You can find all sorts of do-it-yourself content online these days, whether it’s showing how to paint kitchen cabinets, install tile, build a deck, or other kinds of home improvement projects.
While these videos, especially the short social media ones that go from start to finish in less than 20 seconds, can be inspiring you to tackle projects in your Northern Connecticut home, there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals.
One of those jobs is running gas piping in your home. Fortunately, you have the experts at Taylor Energy here to do the job for you! Our team of gas service technicians are trained and experienced, as well as certified to install all both propane and natural gas lines that meet local and state codes. You can be assured that your home’s gas lines will be installed safely and properly.
If you are using propane in your home, we are your one-stop shop! We offer propane tanks in a wide range of sizes, so you get the one that fits your needs. Our affordable propane tank leasing makes it easy to have a propane tank, and, with our reliable propane delivery services, you can be assured you’ll always have the propane you need.
Taylor Energy also provides professional installation and service for gas-fired appliances including furnaces, boilers, water heaters, grills, and firepits.
Do you know what state and local regulations are for gas line installation? Odds are your town requires that they be done by a professional.
Experienced gas line installers stay up to date with the latest safety codes and technology to guarantee work that meets or exceeds municipal requirements. Whether installing lines in a busy downtown or on a quiet country road, certified technicians have the knowledge and skills to ensure gas lines are installed properly and safely. Daily work with gas lines means installers are intimately familiar with the most current safety practices and local codes to perform the job accurately.
Permits are another consideration. If you need to install a gas line, you will likely need a permit and inspection from the town. In case your town demands a permit for a certain job, only a professional can obtain the permit and request for an inspection. Besides, if your town requires a permit, but you decide to do the work without one, they might charge you double or even demand that a professional removes and reinstalls the gas line. So much for all that money you thought you were going to save.
While installing gas pipes may seem like a straightforward job, gas fitters pay high insurance premiums for legitimate reasons. If you plan to install a gas line yourself, it is important to consider whether your homeowner’s insurance covers any damages that may result from your work. They likely won’t, so why risk it?
You can trust Taylor Energy with safe, expert gas line installation along with installation and service of gas appliances. Contact us today for more information.
Life can be pretty busy. Between work, family, and other activities like volunteering or hobbies, sometimes important tasks can slip through the cracks.
Forgetting to check your heating oil or propane tank levels so you can order more fuel from Taylor Energy when you need it can cause a lot of hassle and expense. Make life easier for yourself with our wireless tank monitoring service!
You are free from not only checking the tank gauge, but also from needing to request a heating oil delivery or propane delivery from us. That’s two items off your to-do list!
Once you sign up for Taylor Energy’s wireless propane tank monitoring, you won’t have to worry about anything else. Here’s what you can expect next.
A Taylor Energy service technician will come to your home to install the monitor on your propane tank or heating oil tank. If your tank is outdoors, you won’t even need to be home for the installation! If your heating oil tank is in your basement, we will need you to be at home so we can get to it.
The Taylor Energy wireless tank monitor utilizes cellular and wireless technology, which is similar to what smartphones use. This technology enables us to keep track of the propane or heating oil level in your tank constantly and updates you in real-time round the clock.
Our app allows you to check your fuel levels from any device with an internet connection, such as a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer.
When your propane or heating oil tank gauge reaches a certain level, it sends you and Taylor Energy a notification. As soon as we receive the notification, we will schedule a delivery of heating oil or propane to your home. You don’t have to do a thing!
With this innovative technology, you no longer need to go outside or down to the cellar to check your propane or heating oil tank gauge levels. It makes it simpler than ever before to ensure you always have fuel.
Tank monitoring is beneficial for everyone who wants to simplify their life and ensure a steady supply of propane or heating oil. However, there are certain individuals who can particularly take advantage of it.
People who manage affairs for elderly parents or relatives – As a caregiver, you have a lot on your plate. Luckily, wireless tank monitoring can help ease some of that responsibility. By keeping tabs on the heating oil or propane supply, you can rest assured that your loved one will always have fuel. This frees up your time to focus on other important tasks. Plus, you can monitor usage to ensure efficiency and prevent any unexpected shortages.
