Dear Friends,

Climate change legislation is front and center as both our state legislature and federal government propose sweeping changes to our energy infrastructure and use. They have decided that electrifying everything is the only legitimate solution for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This conclusion, and the narrow pathway they plan to force on us, actually threaten our ability to achieve significant carbon reduction.

California has already figured this out. Its Low Carbon Fuel Standard has been one of the most successful GHG reduction strategies implemented. But success thus far hasn’t come from electrification. Almost 80% of the emissions reductions have come by expanding the use of liquid renewable fuels like the Bioheat we sell.

By contrast, Massachusetts seems intent on putting all of our eggs into one basket. The problem is that the basket is not nearly big enough, it’s ridiculously expensive, and it’s fragile.

Massachusetts’s goal is to power 100% of our electric grid with renewable resources like wind and solar by 2040. A view of the facts suggests a different outcome.

  • In 2019, renewable sources accounted for only 9.4% of the electricity consumed here in New England. But even this low number is misleading. On a cold February day this year, the renewable percentage dropped to just 1%, because renewables have the hardest time generating electricity in winter. Now factor in that electricity demand is going to grow as the government forces or subsidizes the use of electricity in cars, buses, home and commercial building heating, etc. How will we wean ourselves off of a dirty electric grid when we keep increasing the grid load?
  • People will push back against the huge increases in costs and restrictions on choice, which will arise from these plans. Electric rates are bound to surge because of required infrastructure investments. Carbon taxes will be levied to push people away from oil and natural gas. Those with the least disposable income will get hit the worst. The grid, which is already fragile, will break down more, leaving thousands of people without heat periodically. It doesn’t take a fortune teller to see that at some point, politicians will start feeling so much pressure they will derail the plan.

I am extremely concerned about climate change and the future of our planet.

I don’t think we have the time or money to waste chasing this pipe dream. A varied path to carbon reduction stands a much better chance of reaching our goals. Renewable fuels like the Bioheat SuperPlus we deliver reduce GHG emissions by 40% right now, with even more reductions on the way. We achieve these reductions for pennies per gallon versus the $20,000+ cost of a whole-home conversion to heat pumps. We don’t require carbon taxes to induce people to use our product and unlike heat pumps, our equipment actually keeps you warm. Also, with fuels like the ones we deliver, you will continue to have access to the personalized customer service that companies like ours deliver every day.

Despite all this, we seem to have no ticket to the clean energy future they envision. Unless common sense prevails, it’s hard to see that future becoming a reality.

Call me if you’d like to discuss any of this. My line is always open.


We expect a surge in calls for A/C installations this season as COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease. There are bound to be delays, especially since limited supply may not be able to keep up with pent-up demand. Don’t miss out! Secure your comfort now by getting a quote on a super-efficient mini-split ductless heat pump system.

These units come with a 12-year warranty and are perfect for:

  • homes without ducts
  • replacing old, noisy window units
  • rooms that are hard to cool
  • supplemental heating

Only Cubby customers get:

  • the biggest Mass Save rebates: save up to 25%
  • 0% financing for 7 years
  • longest possible warranty: 12 years!
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Contact us for guaranteed cool savings and comfort this summer!

Chad H., of Melrose, a loyal Cubby customer for nearly 20 years, grew tired of relying on noisy window A/C units. That’s when he reached out to us for a solution: the installation of one outdoor air conditioning unit, which we connected to three ductless indoor units.

“The rebate was so much that we decided to install three units instead of just two, as originally planned,” says Chad, who estimates he saved $3,600 with the rebate alone.

“It’s so nice and cool at night, and we don’t have to go to sleep listening to the loud humming of our window units anymore. And I also like that we can use these units for heating when needed.”

Chad described the Cubby installation team as polite, punctual and knowledgeable.

“I was impressed that the owner showed up just to check how things were going. This is a company that cares about its customers!”

See more of Chad’s story, along with another customer who installed a ductless system, on our Facebook page.

We’re excited to share that Cubby Oil & Energy has moved to a larger office location, at 36 Jonspin Road, in Wilmington, MA. All of our phone numbers remain the same.

Cubby’s new space is 25% larger and includes upgraded computer and phone systems that ensure that we are always reachable in an emergency. Our new site also has plenty of room for our growing fleet of delivery and service vehicles.

If you need equipment service or a delivery, we’re well equipped to take good care of you.

Q: Why isn’t an electric heat pump a good option for heating my home?

A: An electric heat pump works by capturing heat from the outside air and transferring it to your home. But when it’s really cold outside, there isn’t enough heat energy for the heat pump to keep your home comfortable. Older heat pumps often supply heated air at 95°, which is colder than your body temperature!

In contrast, heating oil systems produce much higher indoor air temperatures, guaranteeing that you will keep your home toasty warm even during frigid winters. Highly efficient oil furnaces and oil boilers produce enough thermal energy to heat your home without the need for a backup system, which is pretty much a standard requirement for anyone who has a heat pump.