How To Save Money

Home Help How To Save Money

East River Energy offers multiple money-saving pricing programs to best suit your energy needs. There are also many ways to conserve energy and save money.

Pre Pay

We guarantee you oil at a fixed-price per gallon. You make a single payment in advance for the gallons you want to protect. This is the lowest-costing oil of any of our plans.

Easy Pay Budget

Budget twelve equal monthly payments based on the total gallons of oil you used last year. We guarantee oil at our daily market price.

Conservation Tips

Here’s some handy information that can help you conserve energy and save money. Some of these things are really basic and don’t cost a dime! Others may require some expert assistance.

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Adding Insulation

Insulating ceilings, attics and walls will save a bundle. It’s an inexpensive way to save a lot of money fast. How much insulation do you need? It’s best to ask an expert, but in our experience… as much as you can fit.

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Installing New Roofing and Siding

New siding itself isn’t really a big energy saver but what’s underneath is. New siding often is installed over a wind barrier (such as Tyvek) and often with a layer of dense foam insulation. This combination is great for sealing out drafts and adding an extra layer of insulation where you need it most.

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Replacing old Windows and Doors

Old windows and doors are a common cause of significant heat loss. Old-fashion, non-thermal-pane windows can rob you of 20% of your heat! Poor weather stripping also results in cold drafts that blow right through cracks in you home. How significant is heat loss? It could be 15% or more!

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Some Easy Things You Can Do

• Feel for air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets and get rid of them with weather stripping & caulk
• Seal cracks in your home’s foundation
• Replace broken window glass
• Seal off your attic circulating fan with polyethylene and tape
• Keep closet doors closed
• Remove window air conditioners or tightly cover them
• Use storm windows and doors
• Close fireplace flue when not in use
• Keep attached garage doors closed

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Schedule a tune-up today for peak efficiency and reliable operation

To keep running at peak efficiency, your home’s heating system needs periodic tune-ups. Be sure to schedule a tune-up by one of our skilled East River Energy technicians to make sure your system will perform reliably during the winter heating season.

• A tuned system running at peak efficiency can save you up to 10% in annual heating costs.
• We can find problems before they become expensive, inconvenient repairs and protect your system from unforeseen emergency service.

It’s easy to arrange for a convenient appointment. Call Phyllis at 203-453-1200 ext 2017 to set a date for your home heating system tune-up.

Service Plans

Although generally reliable, your home heating system has hundreds of parts that can wear out or fail like most mechanical systems. Our affordable service plans guard you against unexpected, expensive repair work.

Economy Plan

Covers parts and labor for repair and replacement of 81 critical parts in hot air and hot water heating systems. The plan also covers a full system tune up.

Total Comfort Plan

Adds 56 parts and several special services to the Economy Plan, including repairs specifically for hot water heating systems, their boiler, baseboards and radiators.

Oil-Fired Water Heater Coverage

Coverage includes burner parts, aquastat, controls and emergency switch (the hot water tank itself is not covered). Burner tune-up is included. Coverage can only be obtained in conjunction with one of the two heating system service plans above.

Customer Rewards

As a valued customer you will receive a $25 credit for each consecutive year you renew you Economy Plan and a $50 credit for the Total Comfort Plan. Credits can be used to purchase heating and cooling equipment.

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)