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Factors to consider when replacing your water heater

Replacing Your Water Heater? Here Are Factors To Consider

A conventional water heater (one with a storage tank) typically lasts about 10 years – but that number can vary depending on the quality of your equipment, how well it was installed and maintained, the chemistry of your municipal or well water, and more.

Propane: The perfect fuel for temporary construction heating

Temporary Construction Heating’s Perfect Fuel: Propane

If you’re building in New England, sooner or later a deep freeze is going to come in and make it difficult to keep your materials protected, your people safe, your pipes thawed, and your construction projects on schedule.

EIA updates its heating oil price forecast

EIA Updates Its Heating Oil Price Forecast

Earlier this month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provided an update on its forecast for home heating oil prices for the coming year. If you haven’t had a look, we recommend spending a few minutes with it.

Reasons to get your propane fireplace inspected this summer

Why Get Your Propane Fireplace Inspected This Summer?

Sitting in front of a cozy fire is probably the last thing on your mind these days, but it will be soon enough ­– which makes now a great time to take care of routine propane fireplace maintenance.

Planning ahead for heating season

Heating Season: Time To Plan Ahead!

Yes, it’s August. Yes, temperatures have routinely hit the 90 degree mark for the better part of the last month here in Connecticut. And yes, we’ve still got about six weeks until we officially enter the fall season.

What is an anode rod?

What Is An Anode Rod? Why Is It Important?

You have to hand it to water heater designers.

Knowing that steel and water don’t mix very well over time, they came up with an ingenious solution when they set out to create modern water heaters: the anode rod.

Benefits of propane grills vs. natural gas grills

Benefits Of Propane Grills Vs. Natural Gas Grills

When it comes to convenient, high performance outdoor grilling, nothing beats cooking with gas. The question is, which gas should you use?

How do I remove my propane barbecue cylinder safely?

How To Remove A Propane Barbecue Cylinder Safely

Summer is prime season for outdoor cookouts in Connecticut – we hope you’re doing a lot of them on your propane gas grill! If you are, you will eventually have to exchange or refill your propane cylinder – just make sure you do it safely.

How can I teach propane safety to my kids?

How Can I Teach Propane Safety to My Kids?

If you use propane appliances in your Connecticut home, one of your biggest responsibilities is to make sure that everyone in the house knows what to do in an emergency – including, or maybe even especially, your children.

A predictable plan for uncertain times…

A Predictable Plan For Uncertain Times…

We’re living in uncertain times – and whenever that’s true, it’s nice to find pockets of predictability that can make your life a little easier and less stressful.

Ways to keep your pool heater running efficiently this summer

Keep Your Pool Heater Running Efficiently: 5 Ways

A heated pool can be a great escape, especially with all the time we’ve spent indoors so far this year. But if you have owned a propane pool heater for a while, you know it can be an expensive luxury if you don’t take steps to keep it operating as efficiently as possible.

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