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Improve Your Approach to Home Heating

tank monitor app mainePlenty of PitStop’s customers here in Cumberland and York Counties enjoy the ease of our automatic delivery service. It can be a great way to make sure you always have plenty of propane in your tank and eliminate the hassles of a run-out!

But automatic propane delivery is the best solution for everyone. When you sign up for automatic delivery service, we use a proven industry method to calculate your propane usage. We work with an algorithm based on your past usage patterns alongside real-time weather conditions to make sure we schedule deliveries and fill your tank on time. But the algorithm only works best if you have consistent usage patterns.

That meant, until now, that some of our customers had to watch their tank gauges themselves and use our will-call service. That’s because when you use propane inconsistently, whether it’s because you come and go from your residence periodically, or you run a rental property, you may use a lot of propane one month and less at other times. Even things like how often you use your propane hearth can affect your use from month-to-month.

How Exactly Does a Propane Tank Monitor Work?

The Odata wireless tank monitors that PitStop offers tracks the level of propane in the tank in real-time and transmits your usage via wireless cellular technology. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly via the wireless mobile app. Then, we’ll automatically schedule a delivery to ensure you don’t run out.

What are the Benefits of Getting a Propane Tank Monitor?

The real-time accuracy of our Odata wireless propane tank monitoring service makes monitoring your tank levels a breeze! And the benefits go beyond just ensuring on-time propane deliveries. Here are four great reasons to check out this service:

  1. Prevent expensive, inconvenient runouts: Running out of propane is more than just annoying. It can, unfortunately, be expensive. There’s the cost of the emergency fill-up, plus the required pressure and safety tests. And if you lose your heat as a result, there’s the added potential for frozen pipes and potential subsequent repairs needed to your home’s heating system.

    Even if your tank doesn’t hit completely empty, you’ll still have problems. When propane levels get too low, air can get into your system, which can lead to expensive damage. In general, you shouldn’t let your tank’s propane level go below 20%.

  2. Better manage your energy costs: Our Wi-Fi tank monitoring system includes a wireless app that makes it easy to see your tank levels in real time! This app also lets you track your usage 24/7/365—so you can see when you’re using more propane than usual and adjust so you can save.
  3. Streamline your to-do list: Just like with automatic deliveries, having a wireless tank monitor means you don’t have to worry about checking your tank gauge. It’s a task nobody likes to deal with in the dead of a cold winter season in Maine!
  4. Manage multiple tanks, at multiple properties, all in one place: This digital tool is a property manager’s best friend. Whether you’re tracking usage for your Airbnb or managing multiple rental properties or multifamily homes, Odata’s app puts all the info you need in the palm of your hand.

Interested in a Tank Monitor? Call PitStop Propane and Fuels Today!

If automatic delivery hasn’t been an option for you before, a wireless tank monitor gives you all the same benefits—and so more. A wireless tank monitor is easy to install, and we can have you ready to go in a matter of minutes!

Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free.

Here’s How Routine Maintenance Can Help You Save Money and Hassle

hvac tune up maineWe hear it every fall season from customers near and far: “Do I really need to get a tune-up again this year?

If your heating system is running well, it may seem like you don’t need to get a tune-up. But the fact is regular maintenance stems from those small issues before they get the chance to grow into larger problems. As we head into another Maine winter with ongoing price uncertainty, it pays to be sure your heating system is ready to go. After all, no one wants to be stuck with a large repair or replacement bill in the middle of the cold holiday season.

Understanding the Benefits of Regular Heating System Maintenance

Regular maintenance keeps your system running at peak efficiency. That means you’ll burn fuel more efficiently and keep your monthly heating costs down. In dollars, that can add up to 10% savings on heating costs—a welcomed sight with prices higher than in recent years past.

If you’re still on the fence about booking an annual tune-up, here are 5 more reasons seasonal maintenance can convey its value:

  1. Protection. If your equipment is older, regular maintenance will help to extend its lifespan. If you have a new system, it will protect your investment and keep it running like new.
  2. Prevention. A comprehensive tune-up performed by a trained technician will prevent or correct minor issues, helping you avoid the expense and inconvenience of a major malfunction. No-heat emergencies in the dead of winter are things none of us like to deal with!
  3. Coverage. Most heating equipment warranties require routine professional service as a precondition. Skip your tune-up and your manufacturer’s warranty could be voided. That leaves you to pay out of pocket for expenses that would have otherwise been covered.
  4. Safety. Tune-ups include an inspection of the heat exchanger. When gone unnoticed, a cracked heat exchanger can leak carbon monoxide into your home.
  5. Health. Regular service to your HVAC system will keep the indoor air in your home circulating and clean. Better air-quality in your home will help keep your family more comfortable, especially if anyone suffers from allergies.

