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Frank Lamparelli Can Help You To Secure Rebates, Financing, and Tax Credits!

equipment rebates boston, ma Is your furnace, boiler, or water heater on its last legs? Has your home’s heating struggled to make it through another cold New England winter?

After a year of surging inflation and record-high energy prices, many households are putting off replacing their home comfort equipment. But this can be a mistake. Not only is it risky to rely on a failing heating or hot water system, but it’s also more expensive. Older equipment has high upkeep costs and burns fuel less efficiently, not to mention the increased risk of a complete system failure.

We can help you save a considerable amount of money on upgrading your propane heating equipment and water heaters with rebates and tax credits.

All the financial benefits listed below are subject to change and availability, so be sure to act quickly to secure your savings before these deals end!

Mass Save Rebates Can Save You Serious Cash!

Mass Save promotes the installation of high-efficiency, eco-friendly home comfort equipment right here in the Bay State. As part of this mission, it offers Massachusetts residents rebates on propane equipment, including:

These rebates require installation by a licensed contractor and often need pre-verification. Check out the Mass Save propane equipment rebates and then contact us to move forward with upgrading your heating and hot water systems.

Increase Your Savings with an EnergyStar Tax Credit!

Did you know there are also federal tax benefits for upgrading to energy-efficient propane systems? As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, you can receive a federal tax credit of up to $600 for installing qualifying high-efficiency propane furnaces, boilers, and water heaters in 2023.

Read about these EnergyStar tax credits and check with our installation team about which heating and hot water equipment qualify.

That’s Just the Start of Your Energy Savings!

These rebates and tax credits will significantly reduce your upfront costs, but that’s only where your savings begin.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, home heating makes up about 29 percent of your utility bill, and hot water generation is another 20 percent. That means roughly half of your home’s energy goes to these two systems. And if your furnace, boiler, or water heater is over a decade old, you’re missing out on technological efficiencies that can save you 20 percent or more on your energy bills!

Once you have new propane equipment installed, you’ll see tangible savings almost immediately, including on each energy bill.

Thinking of Upgrading Your Heating Equipment? Contact Frank Lamparelli Oil Co.!

South Shore homeowners trust Frank Lamparelli for their propane equipment installation. Our certified technicians will help you choose the best heating or hot water system, then install it quickly and with minimal disruption to your daily routine. We always get the job done right the first time. Plus, we’re available to perform annual service in the coming years to keep your systems running efficiently.

Frank Lamparelli also offers zero percent financing for qualified customers.

Don’t put off that propane equipment upgrade one second longer. Get in touch with us for a free estimate today!

Lower Your Heating Oil or Propane Bills WITHOUT Sacrificing Comfort

energy saving tips massachusetts We’re coming off a year where energy prices soared to historic highs, and 40-year-high inflation affected the grocery aisles and nearly everywhere else, too.

While prices are just now starting to fall back to earth, we can appreciate that the South Shore households we serve don’t want to waste any bit of energy—especially in the most frigid months of the calendar year!

Here are six simple ways you can reduce your energy use for the rest of the winter season—and those to come in years ahead:

1. Upgrade Your Home’s Insulation

Do you have an uninsulated attic, crawl space, basement or attached garage? They’re likely letting in cold air and letting heat escape from your living spaces. Even recently built homes can benefit from extra insulation.

The U.S. Department of Energy offers recommendations for the correct R-value—the heat flow reduction measurement—for your region. For example, they recommend Massachusetts homeowners use between R48 and R60 material for uninsulated attics.

The DOE advises that adding insulation to these areas can lower your heating and cooling expenses by up to 20 percent and your overall energy expenses by up to 10 percent!

2. Invest In a Smart Thermostat

Lowering your thermostat by just 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day can reduce your annual heating costs by up to 10%, according to the DOE. The best way to accomplish this is by programming your thermostat to drop its temperature while you sleep or are at work.
A smart thermostat can detect when you’re out of the house and adjust it’s settings accordingly; you can also control it remotely whether you’re away for the day, weekend, or on vacation.

3. Passive Heating Strategies

Open your curtains or blinds while the sun is shining, and you can take advantage of the free heat it offers. It’s also a good idea to trim back any branches that might block the sunshine. Even a few added degrees can go a long way in making helping your heating system work a little less hard.

4. Don’t Let the Warm Air Escape

Keep your fireplace damper shut unless you have an active fire burning. Leaving it open at other times is like opening a window in your home in the middle of winter.

Also, avoid using venting fans—like those in your kitchen or bathroom—unless necessary. These fans can draw a significant amount of warm air out of your home.