Owners of second homes or income properties – Our wireless tank monitoring service ensures that all your properties, including short-term rentals and multifamily homes, will never run out of fuel. With our app, you can easily monitor the tanks in each property using just one account. This makes it simpler than ever to manage multiple sites simultaneously.
People who travel frequently or live elsewhere part of the year – Wireless tank monitoring can be very helpful if you are often away from home for long periods of time and find it difficult to keep track of your heating oil or propane consumption. With this modern technology, you can rest assured that you will always have enough fuel when you need it without worrying about whether or not there’s enough in the tank.
Never worry about running out of heating oil or propane again with wireless tank monitoring from Taylor Energy! Contact us today to get started.
It’s been a lovely spring in Northern Connecticut so far. And with summer coming, now is the time to ensure that your home stays cool and comfortable.
If you are dreading having to install your window A/C units, Taylor Energy has a solution that will increase your comfort and cut your energy costs: ductless mini-splits!
Taylor Energy is a Pro Dealer for LG ductless mini-splits, some of the best quality mini-splits you can get. We provide expert mini-split installation, maintenance, and repairs. We also help with financing and rebates for your new ductless mini-splits.
If you are new to ductless mini-splits, we’ve put some information together to help you understand why they are a great option for your home!
A ductless mini-split system has two parts: the outdoor compressor and indoor air handler. The condenser is connected to the compressor with a tube that also contains power and communication lines.
The compressor does what its name implies the refrigerant and delivers it to the condenser, where its heat is expelled into the ambient air. Now a liquid, this refrigerant passes through tubing to reach the evaporator which absorbs warmth from your home’s indoor air that circulates over its coils. Finally, cooled air gets released from your unit to provide comfort in your living space!
If your home is heated by a boiler, you likely do not have ductwork, which is needed for central air conditioning. Thus, you may have thought that your only options for cooling your home were to shell out thousands of dollars to install ductwork or use window air conditioning units.
Both options offer distinct disadvantages.
Installing ductwork, as we said, is expensive, and that’s before buying and installing the central air conditioning system. It also means walls and ceilings all over your home need to be opened for ductwork installation, meaning you’ll be dealing with that mess for weeks.
Installation of ductless mini-splits, on the other hand, can be done in a day or two. Only a small hole is needed to connect the indoor and outdoor units for each mini-split.
Ductless mini-splits are superior to window A/C units in every way. For starters, they are much more energy efficient, meaning your space will be kept comfortable and cool while saving you money on energy costs.
Once you install mini-splits, you no longer need to deal with installing window units in the spring and removing them in the fall. You are also free from the security risk posed by window A/C units, especially on the ground floor. Window units also block light while letting dust, dirt, pollen, and bugs into your home. No more of that with ductless mini-splits!
You can install ductless split systems virtually anywhere in your home, ensuring they are optimally placed for maximum efficiency.
Your ductless mini-splits are tailored to your home and your needs. The size of the air handler can be customized to the space you’d like to cool down. Ductless mini-split units have the capacity to function autonomously, allowing for exact zoned cooling throughout your home. This zoned cooling can lead to big energy savings!
Even if you have central air conditioning, you may benefit from ductless mini-splits. For example, if you use your garage as a workshop or home gym, a ductless mini-split will make the space comfortable to use. Ditto for other spaces like a sunporch or shed.
Get the comfort of air conditioning in your home! Contact Taylor Energy to learn more about ductless mini-splits.
There’s no place quite like Connecticut during warm weather. From the green rolling hills to the sparkling rivers and lakes, it’s beautiful to be outside.
It’s also great to be outside in our own back yards, whether we’re unwinding after a long day, dining al fresco, or having friends and family over for a cookout.
Propane can make all those back yard activities better, while enhancing the quality of life at your home and your home’s value. With reliable propane delivery, propane tank installation, and propane outdoor appliance installation and service from Taylor Energy, you can enjoy all that propane has to offer for your outdoor fun!
We not only install propane outdoor appliances, but we can run gas lines to your home’s propane tank so you can enjoy them any time.
