Heating Oil

Home Residential Services Heating Oil

Locally owned and operated in Guilford, CT since 1984, East River Energy prides itself on reliability, consistency, and premium service for each and every one of our customers.

Benefits of Heating Oil

Economical – According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration for the past 16 years, heating oil has been a better value than gas heat in Connecticut.

Comfortable – Heating oil’s flame is the hottest of all heating fuels, burning 300 degrees hotter than natural gas. Thus, heating oil creates a warmer environment faster than any other heating source.

Clean – New fuel formulations integrate renewable biofuel and ultra-low sulfur heating oil, which burns with lower emissions than natural gas.

Safe – Heating oil has an unmatched safety record. It is not explosive and its fumes are not dangerous if inhaled.

Oil heat has undergone an incredible transformation over the last few years. In fact, today’s oil burns as cleanly, if not cleaner, than natural gas. Bioheat is a blend of traditional heating oil with biodiesel, a domestic, sustainable, heating oil replacement. Biodiesel is 100% renewable, has zero emissions and is a locally-grown fuel that is deliverable everywhere in Connecticut. Efficient and clean fuel also reduces the wear and tear on a home heating system, which translates to fewer tune-ups. Fewer tune-ups will save you money both long and short term.

Heating Oil Facts

  • Over 30 million Americans depend on oil-powered heat for their homes and businesses
  • Approximately 8 million households in the U.S. use oil as their main heating fuel source
  • Heating equipment innovations and new ways of conservation mean that an average consumer using 1,200 gallons of heating oil in 1989 now uses only 800 gallons today

Pricing Programs

East River Energy is pleased to offer you several ways to purchase your home heating oil for the upcoming season. Please review the 4 options below and choose which one is best for you.

• Prepaid Plan Secures a locked-in price for your heating oil for the entire season.
• Budget Cap Plan Allows you to budget your home heating costs over a 12-month period, with a maximum price per gallon.
• Price of the Day Budget Plan Your price fluctuates with the market, and this option allows you to budget your home heating costs over a 12-month period.
• Price of the Day Plan Your price fluctuates with the market price of heating oil.

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Prepaid Plan

This plan secures a locked-in price for your heating oil for the entire season. You simply decide how many gallons you will need, make a one-time payment, and then rest easy knowing your oil will be delivered to you all season at a set price. If you submit your signed contract and make your payment by check, you will save 5 cents per gallon.

Budget Cap Plan

This plan provides a convenient way to budget home heating costs over a 12-month period and to avoid unexpected price spikes. Your monthly payment beginning August 1st of the current year through July 31st of next year is based on the gallons you estimate you will use during the heating season.

To calculate your price, simply multiply the gallons you will require by the budget price, and then divide by 12 to determine your monthly payment. Enrollment in this plan requires a non-refundable, one-time fee* which guarantees if our daily price is lower than your capped price on the day of your delivery, you will receive the lower of the two prices. Your price will never exceed the capped price. If you submit your signed contract and make your monthly payment using direct withdrawal (EFT), you will save 10 cents per gallon. The discount will end once your cap price is reached.

*Please call us for details.

Price of the Day Budget Plan

Under this plan, your price fluctuates with the market, and this option allows you to budget your home heating costs over a 12-month period. To arrive at your budget payment, we will use your historical oil usage pattern multiplied by the seasonally “to be determined” price of the day divided by 12. Should the price of the day or your usage exceed the amount of budgeted gallons, a slight adjustment may be made to your payment to minimize any potential remaining balance. If there is a credit on your account at the end of the season, this amount may be applied to lower your payments for the following season. If you submit your signed contract and make your monthly payment using direct withdrawal (EFT), you will save 10 cents per gallon.

Price of the Day Plan

The price you pay is our daily delivered price, which fluctuates with the daily market price of heating oil. If you submit your signed contract and make your payment by direct withdrawal (EFT) within 10 days of delivery, you will save 10 cents per gallon.

