How To Estimate Your Daily Heating Oil Use

Ways you can track how much you use

heating oil Provincetown, MA It is no secret to anyone that it gets cold here on Cape Cod. Therefore, if you use heating oil to heat your home here you’ll want to make sure you have an ample supply on hand at all times so that you don’t run out. Having an idea of and knowing how to estimate your daily heating oil use will help ensure you have enough at your home at any given moment.

Let’s take a look at how you can do this.

Tracking how much heating oil you use on a daily basis

Your exact daily heating usage will, of course, vary depending on certain elements and factors. But there is a way to get a pretty good idea of how much you’re going to use on average.

If temperatures are hovering around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, a homeowner can expect to use about 2 gallons of heating oil a day. Once temperatures drop to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit that number increases to about 3.7 gallons of daily heating oil. When the weather gets a little colder (closer to about 30 degrees Fahrenheit) you can anticipate using about 5.3 gallons of heating oil a day.

How to order the right amount of heating oil

On top of using the above estimations, here are some additional tips that can help you order the amount of heating oil your home and family needs:

Things that impact how much heating oil you use

We mentioned before that one’s heating oil usage is impacted by certain factors and elements. So what exactly are the elements and factors that affect the amount of heating oil you use? Here are a few:

Heating oil services from Cape Cod Oil & Propane

Cape Cod Oil & Propane has been providing heating oil to homeowners and business owners all throughout Cape Cod since 1974. On top of heating oil deliveries, our heating oil services include:

When you need heating oil that you can count on, turn to Cape Cod Oil & Propane. Contact us today to become one of our many happy customers!

What Does Propane Smell Like?

And what does the smell mean?

propane Harwich, MA There are all sorts of facts and things to know about propane. For one, it is incredibly versatile and able to power and fuel a variety of household appliances and various pieces of machinery. It is efficient and, oftentimes, appliances that are powered by propane work faster and better than electric appliances. And, even though propane is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, it has a very specific scent.

The smell of propane

In its natural state and form, propane does not smell like anything and it is odorless. However, a scent is added to the gas during the production process. This is done so that people are able to detect a propane leak – it is actually a safety precaution. A propane leak will smell like rotten eggs or meat that is decaying.

What you should do if you smell propane

Propane is considered to be a very safe fuel. In fact, the propane industry has very high safety standards and it is strictly regulated by the government on both local and federal levels. Even though propane is very safe, anyone who uses the fuel in one way or another should know how to safely handle it and should be aware of what to do in the event that you smell gas.

Following the below suggestions can help keep you, your family and your home safe in the event of a propane leak:

Propane services from Cape Cod Oil & Propane

Homeowners all throughout Cape Cod can count on Cape Cod Oil & Propane to be their full-service propane delivery and services provider. We offer reliable propane delivery services, propane tank installation, repairs and maintenance and installation services for propane generators, pool heaters, fire pits and fireplace inserts.

And homeowners aren’t the only ones we service. Local commercial businesses can get the commercial propane they need from us as well.

If you are on Cape Cod and need propane or propane services contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today!

Will a Propane Tank Monitor Prevent a Run-out?

What you need to know about the monitoring service

propane tank monitor Cape Cod, MA Here is one thing we can say with certainty: if you use propane to power and fuel appliances, equipment and systems around your Cape Cod home or business you definitely want to avoid running out of propane. If you do, you’ll find yourself not being able to use certain items within your home or commercial space, or worse, you could find yourself without heat if your heating system uses propane.

So wouldn’t it be nice if there were something that could prevent you from facing a propane run-out altogether? This is where wireless propane tank monitors come in handy.

Wireless propane tank monitors

For those who don’t know, a wireless propane tank monitor is a device that connects to your home’s propane tank and tracks your propane levels via a sensor. The information about your propane levels is then sent to a propane provider such as Cape Cod Oil & Propane. With that information, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can track your propane usage in real time.

