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Why Choose a Tankless Propane Water Heater?

What Are Its Benefits?

water heater service Lenoir County, NC Water heaters do a lot to contribute to the comfort and function of your home. Unfortunately, they often get taken for granted. It’s only when one breaks down that most people realize how much they really do. Consider this: Your Lenoir County home probably uses 65 gallons of hot water a day. That’s because you use 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 Eastern 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 propane 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 Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

When someone opens a hot water faucet, cold water flows through a heat exchanger in the water heater and either a propane gas burner or electric heating element heats the water. If you’re trying to decide between a propane and electric tankless water heater, know that a propane-fired tankless water heater is capable of producing a higher flow rate than an electric one. Just another reason to choose a propane tankless water heater.

Benefits to Tankless Propane Water Heaters

Tankless propane water heaters give you hot water on demand. They’re also more energy efficient and space efficient than traditional water heaters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits to having a tankless propane water heater:

  1. With a tankless propane 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. With a tankless propane water heater, everyone can enjoy long, hot showers.
  2. With a tankless propane water heater, you get better performance with lower bills. 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.
  3. Tankless propane 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, attic, or crawl space.
  4. Tankless propane 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. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a tank that can corrode and leak.

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 and make cold showers a thing of the past.

Contact Cherry Energy today to learn more about propane tankless water heaters and any available rebates.

propane autogas Craven county, ncYou’re probably already familiar with how much propane can do in and around your eastern North Carolina home. In addition to being cost-effective, propane is an extremely versatile fuel. It can be used for heating, water heating, cooking, and powering a variety of appliances. It can also fuel vehicles. When used as a fuel for vehicles it’s called propane Autogas.

If you run a business, propane Autogas can improve your operations. And Cherry Energy is here to guide you through every step of converting your fleet whether it’s light to medium duty. Our Autogas services include the following:

Why Switch to Propane Autogas?

Propane Autogas is the world’s most popular alternative fuel. That’s in large part because propane Autogas offers the following benefits:

Comparing Costs: Autogas vs Other Fuels

When it comes to running a business, you have to care about your bottom line. That’s why propane Autogas is a great choice. It’s an economical option. Let’s look at how the costs of using propane Autogas stacks up to other fuels.

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

Cherry Energy is your source for propane Autogas in eastern North Carolina. And if you’re looking to convert, we can help with that too.

To learn more or become a customer, contact Cherry Energy today!

The Beauty of Wood with the Benefits of Propane

propane fireplace Onslow county, nc There is so much to love about a fireplace—the warmth, the coziness, the ambiance. There’s nothing quite like it. And with winter around the corner, you and your family will enjoy having a warm fire to gather around. However, you can have all of the above without the drawbacks of a traditional wood-burning fireplace. If you want the comfort without the cleanup, choose a propane gas log set instead of wood.

A propane gas log-set is easy to use and can look like burning wood. If you’d like to spend a cool night in front of a cozy flame in your eastern North Carolina home, here are five reasons to choose gas log sets for your propane fireplace instead of choosing a traditional wood-burning fireplace:

  1. Gas logs are cleaner and more convenient. With gas logs, you don’t need to purchase or chop wood, spend time cleaning up ash, or pay for chimney maintenance. You don’t even have to look for matches. You can start your propane gas logs by opening a valve or from the couch using a remote control! How easy is that?
  2. Gas logs save you money. There are a lot of expenses associated with a wood-burning fireplace that get eliminated when you switch to a gas log set. For every hour you use your fireplace, you’ll be saving at least 30%–40% in costs. And that’s before you even consider the maintenance fees (which are much higher for wood burning fireplaces).
  3. Gas logs are eco-friendly. Propane is a clean-burning fuel that produces no harmful particulates. The carbon emissions associated with gas-fueled fireplaces are 35%–40% lower than those for traditional wood-burning fireplaces.
  4. Gas logs are safer than wood. Especially if you have children or pets, you’ll appreciate the safety of a gas log set. It’s also a smart and safer choice for small spaces. Gas logs don’t produce flying sparks or smoke the way real burning wood does.
  5. Gas logs can be customized. With gas logs, you have full control over what your fire will look like. Choose logs modeled after your favorite type of wood and pick the size and style you prefer. To see the many options we offer at Cherry Energy, visit our showroom online or in person. We sell the brands you know and can trust.

Today’s gas log sets are realistic looking, easy to use, and offer many advantages over wood. So why not choose gas logs for your propane fireplace? Get the cozy evening in front of the fire without the splinters or sweeping! A roaring fire could be just a click away.

Cherry Energy has been serving eastern North Carolina for almost a century. We sell and service vented and vent-free gas log sets for your home or outdoor hearth.

