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Why is this such a gamechanger? For years now, autogas made from conventional propane has been far more friendly to the environment and more affordable than gasoline or diesel fuel. It emits less carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen/sulfur oxides. But autogas made from renewable propane burns even cleaner.

That’s because renewable propane has a lot less carbon intensity than other energy sources. Carbon intensity measures how many grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) are generated to produce a given amount of energy. Comparatively speaking, the carbon intensity of renewable propane is up to 5 times less than that of diesel or gasoline and up to 1.5 times less than that of electricity from the U.S. power grid. Propane school busses also cost much less than their electric counterparts.

These changes mean more truck fleets and school buses will contribute to cost savings and improved overall air quality with reduced emissions.
As more renewable propane becomes available, we’ll start introducing it in our residential deliveries.

We’re proud to be leading the way in bringing clean energy solutions to our area. Learn more about renewable propane gas.

David Gable, President

While climate change is an unprecedented challenge, many have been too quick to rush down the narrow path of accelerated, forced electrification as the only solution.

Now, reality is starting to kick in. A few months ago, the companies who were supposed to build new windfarms in Connecticut to increase renewable energy supplies pulled out of those deals, citing huge increases in manufacturing costs. They were willing to pay tens of millions of dollars NOT to go forward. The same thing happened in New Jersey. And there are indications it will happen in NY.

Additionally, our governor has pushed to ban all gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. That proposed legislation is currently on hold, but word is the administration will take another run at it in 2024.

Recently, Gordon van Welie, President and CEO of ISO New England, the group responsible for managing our electric grid, asserted that initiatives to increase use of electric cars and heat pumps are expected to double electricity demand. This could make the grid even more vulnerable to blackouts and will require huge investments in building critical electric infrastructure.

We need to think carefully about how to address climate change without making energy options so expensive or mandatory that they trigger a backlash from the people of the state. We need a broader path that includes all energy sources that get increasingly renewable.

Q: What advantages do propane water heaters offer?
A: Propane water heaters have a longer life span and cost less to operate than electric water heaters. A 50-gallon propane water heater delivers the same amount of hot water as an 80-gallon electric unit. It heats your water much faster, reducing the chances you’ll run out! Tankless units achieve even higher efficiency.

Q: How does a tankless water heater work?
A: A tankless water heater operates only when hot water is needed. It’s ultra-efficient and provides virtually unlimited hot water. About the size of a suitcase, tankless water heaters can be installed in crawl spaces, attics, closets and other tight spaces. They can also be mounted on a wall.

Q: How can I replace my electric water heater with a propane one?
A: We have replaced many electric water heaters but you don’t want to wait to replace yours until your electric water heater fails. There are some extra steps involved when you change fuels. It’s best to talk to us when your unit reaches 10 years old.

Please read more about propane water heaters and then contact us for a FREE estimate.

If you’ve had a good experience with a Hocon team member, please share your feedback by going to the Customer Reviews page on our website.

Here is just one of many reviews we’ve received that brought a smile to the faces of our team.

“I recently switched to Hocon after a disappointing experience with our former oil company. So far so good! I’m impressed with how knowledgeable the staff is, and how quickly they responded to our needs. I would highly recommend this company for your fuel needs.”
-April K.

Since 1952, the ability to take care of our valued customers has only been possible because of the tireless efforts of our amazing employees. The team members featured in the articles below have been with us for 20+ years! We can’t thank them enough for their loyalty and for all the times they went out of their way to help customers get untangled from an emergency.

If you get service from our Norwalk office, you already know Gail Curnyn —or at least recognize her voice. Gail has been answering our phones and assisting customers for 33 years!

“I used to work in auto parts, but when my husband sold the business, my search for new employment took me to Hocon in 1990,” she recalls.

Gail had a lot to bring to the table.

“I lived in Norwalk and I was already a Hocon customer. That was a time when they were about the only company in the area delivering propane. I was familiar with everything, from heating your home and water with propane to checking the tank gauge.”

Gail says she always felt comfortable working here from the beginning.

“This is a family-owned company that always supports its employees,” she says.

Away from work, Gail enjoys leisure time at the beach and travelling to see family and friends, including in New Hampshire and Oklahoma. She has one adult daughter.

Marie Chomicz always hits the job running when she begins her workday. It’s the best way to keep up with all her responsibilities as the office manager at our Guilford branch. Marie, who joined our team in October 2000 as a customer service representative, has served as the Guilford office manager for about 15 years.

“The main priority for all of us here is maintaining great customer relationships. You’re not going to keep 100% of the customers happy 100% of the time, but we do try our best.”

Before joining Hocon, Marie worked as a floral designer for many years, which allowed her to build up her customer service skills.

Marie has two grown daughters and two grandsons, ages 5 and 7. Her favorite activity is taking the family out for a day on her boat. A typical outing includes a cruise around parts of Long Island Sound.

Jon Clark, a 23-year member of our team who has been our service manager in Waterbury for the past decade, starts his day by assigning service calls to our technicians. He then spreads out his time being available wherever he’s needed.

“I speak to customers a lot during the day, including arranging for fireplace maintenance or scheduling a date for a furnace or tank installation.”

Jon says the best way to describe his approach to the job is his commitment to being a team player.

“We’re all team players. From the folks in the office to the guys in the yard to our service techs and drivers, we all pull together and support one another to get the job done. And the most important job we have is taking care of our customers.”

Jon and his wife, Terri, have one adult son, Jonathan, who helps his mother run her business, Devine Orchid Florist in Hamden. Each year, the couple takes a break from their busy work schedule to enjoy leisure time in their favorite vacation spot, Key West, FL.

For the long-time propane delivery driver Joe Davis, June 2023 marked his 25th anniversary of employment with Hocon. He has always recognized that he serves as the face of the company and takes that job to heart.

“You always treat customers in a polite manner and try to give them the best service possible,” says Joe, who logs anywhere from 60-100 miles per day on his daily delivery route.

Joe has a true appreciation for the environment at Hocon.
“They always back us up and take care of everyone,” he says. “I remember one icy winter, they supplied us with cleats to attach to our boots so we could keep our footing. The drivers didn’t have to incur the expense of doing this on their own.”

Before he joined us, Joe worked for a tree-trimming company, with one of the tasks being clearing overgrown branches from power lines.

“I felt much safer driving a propane truck than getting anywhere near power lines. Propane is one of the safest fuels around,” he says.

Off the job, Joe’s favorite activity is woodworking, especially making tables out of repurposed wood.

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