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A Wireless Tank Monitor Is a Worthy Investment!

propane monitor wisconsinIf you lease a propane tank from Dale Gas & Oil, you already have excellent control over your home’s energy. Having a dedicated fuel storage tank protects you from utility outages, but it has some downsides too.

For example, how many times did you trudge out to your home’s propane tank during the frigid northeast Wisconsin winter to check its gauge?

There’s nothing fun about tromping through snow and ice to make sure you have enough fuel, especially when you discover that you need to arrange an emergency delivery for a near-empty tank. Happily, Dale Gas & Oil has some solutions to make this process a thing of the past. You can set them up now to ensure they’re in place before the heating season starts back up.

Let Us Track Your Fuel Levels for You

Obviously, no one wants to run out of propane for their home heating and appliances, but if you’re tracking your own fuel levels, then you could be one ill-timed distraction away from a sudden run-out.

Many of our customers avoid this by taking advantage of Autofill. With this program, we use your fuel usage and current weather conditions to calculate the level in your tank. When we determine that you’re going to run low soon, we arrange a delivery. No stress, no run-outs, and no additional cost to you!

Unsurprisingly, customers who use Autofill love it, but there’s an even more precise way to track your propane supply.

Get a Propane Tank Monitor Today

We can install a monitor onto your propane tank that provides up-to-the-minute readings on your fuel levels. Our wireless tank monitors connect to your Wi-Fi and transmit real-time data to you and to Dale Gas & Oil!

You will be able to check your tank’s status from the comfort of your home via a smartphone app. We’ll know exactly how much propane you have at any moment and can schedule your delivery precisely when you need it.

A wireless tank monitor is extremely helpful to landlords, too — no more trekking out to your income property to check the tank!

If you want to sign up for Autofill propane delivery or install a wireless tank monitor, we’re ready to help. Contact us today!

Making the Change Can Lower Your Home’s Fuel Costs

hvac upgrade wisconsinHomeowners can be reticent to replace inefficient heating equipment. Whether it’s a struggling boiler or furnace or a tired heating oil tank, old systems can overstay their welcome.

We understand the urge to wring every last bit of use from a home heating system. Replacing this equipment can be expensive, and the cold season isn’t the best time to disrupt your home’s heat. But taking the plunge on new, efficient heating oil storage and equipment is well work the investment.

Not only are there fantastic rebates available to northeast Wisconsin homes looking to upgrade their systems, but you’ll enjoy saving every month from lowered fuel use. And spring is a great time to make the change, with your oil-fired heating system powered down!

How Much Can You Save With an Upgraded System?

To determine your potential savings, consider the efficiency of your current system. How old is it? When was the last time it received maintenance?

An older, unattended boiler or furnace might burn oil inefficiently, sending heat out your chimney instead of into your home. You have the potential to save 20% or more on energy bills when you replace your aging oil-fired furnace or boiler with a more efficient model.

Older oil tanks might have corrosion or bacteria buildup, leading to leaks or blockages. In fact, one of the telltale signs of a failing tank is increased oil consumption. Upgrading to a new, corrosion-proof tank will do wonders for your heating oil budget.

You’ll probably see one more cost-saving benefit: fewer repair bills. A new heating system — paired with a service plan that guarantees regular tune-ups — will heat effectively and break down far less than your old system.

How Do You Choose the Right Equipment?

When you decide to invest in a high-efficiency system or oil tank, you’ll want to talk to a full-service heating oil company like Dale’s Gas & Oil. Our highly-trained, knowledgeable team can help assess your home’s needs and guide you to the best choice.

Additionally, you might qualify for a generous rebate for upgrading to a more efficient heating system. As of this writing, Oilheat Wisconsin is offering discounts of up to $1,000 for Wisconsin homes upgrading their heating systems and oil tanks.

You should act fast to secure these rebates, which are subject to change and only available while funds last.

Dale’s has delivered heating oil and peace of mind for over 75 years! If you’re looking for a heating oil provider who truly values your business, become a customer today.

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our heating oil suppliers of over $1.25 per gallon in less than a week. Propane prices have been better but still increased over 40 cents per gallon. And the situation remains very fluid.

What’s Coming Next?

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just ten days. We must borrow much more from the bank. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.  

Ensuring Your Home Stays Warm and Safe When a Winter Storm Hits

propane delivery wisconsinWinter can bring many lovely things, from happy snowmen to a perfect family photo. But let’s be honest: winter in northeast Wisconsin can also be intense!

You are already one step ahead of winter if you have a propane tank for your home heating and appliances. You have a dedicated supply of heat and hot water that won’t be affected by a power outage or a broken natural gas line.

Additionally, propane is one of the safest home energy options out there. It’s non-flammable in its liquid form and non-toxic in case of a leak. Even so, you and your family should practice propane safety, especially if a winter storm is rolling in.

Here are four things you can do to protect your propane system before, during and after a snowfall.

Mark Your Tank and Equipment in Advance

It might be easy to locate your propane tank, regulators, meter, piping and supply valves when there’s no snow on the ground, but this becomes more challenging when a significant storm hits. No homeowner wants to dig blindly through multiple feet of snow to find their heating fuel supply.

