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100% Electrification Is Not the Answer

clean energy options new jerseyNew Jersey’s Energy Master Plan (EMP) outlines a strategy to reach 100% clean energy by 2050. While we support this worthy goal, the current plan as we see it has problems that will have a negative impact on most families here.

As of now, the EMP will eventually require the conversion of homes that heat with heating oil, propane or natural gas, to convert to electric heat pumps. These whole-house conversions to electric heat that could cost New Jersey families $20,000 or more. Plus, this vast movement to electric heat will strain our already fragile electrical grid and potentially lead to increased winter power outages.

The EMP comes at a time when existing heating sources like clean-burning Bioheat® fuel and propane are already transitioning to carbon-neutral solutions. Right now, Bioheat fuel and propane generates far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electricity does.

In its present form, electricity is not a clean fuel. It is generated at power plants, which are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.

The Problem with Heat Pumps

The new electric heat being touted by many state and local governments is a heat pump, which is basically an air conditioner that can work in reverse, blowing warm air into a home during the cold weather months.

While heat pump technology has improved greatly over the years, there are still times when it is so cold the heat pump will not be able to keep your home comfortable, requiring the need for a backup heating system.

But if oil and gas heating systems are on the chopping block, the only alternative for backup heat would be electric resistance heat strips that are integrated into the central heat pump system. But this will make electric bills go even higher. In 2019, New Jersey’s electric rates were 27% higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Heat pump conversions in older homes

One of the many problems with the EMP is that it does not fully consider the different types of heating systems in New Jersey, and therefore dramatically underestimates the cost to install a heat pump.

North Jersey has five times the number of boilers as the national average; South Jersey has 2.5 times as many. This means there are many homes in New Jersey that do not have duct work to distribute the warm air generated by a heat pump. Depending on the design of the home, the installation of a heat pump could cost homeowners $6,500 to $32,000 above the replacement cost of an existing boiler.

Contact Your Legislator

Please join your friends at Woodruff Energy in reaching out to our New Jersey legislators in an effort to shift the direction of the Energy Master Plan. We can achieve clean energy goals in New Jersey without burdening families or forcing whole-house conversions to electric heat.

Take a few minutes to visit SmartHeatNJ.com to send a letter to your legislator telling them NO to the $20,000 home heat tax imposed by the Energy Master Plan. Go here to speak up for your energy future.

Give your sewer lines some much-needed attention

septic service new jerseyOut of sight and out of mind should not apply to the sewer pipes for your southern New Jersey home. When sewer issues go undetected, they can do quite a bit of damage. Regular maintenance on for your sewer lines is important.

Common problems found during a sewer scope inspection.

Here are some of the problems a sewer scope inspection can help you identify and address before they become more serious:

When you consider all the parts of your home that require regular attention and maintenance, don’t forget your sewer. Call on Woodruff Energy to give your sewer the scope inspection it needs. As a full-service provider, we provide stellar plumbing services for your home or business. Our plumbers are reliable and skilled. And if something goes wrong, we’re there when you need us. Woodruff Energy’s plumbers are available 24/7 for emergency service.

From Sea Breeze to Salem and Woodstown to Williamstown, you can depend on the plumbers of Woodruff Energy. Click here to see if you’re in our service area.

Don’t wait until something goes wrong, contact Woodruff Energy today to schedule a sewer scope inspection and avoid an unpleasant surprise “down the line.”

Why Your Bills Are Going Up

Dear Valued Customer,

Once again, we’re seeing energy prices surge across the board. We know how painful that can be for our customers. It’s painful for us, as well.

What’s Going On?

Gasoline has risen more than a dollar more per gallon vs. a year ago. Natural gas prices have skyrocketed more than 150%. Crude oil prices have climbed above $80 per barrel, a level we haven’t seen in seven years.

The cost of electricity has not been spared either. Higher natural gas prices result in price hikes for wholesale electricity because of heavy reliance on natural gas-fired power plants.

What’s more, wholesale propane prices have hit their highest weekly average levels since February 2014. Read more about the factors that are driving today’s energy market.

What We’re Doing

People sometimes misunderstand how negatively all this impacts us, as well. We don’t make more money when prices rise like this; we make less. Think of it this way: it’s like when the cost of coffee, milk, or oranges rises. It’s not the local grocery that is profiting. (That’s left to the Wall Street investors.) Our customers have a harder time paying their bills. They reduce expenditures. We need to tap into our lines of credit more. Our phones light up with questions. So the sooner energy prices drop, the happier we’ll be.

In the meantime, please talk to us about things we can offer to help you reduce your energy costs, or handle payments more easily. And if you are having trouble with your bills, please call us. We can generally work with you if you reach out before you fall behind.