What this means is that, with a wireless propane tank monitor, there is no longer a need for you to worry about and track how much propane you have left in your tank. There is no longer a need for you to guess how many more days your propane supply is going to last you. Cape Cod Oil & Propane can do the tracking for you and automatically schedule your next delivery of propane when the time is right. Simply put, wireless propane tank monitors help you prevent running out of propane.

How full is a full propane tank?

When thinking about your propane supply, it is important to remember that your propane tank should never be 100% full. In fact, propane tanks should only be 80% full at a time. Since propane is a liquid it expands as its temperature rises so only filling a tank to 80% leaves room for this expansion. Not leaving this room puts you, your family and your home at risk.

Since a full propane tank is never 100% full, we recommend (if you don’t have automatic delivery) that you place your next propane order when your tank reaches the 20% mark.

Common propane tank sizes

It is common for propane tanks to come in the below sizes:

You can pretty safely estimate that a 120-gallon propane tank will hold about 96 gallons of propane at a time. A 500-gallon tank usually holds about 400 gallons of propane at once.

Count on Cape Cod Oil & Propane for your propane needs

Both homeowners and business owners throughout Cape Cod can count on Cape Cod Oil & Propane for the propane they need. And with our wireless tank monitoring option we can track your propane levels for you in real time, get an alert when you’re ready for your next order and schedule a propane delivery accordingly. We can also install a new propane tank on your property and make any necessary repairs to your current propane tank.

If you are on the Cape and looking for propane services contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today.

Why Isn’t My Propane Tank Completely Full?

What you need to know about your propane tank’s levels

propane tank Barnstable, ma If you are a propane customer, you have most likely called a propane supplier to come and refill your propane tank at one point or another. You have also probably realized that, following this “refill” your propane tank is not actually completely full.

There is a chance that this left you confused and wondering why your propane supplier didn’t fill your propane tank to the max capacity.

There is actually a very good reason why he or she didn’t do so.

Why your propane tank is not at 100%

Not filling a propane tank to its maximum capacity is actually a safety precaution. Propane tanks should only be 80% full at a time to leave room for the gas to expand (since propane is a liquid it will expand as its temperature rises). Failure to leave room for this expansion puts you and your family in harms way.

Propane tanks typically come in some standard sizes (60-gallons, 120-gallons, 250-gallons, 325-gallons, 500-gallons and 1,000 gallons). Based on the above information, a 120-gallon propane tank will hold about 96 gallons of propane at once. A 500-gallon tank can be filled with about 400 gallons of propane at a time.

Since your propane tank should never be 100% full, it is recommended to never let your propane levels drop below 20%. This will keep your propane supply from running out entirely and gives you some time to place an order for a propane refill. Dropping below 20% full puts you at risk of needing a propane refill immediately, which isn’t always possible, especially during propane’s busy season.

How to read a propane tank gauge

Since keeping your tank above 20% full is important, it is equally as important to track your propane levels in one way or another.

Most propane tanks come with a gauge, which are fairly easy to read and understand.

Gauges are usually at the top of the tank under what is typically referred to as the dome. The gauge will most likely have numbers on it that go around in a circle in numeric order. You will find a needle inside the gauge and the placement of the needle lets you know how much propane is in your tank. So if the needle lines up with the number 50 your tank is about 50% full.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane offers the option of a wireless tank monitor for those who don’t want to be responsible for keeping track of their propane levels. A wireless tank monitor is a device that gets attached to your propane tank and allows us to read your propane levels in real time. We are alerted when it’s time to schedule your next propane delivery.

Turn to Cape Cod Oil & Propane for all your propane needs

If you are on Cape Cod and looking for a residential or commercial propane supplier, look no further than Cape Cod Oil & Propane.

We can install a new propane tank for you, repair your current propane tank and deliver both residential and bulk commercial propane directly to your home, restaurant, hotel, warehouse, farm or construction site.

Contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today to learn more about the propane services we offer throughout the Cape.

What Determines The Cost of Diesel Fuel?