If you’re ready to enjoy the beauty of wood with all the benefits of propane, contact Cherry Energy today, visit our online showroom, or come in person to our showroom in Kinston.

Power & Peace of Mind

generator installation Jones county, nc Cherry Energy is a community business. We’re locally owned and operated. Our customers are our neighbors. Your comfort and safety matter to us. We’re here to help you keep your family safe and comfortable.

Unfortunately, severe weather is becoming increasingly more common in eastern North Carolina and across America. And severe weather often brings with it power outages.

Losing power can be more than an inconvenience. It can be costly and dangerous. When you lose power, you also lose the ability to preserve your food and protect your family with your home security system. If anyone in your household depends on an electrical medical device, they can’t afford to experience an interruption in power. Why not give yourself peace of mind by equipping your home with a generator?

Cherry Energy provides generator installation in eastern North Carolina. We install Generac whole-house backup propane generators that can keep all the appliances and equipment in your home up and running during a power outage. Even if your neighborhood goes dark for days, you’ll have all the comforts of home at home.

What Is a Whole-House Generator?

A whole-house propane generator delivers virtually automatic auxiliary power whenever the electricity goes out. Once your generator detects a power outage, it should activate in about 30 seconds. So you and your family never miss a beat.

A whole-house generator (also called a standby generator) can power everything in your home—that includes all your appliances and electronics as well as your comfort systems. Your fridge, security system, HVAC system, and television will all continue to get power. You’ll still have hot water and light. That makes a whole-house generator the best way to ensure that a power outage won’t disrupt your home life.

Cherry Energy offers Generac propane gas generators in a variety of capacities, so we can help you choose the right one for your household’s needs. Your generator can be supplied by either an above-ground or underground storage tank.

Benefits of a Whole-House (or Standby) Generator

Here are just some of the benefits your propane backup generator could provide in your North Carolina home:

We are Certified Generac Technicians

Cherry Energy has become one of the leading companies for handling the connections for generator installations in Lenoir, Jones, Onslow, Craven, and Pitt Counties. We work in tandem with a licensed electrician to connect your generator directly to your propane tank. We also offer portable propane generators for more specific applications. Visit our online showroom to see more products.

Contact us today to learn more from one of our equipment experts or to schedule an installation.

A DIY Guide

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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.

Just like insulating your home, insulating you water heater’s tank is a simple and inexpensive way to improve its energy efficiency. You’ll see the savings on your bill each month.

Especially if you have an older water heater, check the R value of your water heater’s insulation. It should be at least 24. If you’re not sure of the R value, touch the tank. If it’s warm to the touch that means the water in your tank is losing heat (standby heat loss) and you’d benefit from insulating your tank. Adding insulation to your water heater could reduce standby heat loss by as much as 45% and save you up to 16% in water heating costs. You should make the money back you spend on insulation materials in a year or less.

Tips for Insulating Your Water Heater

The following steps and tips for insulating your water heater come from the US Department of Energy.

Before you begin…

If you’re going to insulate your water heater yourself, get a friend or family member to help. The job requires two sets of hands.

What you’ll need…

How Do I Insulate My Water Heater?

Here are the steps to follow when insulating you water heater:

  1. Turn off your water heater. If it’s an electric water heater, turn off the breaker at the electric panel.
  2. Measure your water heater’s height.
  3. If necessary, cut the blanket to fit.
  4. Wrap the blanket around the tank and temporarily tape in place.
  5. Use a marker to indicate where the controls are so you can cut the blanket to accommodate them.
  6. Install the blanket.
  7. Turn the water heater back on.

Choose Cherry Energy

Prefer not to worry about standby energy loss? Upgrade to a tankless water heater. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

renewable propane Pitt county, nc You already know how much propane can do in and around your eastern North Carolina home. Propane’s versatility and affordability make it a popular fuel choice. But how much do you really know about it? Let’s take a closer look at what propane is and whether it’s a renewable energy source.

What Is Propane?

Propane is a product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It’s often compressed and stored as a liquid. You may also hear it referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LPG or LP. Propane is nontoxic and colorless.

What Is Renewable Propane?

Like conventional propane, renewable propane is reliable, portable, powerful, and versatile. It offers even lower carbon emissions when compared with other energy sources. Renewable propane can be made from a variety of renewable feedstocks. Most commonly, it’s a byproduct of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel made mostly from plant and vegetable oils, animal fats, and used cooking oil.

Is Propane Considered Green?

If you use propane in your eastern North Carolina home, you already know how powerful, safe, and versatile it can be, but did you also know that propane is also considered green?