Before a winter storm strikes, mark all your critical propane equipment with brightly colored flags.

Ensure That You Have Enough Propane

There’s no worse time for a propane run-out than during a snowstorm. Dale’s Gas & Oil encourages customers to take advantage of our no-fee Autofill automatic-delivery plan. We track your fuel level based on historic propane usage and current weather conditions and schedule deliveries when we estimate that your tank is low.

But there is an even more precise option: a wireless propane tank monitor. With this device, both you and Dale’s know exactly how much propane you have. This will ensure you have the fuel you need when you need it most!

Have an Emergency Plan and the Communications Ready

Talk to your family about what to do if there is a propane leak. This is essential information year-round. It’s also critical to prominently post contact information for emergency services and your local propane supplier, as well as clear instructions on how to turn off your propane.

Make sure your home can receive and send communications, even when the power is out. This includes:

  • having a battery-powered radio on hand
  • making sure everyone’s cell phone is charged
  • investing in a gas-powered generator, if possible

Inspect Cautiously and Call the Professionals

Once the storm has passed, you should carefully take stock of any hazards, such as:

If it’s dark, use a flashlight as opposed to candles. An open flame could be dangerous if there is a gas leak. If there are hazardous conditions at your home, contact a professional service technician from your local utility company, fire department or propane supplier.

Dale’s Gas & Oil has kept homes warm and comfortable in the Badger State for 75 years — we would love to do the same for your family! Become a customer today.

Why Your Bills Are Going Up

Dear Valued Customer,

Once again, we’re seeing energy prices surge across the board. We know how painful that can be for our customers. It’s painful for us, as well.

What’s Going On?

Gasoline has risen more than a dollar more per gallon vs. a year ago. Natural gas prices have skyrocketed more than 150%. Crude oil prices have climbed above $100 per barrel, a level we haven’t seen in seven years.

The cost of electricity has not been spared either. Higher natural gas prices result in price hikes for wholesale electricity because of heavy reliance on natural gas-fired power plants.

What’s more, wholesale propane prices have hit their highest weekly average levels since February 2014. Read more about the factors that are driving today’s energy market.

What We’re Doing

People sometimes misunderstand how negatively all this impacts us, as well. We don’t make more money when prices rise like this; we make less. Think of it this way: it’s like when the cost of coffee, milk, or oranges rises. It’s not the local grocery that is profiting. (That’s left to the Wall Street investors.) Our customers have a harder time paying their bills. They reduce expenditures. We need to tap into our lines of credit more. Our phones light up with questions. So the sooner energy prices drop, the happier we’ll be.

In the meantime, please talk to us about things we can offer to help you reduce your energy costs, or handle payments more easily. And if you are having trouble with your bills, please call us. We can generally work with you if you reach out before you fall behind.

Trust Us to Come Through for You

We’ve been in business for many years and have deep roots in the community. We have secure access to supplies. We are doing everything possible to ensure we can deliver — even if other companies cannot — no matter the cost or difficulty we face.

We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your loyalty. As we’ve done quite a few times in the past, we will get through these tough times by all working together.

How to Prepare Your Home for a Heating Oil or Propane Driver

fuel delivery wisconsinThe heating season is upon us, which means that you will likely need to arrange heating fuel deliveries. In northeast Wisconsin, blustery, snowy weather can arrive fast. When it does, Dale Gas & Oil delivery drivers hit the road.

With high demand and rough weather conditions, the winter can be a challenging time to receive fuel at your home. You can help us when bad weather strikes while we’re delivering your propane or heating oil by preparing your home for the driver.

Taking these four steps will make receiving your winter fuel deliveries a breeze!

Make Sure Your House Number is Visible

Before our drivers can fill your tank, they need to find your home. Snow, ice, branches, and early nightfall all make this difficult. Before your delivery, be sure to clear anything blocking your house number and turn on your home’s exterior lights.

Shovel Your Driveway

We know that shoveling snow can be a pain, but it’s imperative that you remove snow from your driveway before our driver arrives. The delivery truck must have safe access to your home. Navigating our trucks on steep or slippery driveways is a common problem. Parking a fuel truck on an incline requires us to secure wheel chocks (the tire wedges that prevent trucks from rolling back), so, when homeowners clear driveways of snow and ice before we arrive, it’s incredibly helpful.

Clear the Way to Your Fill Pipe

Dale Gas & Oil needs to access your inlet valve. You make things easier by clearing a path to it by removing snow, ice, vegetation, and rubbish. Please be sure to unlock your gate or have someone on hand to open it so that we can run the fill hose onto your property.

Order Fuel as Early as Possible or Go Automatic!

The winter is a busy time for both homeowners and home fuel drivers. Our drivers have lots of deliveries. Many customers only notice their tank is low when it’s already quite chilly, and they need to schedule a quick fuel delivery.

No one wants a standard tank fill to become a no-heat emergency, so please call when your fuel tank is no less than a quarter full.

