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Dear Customers,

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

This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, gasoline and propane to move higher too. 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 impact of Wall Street firms that jump 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. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.

Here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • We hate high prices and volatility just as much as you do. It hurts our customers, hurts our company, and makes planning very difficult.
  • 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.
  • Don’t be surprised by big bills. If you’d 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.
  • 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.

Sincerely,
Roy Rucci

Is industrial heating oil right for your business?

commercial oil supplier new york The term industrial heating oil is often used interchangeably with commercial heating oil, but either way, the focus is on what heating oil can do to help your business succeed. Whether you’re a small business or a large facility, if you’re in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, or the Jersey City area, Bayonne, or Newark, Rucci Oil can meet your fuel delivery requirements. Read on to learn more about what industrial heating oil can do for your business, and how Rucci can make it possible.

Industrial heating oil FAQs

What sets Rucci apart as an industrial heating oil provider?

Commercial boiler and oil tank inspections you can trust

In addition to our reliable commercial fuel delivery services, we also offer boiler and tank inspections, to help our industrial customers stay up-to-date on requirements set forth by their city.

Industrial heating oil service you can depend on

Count on Rucci to deliver the product you need, when and where you need reliable commercial fuel service. We have nearly 100 years of experience in putting our customers first. That’s why our loyal commercial heating oil customers depend on our professional, courteous service and our expertise with all types of oil heating equipment.

Reach out to become a customer today.

10 Facts You About Biofuel that Might Surprise You

bioheat supplier new york If you’ve lived through a few Staten Island winters, you know that heating oil is the smartest way to heat your home. It’s because heating oil has a higher BTU output per gallon. That means it will warm up your home faster than other types of fuels. What you may not know is that when you get a heating oil delivery from Rucci, we’re filling your tank with Bioheat fuel, a biofuel blend that burns as cleanly—or cleaner—than other fuels.

So what is Biofuel?

Bioheat® fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and biofuels. Biofuels are made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant oils, and plant oils such as soybean. When ULSHO is mixed with biofuels, it creates a cleaner-burning heating fuel that emits up to 80% less sulfur dioxide as well as 20% less carbon dioxide than traditional heating oils. Fewer greenhouse gases mean cleaner air and a more sustainable future for everyone!

What’s So Great About Bioheat?

  1. You don’t have to replace, alter, or add to your home’s heating system to use Bioheat fuel. It works like traditional heating oil to heat your home while reducing your carbon footprint.
  2. Because Bioheat fuel burns cleaner, your equipment runs more efficiently. That helps you keep heating costs down.
  3. Clean-burning biofuel also leaves fewer deposits in your heating system, which reduces wear on parts and saves you costs on repairs.
  4. It’s better for the environment than electric heating. That’s because more than 90% of the coal used in the U.S. today goes toward electricity production.
  5. Bioheat is getting even greener: The heating oil industry is working towards making B50 Bioheat fuel, which is made with 50% biofuels, the standard by 2030. It’s part of the efforts the industry is taking to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
  6. Rucci Oil was one of the first companies in the area to voluntarily deliver Bioheat—even before it was mandated in New York City.
  7. When you heat your home with Bioheat fuel, you qualify for New York State’s clean fuel tax credit, a 20¢-per-gallon credit on your state income taxes.
  8. The production of biofuels supports 62,000 jobs in the United States.
  9. Biofuel is domestically produced using raw materials and by-products that would otherwise be wasted. 
  10. Bioheat fuel is a great value: The per-gallon price is comparable to regular heating oil, but it burns more efficiently, which lowers your overall cost.

The Bottom Line When You Need Heating Oil Delivery

When you’re looking for a heating oil provider for your home or business, you want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier.

That’s why customers on Staten Island, in Brooklyn, and New Jersey trust Rucci for clean-burning, energy- and cost-efficient biofuel.  Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your home or business!

Why wait to upgrade your furnace when you can save now?

heating service new yorkAs much as we’d like them to, furnaces don’t last forever – especially older models that are a decade or more past their prime. But if your heater needs to be replaced, can you get away with waiting until next year? Moreover – should you? Read on to learn more about how you’ll know when the right time is to get your Staten Island furnace replaced.

Putting off furnace replacement costs more in the end

The number one reason folks cite for wanting to put off replacing their furnace is, of course, the cost. After all, upgrading your heater is an investment. The truth is, though, that keeping your old, outdated heater around longer could just end up costing you more money. Newer model furnaces are so much more efficient and can save you lots of money on your energy bills. Switching to a new, highly efficient heating system could reduce your annual heating costs by 30% or more.

Enjoy the comfort you deserve – starting now!

Many of today’s furnaces, such as those made by Amana, use variable-speed fans and heating elements to provide superior, economic comfort—no matter how mild or cold the weather is outside. Furnaces today are more efficient than ever and are designed to operate quietly while still distributing warmth evenly throughout your home. There’s no reason to wait to enjoy comfort year-round.

Technicians can devote more time and attention in the fall

If you know you’ll need your furnace replaced soon, it makes sense to do it now, rather than wait until January. Being aware that your heating system needs to be upgraded is actually a big benefit. Ideally, if you get on your expert technician’s schedule now, you won’t have to risk a breakdown in the dead of winter when everyone else’s heaters are breaking, too.

Comfort & convenience are on your side this fall

Our goal is always to help you avoid a breakdown, and that’s why we suggest moving forward with your furnace replacement as soon as possible if you think you’ll need one in the coming months. But, if worse comes to worst, it’s better to be without a working furnace in early fall than in mid-winter. Should you need to order a part or get on your expert technician’s busy schedule, at least you won’t have to worry about keeping your family safe and warm or bearing the extra cost of a rush installation.

