Telecommuting & Energy Consumption

How working from home affects your energy consumption

Many American workers are doing their jobs from home today. Forbes is quoted as saying "58% of American Knowledge workers are doing their jobs from home". To some this is a dream come true – fuzzy slippers and a cup of coffee while sitting through that meeting. Others find the transition difficult to balance with all family members vying for internet bandwith and computer access.

You may not give it much thought, but this change in working environment can significantly affect your home heating fuel usage. If you’re on automatic delivery it can drastically impact our estimate of your consumption. Additionally, if your a will call customer, your estimation of when to look at your tank gauge may be off significantly.

For automatic delivery, there are quite a few factors that go into our estimate of your usage. Past usage history, degree days and K-Factor. Please refer to this blog post to learn more about our calculation process.

We’ve got degree days (Wow was it a warm winter!) and K-Factor but there is nothing in anyone’s previous usage history to account for what’s going on now. Nowhere in our automatic delivery program is there a checkbox for Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 and everyone now being home. Let’s not forget about our recent snow on Mother’s Day and the freeze warnings that seem to go on for days. All of this plays into an unusual heating pattern.

This is where you come in. If you are on automatic delivery and have been practicing the #stayhome routine, you are undoubtedly using more energy – and perhaps blowing up the internet. Please check your propane gas and fuel oil gauges regularly. Should you notice your propane gas tank getting down towards 30% or your oil tank near ¼ give us a call.

This applies even more to customers who have moved into their second homes. Rather than have you run out because we don’t know you’re there, check your tank. Let’s #stayhomestaysafe and also let CES know when your tank is getting low. Call us at 800-874-1975 to order heating fuel.

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Combined Energy Services Employee

Combined Energy Services

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New York Counties
Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, & Ulster


Pennsylvania Counties
Monroe, Pike & Wayne


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Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, & Warren

Our Locations

Monticello, NY

216 East Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
Phone: (845) 794-1210
Fax: (845) 794-0238

Dingmans Ferry, PA

1483 Route 739
Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
Phone: (570) 828-1700
Fax: (570) 828-2523

Andover, NJ

430 U.S. 206
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: (973) 948-0090
Fax: (973) 383-0161

Satellite Fuel Storage Facilities

Thompsonville, NY 
Liberty, NY 
Saugerties, NY

New Hampton, NY

1 Musket Ct.
New Hampton, NY 10958
Phone: (845) 294-4343 / (845) 343-5353
Fax: (845) 606-8026
All Gas Welding: (845) 294-7771

Kerhonkson, NY

6525 U.S. 209
Kerhonkson, NY 12446
(corner Rt 209 & Rt. 44/55)
Phone: (845) 647-6226
Fax: (845) 626-1290

West Nyack, NY

155 South Route 303
West Nyack, NY 10994
Phone: (845) 535-5340
Fax: (845) 535-4491


Bethel, NY 
Dingmans Ferry, PA

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