If you want to avoid checking your tank levels altogether, we recommend taking advantage of Dale’s Autofill oil or propane delivery options. As an Autofill customer, you can count on us to track weather conditions and your past fuel usage to determine when you need a delivery.

For over 75 years, Dale Gas & Oil has kept northeast Wisconsin homes warm, safe and comfortable. If you are looking for a courteous, reliable, and hardworking home energy provider, contact us now!

Discover the latest advancement to fight climate change

climate change solutionsEnergy security has been a major topic in recent years. The propane industry is at the forefront of a search for energy sources that are more environmentally friendly.

Propane is already environmentally kind since it is produced in the United States and burns cleanly with incredibly low greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable propane, on the other hand, takes our commitment to sustainability a step further.

Keep reading, and you’ll discover more about renewable propane and what it may do for the Northeast Wisconsin environment, which we all care about and want to preserve.

How is renewable propane made?

Renewable propane is a byproduct of renewable diesel manufacturing. In development projects in the United States and Europe, propane has been manufactured from renewable resources such as biomass, animal fats, vegetable oils, and other triglycerides.

This method creates propane that is identical to the propane created in natural gas processing. Just like regular propane, renewable propane is safe, inexpensive, and reliable. Its carbon footprint is minuscule when compared to electricity.

What are the benefits of renewable propane?

Propane demand for residential usage is rapidly increasing. This trend will continue as the present real estate and construction boom continues. In the residential construction sector, utilizing propane appliances in new homes has been a growing practice. Propane gas is popular among homebuyers for its energy efficiency and amenities such as gas cooking, fireplaces, water heating, and more. Propane is replacing electricity as the heating source in homes.

By 2025, propane demand in the United States will reach more than 10 billion gallons each year. Renewable propane can meet that demand while also assuring a consistently reliable domestic energy source that is not dependent on foreign imports or aging, poorly maintained infrastructure.

Renewable propane can easily be used by homes and businesses right here in Northeast Wisconsin. This use of renewable propane will allow us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our region.

Renewable propane has other benefits, especially for businesses.

Ultra-low-nitrogen-oxide engines are already compatible with cutting-edge technologies. These and other developments will provide significant environmental and public-health benefits, particularly in transportation and stationary engines used in agriculture.

Renewable propane is chemically identical to propane and can be combined with it and used in equipment and vehicles that run on propane as well as cars powered by propane autogas. Businesses benefit from significantly reduced air pollutants and diesel particulate matter. These diminished particles may also help to keep your engines and equipment in excellent shape, which will result in fewer maintenance and repair requirements. That’s beneficial for the bottom line as well as the environment!

Dale Gas & Oil is committed to improved sustainability and environmental friendliness. Become a customer today!

propane water heaters

Get more comfort for less money!

Although they may not be the most visible pieces of home equipment, water heaters are one of the unsung heroes that keep us warm and comfortable.

They are often only noticed if something goes wrong.

If you’re looking to upgrade your water heater, propane is the best choice, because it provides more hot water faster than electric models. It also offers better energy efficiency so that you get an amazing end result that will cost less and save you money on your energy bills! Propane water heaters also take up less space, have more accurate temperature adjustment and offer more size and installation options.

You have two alternatives when it comes to propane water heaters—tank or tankless. No matter which kind you select, you can be confident in its quality and comfort.

Propane tankless water heaters

Propane tankless water heaters are the newest, most efficient way to provide hot water.

They will keep supplying you with hot water for as long as you need it, without the limit of a storage tank, so you never have to worry about running out.

And you’re only getting hot water when it’s needed. This can save up to 40% on your water-heating energy costs!

Propane tank water heaters

Tank water heaters store hot water for you to use throughout the day, meaning that you have access to hot water whenever it suits your needs.

Propane water heaters are advantageous over electric models, because they heat more water faster at 30% less cost. Again, more comfort for less money!
Propane water heaters cost on average 40% to 60% less to operate than electric water heaters.

With reliable propane delivery from Dale Gas & Oil, you can enjoy the efficiency and comfort of a propane tankless water heater. Become a customer today!

new changes

We made it just for you

So much of daily life is being done online these days—everything from banking to ordering grocery delivery to connecting with loved ones.

With this in mind, we set out to redesign the Dale Gas & Oil website. The goal of the makeover was to create a site that is easier to navigate and has better content about our products and services.

The new design of our website, and our updated content, will create a better user experience with one central aim: to make your life simpler!
Updates include changes to the following areas:

  • improved organization of pages so that you can more easily find what you are looking for
  • up-to-date, in-depth information about Dale Gas & Oil, our team, career opportunities with us, and our products and services
  • an easy-to-use searchable guide to the Dale Gas & Oil service area
  • simple, quick forms to contact Dale Gas & Oil, become a customer, order fuel and apply for customer credit 
  • information about promotions
  • easy access to your online account
  • an informative blog covering subjects related to our products and services

Please bookmark our home page in order to stay updated on the latest news from our company. Customers should regularly check for new articles about our services, promotional blog posts, and other information that will benefit them.

What do you think of the new Dale Gas & Oil website? Reach out and let us know how you like it!