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Your business can count on Murray-Heutz!

commercial fuel services Androscoggin, me At Murray-Heutz, we recognize that commercial fuels are a cornerstone of successful businesses. Our 80 years in the energy business give us the first-hand experience to meet your company’s specific fuel needs with top quality products and reliable service. We understand just how essential it is for Central Maine businesses to have access to these resources; let us put our expertise and understanding into action for your business!

No matter what industry your business is in, Murray-Heutz offers superior delivery services of propane, diesel fuels for both on- and off-road uses, as well as gasoline.

With us, you get not only reliability, but great communication and competitive, transparent fuel pricing.

Propane

Propane’s versatility and energy efficiency make it an essential fuel for a wide range of businesses here in Central Maine.

It is ideal for forklifts because it can be used indoors and outside and offers superior power than electric forklifts. Construction business use propane for temporary space heating equipment and portable generators.

On the farm, propane can heat buildings like barns and greenhouses, power standby generators, and be used for flame weed control that eliminates the need for chemical herbicides.

Restaurants rely on propane for gas cooking in places not served by a gas utility. Propane is used in several ways in hotels, such as in the kitchen, for heating, water heating, and laundry.

Landscapers and golf courses benefit from propane as it can be used for commercial mowers and equipment without worries over fuel spills or their workers being exposed to exhaust.

Laundromats and commercial laundries use propane for gas dryers that get laundry dry 25% faster than electric dryers, with less wear and fewer wrinkles.

Our bulk propane delivery services provide customized delivery scheduling for your business.

On-road and off-road diesel

As a business that relies on diesel-powered heating oil and propane delivery trucks, we understand better than most how essential having diesel fleet fueling you can count on is.

We proudly serve a wide range of businesses such as trucking, courier and delivery, construction, paving, farms, waste hauling, and moving, along with municipalities for their snowplows and other diesel-powered vehicles or equipment, and school districts for their school buses.

Not only can you count on Murray-Heutz for reliable diesel fuels delivery, but for quality diesel fuels. Our on-road diesel fuel is enhanced with 9000HE fuel additive. This additive helps keep your engine running at peak performance, which can reduce your fuel consumption and costs.

Gasoline

Murray-Heutz also provides gasoline fleet fueling services. Whether you only have a few vehicles or a large fleet, we provide customized gasoline delivery so your vehicles can get where they need to go.

We also provide gasoline delivery to businesses and municipalities that use gasoline-powered equipment such as commercial mowing and landscaping equipment, snowblowers, masonry and concrete saws, generators, compactors, pressure washers, and portable heating equipment.

Get reliable commercial fuels delivery and service from Murray-Heutz! Contact us today for a consultation.

Murray-Heutz makes it easy to never worry about having propane again!

propane monitors maine At Murray-Heutz, we are committed to being Central Maine’s leader for dependable propane delivery and service.

For that reason, we provide Automatic Delivery. Our sophisticated software and accurate estimations allow us to conveniently anticipate when you will require more propane. We use this data to plan and send a delivery directly to your home before you run out, making it our most popular option. Our customers no longer have the stress of monitoring their propane tank gauge levels or remembering to contact us for a refill; we take care of everything for them!

Some of our customers, however, need more precision when it comes to getting their propane. To make getting your propane as easy as possible, we offer a wireless propane tank monitor from Tank Utility!

Wireless propane tank monitoring brings unparalleled reliability, convenience, and peace of mind to your propane needs. No more braving the elements to check your propane tank gauge levels! Don’t stress about running out of fuel—wireless propane monitoring takes all the worrying away, effortlessly keeping track of your supply!

How does wireless propane tank monitoring work?

Signing up for wireless propane tank monitoring with Murray-Heutz is easy – we take care of the rest! Our skilled technicians will come to your home and quickly install a monitor on your propane tank without you needing to be present. It’s all done outside, so there’s no fuss! With this service, you can relax knowing that our team has got it handled.

Tank Utility’s wireless propane tank monitor keeps Murray-Heutz updated in real time and around the clock, thanks to its advanced wireless and cellular technology, just like your smartphone! We (and you) will always know precisely how much fuel is in your tank.