5. Check Your Water Heater Settings

Did you know that hot water generation comprises 20 percent of the average home’s energy use? You can save serious money without giving up a relaxing shower by lowering your water heater’s temperature to the warm setting (120°F).

When you leave town, set your water heater’s thermostat to vacation mode if able so that you don’t reheat a tank of water you aren’t using.

6. Tune Up Your Heating Equipment

At Frank Lamparelli, we recommend that customers get heating equipment maintenance once a year. This allows our skilled technicians to calibrate, clean, and test your system to keep it running as efficiently as possible.

Efficient heating systems burn less gas or oil and break down less often. This saves you money, and stress, in the winter when you rely on it the most!

Ready to schedule a tune-up of your South Shore home’s boiler or furnace? Looking for a local, reliable delivery provider for your heating oil or propane? Just drop us a line to request service or to find out how easy it is to switch to us today!

Be Familiar with a Critical Piece of Your Home Heating System

propane tanks massachusetts Propane is one of the most versatile and efficient fuels around. A small propane cylinder can power a top-of-the-line grill. A larger stationary propane tank can power multiple appliances…plus your home’s heating and hot water equipment, too.

When you count on a propane tank to supply fuel to your home’s vital systems, it’s important to know the details of that tank. Frank Lamparelli has helped local South Shore households find the best fuel storage solutions for years.

Here are answers to some frequent propane tank questions we hear:

Is It Better to Lease or Own Your Propane Tank?

When you own your propane tank, you have freedom over who installs it, services it, and makes the propane deliveries to fill it. However, with that freedom comes a lot of responsibility. You’re on the hook financially for maintenance, repairs, fees, and safety checks. You’ll also need to pay to replace the tank, if necessary.

Leasing a tank from your propane supplier means they handle installation and maintenance, plus they can switch the tank out if your needs change. Even with a leasing fee, this is typically a much more affordable and less stressful option.

What Propane Tank Size Is Right for My Home?

Different tank sizes service different household needs. Here’s a breakdown of some of the stationary tank sizes Frank Lamparelli installs:

60-gallon tankServices a cooktop or single propane appliance.
120-gallon tankServices multiple appliances (e.g., stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, space heaters or fireplaces) but not an entire home heating system.
320- to 500-gallon tankServices home heating and multiple appliances.
1,000-gallon tankServices large homes and commercial and/or industrial needs.

How Long Does a Propane Tank Last?

The high-quality tanks we install last a long time, generally multiple decades. Of course, these tanks must be appropriately maintained to ensure the best life expectancy. That’s why your household can enjoy significant benefits from working with a trusted company like Frank Lamparelli. Our skilled team can maintain and service your tank to guarantee it works well for years to come!

What are the Main Components of a Propane Tank?

Knowing the different parts of your stationary propane tank will help you communicate more effectively with service technicians if you must call them for repairs. Here are some tank’s standard gauges and valves:

To get started installing a propane tank for your home, contact Frank Lamparelli today. We’ll be happy to help you get started!

Which Generates More Hot Water for the Lowest Energy Cost?

water heater options massachusetts Over the last decade, we’ve noticed just how many homeowners on the South Shore of Massachusetts are utilizing propane energy in their homes. After all, it’s a great fuel option for your home that offers distinct advantages versus other energy alternatives.

Firstly, propane is a dependable, affordable, and highly efficient fuel that can serve many crucial functions across your home’s footprint. This includes cooking, outdoor living appliances, fireplaces, space heating solutions, and more!

Often, we find that customers who’ve always used other fuels are simply unaware of propane’s versatility—and end up using ineffective, expensive electric alternative options.

Water heaters are perhaps the most glaring oversight. Heating water comprises about 20 percent of the average American home’s energy use. And your family relies on hot water for basic comfort daily.

It should be well known that when it comes to efficiency, affordability to eco-friendliness, propane water heaters leave electric products in the dust! So, if you’re looking to replace or upgrade your existing unit, Frank Lamparelli’s expert technicians are ready to handle any water heater installation.

Let’s get you familiar with all the reasons propane power is better than electricity for ensuring continuous, robust hot water:

Recovery Rate Is a Key Factor

Propane water heaters produce twice as much hot water as electric units in the same period. How is that possible? Well, it’s all about the recovery rate. This is the speed at which your water heater can heat a set amount of water to a specified temperature.

Scientifically speaking, propane produces a lot more heat energy than electricity. So, when you have a propane-fired hot water system, your showers can be hotter, for longer, and your taps will heat up quicker.

Understanding Energy Efficiency

Propane water heaters typically use 30 percent less energy than electric water heaters, resulting in immediate monthly savings. A study conducted by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) found that a 2,400-square-foot home will spend about $355 less per year when using a propane water heater as opposed to an electric one.

