Winter is here, and that brings with it a specific set of responsibilities and considerations. Here at Cherry Energy, we value safety. It’s our top priority. We’re also one of the most forward-looking oil and gas companies in eastern North Carolina. So in the interest of being safety conscious and looking towards the future, let’s make sure you’re prepared for your winter fuel deliveries, especially when there’s a winter storm.
At Cherry Energy, it’s our goal to safely and reliably deliver your fuel—whether you’re one of our propane delivery or heating oil delivery customers. There are some simple things you can do (especially before and after a winter storm) for your own safety and convenience as well as the safety of our delivery team.
Here are some steps to take before a winter storm:
Here are some steps to take after a winter storm:
Here are some general reminders for fuel delivery:
At Cherry Energy safety is our top priority as we provide our Southeast customers with high-quality and competitively-priced services and products.
If you live in Eastern North Carolina, contact Cherry Energy today to learn more about the smarter energy solutions we offer for your home.
Water heaters are workhorses. And they often get taken for granted. It’s only when one breaks down that most people realize how much they really do. Think about this: You probably use 65 gallons of hot water a day. You need hot water to bathe, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. Water heating accounts for roughly 20% of most households’ energy costs.
Considering how much water heating can affect the energy bills for your North Carolina home, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t want to heat more water than you need to. That’s one of the reasons tankless water heaters have become so popular. They’re more energy efficient than conventional water heaters with a tank. And they provide an almost instantaneous and unlimited supply of hot water.
When someone opens a hot water faucet, cold water flows through a heat exchanger in the water heater and either a gas burner or electric heating element heats the water. If you’re trying to decide between gas and electric, know that a gas-fired tankless water heater is capable of producing a higher flow rate than an electric one.
Tankless water heaters give you hot water on demand. They’re more energy-efficient and space efficient than traditional water heaters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of having a tankless water heater:
With a tankless water heater, you get unlimited hot water. There’s no waiting for the water heater to heat more water once the water in the tank has been depleted. With a traditional water heater, once the hot water in the tank is used up, you have to wait for more water to be heated. That’s especially problematic if everyone in your family likes to shower around the same time.
Tankless water heaters are energy efficient. With a traditional water heater, it’s common for the same quantity of water to be heated over and over again while it’s waiting to be used. Especially during the winter months when the water starts off colder and may cool down more quickly in your cold basement, that can add up to a lot of wasted energy. Tankless water heaters only work when there’s a demand for hot water. That difference could save you as much as 40% on your bills with a tankless water heater versus a traditional water heater.
Tankless water heaters don’t take up a lot of space. They’re about the size of a carry-on suitcase. That means that you have a lot of flexibility in choosing where to put your water heater. In fact, you can install one on virtually any wall inside or outside of your home. Better yet, you can put yours out of sight in a closet or crawl space.
Tankless water heaters last a long time. Conventional water heaters tend to last about 10 years. The average lifespan of a tankless water heater is 18 years.
Cherry Energy is here to help you enjoy the efficient comfort of a propane tankless water heater. We perform every water heater installation quickly, neatly, and safely. Just visit us in person or check out our online showroom to find the water heater that’s right for your household.
Contact Cherry Energy today to learn more about propane tankless water heaters. You may even qualify for a $150 rebate!
This is the season for trick or treating, Thanksgiving, and enjoying pumpkin spice everything. The weather has begun to cool, and your furnace or boiler will have to start working harder to keep you and your family comfortable. Now that it’s autumn, you’re going to see an increase in your home’s heating oil consumption. All winter long, you’ll need a reliable source of heating oil.
Cherry Energy has been fueling North Carolina since 1928. We’re the region’s most reliable supplier of high-quality heating oil.
You know that you can trust your heating oil delivery to Cherry Energy. But do you know what heating oil is? Keep reading to find out.
Heating oil is made from crude oil that has gone through a refining process called distillation. Through the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the heating oil that works in your furnace or boiler.
You should feel good about being a heating oil customer. And when you make Cherry Energy your heating oil supplier, you benefit from our over ninety years of experience.
