There are many reasons businesses choose to use heating oil, but one of the biggest is its impact on the bottom line. Oil heating systems can cost up to 25% less to purchase and install than gas-fired furnaces or boilers, making them a wise investment for any business.
Heating oil brings various benefits to your Central Massachusetts business, and Pioneer Oil and Propane is here to provide you with the dependable heating oil delivery services that you need. We are a responsive, local business that understands what it takes to keep your company running smoothly and provides the personalized services you need.
Our commercial fuels experts will go over your business and the space you need heated and come up with a customized commercial heating oil delivery schedule that is also flexible.
Heating oil has often gotten a bad rap in terms of being seen as somehow “dirty.” But, thanks to technological innovations and advancements, today’s heating oil isn’t the same as it was a generation or two ago.
One of the biggest changes was the introduction of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO). Since 2018, all heating oil delivered in Massachusetts has been required to meet ULSHO standards of 15 parts per million (PPM) or less sulfur content. Traditional No. 2 heating oil contains an average of 4,000 ppm.
This more than 99% reduction in sulfur in heating oil has led to greenhouse gas emissions being reduced by 70%.
This is just the beginning of the benefits of getting your commercial heating oil from Pioneer Oil and Propane. That’s because we only deliver Bioheat® Fuel, a blend of ULSHO and biodiesels, which are made from natural and renewable resources including:
This creates a fuel that is not only better for the planet but better for your business! That’s because Bioheat Fuel’s cleaner burning makes your commercial heating system run more efficiently, cutting your heating costs. The dramatic reduction of sulfur plus the biodiesels also causes less wear on parts so repair costs and the costs that come with potential downtime are reduced.
Oil-fired heating systems provide numerous benefits that other energy sources lack. Oil-fired furnaces and boilers, for example, can heat your spaces faster than any other energy source, including natural gas. They are also durable, easy to maintain and repair, while providing efficiencies of 95% or higher. That means almost every penny your business spends on heating oil goes toward heating rather than being lost in combustion.
Not only are oil-fired furnaces and boilers effective, but they also last a long time. With proper maintenance, these systems typically have a lifespan of 30 years. Comparatively, natural gas-fired furnaces and boilers fall short with an average life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.
If you’re trying to heat a large space such as a manufacturing plant, warehouse, retail store, or distribution center, using heating oil can save you a lot of money!
If you’re looking for commercial heating oil services you can count on, contact Pioneer Oil and Propane today to set up a consultation!
Although heating oil tanks are designed to be durable, they will eventually need replacing.
If your heating oil tank is more than 20 years old, you should begin planning its replacement. Tank failure can be a huge inconvenience not to mention the expense that comes with repairing it—you don’t want to be caught off guard.
Pioneer Oil and Propane will take care of everything when it comes to your heating oil tank installation, from meeting all regulations and codes to obtaining any required permits, to disposing of your old heating oil tank. We’ll even make sure you’re aware of any municipal or state fees for tank disposal.
We offer Tank Secure heating oil tank protection plans.
Before you go shopping for a new heating oil tank, there are a few things to consider.
The two figures you’ll need to know are the capacity of your heating oil tank (measured in gallons) and the dimensions of the tank. The capacity is usually stamped on the side of the tank, but if not, you can estimate it using its height, length, and width. Home heating oil tanks typically come in a 275-gallon size and are either vertical (275V) or horizontal (275H). They can come in either a horizontal or vertical orientation and have a dimension of 44 inches high by 60 inches wide and 27 inches deep. However, there are other tank sizes available that depend on the orientation of the installation, including:
The most important step is to take measurements of the area where you will be installing your new heating oil tank to make sure that it will fit.
When installing a new heating oil tank, you can use this general measure: A 275-gallon tank is typically enough for a two-bedroom home while a three- to four-bedroom home usually requires one with a 300- to 500-gallon capacity. If you have a larger house, multiply these estimates according to the number of rooms in your house.
Talk to the heating oil experts at Pioneer Oil and Propane about your current and future needs. If you’re planning on expanding your family or having elderly parents move in, you’ll need more heating oil, so you may want a larger tank than your current one.
