What Is A Propane Tank Lease?

How leasing a propane tank works

propane tank Cape Cod, MA There is a lot of responsibility that comes along with owning something. This is true when it comes to a home, a car and a propane tank. Leasing a propane tank can make life a little easier in certain ways, especially when you sign onto a lease with Cape Cod Oil & Propane. Let’s take a look at exactly what leasing a propane tank means!

A propane tank lease

Leasing a propane tank from a professional propane provider such as Cape Cod Oil & Propane is an alternative to purchasing and owning a propane tank. With a lease you essentially rent a propane tank from us, which is what a majority of our customers choose to do.

When you lease a propane tank from Cape Cod Oil & Propane we also:

Deciding on your propane tank

In addition to figuring out if you, as a homeowner, want to purchase or lease a propane tank, you also need to determine what size propane tank you need. The size tank you need depends on:

Cape Cod Oil & Propane has propane tanks in a variety of sizes including:

Our team will partner with you to find the propane tank that works best for you, your family and your propane needs!

Propane tanks from Cape Cod Oil & Propane

Whether you need an aboveground or underground propane tank and whether or not you want to rent or buy a propane tank, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can help. We can also get you the propane you need for your propane tank with our unbeatable fuel delivery services – we deliver all throughout Cape Cod!

Contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today to start receiving reliable propane services from a company you can count on.

Diesel Fuel for Trucks and Buses

On-road diesel fuel explained

diesel fuel Trucks and buses have important jobs to get done. In fact, countless amounts of people rely on these types of vehicles to either get where they need to go or to get certain products that they need. And many trucks and buses wouldn’t be able to operate, run and function without diesel fuel.

The different types of diesel fuel

There are two main types of diesel fuel:

  1. Off-road diesel fuel: This is sometimes also referred to as red diesel fuel and is commonly used to power vehicles that remain off of roads as well as machinery that is used on construction sites and in the agricultural industry. This includes cranes, bobcats, generators, backhoes, bulldozers, tractors, forklifts, harvesters and other heavy-duty farming equipment. This type of diesel fuel is also used within the aviation, mining and traveling industries and is used to power equipment that you find at road shows, carnivals and county fairs. You can not use red off-road diesel fuel in standard commercial vehicles.
  2. On-road diesel fuel: As you may be able to guess from the name, on-road diesel fuel is used for vehicles that drive and stay on the road. This includes fleets of trucks, freighters, school buses and shuttle buses. On-road diesel fuel is also very commonly used by moving companies, excavation companies and landscapers.

The fluctuating price of diesel fuel

The type of vehicles that each kind of diesel fuel is used for is something that stays consistent. However, the same cannot be said for the price of diesel fuel. This is something that constantly goes up and down. The price of diesel fuel is affected and impacted by a few things, including:

Diesel fuel from Cape Cod Oil & Propane

Whether your local Cape Cod business needs on-road diesel fuel or off-road diesel fuel Cape Cod Oil & Propane can help. In fact, we’ve been servicing commercial customers in the area for decades.

Our team can deliver premium diesel fuel directly to your door. Contact us today to become a Cape Cod Oil & Propane diesel fuel customer.

When To Replace A Heating Oil Tank

These are the signs to look for

heating oil tank Barnstable, MA We have both good news and bad news when it comes to your heating oil tank. The good news is that homeowners with heating oil tanks can count on these tanks lasting a long time. The bad news is that, like most things in and around our homes, heating oil tanks do not last forever. Figuring out when to replace them is essential to keeping certain things within your home up and running.

How long heating oil tanks last

Heating oil tanks are intentionally usually built to last a long time. On average, you can expect to get about 15 to 20 years out of an oil tank as long you are properly maintaining it. If you are lucky and take especially good care of your tank you can sometimes expect it to last closer to 30 years.

Signs that your heating oil tank needs to be replaced

Heating oil tanks typically need to be replaced due to corrosion. This happens when condensation and sediment form inside your tank. Basically, tanks start to corrode inside and then that corrosion eventually makes its way outside. Some signs that your tank is corroded and that you may need a tank replacement include:

When to replace your heating oil tank

Most people don’t realize that their heating oil tanks need to be replaced until the winter months when they are in frequent use. But spring is actually the ideal time to replace them since this is when heating equipment is not in such high demand. Lower demand means better prices and that it will be easier to schedule a time to have someone install a new tank.

So don’t wait until it gets cold to check your tank for the above warning signs!

Regular and routine maintenance from the experts at Cape Cod Oil & Propane also helps keep you in the clear from needing an emergency oil tank replacement. We are trained to make sure your tank is working properly and that it is in the shape it needs to be in to get its job done.

Cape Cod Oil & Propane can upgrade your heating oil tank

When it comes time to replace your heating oil tank, Cape Cod Oil & Propane can help.

We carry a variety of heating oil tanks in various sizes. Once you select a size that works for you and your home, our team can handle a smooth installation, transfer whatever oil you have left in your old tank to your new tank and dispose of your old tank.

When you need heating oil for your upgraded tank. Cape Cod Oil & Propane can handle that too. We deliver heating oil all throughout Cape Cod!

So if you think your heating oil tank is on the verge of needing to be replaced or if you need a heating oil delivery, contact Cape Cod Oil & Propane today!

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.