Let’s take a look and some of the reasons heating oil is a good choice for your Eastern North Carolina home:
You can trust Cherry Energy to always deliver for you because we’ve stood the test of time. Our family-owned enterprise has been serving customers since 1928. Our customers benefit from our superior service and expertise. We’re ready to serve our customers anytime, anywhere, and in any weather.
Contact Cherry Energy today to join our family of customers or request a heating oil delivery.
Hopefully, you spent the past summer enjoying your outdoor space even more thanks to some great propane appliances like a propane grill or pool heater. And now that autumn has come to eastern North Carolina, you can continue enjoying your backyard even on cooler days and nights thanks to your propane fire pit or patio heater.
There’s so much that propane can do in and around your home. And Cherry Energy makes propane delivery in NC easy. We’re one of the most forward-thinking fuel companies in the Southeast.
Perhaps you’ve heard about some states trying to legislate to advance the electrification movement. And so you might be wondering whether you’re better off having propane versus electricity powering your home. Which is the most cost-effective and energy-efficient choice for your home? Well, let’s take a look at some of the benefits propane offers and how it compares to electricity.
Propane is remarkably versatile. There’s so much it can do in and around your Eastern North Carolina home. Propane appliances do a great job of heating your home and hot water, drying your clothes, and cooking your meals. Propane can also power your pool heater, space heater, grill, fire pit, and outdoor lighting. And since it’s safe and portable, you can take it tailgating this football season.
Propane is eco-friendly. Unlike electricity, propane is a primary energy source. That means propane can be used as it is. Electricity, on the other hand, is a secondary energy source. Electricity must be created. Unfortunately, most electricity in the US is created by burning fossil fuels. In fact, coal-burning power plants are the second-largest source of electricity in America. And those power plants negatively affect the environment.
Electricity falls far behind propane when it comes to the number of BTUs generated. It takes less propane versus electricity to produce the same amount of heat energy. That makes propane a more efficient (and therefore cost-effective) way to heat your home.
In fact, the colder it gets, the better propane heating systems do as compared to electric heating systems. Electric heat pumps quickly become unsatisfactory as the outside temperatures approach freezing.
Many propane appliances work more efficiently than their electric counterparts. For example, a propane clothes dryer saves you time, money, and energy by drying your clothes 25% faster than an electric dryer. Propane clothes dryers are also gentler on your clothes, and you end up with less static cling. Your clothes will also have fewer wrinkles, so you’ll spend less time and energy ironing.
Here’s another example: Propane water heaters tend to outperform electric water heaters. The average propane water heater can produce twice as much hot water as a comparable electric water heater in the same amount of time.
The operating costs for a propane water heater are also about 30% less than that of an electric water heater. And a tankless propane water heater will save you even more money while providing all the hot water your household needs.
To recap, in the contest between propane and electricity, there are a lot of good reasons to choose propane for your home.
However, there’s another very good reason to choose propane over electricity. Hurricane season has already begun and taken a toll on numerous communities. Severe weather often leads to power outages. You simply can’t always count on electricity. However, you can always count on propane. If there’s a power outage, you can still cook on your propane grill. And if you have a whole-house propane generator, it can keep all of your home’s appliances up and running during a blackout. Cherry Energy sells and installs portable and whole-house propane generators to help you weather any storm.
Cherry Energy makes propane delivery in North Carolina easy. We also sell and install innovative propane appliances. Got questions? Our knowledgeable staff is ready and able to help you choose the best propane products for your home.
Make Cherry Energy your first choice for propane and propane appliances in Eastern Carolina. Contact us today!
At Cherry Energy, we know keeping your family safe and comfortable is a top priority for you. Unfortunately, severe weather is becoming increasingly common in eastern North Carolina. And severe weather often leads to power outages.
Power outages are more than an inconvenience. If you’re not prepared, they can be costly and dangerous—especially if they last for weeks. Why not give yourself peace of mind by equipping your home with a portable or whole-house generator?
Cherry Energy sells and expertly installs propane generators from top brands. If you choose a whole-house generator, we’ll integrate it with your home’s comfort system to create an action plan that will keep your family safe and comfortable no matter what the weather has in store. Visit our showroom online or in person to see our amazing selection.
