If you only do one home improvement project this year, don’t miss the opportunity to upgrade your heating system. Energy experts agree that a heating system upgrade can yield homeowners up to 30% annual energy savings. The best time to upgrade is in the Spring and Summer months when manufacturers typically offer incentives before scheduled fall price increases.
A potential customer called our office today to inquire about our services and pricing. Our sales representative spoke extensively with the caller and answered his many inquiries with regard to home heating and fuel pricing. It was evident, as is often the case, that this new homeowner had been inundated with sales solicitations from area fuel dealers offering outrageous deals and prices. While the offer of a free gift is a great way to say, “thank you” to a new customer and is a generally accepted practice in our industry, customers should beware of the “too good to be true deals.” Discounted pricing tiers and the promise of free service for extended periods of time have a negative impact. Most often, pricing offers that are far below average retail are temporary and subject to change without notice. This means that when the honeymoon is over, your account joins the group of core and long-established customers, who have been susidizing that company’s extensive discount program. Further, when any company promises to provide free service, it only stands to reason that you will get what you pay for. So before signing on the dotted line, do your homework and ask plenty of questions. As a consumer, you have every right to know what you are getting and NOT getting for free!
Today we are proud to announce that we are changing our company from Scott Oil Co, Inc. to Scott Energy. The name change is due to a significant expansion of our business activities that now includes Propane.
You will get the same responsive, professional service and dedication to excellence that you have come to expect from Scott Oil.
Scott Energy will continue to operate as a family owned and operated business headed by Bill Scott with sons Adam and Taylor involved in the day-to-day work of the company. Your helpful customer service contacts, dedicated service technicians and courteous delivery drivers will remain un-changed.
Our new web domain is www.scottenergyco.com
SMARTPAY Budget Plan makes life easier & saves money
SIGN UP BY JUNE 2011
As part of the Scott Oil family of customers, we want you to take full advantage of the smartest way to pay for home heating oil. A great number of our customers take advantage of our SMARTPAY Budget program and have been very happy with the results. With SMARTPAY, you avoid the spike of winter heating bills by spreading the cost over 11 months.
Your 2011-2012 SMARTPAY Budget plan is based on your historical consumption and predicted oil prices. Throughout the heating season, we monitor the program and adjust up or down according to market conditions. Our budget specialists are here to answer any questions or hear about any factors that might affect your fuel consumption for the coming heating season.
We encourage you to give the SMARTPAY Budget Plan a try and join the many satisfied customers who already enjoy the ease and savings it provides. Call and ask for Roberta and you will receive your first SMARTPAY budget statement in June.
For your convenience, payments can be made via automatic withdrawal from your checking account or by credit card. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
March 31, 2011 – 9th Annual Community Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts recognized nine individuals nominated by peers and then selected by the Red Cross to be this year’s Community Heroes. The honor goes to those who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them. We are pleased to share Bill Scott, President of Scott Oil Company of Gloucester MA was one of those honored with this prestigious award.
Details of Bill’s long reaching community contributions can be found in this write up which was read at the ceremony in front of hundreds of attendees and hosted by Susan Wornick of WCBB-TV Red Cross Hero Bill Scott 2011 award .
Among those who nominated Bill Scott were Distrigas GDF Suez and Tom Kehoe of Manchester, Mass. From there the Red Cross narrowed down the entrees to a very select group of individuals. We congratulate Bill on this outstanding achievement!
We work hard every day to earn our customer’s trust and respect. If you refer us to neighbors, friends or family members in one of the 20 communities we serve and they become a customer, we give you a $50 Account Credit. Simply have your referral mention your name at sign up. Pass the word!
We are proud to say that 98% of Scott Oil customers are in compliance with the MA State Law requiring protection measures for oil lines that come into contact with the floor. We began our customer education years ago and it has paid off to have this large percentage of customers now in compliance.
Even though the State has moved the deadline for compliance from last July 2010 to September of 2011, our customers enjoy benefits of their early action.
- Contact our office and ask for Form 1A, which prove your compliance status for customers who are in compliance.
- If you are planning to sell your property you will require this proof of compliance.
- If you are not sure if you are in compliance, call our service department today.
- Automatic Delivery Customers who are in Compliance qualify for our ComfortHeatPlus ™ pollution insurance coverage provided to Scott Oil Customers at no additional cost.
- Homeowners in compliance are also eligible to purchase additional coverage through their homeowner insurance company for an additional premium.
If your home will be unattended this winter don’t take any chances. The biggest concern is a freeze-up that could result in extensive water damage. When gone unnoticed, the longer flooding damage from burst pipes continues, the higher the costs and hassles.
How Scott Oil Can Help
- Does the home already have a central alarm system? Add a low temperature sensor if the system does not already have one. Make sure to add Scott Oil to the emergency notification list and we will respond when provided a key in advance.
- If the property does not have a central alarm system, you can add a Sensaphone ® Low Temperature Alarm to your current heating system. The automatic alert system will notify you and Scott Oil before the pipes freeze giving you ample time to locate a neighbor, friend or trusted contractor. The system also provides a power failure alarm.
- Winter Watchman window display notification system is available for certain home applications.
At a minimum, ask a neighbor to watch your home or hire a house sitter and ask them to:
- Check the heat often to make sure pipes don’t freeze and burst
- Keep the temperature no lower than 60 degrees
- Know the location of the fuse box and Emergency Oil Burner switch
- Know the Scott Oil Emergency phone number
With any of the above measures, remember you can trust Scott Oil with an extra key to your home for routine or emergency service calls. Many of our customers take advantage of this convenience year round.
Whether you’re taking a few days off to escape from the cold weather, you own a seasonal home, or you are responsible for a rental property or a sale-pending home, use these tips to protect your valuable asset from a potential low-heat or no-heat crisis.
Home buyers and sellers have one more thing to think about before a homesale this year. They need to be aware of a new Mass State law taking effect on October 1, 2011. Non-compliance with the law could hold up a sale and/or spur unwanted disputes. The law was originally set to take place July 1, 2010 and the deadline has recently been extended.
The law was passed as a consumer protection measure, which addresses only oil lines that come in contact with the floor and requries that they either be coated with a continuous, non-metallic sleeve or be protected by an oil safety valve. If you are not sure, contact your oil company to get the facts. There is a cost for replacing the line or adding the valve but it is a wise precautionary measure that will also make the home safer. Work should be complete prior to the October 1, 2011 deadline. A certificate of compliance is granted for use in the home sale and for proof for insurance.
The same law also requires insurance companies to offer optional coverage to protect the home in event of an accidental release of oil. Homeowners will have a choice whether or not to buy the additional insurance. This part of the law took effect July 1, 2010.
Because the law is new, the consequences of non-compliance are unclear at this point. However, this should not prevent homeowners from understanding the law and working closely with their oil dealer, homeowners insurance agent and real estate agent as the mandated deadline approaches.