With the Murray-Heutz Tank Utility app, you can monitor your propane levels from virtually anywhere with a data connection – on your smartphone, desktop or tablet. When the fuel gauge drops to a predetermined level, we are alerted and you get a notification so you know to expect a propane delivery.

Wireless propane tank monitoring is both a convenient and hassle-free way of staying supplied with propane. No longer will you be required to lift even one finger! As soon as we receive the notification, we instantly set up your next delivery in order for you to remain fully stocked.

What are the other benefits of tank monitoring?

Wireless propane tank monitoring is great for everyone who doesn’t want to worry about having enough propane. However, some customers can really benefit from it.

Do you travel a lot throughout the year, or perhaps spend at least part of the winter someplace warm? That can make your propane usage erratic, which makes predicting when you’ll need a delivery more difficult. With wireless tank monitoring, you get your propane exactly when you need it with no worries about unneeded deliveries.

If you own a second home or an income property, you no longer need to worry about going there to check its propane supply. The monitor does the work for you!

Are you a caregiver for a parent or relative? Take checking their propane supply off your to-do list and be assured your loved one will always have the propane they need to be warm and comfortable.

Ready for the ultimate in peace of mind when it comes to your propane supply? Contact Murray-Heutz today to enroll in wireless propane tank monitoring!

Keep your cookout safe with these tips!

extinguish propane gas grill fire

Did you know that there are an average of 10,600 fires caused by outdoor grills each year? They cause $149 million annually in direct property damage and are responsible for 10 death and 160 injuries.

Don’t become part of those statistics! Knowledge can help you avoid a dangerous situation like this, and we have put together important propane safety tips and information to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

What to do if you have a grill fire

  1. Don’t panic. Knowing what you need to do will help you with this step.
  2. Turn off the burners on the grill and, if you can safely get to it, the supply valve on your propane cylinder. If you can, remove the food from the grill.
  3. DO NOT try to put out a grill fire with water. This will make the flames more intense and spread the burning grease to a larger area. If you do not have a fire extinguisher handy, put baking soda, salt, or sand on the fire to smother the flames.
  4. Close the grill lid and vents to help starve the fire of oxygen. If the fire is still expanding or has reached the gas tank, evacuate the area immediately and call 911.

How to put out a grease fire

The best way to stop a grease fire in your grill is to not let it happen in the first place. These prevention tips can help you avoid a grill fire.

  1. Clean your entire grill regularly. Give it a thorough cleaning at the start and end of every grilling season, as well as at least once a month during grilling season. Popular Mechanics offers complete directions on grill cleaning.
  2. Do a quick cleaning of your grill after every use. Don’t leave food crusted on the grates, as they can be fuel for a grill fire. While the grill is still hot, use a grill brush or scraper to get the food off before it hardens on the grates. Empty and clean the grease trap.
  3. Place your grill in a safe place. Yes, it’s convenient to have the grill right by the back door. But grills should be placed at least five feet from any combustibles such as siding, deck railings, plants, and furniture. Also, make sure your grill is on a level surface to keep it from tipping over.

Propane Grill safety checklist

There are some grilling safety best practices so you can enjoy grilling knowing that you can do everything possible to keep things safe.

  1. Have a fire extinguisher nearby when grilling. It is recommended that you use a Class B (for flammable gas or oil) or Class K (for grease fires). If you have questions, get in touch with your local fire department for further guidance. Also, keep your cellphone handy. This is important in case you do have a fire or other grill-related emergency and need to call 911.
  2. Open your grill before lighting it. The gas can accumulate under the closed lid and cause the lid to blow off when ignited.
  3. Never leave your grill unattended. Bring all your food, sauces, grilling utensils, and other necessities to the grill before you turn it on.
  4. Maintain a safe clearance. One of the leading causes of property damage from grill fires is the grill being too close to combustibles. There should be a clear space of at least three feet around the grill.
  5. Keep children and pets away from the grill. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 2,000 children under five suffer contact burns from grills annually.
  6. Turn the propane cylinder supply valve off when done grilling. When you are done grilling, immediately turn off the burners and the supply valve before cleaning the grill and closing the lid.

Do you have questions about propane safety? Please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!