A larger tank can give you a measure of security during winter, as Central Massachusetts is vulnerable to nor’easters and other rough winter weather. This is because these situations prevent prompt refilling of heating oil in your tank, meaning that you are more likely to get through a bad snowstorm or cold snap without worrying over your heating oil supply. Having a larger tank also means that you won’t have to schedule heating oil delivery as frequently. This makes you less vulnerable to sudden price spikes during the heating season.
Have questions about your heating oil tank? Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!
For many years, heating oil had a negative stigma of being “dirty.” Not any longer, thanks to the emergence of Bioheat® fuel!
Pioneer Oil and Propane, which specializes in providing only Bioheat fuel, can supply heating oil delivery of Bioheat fuel to your home or business in Central Massachusetts.
Bioheat fuel is a combination of ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biodiesels that create a cleaner burning fuel, which helps the environment. Additionally, Bioheat fuel is better for your heating system as well as your bank account!
We’ve put together some common questions people have about Bioheat fuel so you can learn more about it.
The biodiesels in Bioheat fuel are natural and renewable, such as:
Biodiesel alternatives are being developed. According to new research from Michigan State University, switchgrass, a biofuel crop, may help protect the environment when grown on low-value agricultural land.
This helps our nation’s farmers, as it offers a new source of biodiesel used in Bioheat fuel and may help them earn more money by growing crops on portions of their land that were previously unproductive.
Bioheat fuel not only benefits the environment but also in multiple ways. The most prominent way is by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As the quantity of biofuels increases, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions becomes greater. Bioheat fuel is a significant component of the effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 in the heating oil sector.
The more biodiesels are utilized in Bioheat fuel, the less we rely on oil drilling both here and abroad.
By taking these products and converting them into biodiesels for Bioheat fuel, we are keeping waste out of landfills.
The only distinction among Bioheat fuels is the level of biodiesels in them. Here’s how to have an idea of how much of your Bioheat fuel is biodiesel.
A Bioheat fuel supplier will often provide a letter B followed by a number indicating the percentage of biodiesels in their product. The amount of biodiesel in the fuel is represented by this figure. There are also different names for each level of biodiesel content.
Bioheat® fuel: Blends ranging from 2% to 5% biodiesel (B2–B5)
Bioheat Plus® fuel: Blends ranging from 5% to 20% biodiesel (B5–B20)
Bioheat Super Plus® fuel: Blends with 20% biodiesel and above (B20+)
Bioheat fuel helps you save money in multiple ways! Since Bioheat fuel burns considerably cleaner than traditional No. 2 heating oil, your home’s boiler or furnace runs much more efficiently resulting in saving money on your home heating costs. Bioheat fuel leaves fewer deposits on heat registers, resulting in less wear and tear on your heating system. You’ll have fewer breakdowns and repair expenses, and the life expectancy of your heating system may be lengthened by several years!
From Worcester to Leominster and all around Central Massachusetts, you can trust Pioneer Oil and Propane for dependable delivery of Bioheat fuel to your home. Become a customer today!
On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers had increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon. Ridiculous!!
This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, and gasoline to move higher too (fortunately, propane has not moved nearly as high this entire year.) 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 fingerprints of Wall Street firms that jump in 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. We are hoping for the best, but there are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.
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.
Posted: May 26, 2022
We know many of you are looking at energy cost increases and wondering when this will end, and we don’t blame you. Our goal is to keep you in the loop as much as possible, even though the situation remains very fluid.
Last week, our suppliers again raised prices by more than 65 cents per gallon over a few days. The reasons are complicated and seem to be affecting heating oil and diesel fuel much more than gasoline.
The driving factor is that heating oil in our area is in short supply now. In fact, if you look at prices on the commodities exchanges, they show heating oil at a dollar less than we can get it! That never happens. It’s called “basis blowout” and reflects a disconnect between the markets and actual supplies.
The good news is that the supply issues are happening because the markets expect heating oil prices to go lower by a fair amount over the next several months. Fuel suppliers are reluctant to purchase fuel now and get stuck with higher-priced product. The bad news is that it is causing prices to be artificially higher now, and no one really knows for sure what will happen with the Ukraine war. By the way, we are seeing the same kind of surges in natural gas and electric costs.
We decided to hold off most deliveries except for those customers who seemed to be running low. It didn’t help that we’ve had an unusually cold spring, and people are still using their heat. Beyond that, we want to urge people to get on our budget billing program, which allows us to spread your fuel payments over 11 months. If prices stay high next year, it will be much easier to manage your bills if you don’t have to pay for all of your deliveries in just five months of fall and winter.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office. We are here for you.
