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Winter Fuel Deliveries

Make Sure You’re Ready

winter delivery north carolina 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.

Important Things to Do Before and After 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:

  1. Mark your propane tank’s location with a bright-colored flag, pole, or stake that is higher than the average snow cover depth for your area.
  2. Always make sure you have an adequate supply of fuel in your tank. In the event of a storm, roads leading to your home might not be accessible for delivery. So especially during the winter months, call for delivery well before your tank is less than one quarter full.
  3. Make a list of instructions on how to turn off the electricity, propane, and water to your home.
  4. If you’re one of our propane customers, review the propane safety section of our website.

Here are some steps to take after a winter storm:

  1. If our driver will have to park in your driveway to complete the delivery, please make sure to keep your driveway free of snow and ice. And remember that our fuel trucks are wider than a car.
  2. Make sure there’s a safe path to your oil fill pipe or propane tank that’s at least one-foot in width.
  3. Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. If pipes freeze and crack, gas can leak out and create a potential danger.
  4. Clear snow and ice away from all outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues. Whenever possible, use a broom instead of a shovel so you won’t damage your propane system.
  5. Clear heavy snow and ice from regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Appliance vents, chimneys, and flues must be kept clear of snow and ice so appliances can vent properly.
  6. Check your propane tank, appliances, chimneys, flue pipes, and vent connectors. If you see any damage or blockages, call Cherry Energy immediately.

Here are some general reminders for fuel delivery:

  1. Make sure we have your current contact information so that we’re able to reach you if something unexpected happens on delivery day.
  2. Make sure to keep all of your pets under your control and don’t leave your children unsupervised on delivery day. This is for everyone’s safety.
  3. Sign up for Auto-Fill and never have to worry about ordering fuel again. Our Auto-Fill customers receive our best prices and our propane customers with tanks of 250 gallons or more are covered by our “no-run-out” policy.

Trust Cherry Energy

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.

What Are Its Benefits?

tankless water heater north carolina 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.

How Does It Work?

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.

Benefits to Tankless Water Heaters

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.

Choose Cherry Energy

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!

An Introduction

heating oil north carolina 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.

What Is Heating Oil?

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.

Is Heating Oil a Good Choice for Your Home?

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:

Choose Cherry Energy

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.

Choosing for Your North Carolina Home

why propane north carolinaHopefully, 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 Very Versatile

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

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.

Propane Is Very Powerful

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.

Propane Is Very Efficient

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.

Choose Propane

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.

Choose Cherry Energy

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!

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.