Whether you heat your home with propane or oil, the pros at PitStop Propane and Fuels have the expertise to care for your equipment. We perform diagnostics and make repairs on a broad range of equipment, including the latest high-efficiency models. We will make sure your system is primed for everything a southern Maine winter can deliver!

Want to Schedule Your Heating System Maintenance? Give PitStop a Call Today!

Nothing is more important to us than helping you stay comfortable while keeping your heating costs down. When it comes to winter prep, a seasonal tune-up is, hands down, the best tool we offer to ensure a trouble-free season. And, if you think it’s time to replace your old equipment, we can help you with a new high-efficiency system that may cut your heating bills in half.

Contact us to schedule your tune-up today!

Great Value Wins Over Low Prices Every Time

hvac service maineWith fuel prices still noticeably higher following the global spikes earlier this year, we understand how tempting it can be to shop around for the best deal on heating fuel. But truth be told it’s very hard to get dependable service at a big discount.

Have you ever stopped to consider how those bargain-rate fuel companies can charge so much less for fuel? It’s important to understand that value isn’t just about a low price—it’s about what you get for your money. And the fact is, those discount dealers don’t offer much more than bare bones fuel deliveries—and that’s not a good thing.

Think service doesn’t matter? We’ve seen it plenty of times—folks who opted for a heating oil dealer with rock-bottom prices thought they could have it both ways: saving money without putting their comfort at risk. Then they find their discount company isn’t even answering the phone—or they can’t make a delivery for weeks—let alone perform a timely repair. Suddenly, a great deal isn’t so great.

Why Choose Us for Your Home Heating & Fuel Delivery?

At PitStop Propane and Fuels, we’re always looking for ways to help you save money and reduce your energy bills—and offer real value not by cutting back on service but by improving it. Here’s how we stack up:

Fuel Your Home with the Help of the Pros at PitStop!

It really comes down to the peace of mind you get with a family-owned business. We didn’t build our reputation by cutting corners for 30 years. Whether you’re in Gorham, Steep Falls, or anywhere else in Cumberland or York Counties, we treat all our customers like family. We’re there for you with prompt, reliable, and professional service and a personal touch.

Contact us to learn more and become a customer today.

Why Fall Is the Smartest Time To Schedule a Delivery

order fuel maineEven as you enjoy the last weeks of summer, the pace is starting to pick up. Kids are heading back to school for sports, and schedules are filling up for September and beyond. That to-do list of fall season prep is starting to get a little longer, too.

This year, as a part of those to-do’s, make sure you place an order a fuel delivery before we get too deep into the season. Why’s that? There are a few good reasons:

Need a Fuel Delivery? Call PitStop. We’ve Got You Covered!

Don’t be left out in the cold or pay more to fill your propane or heating oil tank! Contact PitStop Propane and Fuels to schedule your next fuel delivery. We offer competitive prices, friendly service, and reliable deliveries, all year ‘round.

Why Deal with the Hassle of Multiple Fuel Suppliers?

commercial fuels mainePlenty of homes here in Southern Maine use both propane and heating oil to keep comfortable. And why not? Heating oil is a great choice! Today’s ultra-low sulfur heating oil makes it as green a choice as most of the other options—plus, it generates a very high number of BTUs of heat energy per gallon. It’s a smart choice for our frigid winters! Meanwhile, propane is a versatile, ecofriendly, and efficient choice for appliances like clothes dryers, cooking ranges and fireplaces as well as water heaters.

So, with all those smart and efficient choices, why would you get your fuel from multiple dealers? That’s two accounts, two bills, two deliveries, two phone numbers. What an unnecessary hassle! Why not make your life easier with a single dealer for all your fuel needs?

Need a Local Fuel Delivery?

If you already trust PitStop Propane and Fuels for heating oil deliveries, you know how convenient it is to work with us. And we offer all the same great services for propane as for heating oil:

We Go Well Beyond Just Heating Oil & Propane Services

Most customers know us for our heating oil, and propane delivery, but we offer the same reliable service for kerosene and diesel, too! Homes with outdoor storage for their heating oil rely on kerosene in our area because it doesn’t gel in frigid temps. Plus, kerosene can be used to fuel stoves for cooking, making it a versatile option for more remote homes.

Commercial and agricultural customers also utilize diesel for a wide range of equipment and vehicles as well as generators. Having an on-site supply saves time and money for your business. We also supply diesel fuel and gasoline for municipal fleets, such as school buses, emergency vehicles, snowplows, and salt spreaders. Farmers, businesses, and institutions throughout southern Maine appreciate the value they get from PitStop’s decades of experience in the area.

Looking for a dual-fuel supplier before the winter season? Find out why PitStop is southern Maine’s go-to for home and business fueling! We have the experience and the resources to help you streamline—one bill, one account, one call. Contact us today for more details.

