow to the inside of your home first, chasing the chills away.

Installing a Heat Pump

If you’re considering a heat pump installation, please reach out to Wilson Oil and Propane. Our technicians have years of experience involving heat pump installation. And because they are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE)– the industry-standard certification and training organization for HVAC technicians—they are experts when it comes to heat pump repair.

From the moment we arrive at your home to install your new heat pump, you can expect the utmost courtesy and professionalism from every member of the Wilson team. We will go about the installation process with as little disruption to your daily routine as possible. We will clean up after ourselves at the end of the day and return your home to you in the condition we found it. Every Wilson employee is totally committed to your comfort, and our goal is 100% customer satisfaction.

All the heat pump manufacturers we partner with stand behind their equipment with multi-year warranties, and Wilson itself stands behind our installation work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Reach Out to Us

If you feel that your heating and cooling equipment is wearing out, contact us today and one of our highly trained equipment experts will get right back to you and tell you more about our efficient, affordable heat pump options.

A new high-efficiency system could cut your energy costs substantially—and eliminate the expense and annoyance of breakdowns—while keeping your home more comfortable, no matter how cold or hot it gets.

Wilson Oil & Propane is the company that people in the Delaware Valley area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware can depend on for the installation, maintenance, or repair of heat pump systems, as well as furnaces, boilers, central air conditioning systems, and water heaters.

It’s a Clean-Burning Fuel with a Small Carbon Impact

Propane is already environmentally beneficial since it burns cleanly with negligible greenhouse gas emissions. The advent of renewable propane gas, however, takes the propane industry’s effort to become more sustainable a big step further.

While it is not in common use yet, renewable propane gas has positioned itself to be a major part of the clean fuel conversation in the years ahead.

Just as conventional propane is a coproduct of crude oil and natural gas extraction, most renewable propane can be considered a coproduct of biofuel creation. Many of the same feedstocks that go into creating biofuel — animal oils, vegetable oils, biomass — are used to create renewable propane.

This method of producing propane is as safe, cost-effective, and dependable as that for propane generated from natural gas. And when compared to electricity, renewable propane has a considerably smaller carbon footprint. It can also reduce our reliance on aging, poorly maintained, fragile electric utility infrastructures.

How Renewable Propane Can Create a Greener Tomorrow

Homes and businesses all over the U.S. will eventually be able to easily use renewable propane. Since it is molecularly identical to propane, there will be no need to replace or alter existing propane appliances and equipment. As the usage of renewable propane increases, it will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, helping fight the devastating effects of climate change.

Renewable propane can also be blended with propane and utilized in existing propane-powered equipment and vehicles, as well as cars run on propane autogas. This will reduce air pollution and diesel particulate matter substantially. Cleaner burning renewable propane can also help engines and equipment to run more effectively, resulting in longer life with less upkeep and fewer repairs. Businesses may benefit from tax credits at both the federal and state levels.

How Renewable Propane Gas Can Benefit the Delaware Valley

Renewable propane gas will allow propane providers in the Delaware Valley a greater opportunity to be involved in residential, commercial and government projects that require energy sources to be zero-carbon or as close as possible when it comes to emissions, meaning more opportunities and income for locally-owned businesses.

Ultimately, renewable propane can be a part of making the quality of life better here and elsewhere, with reduced emissions, a cleaner environment and forward-thinking applications that will pave the path to ultra-modern development.

You can read more about propane’s clean energy future here.

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Contact Wilson Oil and Propane to learn more about our propane services. We have an expert team of technicians who can take care of propane appliance installation, maintenance, and repairs.
Founded in 1926, Wilson Oil and Propane strives to provide excellent service to our customers every single day. In addition to prompt, professional expert HVAC services, heating oil and propane delivery, we offer our customers many ways to lower their energy costs and enhance their comfort. Become a customer today!

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