Here’s why the prices can fluctuate

diesel supplier cape cod, ma Every consumer knows that the prices of what they buy and purchase changes on a somewhat regular basis. For example, going to see a movie in theaters costs more today than it did years ago. The prices that you see on certain items in the grocery store have the potential to change week to week. And what you pay for gas at the local gas station is forever fluctuating. This includes diesel fuel.

Diesel Fuel Costs

If you use are a business owner who uses diesel fuel for your company’s fleet of vehicles, generators, excavators, landscaping tools or forklifts you are probably no stranger to watching the prices of this diesel fuel go up and down. You may find yourself paying one price one week and then paying a totally different price the following week.

But why exactly do the prices of diesel fuel change? What accounts for these changes in costs?

Why Diesel Fuel Prices Change

There are multiple factors that determine and affect the cost of diesel fuel. They include:

Cape Cod Oil & Propane Has the Diesel Fuel You Need

Whether your Cape Cod business needs on-road diesel fuel or off-road diesel fuel, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can get you what you need no matter where you are on Cape Cod. We can deliver straight to your worksite, business or storage facility or you can visit us in North Truro and make your diesel fuel purchase there.

Commercial customers such as moving companies, landscapers and shuttle bus companies throughout the Upper, Lower and Outer Cape can depend on the professional team at Cape Cod Oil & Propane for undyed low-sulfur diesel fuel to keep their businesses up and running.

Contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today to start receiving premium diesel fuel from a team that works hard to provide the best fueling services that you can find on the Cape.

Don’t run out this winter!

heating oil Provincetown, maAs you prepare for yet another cold Cape Cod winter, you are probably going to make it a point to fill your heating oil tank. A full heating oil tank will help ensure your home and water stays warm, which, in turns, keeps you comfortable.

But will a full heating oil tank last you all winter or will you need to order a refill of heating oil before the winter is over and done?

How Long Heating Oil Lasts

There are multiple elements that impact the amount of heating oil that a homeowner uses and, in turn, how long heating oil lasts.

Outside temperatures is one factor. When temperatures are warmer (around 50 degrees Fahrenheit) a household typically uses about 2 gallons of heating oil a day. When temperatures drop to about 15 degrees and below, the amount of heating oil a home uses can increase to about 8 gallons a day.

How long heating oil lasts also depends on the size of a home (larger homes use more heating oil than smaller homes), how insulated a house is, how warm you like to keep your house and how much time is spent at home (the more you are home, the more you are probably using your heating oil during the winter months).

Most residential heating oil tanks are 275 gallons. However, this does not mean that they are filled with 275 gallons of heating oil at a time. It is really only safe to fill tanks of this size with about 240 gallons of heating oil.

With that being said, it is generally safe to estimate that during the winter, a 2,000 square foot home will go through about ¼ of a tank of heating oil a week. However, this estimate is affected by the factors mentioned above (weather, insulation, etc).

If a home has a standard residential 275 gallon heating oil tank and only two gallons of heating oil are being used a day thanks to warmer temperatures, your heating oil should last you around four months. If temperatures are lower, your heating oil supply may last only about 2.5 months or even as little as about 5 weeks if the weather is really cold.

When To Fill Your Heating Oil Tank

We think it is pretty safe to say that no one wants to be left without a sufficient supply of heating oil on a winter day here on The Cape. So Cape Cod Oil & Propane recommends that any will-call customers call for their next heating oil delivery when their tank is ¼ full. This will help you avoid running out of fuel entirely. If you aren’t up to tracking your fuel levels that’s fine! Cape Cod Oil & Propane can do it for you with our automatic delivery option.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane’s Heating Oil Services

If you’re looking for reliable heating oil delivery service on Cape Cod, look no further than Cape Cod Oil & Propane. We’ve been delivering heating oil to the community since 1974 and we are also here for heating oil tank repairs, maintenance, and installation as well as commercial heating oil.

Contact us today to become a customer!

How To Read A Propane Tank Gauge

propane tanks Harwich, ma Using propane can add a lot of ease and convenience to your daily life. The fuel is efficient, versatile, clean burning and safe.