So, while it’s true that propane water heaters are marginally more expensive than electric options at the time of installation, their fuel efficiency offsets that additional cost in as little as one year.

Cleaner, Greener Water Heating

Don’t be fooled that electric water heaters are more eco-friendly. The electricity they use comes from a grid that relies heavily on fossil fuels. Last year, 32 percent of American carbon emissions came from electricity generation. In Massachusetts last year, two-thirds of our electricity came from natural gas.

Propane offers a greener alternative. It’s methane-free, has an extremely low carbon intensity, and emits virtually no particulate matter. In fact, the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy identify propane as a clean alternative fuel.

For Your Local Propane or Water Heating Needs..Call Frank Lamparelli!

Our company has kept South Shore households comfortable for many years. This includes helping families choose efficient, high-performance water heaters and ensuring dependable, professional propane delivery all year long.

Let the Frank Lamparelli team keep your home comfortable. Contact us for a FREE estimate on a new water heating system installation today!

Determining Which Fuel is Better for Your Heating System and the Environment

bioheat massachusetts Have you heard of Bioheat fuel? It’s one of the most exciting alternative fuels for home heating that requires no updates to your existing oil-fired home systems. And it’s widely available and in use today in homes throughout Massachusetts!

Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating fuel and renewable biodiesel. Frank Lamparelli Oil customers often want to know more about this fuel. Is it really that good for the environment? Can it keep them as warm as traditional heating oil? Will it hurt their furnace or boiler?

Here are some answers to the common questions we hear about how Bioheat fuel stacks up against traditional heating oil:

Which Heating Fuel is Better for The Environment?

While both Bioheat fuel and traditional heating oil have extremely low sulfur content, Bioheat fuel is cleaner burning because it incorporates biodiesel, which is made from organic and recycled ingredients like:

Biodiesel is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum, and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent compared to petroleum. This means that your home will emit far less sulfur oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, mercury and particular matter. This contributes to decarbonization and makes the air healthier to breathe.

Which Heating Fuel Keeps You Warmer?

For the most part, traditional heating oil and Bioheat fuel are both incredibly effective at heating your living spaces and water. Heating oil has always had robust heating output (around 138,690 Btus per gallon). Bioheat fuel’s Btu output is comparable, giving it the highest heating capacity of any alternative fuel.

Researchers have also found that Bioheat blends of 20 percent or higher have a marginally lower Btu output than conventional heating oil, but this is often offset by the efficiency with which Bioheat blends burn in your furnace, boiler, or water heater.

Which Fuel is Easier on Your Heating Equipment?

Bioheat fuel burns much cleaner than traditional heating oil, which is excellent news for your furnace or boiler. Bioheat fuel leaves fewer deposits in your equipment, meaning your heating system will need fewer cleaners, operate more efficiently, require fewer repairs and have a longer lifespan. That means more money in your pocket!

And—as we mentioned prior—Bioheat fuel works in oil-fired heating systems without modifications.

Which Heating Fuel is More Affordable?

We all know that heating oil prices can fluctuate, but the difference between Bioheat fuel and traditional heating oil is negligible! Consider that biodiesel is a U.S.-made product (choosing Bioheat fuel means supporting American farmers and producers). It’s less susceptible to global energy markets. Overall, the price difference between these fuels is typically pennies per gallon if there’s a difference at all.

You should also factor in the reduced maintenance and repair costs you’ll enjoy with Bioheat fuel. At the end of the day, the more efficient, eco-friendly option is likely the more affordable.

Are you looking for a heating oil delivery partner who will be there when you need us most? Contact Frank Lamparelli Oil today to become a customer and experience the benefits of Bioheat fuel for yourself.

Annual HVAC Maintenance Can Save You Money and Protect Your Home

furnace service massachusettsWith prices surging on everything from unleaded gas to paper towels, many people are looking for ways to cut excess costs this year. In this financially strained environment, some homeowners are thinking of skipping their furnace’s annual tune-up.

At Frank Lamparelli, we understand how stretched our South Shore customers’ budgets are, but skipping your yearly maintenance is not a good idea. When you ignore routine maintenance of your heating systems, it can have unpleasant repercussions. Those range from higher fuel costs to potential safety issues and breakdowns. Here are the risks you take if you skip your furnace tune-up.

Sub-Standard Heating Performance

After a year of service, your furnace likely has some standard issues that could impede its performance. These can include:

For the most part, these issues can be handled easily with routine maintenance. But if you leave them unattended, they can place strain on your heating system. Lingering debris in your furnace will cycle into your living space and reduce indoor air quality. In the worst cases, this can lead to an accumulation of fumes, causing a safety hazard in your home.

