As I write this, the decimating effects of the coronavirus are coming into full view. None of us are escaping unscathed. My deepest hope is that you are well, and have not lost someone close to you.
Early on, we decided that our priority was the safety of our people and customers. I couldn’t be prouder of our team, and the commitment they’ve shown our customers and community.
They have been fantastic about adopting strict precautions when entering customers’ homes. Many are themselves working from home, and being exceptionally responsive. I am likewise thankful for the appreciation our customers have shown them, and the precautions you have taken to keep both them and yourselves safe.
The fact of the matter is that when we are spending so much more time at home, the cracks begin to show. Heating and A/C systems that are running more often reach a tipping point of breakdown. Or you start noticing things that are increasingly annoying, like an old water heater that starts running out of hot water.
If there’s something you want to explore, call us. If the time is not quite right to have us come in, we can get you on the schedule for when it’s OK again. We do expect a surge in pent-up demand, especially around A/C issues. If you are thinking about a new A/C system, definitely reach out to us now to get on the list.
Of course, all this is extremely fluid. I wish you and your family the best, and look forward to brighter days.
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“My wife and I try to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible. We were able to choose a B20 Bioheat oil blend for six years, and then we immediately switched to B30 when that became available. And when Cubby notified us last year that they were increasing the Bioheat percentage to B40 (40%), we were excited to reduce our carbon footprint even more.”
—John P. from Newton
Cubby is the only Boston area energy company that delivers ultra-clean B40 Bioheat™ SuperPlus. It burns cleaner than natural gas, and will make you feel proud to heat your home with oil!
Forward-thinking industry leaders have embraced an impressive vision for oil heat. They are driving the engines of progress and creating a brighter future for the industry — and for oil heat customers too. Stay with oil heat and enjoy the ride!
More than 300 leaders from the heating oil industry unanimously passed a resolution to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal was established at the Northeast Industry Summit last September.
The resolution calls for:
Net-zero emissions will make heating oil a carbon-neutral energy source, with a carbon footprint of zero. The recently passed resolution means that is the expectation for the entire heating oil industry within 30 years.
To achieve the targets adopted by the Northeast Industry Summit resolution, every heating oil retailer in the region must do its part to provide adequate blends of Bioheat with clean, ultra-low-sulfur fuel.
Bioheat is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels, including the heating oil you use to keep your home warm. It’s a nontoxic, biodegradable, renewable fuel, produced from agricultural byproducts, including used cooking oil, animal fats, inedible corn oil, soybean oil and canola oil.
Bioheat reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly — by 52% to 86% — and no modifications to your existing heating system are necessary.
The combination of continually improving Bioheat® with increasingly efficient heating oil systems is the one-two punch that will help homeowners with oil heat save significant money on their energy bills at the same time that their homes are becoming carbon-neutral.
Today’s heating oil systems are incredibly efficient, and tomorrow’s systems will boast efficiency ratings of 95% or better. It’s truly a win-win situation.
Compared with 25 years ago, homeowners now need an average of 500 gallons less oil to heat their homes each year. That’s because new, high-efficiency heating systems feature enhanced technology and control capabilities to provide optimal comfort while decreasing your energy costs. Another popular feature of modern, high-efficiency heating systems is that they operate significantly more quietly than old heaters.
In contrast, old heating systems were built with thick metal components that do a poor job of transferring heat. Unfortunately, many of these systems are still in use today, and people who use them pay a lot more to heat their home.
Despite this potential for big savings, many people don’t bother to update their heating system until something major goes wrong. They don’t realize that a new, high-efficiency system could actually pay for itself in a fairly short time.
To see how much you can save with a new, high efficiency system, reach out to us and we’ll be glad to crunch some numbers for you. We think you will be pleasantly surprised.
To encourage homeowners to invest in high-efficiency systems, Congress recently extended a tax credit program for energy-efficient home improvements. The tax credit is not only valid through Dec. 31, 2020, but is retroactive to Dec. 31, 2017. This means that if you installed a qualifying system in the past two years, you can still apply.
The tax credit varies. In some cases, it can be 10% of the total cost, up to $500 for home improvements like windows, doors and new insulation. In other cases, the credit is limited to a specific amount.
In the case of a high-efficiency oil furnace or oil boiler, you can qualify for a $150 federal tax credit.
One thing to keep in mind is that this must be for an existing home that is your primary residence. The credits do not apply to new construction or rentals.
If you’ve been putting off making those home improvements or purchasing that new comfort system, 2020 is the perfect time to take action. Not only will you enjoy some bonus money in tax credits, but the energy-efficient improvements will save you money on your energy bills, year after year.
To learn more, go to EnergyStar.gov and click the button for tax credits under “Energy Efficiency,” toward the top of the home page. And please call us for other savings incentives that may be available when you replace your old equipment.
There are so many products on the market today that the process of selecting a new heating system can be quite confusing to the average homeowner.
We’re here to help. We want to be certain that you are happy with your decision. After all, when we’re finished installing your new system, it will have an impact on your home’s comfort and your energy usage (and savings) for many years!
Old-fashioned quality workmanship from us — combined with first-rate, highly efficient equipment that has been customized for your home — will give you years of trouble-free operation while reducing energy consumption. Count on us to deliver an energy-efficient heating system that maximizes your comfort and minimizes your energy usage.
Contact us today to get started.
Thanks to current incentives, this is a great time to trade up to high-efficiency cooling and heating options — equipment that can lower your energy costs and increase your comfort.
Buy now and schedule your installation by June 30 and you’ll save tons of money with a combination of great rebates. Even if you’re not ready for your installation right now, place a deposit now and we’ll make sure you receive priority service when you are.
Talk to Terry Knight, equipment sales specialist, to discuss current rebate opportunities.
Last fall, Bill M., of Waltham, knew his heating system was on its last legs. Instead of taking a chance on a breakdown happening during a winter cold snap, Bill called us to explore his options.
“I scheduled a free estimate and Paul Finnegan, the service manager, got back to me in two days,” says Bill. “I learned that Cubby installs Buderus boilers, which I knew was one of the top brands, from some of my own research.
Luckily, I was able to take advantage of some rebates, and the installation went very smoothly. Not only was I able to get a high-efficiency boiler at a lower cost, but my heating bills went way down almost immediately.”
* Rebates subject to change; conditions apply. Contact us for details.