Make sure you can get your heating oil and propane delivered!

propane delivery maine Winter weather can turn wicked quickly here in Central Maine. When the temperature plummets and the snow flies, you want to be sure that your home has the heating oil or propane it needs to keep you and your loved ones warm and comfortable.

Murray-Heutz helps with that by providing reliable heating oil delivery and propane delivery. But we need your assistance to ensure that your delivery can be made. Here are four things to do for that.

Make sure we can get to your home and fuel tank

Clearing your driveway and walkways of snow and ice can be unenjoyable during a winter storm. But it’s an essential task. If the Murray-Heutz fuel delivery drivers cannot safely get down your driveway or to your fuel tank or fill line, we will unfortunately not be able to deliver your fuel.

To help ensure a safe delivery, please clear your driveway to a width of 10 feet. Additionally, if your driveway is on an incline we politely ask that you spread de-icer or sand over it to provide extra traction. Keep in mind these vehicles are much larger than the average car.

Please keep a path at least one foot wide between your driveway and the fuel tank or fill line. If you hire someone for snow removal, kindly remind them not to block this path during their work.

To make the location of your fuel tank or fill line visible after a heavy snowfall, erect a tall pole next to it and fasten a brightly colored flag or ribbon on top. 

Take care of your fuel tank

Heavy snow accumulating on top of propane and heating oil tanks can cause cracks or make the legs buckle, putting you at risk of a fuel leak. Carefully use a broom to clear snow off the tank. Do not use a shovel or ice scraper, as they can damage the tank and its components.

Keeping your propane tank clear of snow is essential. The propane in your tank is a liquid and, like other liquids, it shrinks in the cold and reduces the pressure in your tank. Snow blocks the sunlight that warms the tank and the propane inside, keeping it at a safe pressure.

Keep in touch with Murray-Heutz

Are you heading out on a vacation this winter? If you’re a Murray-Heutz Automatic Delivery customer, please let us know if you’ll be away for more than a week or so. Our calculations that determine when you’ll need more heating oil or propane use your fuel usage history as a factor, so letting us know you’ll be gone may prevent an unnecessary delivery.

Sign up for wireless propane tank monitoring

If you are a Murray-Heutz propane delivery customer, you can be assured of always getting your propane delivered when you need it with our Tank Utility wireless propane tank monitoring.

Once the monitor is installed on your tank, it uses wireless and cellular technology like that on a smartphone to let us know in real-time, 24/7, exactly how much propane is in your tank. When your propane supply reaches a set level, the monitor sends us a notification and we schedule a delivery. You can also use the Murray-Heutz Tank Utility app to track your propane supply.

Want the most dependable heating oil and propane delivery in Central Maine? Become a Murray-Heutz customer today!

Which is better for your home?

propane appliances maine With the uncertainty of energy costs lately, it makes sense that you are thinking about what the best energy source would be for keeping your Central Maine home comfortable and safe.

As you research your options, be sure to consider propane delivery and propane appliances from Murray-Heutz! Propane wins over electricity in terms of comfort and energy efficiency for your home—let’s explore how.

Propane offers superior energy efficiency

Home appliances such as ranges, furnaces, and water heaters that use propane are more energy efficient than electric ones. A propane water heater, for example, can heat water faster and at a lower cost than an electric one. In addition, your laundry will dry in 25% less time with a propane clothes dryer rather than an electric one.

Propane makes your carbon footprint smaller

A common misconception is that electricity is “cleaner” than propane when, in fact, it’s not. Each year in the United States, 50% of electricity comes from coal-fired power plants which creates a high level of smog and acid rain. In addition, making electricity is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in America–surpassed only by transportation. Propane, on the other hand, creates close to zero greenhouse gas emissions!

Propane ends energy waste

Did you know that 60% of electricity is wasted to resistance when it is transmitted through power lines? This makes transmission very inefficient. In fact, in order for one unit from the power plant to make its way into our homes, three units of source energy are needed. To provide enough electricity running constantly for all households would require us to burn more greenhouse gas-producing coal. However, because propane is kept in close proximity to your home in your propane tank, there is little-to-no loss between the fuel and appliances.