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 energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our heating oil suppliers of over $1.25 per gallon in less than a week. Propane prices have been better but still increased over 40 cents per gallon. And the situation remains very fluid.
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. 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 many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers 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 before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.
Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.
If you have propane in your home, you’re likely aware of its versatility and energy efficiency, and other benefits it offers for your Central Massachusetts home.
Beyond that, however, you may not know much about propane. However, we have compiled some information to help you out.
Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.
English academic and industrial chemist Edmund Ronalds discovered propane while researching chemicals in light crude oil from Pennsylvania in 1864. The next major breakthrough in propane came in 1910, courtesy of American chemist Walter O. Snelling. At the time, Snelling worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, and he was investigating evaporation and storage methods for gasoline when he made his discovery: certain evaporating gases could be transformed into liquids. Out of all the gases, propane was most plentiful. Snelling then found a way to bottle the liquid gas, which eventually resulted in the establishment of the propane industry. He went on to sell the patent for propane to Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum, for $50,000 three years later. That’s about $1.4 million in today’s money.
Adding an odorant is customary during propane processing since the gas doesn’t have a smell itself. Ethyl mercaptan is generally used for this purpose. To assist with the identification of propane leaks, this odorant, which is frequently compared to rotten eggs, is included. If you detect that smell in your house, follow propane safety guidelines, and get everyone out as soon as possible. Once safely away, call 911 and Pioneer Oil and Propane.
In the United States and Canada, approximately 70% of the domestic propane supply is produced as a by-product of natural gas processing. The recent increase in shale gas production has helped to meet this need. Our propane supply is also derived from crude oil refining.
When natural gas is processed, it produces liquid components like propane, butane, methane, and ethane. Propane is then distributed through pipelines, tankers, ships, trains, and trucks to bulk distribution facilities. The propane is distributed to local vendors, such as Pioneer Oil and Propane.
We provide safe and dependable propane delivery to households and businesses in Worcester, Auburn, and Sturbridge, as well as other communities in our service area. With Automatic Delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring, you can be assured you’ll always have the propane you need to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable.
Propane is an efficient, clean-burning energy source that was chosen as an alternative energy source in the 1990 Clean Air Act and 1992 National Energy Policy. Because propane does not contain methane like natural gas, it is not a greenhouse gas. In the rare event of a leak, propane has no detrimental impact on the air, soil, water, aquatic life, marine life, or plant life.
Not only is propane cleaner burning, but it also provides superior energy efficiency. Today’s propane heating systems and appliances are more efficient than ever, with some models boasting efficiency ratings of 95% or higher. With propane, you’ll reduce your home’s carbon footprint without having to give up any comfort or convenience.
Become a Pioneer Oil and Propane customer and get the most dependable propane delivery in Central Massachusetts!
As fall progresses, our service department gets busier. That’s why Pioneer Oil and Propane urges customers to contact us now to schedule an annual maintenance tune-up for your home’s furnace before chilly weather sets in.
The sooner you make an appointment for your tune-up, the easier it will be to schedule one that works with your schedule. You won’t have to wait as long, either.
All of our service plans come with an annual maintenance check to keep your furnace in working order and include money-saving coverage many parts and repair expenses!
The annual maintenance service at Pioneer Oil and Propane ensures that your furnace is in excellent working order, and ready to keep you warm throughout another Central Massachusetts winter. However, that is only the beginning of what a tune-up may do for you!
Cut your heating costs. Properly maintaining your furnace will allow it to function at its highest level of efficiency. This, in turn, could save you money on propane or heating oil costs!
Keep your furnace going longer. When properly maintained, furnaces run more smoothly and have fewer breakdowns. This can extend the length of time your furnace lasts considerably.
Keep the warranty valid. You might be jeopardizing your warranty by not getting a yearly professional maintenance tune-up for your furnace. No warranty could put you on the hook for repair costs in the future.
Once your furnace starts to age, you’ll have to decide on whether it’s worth repairing or if you should get a new one. Our team of experienced technicians will help guide you and give an honest opinion on what we think is the best solution for your needs.
