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Stephan C. Chase

Dear Friends,

When you convert your old electric appliances or heating equipment to propane, you immediately upgrade your comfort — and save money too.

When it comes to energy efficiency, propane is the hands-down winner over electricity.

Propane generates far more Btu’s than an equivalent amount of electricity, so you need much less of it to produce the same amount of heat energy. That’s why propane-heated homes stay warmer than those that rely solely on electric heat.

Clean-burning propane appliances are efficient, because they waste very little fuel in the combustion process, unlike electric-powered appliances. That means propane is better for the environment.

Plus, propane water heaters generally cost 30% less to operate than electric ones—or 60% less if you use a tankless propane water heater. And don’t forget comfort! Propane tank water heaters can produce around twice as much hot water as electric units in the same amount of time. And propane tankless water heaters produce a virtually endless supply of hot water.

But that’s just the beginning. Propane opens up a world of opportunities for living better at home — with great options for stoves, pool heaters, fireplaces, dryers and more. Propane can do all of that!

Please contact us if you’re interested in expanding your use of propane. It’s a lot easier than you may think.

Stephan C. Chase

Q: Is it worth investing in a water filtration system?

A: With most of us spending more time at home these days — and using more water as a result — it makes a lot of sense to ensure that your water quality remains as healthy as possible.

Investing in a water filtration system can provide you with this peace of mind. As a bonus, think of how much you will save by not having to purchase plastic water bottles. You’ll also be helping the environment!

And did you know that some minerals in water can damage pipes, plumbing and equipment over time?

FSi offers several types of home water filtration systems, including reverse osmosis, activated carbon, cation-exchange and whole-house carbon filters. (We can perform a water quality test that will let us recommend the best system for you.)

Learn more by checking out the plumbing section at and visit our new site,, as well.

We take pride in delivering two safe, reliable, highly efficient and environmentally friendly fuels to our customers. You can feel good about propane and heating oil — here’s why.

3 reasons propane is eco-friendly

Propane helps fuel your lifestyle, saves you money, keeps your home comfortable and adds convenience to your daily life. But did you know that it is also considered one of the greenest fuels?

  1. Fewer emissions: Propane has a lower carbon content than many other fuels — a big part of the reason that it was added to the Clean Air Act as a clean fuel in 1990. Propane furnaces offer best-in-class efficiency, with AFUE ratings from 90% to 98%, and provide comfortable, even and consistent heat.
  2. Higher efficiency: Propane-powered appliances are typically much more efficient than electric models of similar size and output. A tankless propane water heater, for example, can save more than $150 per year in energy costs compared with typical electric storage water heaters. Less energy used equals less of an environmental impact.
  3. Nontoxic: Propane is not toxic and does not spill, pool or leave a residue. If a tank leak occurs, propane is harmless to soil and water, so there are no risks for long-term damage to your home or property.

Please contact us if you would like to help the environment by expanding your use of propane.

hot water and propane

Did you know that propane water heaters cost 30% to 60% less to operate than electric water heaters? A propane water heater has a lower cost of maintenance and lasts years longer than its electric counterparts. If you want an easy way to raise the value of your home, switch to a propane water heater! A tankless model especially is highly desirable to home buyers, as it will improve your LEED and home energy rating scores (HERS).

healthy grilling with propane

Did you know that propane grills are a much healthier and more environmentally friendly way to cook your food? Research shows that cooking on a charcoal grill can lead to as much as 105 times more carbon monoxide being produced than with a propane grill.

A typical charcoal grill also produces an astonishing 11 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour, or twice as much as a propane grill. (An electric grill does even worse, producing 15 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour).*

Besides producing much lower emissions levels, propane grills greatly reduce your exposure to carcinogens that end up in your food when grilling. Charcoal grills create more smoke and burn hotter, leading to the formation of toxins that have been linked to some cancers.

* When tested at 35,000 BTUs per hour, based on a study by Tristram West, a researcher with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

school buses get greener

Many states, including ours, have been adopting alternative-energy incentive programs, resulting in more school districts purchasing propane autogas buses.

According to a recent study by West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, propane autogas is a proven way to dramatically decrease oxides of nitrogen emissions in communities.* The positive effects become especially powerful when propane-powered school buses replace old diesel-powered buses.

School districts have gained enormous fuel savings by using propane autogas instead of more expensive diesel fuel. Kids are also benefitting from a healthier ride to and from school, because buses fueled by propane autogas emit far fewer emissions.

In terms of fuel and maintenance costs, schools can save an average of $3,000 to $5,000 per bus.

The Propane Education and Research Council estimates that if all diesel school buses across the United States were switched over to propane-fueled buses, the savings would be enough to cover the cost of hiring 23,000 teachers.

* Source:

net-zero CO2 emissions for oil heat

Forward-thinking industry leaders have embraced an impressive vision for oil heat. They are driving the engines of progress and creating a brighter future for the industry — and for oil heat customers too. Stay with oil heat and enjoy the ride!

Here’s a great example. More than 300 leaders from the heating oil industry unanimously passed a resolution to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal was established at the Northeast Industry Summit last September.

The resolution calls for:

Net-zero emissions will make heating oil a carbon-neutral energy source, with a carbon footprint of zero. The recently passed resolution means that is the expectation for the entire heating oil industry within 30 years.

Bioheat® holds the key

To achieve the targets adopted by the Northeast Industry Summit resolution, every heating oil retailer in the region must do its part to provide adequate blends of Bioheat with clean, ultra-low-sulfur fuel.

Bioheat is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels, including the heating oil you use to keep your home warm. It’s a nontoxic, biodegradable, renewable fuel, produced from agricultural byproducts, including used cooking oil, animal fats, inedible corn oil, soybean oil and canola oil. Bioheat reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly — by 52% to 86% — and no modifications to your existing heating system are necessary.

Avoiding a run-out — and all of the hassle that comes along with it — is a top concern for most propane customers. Great news: a solution has arrived! We’re thrilled to let you know we that now offer remote wireless tank monitoring from Tank Utility.

When you set up the monitor, we’ll be able to see how much propane is in your tank at all times. And, with the help of a user-friendly app, so will you — from anywhere! The virtually maintenance-free device is easy to install and has a low monthly cost.

Gone are the days of running out of propane — or even worrying about it. With the help of a remote monitor, you’ll take that worry off your list for good, and instead enjoy peace of mind about your ongoing propane supply.

If you love the way we provide you with Comfort Delivered, Value Guaranteed, why not tell a friend, neighbor or relative about us?

For every referral who becomes an FSi automatic delivery customer, we will give you a $50 coupon that can be applied toward any of our services.*

Just tell your friends and family to mention your name and address when setting up their account with us, and we will take care of the rest!

* Referral coupon has no cash value and may only be used toward future services with FSi.

Two things look certain right now:

  1. Many of us will be spending much more time at home this summer.
  2. It’s going to get hot.

We expect a surge in calls for A/C installations in the coming weeks and months. And our team members continue to follow all recommended safety practices every time they visit a customer’s home, including face coverings and gloves. Whenever possible, we also conduct sales appointments online.

Don’t miss out on Mass Save rebates!

Right now, we can help you qualify for BIG rebates from Mass Save, including super-efficient, ductless mini-split A/C units. These units are ideal for:

We’re experts at installing traditional central A/C systems too!

Mass Save also offers loans of up to $25,000 for certain energy-efficient home improvements. Additional manufacturer and state rebates may be available as well.

We can complete most installations in one day! Contact us today to set up an appointment and learn more. Why not secure the rest of your summer comfort now by getting a quote on a new system?