On top of all those benefits, keeping track of your propane supply and reading a propane tank gauge is fairly uncomplicated as well.

How much propane do I have in my propane tank?

If you are trying to figure out how to read your propane tank gauge, have no fear! It is actually a pretty simple task to complete.

You can usually find your propane tank’s gauge at the top of the tank under what is called the ‘dome’. The gauge itself should be labeled with numbers that go in numeric order in a circle around the gauge. There should also be a single needle inside the gauge. The placement of that single needle tells you how much propane is left in your propane tank. The number that the needle points to is usually the percentage of propane that is left in the tank.

As a propane user who is trying to keep track of your propane supply, here is what you need to remember: propane tanks can only be 80% full at a time. This is because a certain amount of room has to be left for the propane’s vapor to expand. Therefore, it is recommended to have your tank refilled before your level drops to 20%. This helps you avoid running out of a propane supply completely. If you do let the level drop to 20% or below, you’ll need more propane immediately. Staying above this 20% mark gives you a little more time to order a refill and set up a convenient delivery.

If you never feel like having to worry about your propane supply and want to avoid reading your propane tank gauge entirely, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can install a wireless tank monitor right on your tank. With this device, we track your propane levels for you and are alerted when you’re ready for a new delivery.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane Can Take Care Of Your Propane Needs

Cape Cod Oil & Propane has had a reputation for reliable propane delivery throughout the Cape Cod community since 1974. Whether you are a Cape Cod homeowner or a local business, we can get you the propane you need when you need it.

Our services go beyond just propane delivery. We also offer:

Cape Cod Oil & Propane is ready and happy to be your residential or commercial propane supplier. Contact us today so we can tell you more about our propane delivery and the services we offer throughout Cape Cod.

What Is The Best Month To Buy Heating Oil?

order heating oil Cape Cod, ma Cape Cod residents and business owners know that come winter, their heating oil is put to good use in order to stay warm through the cold and, sometimes, bitter season. We naturally associate heating oil with the winter. However, it turns out that winter is not the best time to buy heating oil.

When Should I Buy Heating Oil?

Even though heating oil is used throughout the winter, you should not wait until winter to purchase it. In fact, the best time to purchase heating oil is in the spring and summer. Here’s why:

Heating Oil Tank Maintenance

Keeping your heating oil tank full is incredibly important, but the maintenance doesn’t stop there. While the tanks last a long time, they don’t last forever and they do require servicing, especially if you notice any rust, weird smelling odors, dents, leaks, condensation or paint bubbles. But have no fear – Cape Cod Oil & Propane is equipped to handle nearly all heating oil tank repairs and we can also replace your heating oil tank if necessary.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane’s Heating Oil Services

Cape Coil Oil & Propane has been delivering heating oil to the Cape Cod community since 1974. Our team members pride themselves on being the most dependable heating oil delivery service in the area. Our services include:

If you are looking for reliable heating oil delivery and maintenance on the Cape look no further – contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today!

What Is Red Diesel Used For?

farm diesel Eastham, maWhen it comes to supplying Cape Cod with commercial fuel services, Cape Cod Oil & Propane is a provider you can trust. What started in 1974 with one fuel delivery truck and one service van driving around Provincetown has since become a booming company used by businesses all over the Cape, from Harwich and Falmouth to Wellfleet and Eastham.

At Cape Cod Oil & Propane, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality diesel fuel to a wide variety of local commercial businesses including restaurants, service stations and orchards. We supply bulk orders of propane for forklifts, portable heating and power generators and deliver heating oil to restaurants, hotels and resorts.

If you are looking to keep either your on-road vehicles or off-road equipment running, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can deliver diesel fuel straight to you. This includes red off-road diesel.

Red Diesel Explained & Its Uses

You commonly find red diesel fuel used in machinery and off-road vehicles within the construction and farming industries. Tractors, harvesters and similar heavy farming equipment is fueled by red diesel. When it comes to construction, cranes, bobcats, generators, backhoes and bulldozers are fueled by red diesel. Red diesel is also used within the aviation, mining and traveling industries as well as for certain engines that are found at road shows, carnivals and county fairs when the machines powered by those engines aren’t traveling on public roads.

