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As a locally owned and operated company, East River Energy remains committed to giving back to the local community. We continuously strive to make a positive impact in the areas where our customers and employees live and work, and we look forward to being a good neighbor for many years to come.

East River Energy is proud to support numerous organizations and their missions through both volunteer efforts and donations, including active participation in The Governor’s Prevention Partnership Student Mentoring programs. Whether thanking our local fire and law enforcement departments or contributing to charitable events, we never lose sight of those around us who demonstrate the same passion and energy that separates East River Energy from its peers.

Oil and Energy Service Professionals

East River Energy is proud to be a member of the Oil and Energy Service Professionals (OESP) for over 30 years. George McQueeney, Service & Installation Manager at East River Energy has been a member of OESP for over 39 years. He has served as Past OESP National President, New Haven County Chapter Treasurer, a member of the Education Committee and has served on the Convention Committee for the past five years.

ABOUT OESP

OESP is dedicated to the advancement of all energy service professionals.

Our national membership represents service professionals in the field – sales professionals, small business owners, supervisors or managers of service departments, plumbers and technicians.

The goal of the organization is universal: To install and maintain high-quality, energy-efficient products and services to our customers every day. OESP supports our members through educational programs, networking and recognizing excellence via our annual industry awards.

OIL HEAT CARES

OESP is proud to support Oil Heat Cares, a non-profit foundation that helps needy people and organizations in crisis with the replacement of their oil-heating appliances. Throughout the year, there are countless stories of ways in which Oil Heat Cares has helped the old, the sick and the poor receive new boilers or critical repairs, ensuring their homes remain warm throughout the winter. We are especially proud to help veterans, who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

OESP works throughout the year to raise money for the foundation. Local chapters and members then identify Oil Heat partners within their neighborhoods that need a temporary helping hand. Over the years, OESP has installed heating equipment for dozens of homeowners at no cost.

Service professionals can donate their time and talent by identifying a project for a customer or neighbor in need, by donating equipment or supplies, or by participating in one of the many fundraisers held throughout the year.

East River Energy has been an active participant of Oil Heat Cares throughout New Haven County and has volunteered services to assist in both replacing oil-heating appliances and donating fuel to those in need.

Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

East River Energy would like to remind residents of the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in the home.

While there are many different brands of smoke alarms for sale, they are of two basic types: ionization or photoelectric. Ionization alarms sound more quickly when a flaming, fast-moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires. Some units on the market combine both technologies and are called dual sensor smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms can be purchased locally at a variety of stores. Some are intended to be "hard wired" into the electrical system in the house (a qualified electrician should do this work). Some units are battery powered, requiring only a screwdriver for installation. The manufacturer's instructions for installation should be followed carefully. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and if they have batteries, those should be replaced annually.

Smoke alarms should be located on every level of your home, including the basement. For extra safety you may want to install alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless toxic gas that comes from gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, space heaters and cars.

The initial symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the "flu" but without the usual fever. They include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. A victim's skin may appear red in color. Because it cannot be smelled, seen or tasted, it can kill people before they know it is present in their dwelling.

It is recommended that a CO alarm with an audible warning signal be installed near the sleeping areas of your home and outside of individual bedrooms. Buy an alarm that has been tested by a nationally recognized testing lab such as Underwriters' Laboratories (UL). Follow the manufactures instructions for installation and testing.

A few simple precautions can also reduce the chance of accidental exposure to CO:

  • Have a qualified professional check all fuel-burning appliances, furnaces, chimneys and venting systems in your home at least once a year.
  • Never use your oven or range to heat you home, and never use a charcoal grill or hibachi inside your house or garage.
  • Never keep a car running in your garage, even with the garage doors open.
  • If your running a portable generator it should be OUTSIDE away from the house to prevent CO from entering your residence.
emergency response

East River Energy is available and at your service around the clock during any emergency situation (super storms, power outages, and other natural disasters)