Serving parts of Fairfield, Litchfield & New Haven Counties since 1982

Dear Friends,

Recently, we marked the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a pandemic, right after which, the widespread lockdowns of schools, workplaces and other gathering spots began.

Even though we have no idea when our long COVID-19 nightmare will finally end, we can see some light ahead of us, thanks to the availability of vaccines.

Like many of you, our team has continued to do our jobs with COVID-19 in our daily lives. I’ve never been prouder of our team. They have managed to keep people warm despite dealing with some tough weather conditions and many personal challenges themselves. We’ve always had a do-whatever-it-takes culture here and it has served us — and our customers — well through the pandemic.

Of course, we weren’t perfect, but please know we did our best. We were able to take care of all of our loyal customers and some new customers too!

We all love what we do for a living, and taking care of our customers is a big part of that.

As you enjoy the warmer days, we hope you’ll give us a call to talk about any of the ways we can help you stay comfortable, save money and be fully prepared for next winter.

Jeffrey Jennings, Co-owner

Many initiatives to reduce our country’s carbon footprint involve spending millions of dollars on incentives and systemic changes. But here at Jennings Oil & Propane, we reduced our carbon footprint dramatically when we started delivering only Bioheat® fuel, and it didn’t cost our customers a dollar more.

That’s because Bioheat fuel is made by blending ultra-low-sulfur heating oil with biodiesel — a renewable energy resource produced in the United States. It’s often made from the fatty acids found in soy, corn and other vegetable oils. Read more about Bioheat fuel in this newsletter.

On the propane front, we’re proud to supply many of our customers with a fuel that has a very low carbon content. Propane produces next to zero greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants, making it a cleaner-burning energy source. It can reliably heat homes and water, fuel multiple indoor and outdoor appliances and even power vehicles.

You can feel good that you’re putting your trust in a company that cares about our community, cares about our environment and cares about our customers.

Both American-made Bioheat fuel and propane remain abundant, keep you comfortable and saves you money. And there are no blackouts that cut off your supply of energy.

Test case: 80% reduction in emissions

Just two heating oil retailers in the Northeast displaced nearly 1.5 million gallons of heating oil with approved Bioheat fuel in the first half of 2020.* Doing this resulted in an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to traditional heating oil.

That’s because Bioheat fuel burns more cleanly and more efficiently than conventional heating oil. You will use less heat to get the same amount of warmth, and your heating system will last longer. You’ll also likely find that you need fewer repairs on your system. All of this amounts to savings!

Bioheat fuel is readily available now and it requires no modifications to your existing system. The continued growth of Bioheat fuel puts us well on our way along the road to a low carbon future!

*Source: Diversified Energy Specialists APS Program Research, December 2020.

Where does Bioheat fuel come from?

Biodiesel (also known as biofuel) is a gallon-forgallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels, which have a higher carbon intensity. By 2030, it’s estimated that biodiesel will displace 529 million gallons of heating oil.

Biodiesel is a nontoxic, biodegradable renewable liquid fuel. The biofuel that’s blended with heating oil to create Bioheat fuel is generally produced by agricultural byproducts, including used cooking oil (also known as yellow grease), animal fats, inedible corn oil, soybean oil and canola oil.

This puts excess oil and fats to good use. Food is never sacrificed for fuel in the production of Bioheat fuel. Bioheat fuel is also sourced and produced right here in the United States, supporting local farmers, local industries and local economies.

The clear, clean choice

Because propane has such a low carbon content, it produces next to zero greenhouse gas emissions, making it a cleaner-burning energy source that can reliably fuel homes, heat water and even power vehicles.

Propane generates more Btu’s than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less propane to produce the same amount of heat energy. Also, cleanerburning propane appliances are efficient, because they waste very little fuel in the combustion process, unlike electric-powered appliances.

That’s why, hands down, propane is better for the environment and for your home. Visit Propane.com/environment to learn more about propane and the environment. And be sure to check out RenewablePropaneGas.com to learn how the propane industry is reducing its carbon footprint.

Turn your backyard into a summer vacation

New propane appliances can turn a backyard into a summer vacation. Propane can do that — from gas grills to fire pits to stylish lighting and much more.

Propane grills

These days, you can get so much more than just the grill. You can elevate your grilling game with all kinds of features, like side burners, rotisseries, multiple levels of cooking surfaces, smoker boxes and more!

If you cook on a gas stove inside your home, you know how terrific its precise control of heat can be. By just turning the dial, you can instantly add or reduce heat.

Take that control outside when you grill with propane. Do you want to make one side direct grilling and one side indirect? Propane can do that! You can decide just how hot you need it, and make adjustments on the spot. When you want to go from medium heat for corn on the cob to high heat for a quick-searing steak, you’re in control. Charcoal can’t do that.

Fire pits

Bring friends or family together with the warmth of a propane-fueled fire pit and never worry about feeding a wood fire or cleaning up ashes afterward. A large fire pit can be used as a centerpiece for your yard, or you can set up a series of small ones at the entry of your home to wow your guests. Many models have ignition systems that can be turned on and off with a smartphone or tablet.

Propane lighting

When it comes to backyard lighting, nothing holds a candle to propane! Using outdoor lighting will dramatically enhance and accentuate the visual appeal of your property. Popular choices include stunning solid cast brass, black cast aluminum or white cast aluminum styles, with post, pedestal or wall mounts. Gas lights cost pennies per hour to operate and the brightness of these lights is comparable to a 70‑watt light bulb.

Pool heaters

A propane pool heater can maintain a comfortable water temperature any time of day, in any weather, in any season — all for an affordable price. A propane pool heater simply burns gas to warm water from the pool pump then cycles the water back into the pool.

Please contact us to learn more about all you can do with propane in your backyard.

Scheduling your annual heating oil system tune-up now gives you plenty of openings for an appointment. Plus, we’ll have enough time to address any problems with your system before the heating season begins again.

BONUS: Have your heating tune-up done by August 31 and we’ll enter you into a drawing to win either a $100 gift card or a Wi-Fi smart thermostat. It’s your choice! Three winners will be picked at random.

Please call or contact us through our website to schedule your tune-up. Don’t worry about getting it done now: it won’t “wear off.”

After a long hibernation, your central air conditioning system will need some tender loving care. We can help you with that through our seasonal A/C tune-up service.

A properly maintained central air conditioning system will have fewer breakdowns than one that has been neglected. Annual maintenance also keeps your air conditioning equipment running at peak efficiency, which means your home stays nice and cool while using less energy.

Contact us today to schedule a time for your air conditioning tune-up service. Make it easy and have one appointment for your heating oil system and A/C tune-ups at the same time!

With so much uncertainty still surrounding us, having a little more predictability in your life — as well as some savings — is sure to make you smile. Please consider taking advantage of these convenient options.

You can find out more about any of these options by calling us or contacting us through our website.