Here are some of the ways propane makes your back yard a destination for fun and relaxing.
Fire up the family fun with a BBQ grill installed by Taylor Energy! Propane grills provide you with an effortless and efficient way to cook, without all of the mess and fuss associated with charcoal grilling. Whether you need to whip something together quickly for weeknight dinners or are looking forward to hosting an epic pool party, propane grills can do it!
Propane pool and spa heaters get your water comfortably warm dramatically faster than electric models, saving you big on energy costs and letting you enjoy your pool or spa tub more.
If you’re looking to bring a classic, cozy aesthetic to your outdoor space, then look no further than gas lighting! With decorative propane-powered options that can be tailored to any home style, from rustic cottages to Victorian mansions, you’ll enjoy the timeless radiance of these lights both in your front yard and back yard.
Invite your family and friends to gather around the comfortable, cozy ambiance of a propane fireplace or firepit. After a tiring day, rest in front of one for some peaceful relaxation. With propane patio heaters and deck heaters you can still enjoy being outdoors despite the chill in the air!
Undoubtedly, hanging out in your back yard can be a great time. The only thing that could make it better? Not having to deal with pesky mosquitos! Thankfully, propane-powered mosquito traps are here to save the day by luring in and trapping those little bloodsuckers.
Using propane cylinders for your grill, firepit, and other outdoor appliances is easy and convenient, especially with the cylinder exchange and refill service Taylor Energy offers! Come to our office at 152 Broad Brook Road in Broad Brook during our regular business hours and we’ll either refill your cylinder or exchange it for a new, full one.
However, there are some important safety best practices when it comes to using and transporting propane cylinders.
Ready to make summer in your back yard better? Contact Taylor Energy today to learn more about propane outdoor appliances!
When looking for a reliable and affordable source of energy for your home in Northern Connecticut, look no further than propane. Not only is it efficient and versatile but its environmental benefits make choosing propane an easy decision! With fewer emissions from burning, you’ll be doing the environment a favor while keeping your home comfortable with ease.
Don’t be daunted by propane if you’re not too familiar with it . We have gathered an array of beneficial information to expand your proficiency and understanding!
Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.
In 1864, Edmund Ronalds—a renowned British scholar and industrial chemist—made the groundbreaking discovery of propane while exploring chemicals found in crude oil sourced from Pennsylvania.
In 1910, Walter O. Snelling made a remarkable discovery while carrying out research on the evaporation of gasoline for the United States Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh. He found that several evaporating gases in gasoline could be transformed into liquids, including propane.
After conducting research, Snelling discovered that propane was the predominant gas. Consequently, he came up with a way to bottle liquid propane gas, creating the propane industry. Three years later, Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum acquired his patent for $50,000, which would equate to approximately $1.4 million in today’s money!
Propane, as it does not have a distinguishable smell, needs to be treated with an additive in order to make leaks more easily identified. For this purpose, the most effective choice is ethyl mercaptan – due its unmistakable scent of rotten eggs that will alert people of any propane leakage right away.
If you notice that rotten-egg smell in your home, follow these propane safety best practices:
The production of shale gas has allowed for the increased production of propane in both Canada and the U.S., as it is primarily derived from natural gas processing by-products. During the process of refining natural gas, a multitude of gases are extracted including propane, butane, methane, and ethane.
A vast majority of our nation’s propane supply, a whopping 70%, comes from natural gas processing while the remainder is derived through crude oil refining.
Propane is shipped in a variety of ways, from pipelines and tankers to trains and trucks. Once it reaches the bulk propane distribution centers, this fuel source is disbursed to local vendors like Taylor Energy for further transport.
In Hartford and Tolland counties, Taylor Energy the go-to source for propane delivery services that you can rely on. We provide Automatic Delivery and offer wireless propane tank monitoring, so you don’t have to worry about running out of propane. Our team is experienced in installing and leasing propane tanks, as well as servicing propane appliances too! Rest assured knowing your home has access to a secure, dependable resource with us.
Propane stands out as an efficient and eco-friendly source of energy, so much that it has been acknowledged by the Clean Air Act (1990) and National Energy Policy (1992). As compared to natural gas, propane is even cleaner burning since it does not create methane emissions. Propane does not negatively impact air, soil, water, or any of its surrounding life forms in the unlikely event of a leak.