Helpful Tips To Help Decide What’s Right for You

There are a lot of reasons you might need a new propane tank. Maybe you’ve added new appliances or built an addition onto your home and need a bigger tank to meet your needs. Perhaps your current tank has reached its expiration—whether due to old age or poor maintenance. Or maybe you’ve bought a new home entirely and are deciding propane is the home fuel you wish to use.

Whether you opt to buy or lease a new propane storage tank, there are both distinct benefits and downsides. The pros at PitStop Propane and Fuels can help you navigate your choices and find the solution and the best tank for your needs.

Should I Lease or Buy My Propane Tank?

Truth be told, the only notable advantage of owning your propane tank is that you can buy your propane from any supplier. If your tank is leased, you can only buy propane from the company that owns the tank.

If you’ve purchased a new home and the previous owners leased their tank, you’ll continue to use the same company. If you want to switch, however, you’ll need to either get a new tank or lease one from the provider you choose. So, if you plan to switch propane suppliers often—which is a bit of a hassle if you think you may save a few dollars—then owning a tank could be right for you.

The downside of owning your propane storage tank is that the responsibility for the tank is also yours. That includes maintenance, repairs, fees, safety checks, and more in addition to up-front purchase and installation costs. In fact, buying and installing your own tank could cost anywhere from $450 to $3,000, depending on its size and type!

On the other hand, if you have a company that you like and trust, leasing a tank can be your best option. If you live here in Southern Maine, the pros at PitStop can provide safe, expert installation of your propane storage tank. Additionally, we will perform a thorough inspection of your tank and appliances and provide a safety certification for your home to ensure the job is done right the first time.

And when you need a propane refill, PitStop Propane and Fuels is here for you with prompt, reliable, safe and courteous propane delivery all year long.

What Size Propane Tank is Right for You?

To know what size tank you need, you need to know how you will use your propane. To help you assess your needs, we’ll talk to you about a variety of factors:

Need Help with Propane Tanks? Call PitStop Today!

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, PitStop Propane and Fuels is ready to be your trusted company for propane delivery and home heating services. With a full range of convenient services including budget-friendly payment options, automatic delivery service, and tank monitoring—as well as equipment installation and repair—we look forward to serving you.

Contact us today to learn more about propane tank leasing or to become a customer.

Propane is a Smart Choice for Your Commercial Business

commercial propanePropane is a versatile and affordable fuel for an extensive range of commercial and industrial uses. Because propane burns both hot and clean, commercial propane appliances and heating systems are highly efficient, with ratings well into the 90s. With that kind of performance, choosing propane is a great decision for your business. 

From agriculture to manufacturing, landscaping to restaurants, businesses throughout southern Maine rely on PitStop Propane and Fuels for all their commercial propane needs! Our services range from professional set-up and support to dependable deliveries all year long.

Here are just a few of the ways propane can work for you:

Commercial Kitchens & Hospitality

Professional chefs appreciate the precise control they get cooking with propane. But it also is an efficient and eco-friendly option for water heating for dishwashing and commercial laundries, too. Here are several other commercial entities that can benefit from propane gas and their respective heating systems:

Forklifts & Cylinder Exchanges

Whether you’re getting merchandise off trucks and onto shelves or moving building materials quickly and efficiently around worksites, forklifts are essential for a variety of businesses.

Propane-powered forklifts are workhorses that take minutes to refuel with a new cylinder rather than hours to recharge. They also run at full power until the tank is empty and are safe to use both indoors and out. Plus, they give off far fewer emissions than diesel-powered options.

Manufacturing & Construction

Propane’s versatility is a plus on any job site. In addition to forklifts, it can be used to power all kinds of equipment on your construction site, including:

Agriculture & Landscaping

Propane is a clean fuel to power mowers with much lower emissions than old-fashioned gas or diesel mowers. Farmers can use propane for a broad range of applications:

Want to Explore Your Commercial Propane Options? Call PitStop Today!

As a local company, PitStop can be a real partner for all your commercial and industrial propane needs. We bring local knowledge and can assist with permitting and so much more. We’ll additionally help you assess your needs to get the best value from propane for your business. This includes the installation of any systems you need, as well as timely, reliable propane deliveries to make sure your operation runs smoothly all year long.

Contact us today for more information.

PitStop Propane and Fuels offers delivery of heating oil, kerosene, and propane, as well as installation, service, and repairs of home heating and home comfort equipment. Check our searchable ZIP Code database to see if PitStop serves your Southern Maine community!

