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.
The Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown and it was the fourth among the newly independent states to ratify the Articles of Confederation. Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, a reference to the large bays and inlets that amount to about 14 percent of its total area.
Most of Rhode Island has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. The far southern and coastal portions of the state are the broad transition zone into temperate climate or subtropical climates, with hot summers and cool winters with a mix of rain and snow. The lowest recorded temperature in Rhode Island was −23 °F on February 5, 1996 in Greene.
Even for being the smallest state, there is a lot to do in Rhode Island! The Breakers, Newport’s most celebrated – and showiest – Gilded Age mansion was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1895 and reflects the unimaginable wealth of the Vanderbilt family. The Italian Renaissance “summer cottage” has 70 rooms, including a grand three-story dining room, and was built using imported French and Italian marble and alabaster.
Benefit Street in Providence, dubbed “the mile of history” was originally a cow path cut across plantations by settlers for the “benefit of all”. Today it’s the most famous street in Rhode Island rich in residential, institutional and religious architecture of the Colonial and Victorian eras.
Sailing, and most particularly the America’s Cup race, is deeply ingrained into Newport culture and history. To gain a sense of this, and to see models and actual restored boats – including one that’s considered the most beautiful hull form ever created – visit the museum commemorating the Herreshoffs and their boat designs.
If long stretches of fine white sand beckon you, head for the towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown, south of Providence, to find a string of public beaches on the protected waters of Narragansett Bay. Or visit downtown Providence during the months of May and October to experience the WaterFire Providence®, a unique multi-sensory attraction consisting of volunteer fire tenders sailing down the river and lighting more than 80 floating bonfires along their way. The waterborne display is accompanied by new-age music to further perplex the gathering crowds.
Winters get quite cold in Rhode Island, averaging 40°F between December and February. Snow is certainly possible in winter, even along the coast. Rhode Island averages 34 inches of snow per year and is subject to nor’easters and severe winter weather on occasion. The first snowfall of winter for Providence usually arrives in December. One in every three or four years also get snow in November. The season’s last snowfall most often happens in March. About one-quarter of Aprils also receive a dusting of snow. Half the days of snowfall in Providence amount to just a dusting, leaving less than an inch of fresh snow on the ground. Snowstorms of over five inches a day normally occur once or twice a year. But major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events that historically have happened only about once a decade.
During even an average winter storm, there can be power outages. Rhode Island residents relying on electric heat are often without power for days, which is why many of them choose DDLC Energy, the local branch of Hop Energy to provide heating oil, propane, generators and emergency repair services. The large coverage area and size of Hop Energy ensures fast response times, reliable local service and competitive pricing, which makes them the leading provider of heating oil and energy services in Rhode Island.