Increasing Home Energy Costs

When you get a furnace tune-up from a professional service technician, you can be assured that your equipment runs at peak efficiency. Energy-efficient furnaces don’t need as much fuel to heat your home. Even something as simple as cleaning or replacing your air filter can improve the flow of warm air and save you money.

The cost of your tune-up may be offset quickly by the energy savings you’ll see!

Costly Furnace Repairs and Replacements

In addition to cleaning and recalibrating your equipment, your service technician keeps an eye out for small issues that are developing. These might be low-labor, low-cost fixes during your tune-up, but if you leave them unattended, they can lead to a system breakdown and a pricy repair. Better to take care of them with your annual maintenance visit!

And each breakdown in your furnace will reduce its overall life expectancy. Getting a yearly tune-up better defers a furnace replacement—which could cost you thousands of dollars to replace.

Finally, if you skip your annual furnace tune-up, your manufacturer’s warranty might be voided. Annual maintenance is typically a provision of your warranty. If your furnace breaks down after you skipped your tune-up, you might be on the hook for the full repair cost.

Is your furnace covered by our Premium Heat Protection Plan? If so, then your tune-up is already paid for! All you need to do is schedule it. Contact us now to arrange service or to learn more about our available protection plans today.

Worried About Paying Your Heating Bill? There’s Help!

help paying billsTruth be told, 2022 has been tough on countless South Shore families. After more than two years of pandemic-related hardships and supply chain shortages, energy prices have soared nearly across the board. This all adds up to higher prices on all energy: heating oil, propane, natural gas, and electricity included. And this is on top of inflation reaching 40-year heights as of this summer season.

It’s why many folks in Massachusetts and nationwide are concerned about the impending winter around the corner. At Frank Lamparelli Oil, we understand how worrisome this situation can be. That’s why we encourage as many of our customers as possible to enroll in our FREE monthly budget payment plan. It stabilizes your fuel billing and helps you better budget your winter heating bills. August is the last month to enroll with your first payment being due in August, so don’t wait to get more information!

However, we’re also aware that some customers may need more assistance, and we want to make sure you know about some fuel payment programs that may be available to you.

It’s crucial that you begin researching and applying for programs before temperatures drop, to ensure you’re ready for the start of the heating season.

Massachusetts Home Energy Assistance Programs

If you go to this link here, you can receive information and guidance on state and federal programs that can help you heat your home in the winter. These assistance programs include:

Fuel Payment Assistance Options in Your Local Community

Many local private and public organizations have resources to help you meet your home expenses. These groups can offer fuel payment assistance, weatherization, and rental assistance, too.

You can get a complete listing of available resources on this page. Just enter your county, and you’ll receive contact information for organizations that can help.

Finally, if you’re worried about your upcoming winter bills, don’t hesitate to contact us at Frank Lamparelli. We can often work out a solution for our customers—especially if you get in touch with us early.

Lower Your Winter Bills & Make Fuel Payments Predictable

fuel payment options massachusettsWe don’t need to tell you that these are tough economic times. Inflation is at its highest rate in 40 years. We’re still contending with pandemic-related supply chain shortages, and global conflicts have sent all energy prices into record territory.

Sadly, heating oil and propane prices have not been immune to these spikes. We know how painful this is for you, and we hope as much as you do those prices will drop soon.

But right now, Frank Lamparelli is looking for ways to make these volatile times a little easier for you. One thing we’ve found that helps is enrolling in our monthly payment plan….and there’s still time to for you to take advantage of it!

How Does the Monthly Payment Plan Work?

When you enroll in a monthly payment plan, you don’t pay for your fuel at time of delivery. Instead, we calculate how much fuel you will likely use over the year based on projected prices and a 30-year average weather estimate. Then, we spread out your costs into equal monthly installments.

Our payment plans generally run July through June, but we want to be flexible to allow as many customers as possible to take part. Spreading out your payments with our monthly payment plan always made sense. With prices so high, we feel that it’s essential.

Shield from Huge Seasonal Bills!

When heating oil or propane customers pay for fuel on delivery, they get hit with several large bills in the fall and winter. These big expenses always seem to fall at the worst times, like during the holiday season and when income tax filing is due.

That’s why a monthly payment plan is so helpful. It takes the uncertainty out of monthly energy payments. And when you divide your costs evenly, your winter expenses are cut in half. Even if you get two deliveries in one month, you’ll still only make one payment.