Propane keeps you warmer

According to the Department of Energy, propane gas furnaces are more cost-effective for home heating than electric systems. Propane heats air to a temperature of 130° to 140° Fahrenheit and operates in shorter intervals than electric heaters, meaning you will feel warmer for longer periods of time. Electric heating only brings air temperature up to around 98.6° which is why it feels cooler when you place your hand near the vent.

Get cozy with propane

Propane fireplaces have increased in popularity due to the benefits they offer compared to electric models. Propane flames, for instance, look more natural and realistic than electric ones, and heat your space faster. They also cost much less to operate.

Save money with propane

Not only do propane furnaces last 5-10 years longer than electric heat pumps, but they are also cheaper to maintain because they have fewer moving parts. Moreover, using a propane tankless water heater could save you $175 or more every year on your water heating costs.

Propane enhances your quality of life

Propane can enhance the function of numerous appliances in your house. For example, propane ranges offer more temperature control than electric ones, making it simpler to cook food perfectly. Also, propane tankless water heaters let you have all the hot water you want without fear of cold showers. Lastly, propane pool and spa heaters warm water much more rapidly and efficiently than electric models.

Become a Murray-Heutz customer and make the most of propane in your home!

Murray-Heutz offers reliable kerosene delivery

kerosene provider maine You may be surprised how many homes here in Central Maine use kerosene for home heating or space heating. Many people think kerosene use died out sometime around when Sputnik was launched.

But it offers advantages that other heating fuels such as heating oil, propane, natural gas, and electricity cannot provide. That’s why Murray-Heutz continues to provide kerosene delivery. Our kerosene is of top quality and includes a special additive that improves the fuel’s stability while preventing the buildup of water, algae, and sludge inside your fuel tank.

Here’s some information about kerosene and why it’s still being used today.

What is kerosene?

Kerosene is a type of light fuel oil that comes from distilling petroleum. In 1846, Canadian physician and geologist Abraham Gesner was the first to distill it from bituminous coal and oil shale. Although it’s commonly used for home heating or lighting, kerosene can also power jet engines or be used as a cleaning solvent.

Who uses kerosene today?

Heating your mobile home or basement-less house doesn’t have to be a worry thanks to kerosene. Unlike other heating options, you don’t need an indoor tank, making it perfect for those without basements.

In areas with generally cold weather, such as Central Maine, heating oil sometimes becomes thicker, a process called gelling. If the oil gets too thick it can be prevented from entering your heating system which then leads to a shutdown and costly repairs. However, kerosene doesn’t gel in colder weather so it’s not a problem.

Not only can kerosene be used to heat your home, but it can also fuel a stove top and lanterns. This is increasingly useful in extreme weather conditions that often result in power outages. With kerosene, you won’t have to worry about being left without heat or light.

What are the benefits of using kerosene?

Lifespan. Under the right conditions (stored in a secure container, at a consistent temperature away from moisture and sunlight), kerosene will stay usable for up to 10 years. Gasoline or heating oil unfortunately do not last as long as kerosene. And, unlike heating oil, kerosene doesn’t gel in very cold weather.

Versatility. Heating oil can just do one thing: heat your home. Kerosene, on the other hand, can be used for various purposes like cooking with kerosene stoves or lighting kerosene lamps. It’ll come in handy whether the power’s out or if you arere living off the grid.

Heating efficiency. Kerosene gives 135,000 BTUs per gallon, making it one of the most effective fuels for home use. Propane provides 91,330 BTUs per gallon while electricity only offers 3,412 BTUs per kilowatt hour. With kerosene, you get 90% efficiency as opposed to a measly 31% for electric power.

Cost. Like heating oil, the cost of kerosene is tied to crude oil pricing. While kerosene may be close to the same price as heating oil, its hotter burning and heating efficiency may make heating with kerosene a cost-effective option.

Environmental friendliness. Many people use kerosene for space heating because it burns much cleaner than other common fuels, like wood or coal. Therefore, using kerosene is better for the environment.

Safety. Kerosene is a much safer choice for heating than wood or coal because it produces less carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is dangerous and can be deadly if it builds up in your home. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that prevents oxygen from entering red blood cells. This deprives vital organs, such as the brain, lungs, and heart, of the oxygen they need to function properly. Wood smoke contains harmful fine particulates that increase your risk of a heart attack, respiratory problems, and more.