Here are seven facts you probably didn’t know about propane and its benefits for the environment. According to PERC (The Propane Education & Research Council)…

  1. Propane is the only alternative fuel included in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the 1992 National Energy Policy Act.
  2. Propane is the lightest and simplest hydrocarbon on earth. Because of this fact, propane is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels—producing almost no greenhouse gas. For example, using a propane instead of a traditional engine in a vehicle can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90%.
  3. If there is a leak, propane is nontoxic and will not harm the surrounding air, plants, soil, water, or water-based organisms.
  4. Nearly 90% of the U.S. propane supply is produced domestically, so the carbon footprint associated with its transportation is smaller than that of fuels that must be brought to the U.S. from abroad.
  5. Using propane instead of electricity to cook, heat your water, heat your home, and dry your clothes could cut your carbon emissions in half.
  6. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, propane is more efficient to produce than electricity, nearly two-thirds of which is lost between the power plant that produces it and the end consumer.
  7. In comparing the energy required for the extraction, processing, and transportation of propane versus electricity, propane is 87% efficient, but electricity is only 32% efficient. A higher energy efficiency is better for the environment.

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

Whether you need propane for your home or propane Autogas for your fleet, Cherry Energy is your source for propane and propane Autogas in North Carolina. You can trust us to get you the propane you need when and where you need it.

To learn more or become a customer, contact Cherry Energy today!

Frequently Asked Questions

propane fleet Craven county, nc You already know how much propane can do in and around your eastern North Carolina home. Propane’s versatility and cost-efficiency make it a popular fuel choice. But how much do you really know about it? Let’s take a closer look at what propane is and why it’s so popular.

What Is Propane?

Propane is a product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It’s often compressed and stored as a liquid. You may also hear it referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LPG or LP. Propane is nontoxic and colorless.

What Can Propane Do?

There is so much propane can do for a home or business. Propane is an extremely versatile fuel. It can be used for heating, water heating, cooking, and powering a variety of appliances. It can also fuel vehicles. When used as a fuel for vehicles it’s called propane Autogas.

How Many People Use Propane?

According to the National Propane Gas Association, a lot of people are using propane in America. Here are a few stats:

What Are Propane’s Benefits?

Here are some of the advantages propane offers:

What Are Propane Autogas’ Benefits?

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

Whether you need propane for your home or propane Autogas for your fleet, Cherry Energy is your source for propane and propane Autogas in North Carolina. Looking to convert your fleet to Autogas? We can help with that too.

To learn more or become a customer, contact Cherry Energy today!

Leave It to the Pros!

gas appliance repair Onslow county, nc If one of the propane appliances in your North Carolina home isn’t working the way it should, you’ve got a couple options to weigh. You could replace it or you could repair it. If you opt to repair it, you might be tempted to save a few bucks and try doing the repair yourself. Should you DIY a propane gas appliance repair? No. Please don’t. Leave all such repairs to the pros.

If you DIY a gas appliance repair, you could end up further damaging your equipment or putting your safety and health in serious jeopardy. Propane appliance repairs are best left to the pros.

At Cherry Energy, we say don’t trust your repairs and maintenance to just anyone—that includes don’t trust your repairs to yourself. Instead, trust the experts at Cherry Energy.

Cherry Energy’s experts are well-versed in today’s advanced appliances and equipment. They’re ready for any challenge. Whether your appliance is new or old, we can keep it up and running with our complete range of services including repairs, maintenance, and installation/upgrades.

Let’s take a closer look at why DIY is not the way to go when it comes to propane gas appliance repairs.

Safety Matters

If you try to fix your propane appliances yourself and make one mistake, it could prove dangerous for you and your family. You could also end up doing further damage to your equipment and end up needing to spend more on repairs or a replacement than if you’d called the pros from the beginning. All of your propane appliances should be installed, maintained, and repaired by a trained professional like the ones at Cherry Energy.

Why leave it to the pros? Professionals like the ones at Cherry Energy have the requisite knowledge and proper tools for the advanced technology used in most modern propane appliances. And many of those required tools aren’t available at your local home improvement store. An expert will also be better able to identify any safety concerns you might miss as an amateur. Any money you might save trying to do it yourself isn’t worth the potential harm and additional expense of a mistake.

Good Appliance Care

You might consider repairing your gas appliance yourself to be an exciting challenge. Or you might think it looks very straightforward. But the truth is propane appliances often contain delicate parts that require an expert’s touch. You simply won’t get enough skill or expertise from YouTube to match the extensive training of our professionals.

As an amateur, you could easily make a costly or dangerous mistake when trying to repair your propane appliances yourself. And chances are you’ll end up needing to call a professional to fix the original problem as well as any new problems your mistakes lead to. So trying to save money could end up costing you more in the end. Why risk it? It isn’t worth it. Trust the pros at Cherry Energy instead.