Trust Us to Come Through for You

We’ve been in business for many years and have deep roots in the community. We have secure access to supplies. We are doing everything possible to ensure we can deliver — even if other companies cannot — no matter the cost or difficulty we face.

We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your loyalty. As we’ve done quite a few times in the past, we will get through these tough times by all working together.

The advantages to automatic delivery of your heating oil

automatic delivery new jerseyDon’t get caught in the cold because you’ve let your heating oil run out. Let the professionals at Woodruff Energy take care of all your heating oil concerns. We’re a full-service heating oil provider in South Jersey. In addition to delivering heating oil, we install and maintain heating oil tanks. We can also repair your home’s heating oil system if things go wrong.

Getting your heating oil delivered

At Woodruff Energy, our customers can choose to be a will-call or automatic delivery customer. As a will-call customer, you keep a close eye on you heating oil tank’s gauge and contact us to schedule a heating oil delivery before your tank’s levels get too low. If you do start to run out, we provide round-the-clock emergency heating oil delivery. But why risk having it come to that? Consider the peace of mind you can have in your Southern Jersey home with automatic delivery.

The benefits of automatic delivery

If you become an automatic delivery customer at Woodruff Energy, you’ll never have to worry about managing your heating oil supply. We’ll do all the work for you. We’ll use your past heating oil usage patterns as well as the current weather conditions to determine your delivery schedule and ensure that you never run low.

Avoid running out of heating oil

No matter what season it is, you never want to run out of heating oil. First, it’s a huge inconvenience. You’ll have to deal with a cold house and no hot water until your next delivery. Letting your tank run down to empty can also cause debris to clog your oil filters. That can reduce the efficiency of your heating system and eventually cause it to fail.

There are additional concerns: Your HVAC equipment can be damaged if any sediment or impurity gets pulled into the feed line. Finally, water can collect in an empty heating oil tank. Water in your tank often leads to rust in your tank, and that can also cause your heating system to fail.

It’s important that your oil tank never gets down to empty. But you don’t have to spend any time or energy checking or worrying about low supplies in your tank. Leave it to us as Woodruff Energy.

When you choose Woodruff Energy, you’re choosing experience. We’ve been delivering fuel oil since 1931. That makes us one of the first providers in Jersey’s greater Bridgeton area. We’re proud of our long history of meeting our customer’s heating oil needs.

If you make Woodruff Energy your heating oil provider, you’ll enjoy dependable delivery and stellar service. Contact us today to become a customer or learn more about our automatic delivery option. We can’t wait to welcome you to the family!

switch from electric to propane new jersey

If you use electricity to run your home heating system and other home comfort appliances, you’re missing out on the many benefits that clean, green propane provides!

Compared to electricity, propane is:

Best of all, converting from electric to propane power is easy – and more affordable than you think! Our expert technicians can make the conversions in a day or two, with minimal disruption to your family or home life.

Contact Woodruff Energy today to get a FREE, no obligation estimate on installing propane equipment and converting to propane in South Jersey.

Plumbing Checklist for Summer 2021

plumbing service new jerseyPlumbing doesn’t always rank high on the list of home comfort priorities – until you have a leak or flood, or some other problem that keeps you from enjoying hot showers, clean dishes, and fresh laundry.

Like any other system in your home, it’s best to stay on top of plumbing maintenance to keep bigger problems at bay, or catch them early. Here’s a plumbing checklist to make things a little easier for you.

Summer Plumbing Tasks By Room

Kitchen / bathroom
Check for leaks on all faucets; take care of any plumbing repairs immediately.

Appliances

General

Outside

Stay on top of leaks and other plumbing issues with professional plumbing service from Woodruff Energy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our plumbing experts!

a/c service new jerseyWe’re heading for an intense summer here in the Northeast, which means your central air conditioner is probably going to be getting quite a workout in the months to come.

That makes it even more important than usual to get off on the right foot with your A/C in the coming weeks. To make sure you do, here’s a pre-flight checklist for your cooling system.

Summer is weeks away – be ready for it with expert A/C maintenance and air conditioning installations in NJ.

On the fence about an air conditioning upgrade? Woodruff Energy has teamed up with Daikin so you can save some big bucks on new A/C for your home! Whether you’re looking for central air conditioning or ductless mini-splits, Daikin has the right one for you. Contact us today to learn more about our rebate opportunity. Offer expires June 30, 2021!

Ditch The Charcoal – Grill With Propane!

grill options new jerseyThere’s nothing like a flame-broiled meal on a summer day…but starting and maintaining a charcoal grill can be a drag, especially when he needs to feed a hungry family quickly.