It’s the Easiest Way to Order Fuel, Pay Bills, and More!

home fuel app maineIt’s summertime, and the living is easy—or it should be. That’s why we think you should try our new customer app. Like our online customer portal, our new Fuel Genie app makes it easier than ever to do business with us—whenever it’s convenient for you. We think you’ll love how it makes all kinds of tasks and requests easier, from ordering heating oil and propane to checking and paying account balances—even checking past service records.

Ready to get started? It’s easy! All you need is your account number and a smartphone. Just search for Fuel Genie in the Apple App Store or Google Play and download the easy-to-use app.

What the app can do

Check out all the things you can do once you’ve registered:

Don’t have an online account with us? Just click on “My Account” at the top of this page or click here and follow the prompts to set up your account. Don’t forget to save your password! You’ll be able to order propane, pay bills and more 24/7.

Try it, You’ll Like It!

The customer portal and Fuel Genie app are just the newest ways we’ve developed to help you streamline your to-do list, eliminate paper clutter, and reduce stress. It goes together with all the other great services and benefits we offer, like budget-friendly payment options, automatic delivery service, tank monitoring, and more.

Of course, we’re always here for you and are happy to take your calls. But using the customer portal or app means you can access your account and request deliveries at any time that’s convenient for you. Login and create your online account today, then, make sure to download the Fuel Genie app to discover all the great benefits for yourself!

Why We Are the Local Choice Folks Depend On!

propane delivery maineThere are many benefits to going local when shopping around for products and services. Supporting local businesses means you’re supporting your neighbors. It’s true for produce from the farmers market, and it’s true even when you’re looking for a propane service provider.

National chains have slick advertising, but the headquarters are usually several states away—as is the person answering the phone. You can go with a discounter and get a rock-bottom price, but you won’t get much else—and good luck getting anything more than voicemail when you call in a tight spot. Neither have any ties to the community other than their wallets. It’s a lot like Goldilocks, and that’s what makes Pitstop Propane and Fuels the “just right” choice!

Propane & Home Heating Services

Pitstop is part of a family-run business that’s been serving Gorham, Scarborough, Cumberland, Standish, Sebago and nearby since 1986. While we’ve grown, we remain committed to providing reliable and economical propane delivery to families and businesses in Southern Maine.

When it comes to propane delivery and service, we do the best job because we’re your neighbors, and we know where you’re calling from whether you’re on a main street or a back road. Here are just a few of the reasons why local makes sense:

There are a lot of things we can’t control—the weather, the price of fuel. But as an independent, locally-owned business, we can—and do—put customers, not corporate headquarters, first. Contact us today and let us know how we can help.

Here’s How Our Convenient Propane Payment Options Can Help You

cost of propane maineWhile wholesale energy costs continue to fluctuate at higher levels than in years past, our price protection programs can provide some direct assistance for those surging fuel prices. We can tell you that customers who were enrolled in one of our pricing plans were protected from the worst of this past winter’s price spikes.

We know every budget is different, and that’s why we offer multiple options. Here’s how each one works so you can choose the best option for you:

Our EZ-Pay Monthly Budget Plan

Even when fuel prices are low, this plan is the most popular. That’s because our EZ-Pay Monthly Budget Plan is a smart way to manage winter propane—and heating oil—costs and avoid unexpected high invoices, no matter how cold it gets or how much fuel you use.

We use an average based on your past fuel use to spread your costs evenly throughout the year, cutting winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to budget your expenses.

This plan keeps your fuel costs level and manageable, so if we have a particularly harsh winter or prices spike further, we’ll help adjust your payments, so you don’t get hit with a large balance in the summer. Likewise, if it’s a mild winter, we can adjust and reduce your payments. The point is to help you save while avoiding big fluctuations!

Our Propane Pre-Buy Program

When you choose our Pre-Buy program, you buy your all your propane at the start of the season. This lets you take advantage of lower off-season pricing, and eliminates the worry about the price of fuel going up.

When you opt for this plan, you’re automatically enrolled in our Automatic Delivery service, which delivers even more peace of mind. You don’t have to remember to check your gauges and order propane, and you don’t have to worry about running out!

Ready to enroll? Click here to get started.

Our Propane Fixed Price Program

Our Fixed Price Program for propane is exactly what it sounds like! We agree on a fixed price ahead of the heating season and you’re locked in at that price. No matter what happens with fuel prices, your price won’t go over the fixed amount.

Ready to enroll? Click here to get started.

If you use propane, letting the pros at PitStop Propane and Fuels handle all your heating needs is a smart choice. No matter what happens with prices next winter, our multiple price protection plans are designed to help you keep costs manageable.

If you’d like to sign up for a plan, now is the time to enroll. Contact us today to learn about all the ways we can help you save. Ready to get started on enrolling? You can do it online in a matter of minutes—it’s super easy! Just visit the links noted above for our Propane Pre-Buy Plan or our Propane Fixed Price Plan.