Your propane appliances are an investment. Good appliance care means protecting that investment by getting professional repairs. Think about how much a new appliance would cost. Weigh that against your temptation to try and fix it yourself and imagine if your attempts forced you to have to replace the appliance.

Finally, trying to repair your propane appliance yourself could void its warranty. You don’t want to do that.

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

Everyone on the Cherry Energy team is committed to serving you. You can trust us with your propane appliance repairs. Our technicians are rigorously trained and up-to-date with all current systems and health, safety, and code requirements. And if your equipment is older, don’t worry—our technicians have seen it all. They will be ready with the tools and parts to get the job done quickly and correctly.

For reliable propane gas appliance repairs, contact Cherry Energy today!

Get Ready for a Delicious Summer!

propane grill Jones, nc May is here, summer is around the corner, and that means BBQ season has come to eastern North Carolina. Why not make this a delicious summer? You can do it with a propane grill and with dependable propane delivery from Cherry Energy.

We’ll get you the propane you need when and where you need it so that you’re always ready to fire up the grill and prepare a feast for your friends and family.

Propane Is Versatile Indoors and Outdoors

There’s so much propane can do inside and outside your home. Inside your home, propane can provide heating, water heating, and run appliances. Outside your home, propane can improve your backyard by fueling the following products:

If you’ve got a propane grill and want to really get the most out of it this spring and summer, you need a propane provider you can trust. Cherry Energy is that company. We make the whole process as easy as possible—from our friendly customer reps to our certified drivers. And you know when Cherry Energy is delivering your propane that you’re going to get the safe, timely, and reliable delivery of high-quality propane each time.

Grilling with Propane Offers 5 Advantages

Here are five of the advantages to using a propane gas grill:

  1. Propane grills are easy to start and heat up quickly.
  2. Propane grills deliver precise and consistent temperature control. It’s why professional chefs choose propane for their kitchens. But you don’t have to be a pro to appreciate cooking with propane. Impress with a perfect sear every time.
  3. Propane grills help you save money because they cost about 50% less to operate than electric cooking methods.
  4. Propane grills are dependable—even during a power outage. If there’s a blackout, your propane grill will keep working because it doesn’t rely on an electrical component.
  5. Propane grills are easy to clean.

Reasons to Use Propane Gas

Propane is so versatile that powering your grill is just the tip of the iceberg of what it can do. As we discussed earlier, propane can do a lot in and around your home—everything from heating your home to heating your home’s water to running appliances like a clothes dryer. It can even power a whole-house generator and keep everything in your home up and running during a power outage.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons to use propane gas in and around your eastern North Carolina home:

Trust the Experts at Cherry Energy

We’ll leave the cooking to you. You leave the propane delivery to the experts at Cherry Energy. We make propane delivery in North Carolina easy—getting you the propane you need whenever and wherever you want it.

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!

Cherry Energy Can Help You Stay Safe this Hurricane Season

propane generator Jones county, nc Believe it or not, the Atlantic hurricane season is only about six weeks away. And while last year was fairly quiet in our area, our eastern shoreline is frequently within the “cone of probability” for tropical storms and hurricanes. Of course, it doesn’t take a Cat 5 storm to down lines and knock out electricity, leaving you without power for days. With more frequent extreme and unpredictable weather, getting hit by a storm like Ian is not an “if” scenario, but a “when” scenario and it’s more important than ever to be prepared. One of the best ways to protect your home and property is with a backup generator . A backup or standby propane generator comes on within seconds of a power failure to keep your lights on and your refrigerator, furnace and a/c running until the utilities get the lines back up.

A standby propane generator will keep security systems on as well—giving you peace of mind, especially if the power fails while you’re away.

All About Propane Generators

Propane generators are quiet, extremely efficient and clean-burning, with low emissions. They are also less expensive (and less stinky) to run than gas-powered portable options—which won’t run your whole home, either. (Just keeping a portable generator full of gas during an extended outage will get expensive quickly, not to mention potentially having to wait on long lines for more fuel.)

There are a wide variety of size options, from “essential power” models that will run key equipment such as your refrigerator, heat and lights, to true whole-house generators that can manage the demands of most extra-large homes, even during extended outages. Talk to one of the pros on our team to determine the best size generator for your home and needs. Here are some key points to consider:

Of course, there are other factors to consider as you make your choice:

Remember, one of the key benefits of a propane backup generator is that you have the fuel to run it already. Plus, there’s no need to wrestle a portable generator out of the garage and get it set up and started, while messing with fuel, possibly in the dark or in treacherous conditions.

Have questions about how a whole-house generator can provide peace of mind through hurricane season and beyond? We sell and install generators from Generac: Stop by our showroom or contact us any time. We’re here to help!

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