Get the most reliable kerosene delivery in Central Maine. Become a Murray-Heutz customer today!

Trust Murray-Heutz with expert heating system installation!

hvac installation maine If you are considering replacing your home’s furnace or boiler, you know that you have a lot of factors to take into account when it comes to making your choice. One big factor, especially these days, is cost.

Murray-Heutz is here for you every step of the way! Not only do we do heating installation, but we also offer regular maintenance tune-ups to ensure that your system stays in good condition. Our affordable propane and heating oil service plans include a tune-up as well as coverage of many parts and labor costs for heating repairs.

Boiler & Furnace Costs

The cost of a new furnace or boiler can be worth it. An older furnace or boiler won’t run as efficiently, and so your fuel and energy bills will be higher. An older system will also cost you more in repairs.

When is it time to replace your heating system? If your repair costs will be 50% or more than the cost of an upgrade, it’s better to make the investment in upgrading a high-efficiency heating system.

How much will it cost you to replace your heating system? While there are many variables that will be at play, here are some very general average costs.

The latest data shows that the average cost to replace an oil-fired furnace runs between $2,500 and $6,000, although a high-efficiency unit might increase that cost to closer to $10,000. Boilers are a little more expensive to replace. The cost to replace a boiler system can range from $3,000 to $6,000, but a high-efficiency boiler could be as much as $12,000 to install.

Bear in mind that these numbers are national averages, and costs range from region to region. There are also many other factors that can affect the cost of your heating system upgrade, including the brand you choose, the square footage of the home, the complexity of the installation, labor costs, and the size of the heating system (in BTU power).

Brand

Not all boilers and furnaces are created equal. Some cost more than others. However, there’s more to consider than just the brand name. We’re here to help you sort through your options so that you can get the best quality heating system for your needs and budget.

Availability

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains across industries, and the HVAC industry is no exception. The ongoing effects of the pandemic have resulted in shortages of labor and materials such as copper and aluminum.

Here at Murray-Heutz, we understand how important it is to have a furnace or boiler that runs smoothly and efficiently. If your home’s system is getting on in years, now is the time to start thinking about upgrading to a new one. We only work with top quality suppliers so you can be assured of finding the perfect heating solution for your needs. We’ll visit your home, check out your furnace or boiler, and give you a FREE estimate for a replacement.

Location

The price of your new heating system installation may fluctuate depending on the size and location of your unit. For example, if you have a large home, you will most likely need a bigger unit which will impact both the cost of the product as well as installation. Additionally, where you place your furnace or boiler can contribute to how easy or difficult it is to install; impacting the final cost.

Changing energy source

Although upgrading your current electric furnace to an oil-fired or propane-fired heating system may be more expensive initially, it will pay off in the long run with its efficiency and comfort. You will need to add a heating oil or propane tank to your home as well as oil or gas lines, and you may have to make other adjustments.

Add-ons

If you have expanded the living space in your home since you last replaced your boiler or furnace- such as adding a room, finishing a basement, or attic- we’ll ensure that your new heating system can accommodate that additional need. You will likely need to add ductwork to those spaces as well if it wasn’t originally present when they were unfinished, which will elevate the cost.

In recent years, we have learned how important it is to have clean air in our homes. If you are upgrading your furnace, you may want to add indoor air quality equipment such as an air purifier or a humidifier. This will be an extra cost.

Now is the time to begin planning your furnace or boiler replacement. Contact Murray-Heutz to get a FREE estimate.

Murray-Heutz Offers Diesel Services to a Variety of Businesses!

diesel fueling maine Many businesses in Central Maine rely on diesel for essential work, such as:

Different businesses use diesel fuel in different ways, but they all need one thing: a dependable diesel delivery provider that offers responsive and personal service. For many of those businesses, that company is Murray-Heutz!

We deliver both on-road and off-road diesel in bulk to businesses, municipalities, filling stations, and school districts all around Central Maine. We have a large fleet of delivery vehicles as well as quality fuel and the most competitive diesel pricing in the area!

If you are new to diesel fuels, we have put together some basic information about diesel and how it’s used.

How are diesel fuels made?