Sure, charcoal grills are great if you plan to cook long and slow – but if most of your grilling is about burgers, hot dogs, and chicken, they can be pretty inconvenient. The good news is that by switching to a propane-fired grill, you’ll avoid the annoyances of charcoal will still getting that delicious flame-broiled taste.

Why Are Gas Grills Better?

Upgrade to a propane outdoor grill and you’ll enjoy:

Reliable Propane Delivery In Southern NJ

With propane gas, the outdoor fun doesn’t end at the grill. Swim on cool mornings and evenings (and later in the year) with a propane pool heater, or take the edge off a chilly evening with a propane fire pit or patio heater.

Just be sure you have enough propane to keep the outdoor party going all spring and summer long!

For reliable propane delivery Service in Bridgeton and around South Jersey, trust the pros at Woodruff Energy. Contact us today to become a Woodruff Energy customer!

Fixing Hot And Cold Spots In Your Home: 6 Ways

home temperature problems new jerseyMany of us experience uneven temperatures in our home – a chilly downstairs with a hot upstairs, for example, or a particular room that just won’t get hot or cool enough.

Rather than dealing with it by adding or removing clothing, it’s a good idea to tackle the problem at the roots. Let’s look at some common causes of uneven heating and cooling in your home.

Reasons For Uneven Heating And Cooling

Uneven heat and cooling in your home is typically caused by three factors (on its own or in tandem): inadequate airflow within your HVAC system, insufficient insulation, or air leaks in your home.

More specifically, causes of hot and cold spots include:

As you might imagine, these problems aren’t always easy to isolate without the right tools and training. A well-trained heating professional can help you identify the real cause of your HVAC issues and determine the best course of action to take to solve the problem.

6 Uneven Home Temperature Solutions

If you’re experiencing unwelcomed hot and cool spots in your home, here are some possible solutions a pro might suggest, in order from the simplest to the most complex:

  1. Close vents in under-used rooms – If you have a forced-air system, redirect warm air to rooms you use most.
  2. Check your air filter – In a forced-air HVAC system, a blocked air filter will make it difficult for your blower to force air through your ductwork; inhibited airflow means less warm air reaches your living space. Replace your HVAC air filter before moving on to more substantial measures.
  3. Air seal your home – Caulk leaky window and door frames, install door sweeps, and add weatherstripping to door jambs to reduce drafts.
  4. Check and seal your ducts – As much as 15 percent of the air you paid to heat could be lost on the way to vents via leaks in your ductwork. Consider investing in a professional ductwork inspection – since many leaks are located behind walls and in hard-to-reach spaces, it’s not a DIY job.
  5. Consider a zone controller – A zone controller allows you to independently manage temperatures in different sections of your home by assigning each its own thermostat. If your heating system can accommodate a zone controller, it could solve an uneven heating problem (contact us to learn more).
  6. Add supplemental heating/cooling – Consider adding a ductless mini-split heat/AC unit to your home to deal with problem areas. Today’s mini-splits do double duty, keeping your rooms cool in the summer and warmer during the fall and winter and taking some of the pressure off your home’s central HVAC system.

Experiencing uneven heat in your home? Woodruff Energy’s expert technicians can help. Contact us today to learn more about HVAC service in service in southern New Jersey!

Heating Maintenance: An Important Reminder

furnace tune up new jerseyBelieve it or not, we’re entering the home stretch of winter 2020/21 – and if you haven’t gotten maintenance for your furnace yet this year, it could be tempting to skip it altogether.  After all, your heating equipment has worked fine all year, hasn’t it?

The problem with thinking that way is that it doesn’t take into account one key thing: the fact that catching minor heating problems early could save you hundreds of dollars in heating repairs down the road.

Maintaining your HVAC equipment has other benefits, too. For one thing, it will lower your heating bills for the rest of the season (with temperatures in the 50s well into May, you’re going to need your heating system for a while longer). It will also help to improve air quality in your home: when combined with regular air filter swap-outs, a properly serviced forced air system will keep air flowing and humidity in check, which reduces the likelihood of problems with indoor air pollutants ranging from pet dander to mold and other allergens.

The bottom line: Your heating equipment works hard to keep your family comfortable; the cost of that hard work is wear and tear –perhaps not enough to notice right away, but often enough to start your equipment down the path to long-term problems. During a routine maintenance visit, our expert technicians thoroughly examine your equipment to root out problems and make sure it’s ready for the strain of day-to-day use.

Remember: your furnace is an investment that needs protection. Routine maintenance is a must – schedule yours today!

Want to keep things simple? Why not schedule heating and cooling maintenance in one easy visit from our expert technicians? That way your furnace and A/C will be in top shape for the coming months – one less thing to worry about. Contact us today to schedule your socially-distant HVAC maintenance in NJ from the pros at Woodruff Energy!

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