In some cases, repairing your furnace may be the best option. If it is younger than seven years old, repairs might be simpler and less expensive. If you want to move in the next year or two, repairing may be the best option. Finally, a new heating system just is not in your budget right now.
There are times, however, when replacing your furnace is the correct decision.
Age and condition. A furnace typically has a life expectancy of 10 years, so if yours is nearing or past this age and has not received professional maintenance recently, it may be time for a replacement.
Repair costs. If furnace repairs will amount to more than half the price of a new one, it’s usually smarter to get a new furnace. You’ll be more comfortable, save money on your energy bills in the long run, and enhance the value of your property.
Efficiency. If furnaces aren’t taken care of, they lose efficiency over time. An older furnace’s efficiency may be as low as 60%. A new furnace offers efficiencies as high as 98%, meaning you’ll have lower energy costs for years to come.
Today is a great time to get in touch with Pioneer Oil and Propane to schedule your furnace’s annual maintenance tune-up!
Pioneer Oil and Propane heating oil customers who opt for Will-Call must frequently monitor their tank’s fuel level in order to know when they must call to schedule a heating oil delivery.
The gauge is usually located on top of the tank. It’s a clear glass or plastic tube marked with numbers that look like the gas gauge in your car: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float indicates how much fuel is left in your tank. If the float is at or near the bottom of the gauge, or not visible at all, your tank is empty or almost empty. Contact us right away to schedule an emergency delivery.
If outdoor temperatures average 32˚ Fahrenheit over a 24-hour period, a 2,500-square-foot house uses about seven gallons of heating oil. If you let your 275-gallon heating oil tank (the size of most residential oil tanks) get down to 25% full, you have enough heating oil for perhaps a week.
It might take a few days for us to get a delivery to your home. Thus, it is essential that you request a delivery before your tank gauge falls below ¼ full.
Your heating system will shut down if you run out of heating oil, and your home will rapidly become cold. If this continues for too long, your pipes may freeze and burst.
A heating oil run-out can also harm your home’s furnace or boiler. Sludge might be drawn from the bottom of your heating oil tank, which can clog the oil filter and cause damage to the oil line. In addition to the emergency heating oil delivery fee, you may also need to pay for the oil line bleed and filter replacement.
At Pioneer Oil and Propane, we use the latest technology combined with a tried-and-true method of calculation to accurately predict when you will need more heating oil. Our computer algorithms calculate when your tank will reach 30% using your heating oil usage history, real-time temperatures, and weather patterns.
We utilize that information to arrange your heating oil delivery, ensuring that you have a full tank before your supply runs out. You don’t have to lift a finger! No more going down to the basement or outside in the cold and snow to check your tank gauge. No more needing to contact us with a delivery request. There will be no more anxiety when you realize you forgot to check the tank gauge.
We take your previous fuel usage into account when calculating Automatic Delivery, so it’s critical that you notify us of any significant change in your life that will impact how much heating oil you use. Examples of this include:
Contact us to become a Pioneer Oil and Propane Automatic Delivery customer for hassle-free, worry-free heating oil delivery!
Every day, at Pioneer Oil and Propane, we strive to deliver the dependable, polite service that ensures happy customers. It’s at the center of our industry-leading guarantees for Service, Quality, and Value. That dedication is why we have been in business for 65 years.
We strive to meet that objective by providing our clients with reliable heating oil and propane delivery, wireless tank monitoring, heat oil tank protection, equipment repairs, cost-effective maintenance plans, and more.
We’d appreciate it if you could share your praises for Pioneer Oil and Propane with your friends and family. We’ll show our gratitude by giving you a reward from our Refer a Friend program!
In today’s digital world, no advertising will ever supplant word-of-mouth in terms of our business. After all, wouldn’t you trust what a friend, neighbor, colleague, or family member has to say more than an advertisement?
You and your friends are always suggesting things to each other, like good places to eat or a new purchase. Perhaps you have discovered a new restaurant that makes their favorite cuisine. You could tell them about a great book you recently read that would make an excellent choice for their next book club selection.
This kind of sharing is the objective of Refer a Friend. Do you know someone looking for heating oil, propane, or equipment services? They may be moving to a new home or are dissatisfied with their current fuel supplier.
When you tell your friends about the exemplary service you receive from Pioneer Oil and Propane, it not only helps them out – it comes back to help you too!