Not sure which type or size of generator is right for your home? Don’t worry. We’ll help you determine the perfect standby power solution for your home and budget. And we’ll get it installed quickly so that you can have complete peace of mind as soon as possible.
Most portable generators are fueled by gasoline or propane and do not require professional installation. You’ll need to plug the electronics you want to power directly into the unit. You’ll also need to activate the unit, as it won’t provide auxiliary power automatically. For safety, it’s important to keep portable generators at least 10 feet away from your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. In addition, you’ll need to make sure you have enough fuel to keep your portable generator running. Just like your car, a portable generator can run out of fuel.
A whole-house generator provides automatic auxiliary power when the electricity goes out. In fact, once your generator detects a power outage, it should activate in about 30 seconds. As the name suggests, a whole-house generator (also called a standby generator) can power your whole home—that includes all appliances and comfort systems like your water heater and HVAC system. It’s the best way to ensure that a power outage doesn’t disrupt your home life. Whole-house generators are professionally installed and connected to your home’s natural gas or propane lines. That means there’s no need to refuel, you get power indefinitely.
Whole-house (or standby) generators provide three main advantages over portable generators.
Cherry Energy has been a family-owned enterprise since 1928, and we care about your comfort and safety. Protect your home with a portable or whole-house propane generator from us. And count on us for safe, timely, and reliable propane delivery.
If you’re ready to protect your home with a portable or whole-house generator, contact Cherry Energy today!
Summertime is grilling time. And there’s so much to love about propane grills. They’re easy to start and clean, and they heat up quickly. They deliver precise and consistent temperature control. They cost about 50% less to operate than electric cooking methods. And because they don’t rely on an electrical component, you can keep grilling even if there’s a power outage.
Propane also has a great safety record. Click here for some basic grilling safety information.
Whether you’re cooking meals for the family or feasts for a crowd, don’t get caught without enough gas for your grill! It’s easy to check how much propane you have left. And then you can estimate how many more meals you can cook with what’s in your tank.
Here are three methods for checking your propane level:
The warm water method:
Weighing your tank:
Install an external gauge.
You can choose from a variety of gauge types:
Now that you know how much propane you have, here’s a way to estimate how much grill time it represents. Generally speaking, a medium-sized grill on high heat will use approximately two pounds of fuel per meal. So a 20-pound tank should provide 18 to 20 hours of cooking time. If you have a larger grill, you may get roughly half that amount of cooking time with a 20-pound tank.
Remember, these are just estimates. A number of factors will affect how much cooking time you’ll get. If you have a backup cylinder, you never have to worry about being caught without enough propane to get grilling.
Cherry Energy makes propane delivery in North Carolina easy. We’ll get you the propane you need whenever and wherever you want it. We also have a showroom full of energy-efficient and innovative propane grills and other appliances.
Summer is in full swing now in eastern North Carolina. Now is the season to get even more out of your outdoor space, and propane can help you do that. Cherry Energy makes propane delivery in NC easy. You can trust us to get you your propane when and where you need it.
The propane Cherry Energy delivers isn’t just for inside your home. There are a lot of propane products that can upgrade your outdoor space too, and Cherry Energy will make sure you always have enough propane to keep them running. Here are a few of the propane products that can improve your outdoor space:
Cherry Energy can supply all the propane you need to keep your propane products up and running. We also sell a selection of propane grills that can help almost anyone up their cooking game. Visit our showroom in Kinston and prepare to be amazed. We offer a wide variety of propane appliances that can enhance your home—inside and out.
There are a lot of advantages to grilling with propane. And Cherry Energy sells quality propane grills. So, if you’re ready to up your grill game, check out our selection. Propane grills offer you the following benefits:
Cherry Energy makes propane delivery in North Carolina easy. We’ll get you the propane you need whenever and wherever you want it. We also have a showroom full of energy-efficient and innovative propane appliances. And our knowledgeable staff is ready and able to answer your questions and help you choose the best product for your home.
Whether you’re looking for cost-effective propane delivery or a brand new grill, contact Cherry Energy today!