If prices drop and stay lower, we’ll happily adjust your plan accordingly. In the end, you only pay the cost of the fuel you receive at the market price on the days it’s delivered—not a cent more.

We hope you’ll consider enrolling in a monthly payment plan. Pretty much everyone who participates likes it much better than paying in full for each delivery, especially with fuel prices currently being so high. Our team is always available to answer your questions and discuss ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Contact us to enroll today or simply click the link here to submit your enrollment request in less than two minutes!

Propane Products Are Increasingly Appealing to Homebuyers

home value massachusettsHomeowners in Southeast Massachusetts want to get the most value for their homes, especially if they’re thinking about selling in an incredibly hot seller’s market.

Whether you’re thinking of repainting your siding or refurbishing your wood floors, there are many ways to extract value from your property. Many people ask us if the efficient propane-fired appliances in their homes can raise their property value. And the answer here is not always cut and dried.

Here’s what we’ve found about propane appliances and home prices:

Versatile Propane Appliances and Your Property Value

There’s little doubt that propane-fired appliances are more appealing than their electric counterparts. For example, propane water heaters are 30 to 50 percent less expensive to run than electric water heaters. Propane clothes dryers help to dry laundry faster—with fewer wrinkles and less static electricity. And there’s no contest when it comes to gas-fired cooking ranges versus electric. Dedicated home chefs prefer the strong, even, and controllable heat they get from propane in the kitchen.

With all that said, most propane appliances will not appreciably change your property’s value.

However, there are two notable exceptions to this: propane fireplace inserts and firepits. These amenities are immensely appealing to prospective homebuyers, to the point that the National Association of Realtors estimated a gas fireplace could bump a home’s market value by up to $12,000.

These products are convenient and mess-free, and they vastly improve a homeowner’s quality of life. So, if you have a propane firepit or hearth insert, be sure to mention it in your sales listing!

Propane Tanks and Property Value

There’s one other piece of propane equipment that can affect your home’s value, and that is your propane tank itself.

Many homeowners choose to lease their tanks from their fuel provider. This has its benefits since your provider can take care of upkeep and, when needed, replace the tank. However, if you own your propane tank, you should factor its value into the sales price for the property. After all, it’s unlikely that you plan to take the tank with you when you leave, and the buyer will undoubtedly benefit from owning their own fuel storage. You’ll also want to factor in how much fuel is left in the tank when you hand over the keys as well.

If you’re interested in upgrading the propane-fired equipment in your home—or installing new appliances in a propane-powered home—get in touch with us for a FREE ESTIMATE. We’ll be happy to help in any way that we can.

Our Fuel Is Great for the Planet and Your Budget!

biofuel massachusettsLike many people in the South Shore corridor and globally, we are concerned about the effects of climate change on the planet. At Frank Lamparelli, we want to do our part to reduce emissions and promote domestically produced, energy-efficient heating fuel.

That’s why we are proud to deliver Bioheat® fuel—a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with up to 20 percent biofuel. Bioheat is excellent for the planet, and we’re happy to say it’s also great for the economy and your home’s heating system, too.

Eco-Friendly Fuels like Bioheat® are Fuels of the Future

Bioheat fuel creates significantly lower emissions because it’s made with carbon-neutral biofuel. What’s the difference between Bioheat and biofuel, you ask? Biofuel is a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum-based heating oil. It’s made from organic and recycled feedstocks like:

Blending 20 percent biofuel produces a 14.6 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. It produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas! It also has 80 percent less sulfur dioxide and up to 30 percent less nitrogen dioxide, both contributors to acid rain and respiratory ailments. By 2050, the industry expects to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

In short, Bioheat fuel is part of the decarbonization solution…today.

Bioheat Keeps You Comfortable for Less

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort with Bioheat fuel. It burns hotter than other fuel types, warming your home faster and with less oil. In modern oil-fired systems (FYI—Bioheat does NOT require special equipment) you can reach fuel efficiencies above 90 percent.

Even better, since Bioheat burns so cleanly, it leaves very few deposits in your equipment. Fewer deposits mean fewer repairs and a longer lifespan for your heating system.

Bioheat Helps the Economy

In an age of global energy uncertainty, Bioheat fuel is domestically produced and helps America’s economy. Production of Bioheat fuel supports 62,000 jobs in the United States and generates billions of dollars in gross domestic product. The follow-on effects of Bioheat help countless groups, from soybean farmers to restaurant owners to local fuel companies like ours.

If you use Bioheat fuel in your Massachusetts home, you should feel fantastic for supporting decarbonization, American jobs and your own home’s HVAC systems. If you want to start enjoying all the benefits of Bioheat, become a Frank Lamparelli customer today.