For each family member or friend you refer who becomes a new Pioneer Oil and Propane Automatic Delivery customer, you and your friend will BOTH receive a $50 credit on your Pioneer Oil and Propane account.
Refer as many friends and family members as you want, and we’ll keep rewarding you.
Do you have questions about our Refer a Friend program? Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!
Although other choices for fuel have surfaced, heating oil is still the most popular option among Central Massachusetts residents for keeping homes warm.
That’s because home heating oil is less expensive (on average) than other fuels, heats your house faster, and is a more efficient energy source. Thanks to dependable heating oil delivery from Pioneer Oil and Propane, you never have to depend on a utility’s aging infrastructure as you do with electric or natural gas heating.
Another factor to think about when it comes to considering heating oil is safety.
Heating oil is a very safe home heating fuel. Although the term “oil” suggests an immediate fire danger, it isn’t true. Heating oil must be heated to at least 140°F before being vaporized and combusted in your boiler or furnace.
Today’s heating oil tanks have been designed with your safety in mind. To virtually eliminate the chance of leaks, heating oil tanks are now constructed with double-wall steel, as well as plastic and fiberglass. There are built-in alarms that prevent the tank from being overfilled, lowering the risk of spills and leaks.
Although oil-fired heating systems and tanks are safe, there are a few extra steps you need to take to ensure peak safety.
By scheduling regular maintenance tune-ups for your home’s furnace, boiler, or burner with the experts at Pioneer Oil and Propane, you can avoid issues before they start. Their comprehensive inspection will identify any potential problems and give our technicians an opportunity to fix them before they lead to breakdowns or safety problems.
For optimal peace of mind, our affordable service plans include a tune-up as well as discounts on repair services!
Check your heating oil tank regularly, especially between scheduled deliveries. Be on the lookout for physical damage such as blisters in the paint or pinhole leaks. Condensation accumulating on the outside of the tank even after a delivery may be an indicator that there is a problem. Get in touch with us if you see any of these to prevent a costly and potentially dangerous heating oil tank failure.
If you discover any oil on the floor or ground around your tank, contact us right away.
Although it is highly improbable, a carbon monoxide leak can still happen especially if your oil-fired heating system is not properly maintained. If your oil-fired boiler or furnace is emitting black smoke or soot, contact Pioneer Oil and Propane immediately. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the house, including the basement, as well as outside all bedrooms. Test and change the batteries twice a year and replace the detectors every five years.
Become a Pioneer Oil and Propane customer for the most reliable heating oil delivery and service in Central Massachusetts!
Summer is one of the best times of the year, thanks to all the outdoor grilling and dining we get to do! There are fast weekday dinners, leisurely weekend dinners, and family cookouts.
Propane grills offer all of the convenience and none of the smoke, wait, or hassle of a charcoal grill.
To ensure that you may enjoy your barbecue, make sure there is enough propane in your propane cylinder. Because if you run out of propane, the cookout will be paused and your only choices are to go out and obtain another cylinder or call for takeout.
There are a few things you can do to find out how much propane is in your tank so you don’t have to deal with this. Let’s go through them one by one.
This method is as easy as 1-2-3! Here’s what you do.
The top of the cool spot is the fill level of the tank. It’s cool because liquid propane inside the tank absorbs the heat from the water, which makes the metal wall of the tank cool to the touch. You can use this method to gauge how many of the original 18 to 20 pounds are in the tank.
The water capacity (WC) and Tare Weight (TW) are usually imprinted on the handle of a propane grill tank. Most grilling tanks weigh about 17 pounds when empty and contain 20 pounds of gas.
Simply weigh your tank on a scale, subtract the TW number, and you’ll know how much propane is left. Here’s an illustration of how that works: If a 25-pound tank has a TW of 17 pounds, there are approximately 8 pounds of gas remaining. That’s less than half a tank.
There are a variety of external tank gauges to select from. They’re accessible online or at your local home improvement, grill, or hardware shop. Options include:
Another alternative would be to have a grill box installed directly on top of your existing bulk propane tank. Never have to go for a refill or exchange and never run out of fuel while grilling. Get in touch with us to inquire about adding a grill box that will let you use your gas BBQ continuously.
Get dependable propane delivery with Pioneer Oil and Propane! Become a customer today.