Propane is not only a cleaner energy source, but it is also incredibly efficient. Modern propane appliances and heating systems achieve 95% or higher ratings in terms of their efficiency, providing you with comfort and convenience while still shrinking your home’s carbon footprint.
Ready for dependable propane delivery and quality propane equipment service for your Northern Connecticut home? Become a Taylor Energy customer today!
With spring finally here in Northern Connecticut, we can begin looking forward to warmer weather and all the fun that goes with it.
We can also look forward to needing our home’s central air conditioning again once summer’s heat arrives.
Now is a great time to contact Taylor Energy to get your AC its annual maintenance tune-up, which will help your air conditioning system run at its best possible efficiency. It also gives our service technicians a chance to thoroughly inspect your AC, spot problems and fix them before they lead to a breakdown and repair costs. By the way, a tune-up is included in each one of our air conditioning service plans.
However, this may also be time to consider AC replacement. If your central air conditioning is on its last legs, Taylor Energy provides expert AC installation.
The average life expectancy of a central air conditioning system is 15 years. Replacing your home’s AC can provide you with many benefits, including better comfort and efficiency, along with today’s central ACs being compatible with smart thermostats and smart home technology.
Here are some things to consider as you decide on replacing your AC.
Your central air conditioning’s performance. Are you fed up with your AC not cooling efficiently and driving up energy bills? Is your AC needing more frequent repairs? Is it not getting the job of cooling your home done well? If so, it might be time to start considering a replacement.
Changing cooling needs. Have you built an addition onto your home or added living space by finishing spaces like the attic or sunporch since your current air conditioning was installed? If so, you could be straining your central air conditioning system past its cooling load limit. If this is the case for you, or if you plan on adding living space to your home in the future, now is the time to upgrade your AC so it can meet your needs now and in the future.
Your AC uses R-22 Freon refrigerant. The United States officially prohibited the manufacturing and import of R-22 Freon at the end of 2020. If your AC uses R-22 Freon, this could be significantly driving up your cooling costs and things will only get worse. As the demand for R-22 Freon continues to grow while supplies dwindle, prices have skyrocketed and will only continue to rise. The good news is that investing in a new AC system can quickly put an end to these costly issues.
While we’re on the subject of upgrading your home’s air conditioning, you can upgrade your home’s cooling even if you don’t have the ductwork needed for central AC!
Ductless mini-splits are superior to window AC units in every way. Window units are very energy inefficient and noisy. They are a security risk, especially on the ground floor. They block light and let in pollen, dirt, dust, and bugs. You have to install them in the spring and take them out in the fall.
With ductless mini-splits, you get outstanding energy efficiency, quiet operation, and the ability to zone the cooling in your home.
Now is the time to upgrade your home’s air conditioning so you’re ready for summer! Contact Taylor Energy today to get started.
Making an educated decision on a water heater can drastically improve your home’s comfort, energy efficiency and budget. Water heating is the second-largest user of energy in households behind heating and cooling; accounting for nearly 20% of our energy costs! Selecting the right water heater could save you substantial amounts of money annually — so it’s worth taking some time to get informed and choose wisely.
If your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan, reach out to Taylor Energy immediately and start planning for a replacement. Don’t wait for your water heater to break down before you replace it. Not only will you be pressed into an important decision-making process during a stressful time, but you could also have to handle the problems and expenses that come with cleaning up any water damage if the tank fails.
The most common cause of water heater failure is the corrosion that occurs on its tank due to sediment accumulation.
Conventional storage water heaters boasting a tank typically last between 8 and 10 years. However, life expectancy can vary depending on factors such as how well it is taken care of throughout its lifetime.
If you don’t know how old your water heater is, here’s how to find out:
Look for the water heater’s serial number. It is usually located on top of the unit. It will start with a letter followed by a series of numbers. The letter indicates the month in which it was manufactured (“A” for January, “B” for February, etc.), with the immediately following numbers being the year. So, if your water heater’s serial number starts with “J13,” the “J” is for October, and the “13” is for 2013, meaning that your water heater was manufactured in October of 2013.
