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Which Generator Is Right for Your Home?

Whole House Generators vs Portable Generators

generator installation north carolinaAt 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.

What Is a Portable Generator?

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.

What Is a Whole-House Generator?

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.

What Are the Advantages of a Whole-House (or Standby) Generator?

Whole-house (or standby) generators provide three main advantages over portable generators.

  1. Whole-house generators provide power automatically. That provides additional peace of mind if the power goes out while you’re asleep or away from home. Your fridge will continue to run, your home security system will stay armed, and your heating system won’t turn off. That’s especially important during the colder months, as it will prevent your pipes from freezing or bursting—which can lead to costly damage.
  2. A whole-house generator can provide as much power as you need. By comparison, portable generators have a limit to the amount of energy they can provide. So they can only power some of your appliances. With a whole-house generator, you don’t have to choose. You can keep you whole home up and running—from the water heater to the garage door opener to the sump pump to the fridge. Not to mention all your electronic devices.
  3. A whole-house generator can run indefinitely. And there’s no need to refuel. A portable generator, however, requires refueling to keep running. Kind of like your car.

Be Ready for Anything with Cherry Energy

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!

Tips for Checking Your Tank’s Level

grill tank tips north carolinaSummertime 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.

Checking Your Grill Propane Level

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:

  1. Fill a small bucket with warm to hot tap water.
  2. Pour the water down the side of the tank.
  3. Run your hand along the side of the tank and feel for a cool spot. The top of the cool spot indicates the fill level of the tank because the liquid propane inside the tank will absorb the heat from the water and make the metal wall of the tank cool to the touch.

Weighing your tank:

  1. Find the two numbers stamped on the handle of your tank. One is the water capacity (WC) and the other is the tare weight (TW). Your tank’s tare weight is its weight when it’s empty.
  2. Weigh the tank on a scale.
  3. Subtract the tank’s tare weight from its current weight. The difference is how much propane is left.

Install an external gauge. 
You can choose from a variety of gauge types:

  1. Inline pressure gauges install between the gas line from the grill and the cut-off valve on the tank, measuring pressures to determine how full the tank is.
  2. Analog propane scales look like luggage scales and are pre-set based on your tank’s TW.
  3. Digital propane tank scales give a digital readout of remaining cook time and gas fill percentage. Some even connect to smartphone apps.

How Long Will Your Grill Tank Last?

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.

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

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.

Whether you’re looking for cost-effective propane delivery or a new grill, contact Cherry Energy today!

Up Your Grill Game and Outdoor Living

outdoor appliances north carolinaSummer 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.

Take It Outside!

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.

Get Grilling with Propane!

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:

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

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!

Have a Delicious Summer!

gas grills north carolinaIt’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.

Why Grill with Propane?

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:

Benefits of 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:

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

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!

Do you know what to do?

storm safety north carolinaThere’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.

Storm Safety Tips

Here’s are some propane safety tips for before, during, and after a thunderstorm:

  1. Check for leaks. Before the storm, make sure you don’t have any propane leaks—not even a small one. You should also make sure everyone in your household knows how to identify a leak and what to do when there is one.
  2. Locate your gas main. You should know where your gas main is and be able to turn it off. If you need to evacuate your home, you’ll want to turn off the gas main before you leave. If your tank is damaged in the storm, that could lead to flammable leaks, so turning off the gas main could prevent a fire.
  3. Keep your distance. During the storm, stay away from power lines and anything that is a conductor. That includes your propane tank!
  4. Remain alert. Stay informed and follow all instructions from local emergency personnel and community leaders who may provide safety updates like areas to avoid.
  5. Be observant. Once the storm ends and it’s safe to go outside, take note of fallen trees and downed power lines that could affect your property. Make sure nothing is threatening the integrity of your propane tank or gas line.
  6. Inspect your appliances. Check your appliances for damage. Look for visible issues, but also run each appliance to make sure it’s not malfunctioning.
  7. Avoid candles! Do not burn candles when inspecting anything powered by propane. Your tank could ignite!

Safety First at Cherry Energy

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!

An important message to our customers

fuel prices north carolinaIt 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.

Global Conflicts & Natural Disasters

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.

Recent Factors Affecting Prices

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:

What’s Coming Next?

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.

Choose Cherry Energy

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.

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 on 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.  

The benefits for your household

generator installation north carolinaThere are many compelling reasons to invest in a whole-house propane generator for your eastern North Carolina home. And Cherry Energy expertly installs whole-house generators that can be integrated with your home comfort systems so that your family is safe and comfortable in all types of weather.

With extreme weather events becoming more and more common and given that our nation’s energy grid is aging and often overtaxed, we can expect the frequency of power outages to increase. With a whole-house generator designed to power on instantly and automatically whenever there’s a power outage, you can have peace of mind and prepare your home for the unexpected.

The Kohler and Generac whole-house generators that Cherry Energy sells and installs will provide your home with however much power you need. They can keep the lights on and the fridge running. They can also keep all your electronics charged and functioning so you can work from home. Do you have a security system or medical equipment? A whole-house generator can power all of the above and more.

