Oil heat is one of the safest, most efficient means to heat you home. Home heating oil is a very stable, combustible, non-explosive product, which addresses some of the safety concerns that surround other fuels. The efficiency is a result of the high BTU content found in a gallon of oil, versus an equal measure of natural gas, propane, or electricity.
Safe – Heating oil is non-explosive and can only be ignited by the advanced systems found on furnaces.
Efficient and Economical –Modern Oil heat systems perform at 85-95% efficiency or higher. This means that for every dollar you spend on heating oil, up to 95 cents worth of heat and hot water is delivered into your home. Yearly heating costs for oil are consistently lower than natural gas or electricity. The Department of Ecology indicates that oil heats 16% more efficiently than natural gas.
Warmer– Because it burns at a higher temperature (300 degrees hotter than natural gas), heating your home with heating oil heats your home faster than any other heating source.
Popular– 28.6 million Americans depend on the comfort and savings of Oil heat to heat their homes. The average life expectancy of an oil heat appliance is 30 or more years if they are properly maintained. Compared to the life expectancy of a natural gas furnace ranging from 11-14 years.
Living in Connecticut offers a wide host of things to do. From the beautiful beaches along the Connecticut coast to scenic green trails for hiking with the family, there are endless recreation activities for everyone throughout the state!
History buffs will find an abundance of possibilities to explore – from the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, to the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, and the Soldiers’ Monument & Memorial Park in Winchester, history comes alive in our small state!
For those who want a bit of the ‘unusual’, Connecticut has you covered there, as well! The Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal, a personal collection from a professional demon-chaser is available for tour (by appointment only), and the Cushing Brain Collection, a historic collection of diseased brains is housed in the Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. If those are a bit … too alternative for your tastes, Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Store in Middletown is Pop Culture come alive! For movie buffs, no trip to Connecticut is complete without stopping by Mystic Pizza – the now infamous little pizza shop made famous by Hollywood! And for the kids (or just the young at heart, stop by the Pez Museum in Orange to see bits of the production process, the world’s largest PEZ dispenser, and participate in scavenger hunt that rewards keen-eyed visitors with a PEZ-themed prize. Watch out for Dinosaurs (yes! Dinosaurs!) when travelling though Montville Connecticut! There are over 40 life size dinos lurking in the woods at The Dinosaur Place!
With so much to see, do and experience, Connecticut is a true family oriented state and perfect not only for visiting, but also for calling ‘home’! And Hop Energy calls Connecticut home, too— with locations in East Hartford, Easthampton, New Haven, New London, Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Portland, we keep homes and businesses warm all winter long! Our Connecticut towns are serviced by Automatic TLC Energy, Cernak Fuel, CRC Energy, DDLC Energy, Kaufman Fuel, Mercury Energy, and Valley Oil.
Connecticut sits where the New England climate zone ends… and the Middle Atlantic climate zone begins. There are essentially two main seasons in the Tri-State area (NY/NJ/CT): Summer (warm to hot from April to late October)…and Winter (cool to cold from November through mid-March).
According to the National Weather Service, the date of the first freeze in Windsor Locks (in far northern Connecticut) is October 12th…while the date of the first freeze at the Bridgeport/Stratford Airport (along the Connecticut coast) is November 5th. By late November all areas of Connecticut are getting cold, and average highs are from 50 to 55 F and overnight lows are in the 30’s. Often a dusting of snow will fall in Northwestern Connecticut Hills of Litchfield in mid or late November. On average, it’s very rare for any snow to fall before December 1st in southern and coastal Connecticut.
The months of December, January, February, and about half of March are the typical ‘true’ winter months in Connecticut. Hartford and northern Connecticut receive on average twice as much snow (an average of 45 inches)….as the New Haven, Stamford, and New London areas (averaging 25 inches). Most snow storms in Connecticut bring accumulations from around 5 inches to 8 inches, but once every 5 to 10 years a heavy snowstorm or blizzard might drop 12 to 18 inches of snow on the state. Daytime high temperatures in the winter months average from 37 to 42 F in southern Connecticut and from 33 to 38 F in northern Connecticut. Average winter nights are much colder (16 F) in the north and northwestern parts of Connecticut compared to those down in the coastal areas in southeast Connecticut where average winter lows are 25 F. Often, rain will follow a snowstorm and all the snow will melt even in northern Connecticut.
In December 1945, a whopping 45.3 inches of snow fell in Connecticut which made it the snowiest month ever on record, that is until January 2011, when 59.8 inches fell and beat the previous record by a mile. The record for the snowiest season was set in 1995-1996 with 115 inches.
During these winter storms, there are frequent power outages. Customers relying on electric heat are often without power for days. Which is why many of them choose Hop Energy’s local branches in Connecticut to provide their heating oil, propane, generators and emergency repairs. The large coverage area and size of the HOP Energy family ensures fast response times and local service, which makes them the leading provider of heating oil in the area.