Diesel fuel is a type of distillate fuel. In the United States, most diesel fuel is produced from refined crude oil at petroleum refineries and is ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), which has 15 parts per million (PPM) or less of sulfur.

The U.S. produced 1.63 billion barrels (68.35 billion gallons) of ULSD in 2021.

Diesel is named for Rudolf Diesel, who invented the compression ignition engine in the 19th century. His invention was revolutionary for its superior thermal efficiency.

What is the difference between on-road diesel and off-road diesel?

The only difference between the two types of diesel fuels is their application; there are no chemical dissimilarities.

On-road diesel is used for vehicles that are driven on public roadways, such as trucks, buses, and shuttles. This classification makes the on-road diesel subject to the federal excise tax.

Off-road diesel is used in non-transportation equipment, such as backhoes, bulldozers, diesel generators, and agricultural vehicles. Because it is not being used for transportation purposes, there is no excise tax on off-road diesel.

While on-road diesel is not dyed, off-road diesel is infused with a red dye to prevent it from being used for on-road vehicles. By doing this, it prevents drivers from trying to avoid the excise tax. Penalties for using off-road diesel for on-road use include steep fines for each offense. In Maine, the penalty is a minimum $1,000 per violation.

How is diesel fuel used?

Diesel fuel is not only for big transport trucks but can be used in many ways.

Diesel-powered standby generators provide the emergency backup power needed to keep lights on, HVAC running, and lifesaving medical equipment operational in many area hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions.

Government agencies rely on diesel to power school buses, snowplows, and road maintenance vehicles.

Diesel tractors and other equipment are crucial for our local farms. They use it to help with preparations for planting and harvesting. Logging businesses use diesel trucks to bring timber over rough terrain and highways to plants.

If you are looking for diesel fuel services you can trust for your Central Maine business, get in touch with Murray-Heutz to learn what we can do for you!

Learn more about this versatile, efficient energy source!

propane company maine If you have recently moved into a home that uses propane, congratulations! You will reap a lot of benefits from having propane for home heating, water heating, and more.

With reliable propane delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring from Murray-Heutz, you can enjoy those benefits with ease and comfort.

You may want to learn more about propane. So, we have assembled some important information so you can best use propane in your home.

How is propane made?

Propane’s full name is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). The chemical formula for propane is C₃H₈.

In 1864, English academic and industrial chemist Edmund Ronalds discovered propane while searching for volatile chemicals in light crude oil in Pennsylvania. In 1910, American chemist Walter O. Snelling worked for the US Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh and made the next significant advance in propane technology. Snelling did extensive research on gasoline evaporation and storage and found that some evaporating gases could be transformed into liquids. Of all the gases, propane was the most readily available. Snelling created a method to bottle liquid gas, which eventually resulted in the establishment of the propane industry. He eventually sold the patent for propane to Frank Philips, founder of Philips Petroleum, for $50,000 three years later. That would be equivalent to about $1.4 million today.

Propane lacks a natural odor, so an artificial odorant is added during production. This additive is typically ethyl mercaptan. The odorant added to propane is designed to make leaks easier to detect. If you smell this rotten egg-like scent in your home, follow propane safety best practices and get everyone out of the house right away.

How can propane be used in my home?

Propane is an efficient and cost-effective energy source that provides many benefits for your Central Maine home. Propane has a very clean burn and high performance that allow you to get more bang for your energy buck. Propane is useful in a variety of propane appliances that improve your home’s comfort in a variety of ways.

Heating. Propane is the best way to keep your home warm and comfortable! Today’s high-efficiency propane furnaces and boilers offer efficiencies as high as 98%, meaning you will be paying as little as possible on your heating costs.

Water heating. Not only can a propane water heater heat more water quicker than an electric one, but it’ll also save you about 30% on your energy bill. If you upgrade to a propane tankless water heater, you could potentially see even bigger savings!

Generators. You can have peace of mind during a power outage with a propane whole-house backup generator. With this system, your lights will stay on, your home security system will remain active, your refrigerator will keep food cold, and you’ll be able to charge electronics and use medical equipment like CPAPs and electric wheelchairs.

Cooking. When you use a propane range to prepare food, you can get the precise, even, and immediate temperature control that professional chefs demand.