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Types of Deliveries

Automatic Delivery

Many of our customers rely on East River Energy’s computerized degree-day system to calculate and schedule their deliveries automatically. With our state of the art technology, we monitor your oil usage for your heat and hot water. Automatic Delivery is the most convenient way to heat your home. You’ll never have to check your oil tank gauge again. We do it for you.

Will Call Delivery

If you are a ‘Will Call’ customer, you are responsible for monitoring your own tank and are requested to call for a delivery 48 hours in advance, especially during extreme cold and hazardous weather conditions. We recommend you schedule a delivery when your tank gauge reads 25% or greater. If you allow your tank to run out of oil, we will make a delivery as soon as possible during regular weekday delivery hours. If you run out of oil on a weekend or after hours, we will deliver and start your system for an additional charge.

However, whether you choose Automatic Delivery or Will Call Delivery, rest assured, East River Energy will provide professional service as YOUR ENERGY PARTNER in keeping your tank full and your family warm.

Guaranteed Oil Supply

East River Energy has established and long-standing contractual relationships with many of the country’s largest fuel suppliers. Since our inception in 1984, we pride ourselves on fulfilling our customer obligations on time with the highest level of professionalism and effectiveness. As such, we embrace our responsibility to our customers as the foundation of our business philosophy.

What is Bioheat?


East River Energy is proud to introduce Bioheat to their residential customers. Bioheat is good for our environment and good for your home heating equipment.

What is Bioheat?

“Bioheat” is a heating oil blend containing biodiesel, a renewable fuel. It helps heating oil burn cleaner, making it better for the environment and home heating systems. The fuel is comprised of East River Energy premium heating oil blended with biodiesel to create “bioheat”. Biodiesel is made from soybean oil and processed from other fats and vegetable oils.

Why use Bioheat?

Bioheat helps heating oil burn cleaner within a boiler or furnace, which is better for the environment and can also help maintain cleaner heat exchangers thus extending the life of a customer’s heating system. Biodiesel is a natural, biodegradable fuel, obtained from recyclable, organic sources such as soybeans produced largely right here on American farms. Biodiesel acts as a solvent that keeps equipment free of sludge and other debris build up as well as a superior lubricant agent extending the life of equipment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that if everyone in the Northeast heating with oil utilized a bioheat with a blend of 5%, 50 million gallons of heating oil would be conserved.

Is Bioheat reliable?

East River Energy’s bioheat with a blend ratio of up to 5% is extremely reliable. Similar products have been extensively utilized in European markets for many years with great success. East River Energy combines our proven premium heating oil with the best biodiesel available in the market to produce our very own bioheat.

Do I need to change my heating equipment?

East River Energy’s bioheat requires no changes to existing equipment or storage tanks.

Referral Programs

East River Energy is pleased to announce our new ‘Referral Programs’ designed to help you, your family and friends save money.


Neighborhood Discounts

East River Energy is pleased to offer neighborhood discounts. The discount is based on the number of homes in your neighborhood that use East River Energy as their home heating oil provider. Please call us to find out if your neighborhood qualifies for this offer.

Senior Citizen Discounts

For more information on senior citizen discounts, please call us.

Friends & Family

For every friend or family member that signs with us as an Automatic Delivery customer, you will receive a $50 credit on your account. If five or more friends or family members sign up, you will be eligible for a special low, locked-in price for the next heating season. If ten or more Friends or Family sign up, you will be awarded our gold ‘Customer for Life’ status and you will be offered our lowest locked-in pricing each and every year. Call us for all the details.

Friends Helping Friends

Save hundreds of dollars with our Friends Helping Friends plan. For each friend you refer as an automatic delivery customer, you will receive a fifty dollar credit. With Ten friends you will be awarded our gold “Customer for life” status and will be offered our lowest guaranteed locked-in pricing each year. Contact us today for all the details.

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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.
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East River Energy installs, services, and repairs all types of heating systems

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