Age isn’t the only factor that determines whether you need a new water heater. If your water heater is exhibiting any of these issues, it’s time to contact Taylor Energy to begin the replacement process.
With water heater replacement, you have the chance to make a savvy investment both in your home and its comfort by selecting to install a propane tankless water heater.
Investing in a propane tankless water heater is an ideal solution if you’re searching for ways to decrease your monthly energy consumption without having to compromise on comfort. Not only will it help you save big money, but by selecting this option, you are also doing your part for the planet! It’s truly a win-win situation that provides cost savings and environmental protection at once.
A conventional storage water heater with a tank is not very energy efficient, as it heats and reheats the same quantity of hot water all day and all night to ensure that you have access to hot water when needed. This method can consume an excessive amount of energy over time.
In contrast, a tankless water heater only heats up the necessary amount of water when you need it, thereby significantly reducing your energy consumption. The best part? It’ll keep supplying hot water as long as needed!
Ready for a new water heater? Contact Taylor Energy today to get started!
If your business uses on-road vehicles, keeping them properly fueled can be a demanding job, between drivers going off-site and off-route to find a filling station, dealing with paperwork and receipts, and keeping track of your fleet fueling costs.
Taylor Energy makes all that easy with our onsite fleet fueling services. We provide customized onsite fueling services to a wide range of Northern Connecticut businesses.
Fleet fueling is when your fleet of vehicles such as cars, trucks, and vans are all fueled up onsite at your business. There are options in fleet fueling. If you have an onsite filling station, you can chose to have the fuel delivered there for your employees to fill their vehicles. Many companies prefer wet hose fueling for maximum efficiency. Wet hose fueling is where the delivery driver fills up your vehicles directly from the delivery truck. Your vehicles all have full fuel tanks to start the workday.
Taylor Energy’s fleet fueling services not only make your fleet fueling process more efficient, but also offer many other benefits to you and your business.
Improved fuel management. With Taylor Energy as your fleet fueling source, you can precisely track and monitor all the fuel used in your fleet vehicles. By understanding your fuel usage patterns and trends, you can properly plan for, anticipate, and manage your fuel budget with greater efficiency.
Greater efficiency. By using our onsite fueling, you can upgrade the productivity of your business. Your drivers don’t waste time going to off-site fueling stations and organizing and submitting receipts. You and your staff are freed from the work of managing those receipts and dealing with fuel card accounts. Your drivers can get more work done and you gain the time and freedom to concentrate on improving your business’s operations and coming up with innovative ideas for growth.
Reduced fuel theft. Employees can unfortunately abuse their fuel cards or allowances, resulting in costly and unwanted fuel theft for businesses. With fleet fueling from Taylor Energy, you can easily oversee and control where your company’s money is going for fuel expenses.
Reduced wear on vehicles. Drivers are forced to add mileage to their vehicles every time they need to go off-site or out of the way on their routes to fuel their vehicles. Each instance may not seem like a big deal, just a couple of miles. But think about how many vehicles are in your fleet, and how often your drivers are required to refuel off-site. It becomes clear how those little trips can add up, and not in a good way. The additional mileage can cause accelerated wear and tear on your vehicle’s parts, which leads to costly maintenance repairs or a shortened lifespan. But with the convenience of on-site fleet fueling options, you’ll be able to minimize these problems while optimizing your vehicles’ longevity!
Make fueling your fleet vehicles more efficient with Taylor Energy’s fleet fueling services. Get in touch with us today to set up a consultation.
At Taylor Energy, we proudly deliver one of the most eco-friendly home heating fuels in Hartford and Tolland Counties — Bioheat Plus® fuel.
This is not your grandparents’ heating oil. You can forget all about the black smoke and soot that older oil-fired heating systems produced. Bioheat Plus fuel is clean, sustainable, and better for your heating equipment.
Today’s petroleum-based heating oil is already much cleaner than the fuel of the past. Its sulfur content is a fraction of what it used to be (15 parts per million, down from 4,000).