Space heating. A propane space heater allows you to use formerly unheated rooms all year. You may sit in the warmth and enjoy the scenery from your sunporch, even during the winter.

Clothes drying. Laundry day is a breeze with propane clothes dryers. Not only do they quickly get your clothes dry, but the moist heat also prevents wear and reduces wrinkles.

Fireplaces. A propane fireplace eliminates the labor and mess of a wood-burning fireplace. Simply push a button to turn on your propane fireplace and unwind!

Outdoor living. Propane transforms your backyard into a luxurious destination. For example, propane pools and spa heaters make your water exponentially warmer and much faster than electric models. In addition, deck and patio heaters as well as outdoor fireplaces and firepits allow you to stay comfortable during chilly evenings outside.

Get the most dependable propane delivery in Central Maine! Become a Murray-Heutz customer today.

Dear customers,

On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers had increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon. Ridiculous!!

This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, and gasoline to move higher too (fortunately, propane has not moved nearly as high this entire year.) Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far, this fast, you can always see the fingerprints of Wall Street firms that jump in to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck (or should we say millions of bucks.) It frustrates the heck out of us.

Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. We are hoping for the best, but there are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.

A few things to bear in mind:

  1. We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company, and makes planning very difficult.
  2. This year supply issues could become problematic. While we have excellent relationships with our suppliers, it is imperative that you go on (or stay on) automatic delivery. This way, if we go on “allocation” from suppliers, have drivers out sick because of COVID or face severe weather, we can manage capacity better and keep you warm.
  3. Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’ve already signed up for our Monthly Smart Pay Payment Plan, you made a smart move! If you haven’t, it is not too late. If you’d just like to know how much you used last year, so you can project this year’s bills more accurately, call us. This is going to be painful, but it will be helpful to be able to plan for it.
  4. If you are having trouble keeping up with your payments, it is critical that you call us as soon as you realize there’s an issue. We can work with you, but only if you communicate with us early.

I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control. But we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.


Keeping you in the loop about fuel prices

Posted: May 26, 2022

We know many of you are looking at energy cost increases and wondering when this will end, and we don’t blame you. Our goal is to keep you in the loop as much as possible, even though the situation remains very fluid.

Last week, our suppliers again raised prices by more than 65 cents per gallon over a few days. The reasons are complicated and seem to be affecting heating oil and diesel fuel much more than gasoline.

The driving factor is that heating oil in our area is in short supply now. In fact, if you look at prices on the commodities exchanges, they show heating oil at a dollar less than we can get it! That never happens. It’s called “basis blowout” and reflects a disconnect between the markets and actual supplies.

Good News and Bad News

The good news is that the supply issues are happening because the markets expect heating oil prices to go lower by a fair amount over the next several months. Fuel suppliers are reluctant to purchase fuel now and get stuck with higher-priced product. The bad news is that it is causing prices to be artificially higher now, and no one really knows for sure what will happen with the Ukraine war. By the way, we are seeing the same kind of surges in natural gas and electric costs.

What we are doing about it

We decided to hold off most deliveries except for those customers who seemed to be running low. It didn’t help that we’ve had an unusually cold spring, and people are still using their heat. Beyond that, we want to urge people to get on our budget billing program, which allows us to spread your fuel payments over 11 months. If prices stay high next year, it will be much easier to manage your bills if you don’t have to pay for all of your deliveries in just five months of fall and winter.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office. We are here for you.


Shocking Spike in Fuel Prices

updated March 11, 2022

Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues: the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen and how fast. So are we. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel. 

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked energy markets, sending crude oil to record territory and spiking all energy prices. We’ve had increases from our heating oil suppliers of over $1.25 per gallon in less than a week. Propane prices have been better but still increased over 40 cents per gallon. And the situation remains very fluid.

What’s Coming Next?

We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills, and our receivables skyrocket. It is an awful mess for everyone.

One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business for many years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies that can’t say the same. These customers are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.

If you are having trouble paying your bill, talk to us before it becomes a problem. Many times, we can work out something to give you more time, especially if you’ve been with us a while. We can also set you up on a monthly payment plan.

Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then, trust us to look out for you, and let’s pray for the people of Ukraine.  

Steve Temple
General Manager

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