It’s BBQ season in eastern North Carolina! Make it a delicious summer by having the best BBQ on the block. It’s time to fire up the grill and get cooking. And if you’re wondering what type of grill you should use, choose propane. Whether you’re an ambitious chef or just want some burgers and dogs, a good propane grill won’t let you down.
You’re probably very familiar with propane when it comes to powering up your grill. But do you know all the advantages associated with using propane to grill? There are quite a few.
Here are some of the benefits to grilling with propane:
When it comes to propane, grilling is just the beginning. Propane is extremely versatile. There’s so much propane can do in and around your home—everything from heating your home to heating your home’s water to running appliances like the clothes dryer.
Here are some of the benefits of using propane in and around your eastern North Carolina home:
Cherry Energy makes propane delivery in North Carolina easy. We’ll get you the propane you need whenever and wherever you want it.
From our friendly customer service representatives to our certified drivers, everyone on the Cherry Energy team is committed to serving you and making sure you receive high-quality propane safely, reliably, and on time.
For reliable and cost-effective propane delivery, contact Cherry Energy today!
There’s nothing more important that the safety of your family. When thunderstorms strike near your eastern North Carolina home, do you know what to do to make sure everyone is safe? When it comes to propane safety and thunderstorms, there are some important things you need to know.
Here’s are some propane safety tips for before, during, and after a thunderstorm:
Cherry Energy has been a family-owned enterprise since 1928, and we care about our customers’ safety. For additional propane safety information, click here.
If you need reliable and cost-effective propane delivery, contact Cherry Energy today!
It can be frustrating and downright painful at times when you see things you and your family depend on getting more and more expensive. If you’re one of Cherry Energy’s heating oil or propane customers, know that propane and heating oil still both represent highly efficient and safe ways to heat your home and water. In addition, they reduce your household’s carbon emissions.
Also, it’s helpful to keep in mind this adage because it’s true: What goes up must come down. Fuel prices will not rise or remain high indefinitely.
Everything from war to natural disasters anywhere in the world can impact crude oil and natural gas prices. We’re not immune or isolated here in eastern North Carolina. And since propane is a by-product of both crude oil and natural gas, when the price on those fuels goes up, the price of propane follows suit.
Before the start of the war in Ukraine in late February, energy prices rose in anticipation of the potential sanctions that could be levied on the Russian energy sector if the country went ahead and invaded Ukraine.
When Russia finally invaded and the U.S. placed a ban on Russian imported oil and petroleum products, that created a big energy void that needed to be filled. Those who make their living in the oil markets don’t like that level of uncertainty.
Factors that have always influenced the price of heating oil and propane include the balance between supply and demand and the weather (especially if it’s extreme). If a reduction in supply occurs during a time of high demand, such as the colder months, a scarcer market develops. When a cold snap is especially extreme or lasts longer than usual, this scarcity gets further compounded. Sometimes people start to panic buy and the scarcity grows even more severe.
More recently, these issues have also come into play:
Here at Cherry Energy, we can’t predict the future. But we can tell you that we’re here for you and that we are just as troubled as you are.
It’s a common misconception that companies like ours make more money when prices skyrocket. Actually, the opposite is true. We lose out on profits for several reasons. First, many of our customers cut back on their fuel usage. Some have trouble paying their bills and our receivables increase exponentially. Despite all this, we must still pay our suppliers promptly. That usually means we have to borrow more from the bank.
Here’s something we want you to know: No matter what, you can count on the fact that we’ll keep delivering for you. We won’t let our customers run out of the propane or heating oil they need to keep their household up and running.
And please know this: If you have trouble paying your bill, you should talk with us before it becomes a problem. We’ll do our best to accommodate your budget and work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been a loyal customer for a while. We can also sign you up for our Level Payment Plan to help keep your monthly fuel costs steady and predictable.
These times are uncertain, but Cherry Energy has stood the test of time. Our family-owned enterprise has been serving customers since 1928. Stick with us, and you’ll benefit from our superior service and expertise.
No matter what happens around the world, our commitment to our customers here in eastern North Carolina will not change. Contact us to learn more.