While the makeup of your standard automobile fuel and red diesel fuel does not differ, it is illegal to use red diesel fuel in your typical commercial vehicle. You could actually incur a fine for using red diesel in an on-road vehicle.

Red diesel is preferred for off-roading activities and equipment due to its high-sulfur content. It is also made with a red dye, which makes it stand out when compared to the fuel you use for on-road vehicles.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane And Red Diesel

In addition to supplying on-road diesel fuel to moving companies, freighters, school buses, shuttle bus companies, excavation companies and landscapers throughout Upper, Lower and Outer Cape, Cod Cape Cod Oil & Propane can also be your local go to for the off-road red diesel you need for your excavators, generators, landscaping tools and a slew of additional equipment. And our delivery drivers will deliver it straight to you and will save you the hassle of having to make any inconvenient pickups.

We are ready to partner with your business and to be your premium diesel supplier. As your partner, we can assure you that we will work tirelessly to be dependable, reliable and the best full-service fueling operation that Cape Cod has to offer. As a local family owned business with decades of experience, we understand the needs of the community and make it a point to respond to all inquires and emergency calls in a timely manner.

Contact us today to hear more about the services we offer and how we can help your Cape Cod business.

Preventing Oil Sludge in Your Tank

Deal with heating oil tank issues now — be ready for the winter ahead.

oil tank sludge Barnstable, ma It’s the time of the year when Cape Cod’s weather is “just right.” From Barnstable to Provincetown, families are reveling in perfect temperatures, sea breezes and blue skies. The last thing on your mind is the heating oil tank in your basement.

We don’t want to interrupt your good vibes, but there are precautions you need to take during summer regarding your heating oil storage. The Cape Cod Oil & Propane team works hard all year (especially in the summer) to prevent oil sludge from forming in tanks.

How does sludge form in a heating oil tank?

The sludge that forms in heating oil tanks is composed of dirt, rust and oxidized fuel. This mixture settles on the floor of your tank. The leading cause is condensation forming on the inner walls, which travels to the bottom and mixes with oxidized heating oil.

Should you be concerned about heating oil sludge?

Tank sludge can be a significant problem if it’s left to fester. Bacteria will thrive in this mix of water, grit and old fuel. If the sludge enters your fuel lines and heating equipment, it can cause damage and clogs. This will lower your heating system’s efficiency and might cause it to fail. Repairing sludge-related issues can get pricy.

Oil-powered systems are designed to prevent sludge damage. The pick-up line leading from your tank to your boiler or furnace is positioned a few inches above the bottom of the tank to avoid sludge infiltration. But an oil delivery can unsettle the sludge and send it down the line.

How can you stop the formation of heating oil sludge?

Luckily, preventing oil sludge formation is not tricky, and we can help you do it:

  1. Use high-quality heating oil. If you’re a Cape Cod Oil & Propane customer, you already have this covered. We deliver a premium product that’s great for your system.
  2. Get your heating oil system checked annually. Our technician can look at your tank and identify any lingering issues. Summer is an excellent time to arrange this maintenance since you don’t need your home’s heating equipment. Plus, our heating technicians have more availability.
  3. Don’t ignore your tank. This is especially true if your tank is over 20 years old. Get in touch with us immediately if you notice pinhole leaks, rust or condensation on the body of your tank.
  4. Keep your tank filled in the summer. Empty space in your tank during the warm season can lead to additional condensation, which leads to sludge and all the problems that come with it. Have us top off your tank in the summer. You’ll prevent sludging and be ready for the coming winter.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane is your go-to partner for heating oil delivery!

We’re the company for you if you’re looking for top-quality heating fuel, dependable delivery and fair prices. Our automatic delivery ensures that you’re never low on heating oil. This will keep your tank free of sludge and your heating system functioning at peak performance!

Let’s work together to keep your home comfortable. Become a customer today.