But we blend ultra-low sulfur heating oil with biodiesel, a one-to-one replacement for petroleum that is made using organic and recycled feedstocks, including:
Our fuel contains 20 percent biodiesel, also known as B20 of Bioheat Plus fuel.
Bioheat Plus fuel is a revolutionary, eco-friendly product. Consider the facts:
Biodiesel production is a sustainable solution for utilizing food waste instead of sending it to landfills, and it provides households with dependable heat. Not only that, Bioheat fuel production supports American farmers and fuel producers.
We want to combat climate change through decarbonization and sustainable energy. There are many tools in this fight, and Bioheat Plus fuel is a significant one. It’s available and in use today — both in Connecticut and nationwide.
Absolutely! Bioheat fuel works just the same as traditional heating oil. You can use it in any oil-fired heating and hot water equipment without modifications. Even better, there is no substantive decline in performance for Bioheat fuel when compared to traditional heating oil. You enjoy the same robust heat.
And because Bioheat Plus fuel is so much more efficient and clean-burning, you will enjoy reduced wear and tear on your equipment. Fewer deposits and less soot means you don’t need as many cleanings. You’ll also see fewer breakdowns and a longer overall lifespan for your system.
As you can see, Bioheat Plus fuel is better for the planet and your home. It’s a true win-win proposition. And at Taylor Energy, we’re committed to being part of the solution for climate change. We exclusively offer Bioheat Plus fuel to our heating oil delivery customers.
Homes and businesses throughout Northern Connecticut trust Taylor Energy for their home comfort needs. We take this trust to heart. That’s why we offer free Automatic Delivery to ensure you never run out of heating oil.
Are you ready to start receiving Bioheat Plus fuel at your home? Become a Taylor Energy customer today.
Having propane in your home offers a lot of advantages, from high-efficiency heating and water heating to the fun of cooking on a propane gas range. With reliable propane delivery and affordable propane tank leasing from Taylor Energy, you can enjoy all those benefits along with ease and convenience.
However, a propane tank isn’t exactly the most attractive thing on your lawn. There are ways you can minimize its effects, and ways you absolutely should not. We have a bunch of tips that make having a propane tank easy without it sticking out like a sore thumb.
There are multiple options for obscuring the view of your propane tank that are easy and safe. These include:
While installing a fence may be more expensive up front, it is permanent and low maintenance, as you don’t have to deal with pruning, weeding and fertilizing. Vinyl fencing is the ultimate in low maintenance.
A trellis or lattice on its own can shield the propane tank from view. But you can make it an accent in your yard by planting jasmine, honeysuckle, roses or morning glories. You can even make it an edible garden by using it to grow beans or peas.
Use evergreen shrubs and trees not only to block the view of the tank but also to provide an attractive vertical landscape feature. Great evergreen options include boxwood, juniper or holly. Arborvitae are narrow and can reach heights of six feet or more.
You may be focused on reducing the visibility of your propane tank, but there are some key things you have to consider before you start digging and planting.
Your tank must be easily accessible for Taylor Energy to be able to make propane deliveries or perform any service on your tank (we take care of all maintenance and repairs when you lease your tank from us). You must also be able to easily access it if you ever need to shut off the tank supply valve in the event of an emergency.
Here are some tips to ensure that you have enough clear space around your tank. Install fencing at least two feet away from the tank and make sure that lattices, trellises, plants or shrubs are at least four feet away. Trees must be planted at least 10 feet away.
While it may be tempting to use brightly colored flowers and flowering shrubs near the propane tank to distract from it, that tactic has the opposite effect, as eyes are immediately drawn to the area, which makes the tank even more obvious.
NEVER paint your propane tank a darker color to blend it in with your home or landscaping. Propane tanks are lighter colors (usually somewhere between white and a light tan) for an important reason.
Like other liquids, propane expands in heat. Propane expansion is 17 times that of water. That expansion is why we fill your tank to only 80% full — so the propane has room to safely expand.
Light colors reflect heat. Dark colors absorb heat. A dark-colored propane tank could cause the propane to expand to dangerous levels.
Contact Taylor Energy to learn more about our worry-free, affordable propane tank leasing!