6 benefits of using a whole-house generator

Because they are designed to start within seconds of a power outage, whole-house generators keep your house up and running with virtually no interruption. Less than one minute after the power goes out, your generator will start powering your HVAC system and all your home’s electrical appliances. Here are six benefits of using a whole-house generator:

  1. Your food will be preserved. Your fridge and freezer will keep running, and you’ll still be able to use your stove and oven. None of your food will go to waste because of a power outage. That’s money saved.
  2. You’ll avoid water damage. If there’s flooding because of a storm, your electric-powered sump-pump will still work, so you’ll be able to avoid expensive water damage.
  3. You’ll avoid frozen pipes. Since your home’s heating system will continue to work, you’ll avoid the damage and expense of frozen or burst pipes if the power goes out on a freezing cold day.
  4. You’ll keep your family safe. Your home security system will continue to protect your loved ones and valuables.
  5. You’ll be able to stay connected. Your whole-house generator can power all of your important electronic devices to help you stay connected, informed, and entertained during a power outage.
  6. Your family will enjoy uninterrupted comfort. Even if you have a gas furnace or boiler, a power outage will affect it because certain components still require electricity. A whole-house generator means you can keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside.

Do you have enough propane?

How much propane is enough? It’s a good idea to always have enough propane on hand to run your generator for at least one week. And whenever you need more, you can contact Cherry Energy to schedule your next propane delivery or sign up for our auto-fill service.

Choose Cherry Energy

If you’re looking to buy a whole-house generator, come to Cherry Energy. We have been a family-owned enterprise since 1928, and we offer superior service and expertise. In addition to whole-house generators, we also sell portable propane generators. Visit our online showroom to see the variety of products we offer and to find the one that best suits your needs.

Generators provide peace of mind. And Cherry Energy can help you find the perfect standby power solution for your needs and budget. Visit us online or in-person today to learn more.

A smart solution for your home

fireplace options north carolinaCherry Energy does more than supply our eastern North Carolina customers with quality propane and heating oil. We also sell hearth products that can add warmth and ambiance to your living space. Our goal is to provide you with smart energy solutions for your home or business.

Visit our propane showroom

You can elevate any room in your home with the addition of a propane fireplace. At Cherry Energy we sell and install quality heating products that will improve the comfort and quality of your home.

When you visit our propane showroom, you’ll have the opportunity to see up close the variety of beautiful, energy-efficient, and innovative appliances we offer. And our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions and help you choose the fireplace that can handle the heating load of your room and fits your design aesthetic.

Showroom Address: 2213 Hull Road, Kinston, NC 28504
Showroom Hours: Monday through Friday, 8AM through 5PM

Getting better every day

Propane appliances have seen significant advancements over the past few decades. They are quieter and provide increased energy efficiency. They’re smarter, cleaner, and even easier to use. (Some propane fireplaces can be started with a remote control!)

The propane fireplaces we offer at Cherry Energy are from leading manufacturers you can trust. And you can trust us to do the job right when we install a propane fireplace in your home.

Make Cherry Energy your first choice

When you choose Cherry Energy, we promise to deliver a great customer experience. Here’s our commitment to you:

Cherry Energy has been serving the residents of eastern North Carolina for almost a century, and we’ve become the region’s top resource for propane appliances. Let us put our extensive experience to work for you.

Visit our showroom or contact us today to learn more about the hearth products we offer.

Choose Cherry Energy

diesel fuel service north carolinaIf you’re looking for reliable service and a quality diesel fuel product for your eastern North Carolina business, look no further than Cherry Energy. We’ve spent nearly 95 years meeting the needs of commercial construction, farming, manufacturing, and other industrial businesses in the region. We’re a partner you can rely on to deliver for your business.

At Cherry Energy, we don’t believe one size fits all. We offer customized support and expertise that will meet the unique needs of your business.

On-Road Diesel

Cherry Energy is North Carolina’s leader in industrial fueling solutions. We provide on-road diesel wherever and whenever you need it. Our ultra-low sulfur diesel helps reduce harmful emissions by over 90% (according to the EPA).

If your business relies on diesel fuel, then your business should rely on Cherry Energy. You can count on us to provide prompt and reliable delivery. It’s our mission to be your trusted one-stop source for all commercial fuels.

Here’s a summary of some of the customized support we offer our on-road diesel customers:

Off-Road Diesel

Cherry Energy provides a reliable supply of off-road diesel to meet the needs of your business—whether it’s construction, engineering, or agriculture. Our ultra-low sulfur diesel burns cleaner than regular diesel and therefore produces fewer greenhouse emissions. That’s something you can feel good about.

Here are some of the ways we support our off-road diesel customers:

Make Cherry Energy your first choice for commercial diesel fuel delivery for your eastern North Carolina business. We have been a family-owned enterprise since 1928, and we offer superior service, expertise, and a progressive approach. In fact, we are one of the most forward-looking oil and gas companies in the Southeast.

Contact us today to become a customer and learn more about how we can help your business succeed.

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