Rucci helps you get comfortable, and save money all year

The bottom line: Jumpstart your savings and comfort by taking care of updating your furnace sooner rather than later. If you have an older boiler or furnace, we encourage you to contact the experts at Rucci Oil about how a new, high-efficiency model will help you save on energy costs, make your home more comfortable, help protect the environment, and more. We will also help determine which boiler or furnace model best suits your home, your family, and your bank account.

Set your AC up now, for success next season

home cooling new york

Summer may be wrapping up, but the heat is still going strong! It makes sense that you may not be thinking about preparing to power down your AC just yet. Fall temperatures will be here before we know it, though, and you’ll want to begin prepping your air conditioner to weather the winter and be raring to go for next summer. Read on to learn some of our top tips for caring for your AC as summer comes to a close.

Top 5 tips to ready your AC for hibernation

You remember the old adage – don’t leave for tomorrow what can be done today! The cliché doesn’t always hold true, but it’s good advice when you’re considering “winterizing” your AC as summer winds down.

Rucci has your comfort covered, whatever the season

Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your home or business, Rucci is ready to help. Service is what it’s all about—and what we’ve been about since our founding.

If you’re looking for a reliable heating oil and HVAC company, please contact us to become a customer, and we’ll show you our smart solutions for staying comfortable—and for saving money on energy all year round.

A price-capped budget plan is a smart idea this year!

fuel payments new yorkThe price of heating oil and other fuels has increased in recent months, and we know that type of unpredictability can wreak havoc on a budget. That’s why we offer options to protect our budget-conscious customers. Read on to learn more about how we can help keep fuel costs manageable.

EZ Pay takes the guesswork away

Heating oil prices may sometimes be unpredictable, but our monthly payment plan takes the guesswork out of your heating oil bills. You can spread out your winter fuel payments by enrolling in our budget plan, which we call EZ Pay. Enrolling in EZ Pay, at absolutely no cost, helps make your heating oil payments more predictable!

Here’s how EZ Pay works: We review your fuel use over the past few winters and calculate a monthly payment amount. Then, from July through May, you have 11 equal, predictable payments, which means no unexpectedly high heating bills.

Price protection gives you price certainty

Tired of the price spikes in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and New Jersey—including Newark, Bayonne, Jersey City, Rahway, Woodbridge, and Linden? Our Price Protection program looks out for you:

The takeaway here is that with the Price Protection program, you’re protected from skyrocketing prices – without being stuck with a mediocre rate if prices end up falling. It’s the best of both worlds, and there’s no risk to you, so contact us today!

Rucci has smart solutions – no matter the ups & downs

With our history of serving customers for nearly 100 years, we have learned that every customer’s financial circumstances and budgeting needs are unique. No matter where the price of home heating oil goes, our customers need some way to make their prices more predictable. Some companies make this process complicated; we don’t.

If you would like to learn more about our EZ Pay and Price Protection programs, we look forward to hearing from you and hope you’ll join the Rucci family of satisfied customers!

Propane Tank Delivery Makes It Easy!

grilling with gas new yorkYou’ve heard how great propane grilling is from family, friends and neighbors – now it’s your turn to take the plunge. If you’re ready to say goodbye to firing up a hot stove in your sweltering kitchen this summer, read on to learn more about how you can enjoy all the benefits of grilling with propane, without any hassle!

What’s so great about propane grilling?

Always have propane on hand with our Smart Exchange program!

Our Smart Exchange propane grill tank exchange service makes always having propane for your BBQ grill easy and worry-free! No more going out to fetch a new cylinder, just to miss out on your own barbecue!

Rucci makes propane grilling easy!

With propane grilling, you’ll be all set for your best summer yet, and we’re ready to get you started with our easy, convenient Smart Exchange program. If you’re in Staten Island, NY, we’d love to deliver your propane cylinder for your next cookout.

Reach out to us today and learn about the other services we provide for your home comfort.

Another Smart Solution: Propane Delivery & Small Cylinder Exchange

tank delivery new yorkHopefully, you already know that from heating to cooling to plumbing, Rucci has the knowledge and experience to provide you with smart solutions for your home needs. But now, we’ve added one more wise idea for stress-free backyard cooking on your propane gas grill. We call it Smart Exchange–an exchange program for 20-pound propane barbecue grill cylinders.

How Smart Exchange Works

It’s easy to have the propane you need for your spring and summer grilling on hand and ready to go. Simply:

Say Goodbye to Hassles and Headaches

Let us worry about the propane, so you can focus on the barbeque! With our new Smart Exchange program, you can avoid:

Choose the Option that Works Best for You

Your Grill is Calling, and We’re Ready to Get You Set Up!

If you’re interested in becoming a Rucci customer, call us so that we can help you get set up. We have smart solutions for heating, cooling, and plumbing – and now our BBQ propane cylinder exchange service! Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your home or business, Rucci is ready to help.

Find out more about our services, payment options, and new customer incentives and reach out to us today.

Fuel Price Spikes Can Be Distressing, But You Can Depend on Rucci

heating oil cost new yorkHeating oil, gasoline, and the many other products derived from crude oil are beholden to its price spikes on the global market. This is just what happened when Russia invaded Ukraine, causing crude oil prices to soar to over $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly a decade. This on top of already existing price spikes caused by supply shortages and inflation has definitely raised prices for heating oil customers. Read on to see how Rucci Oil can help you cope, and that we’re all in this together.

The spike in fuel prices is problematic for all of us, but with Rucci, you don’t have to worry about fuel run-outs and delays, and we may be able to help you with our budget plan, which we call EZ Pay, by spreading out your payments if you have trouble paying your bill. Read on to learn more about heating oil price fluctuations. Please reach out to us with any questions, so we can help you navigate this challenging time and brainstorm with you to find solutions.

No Easy Fix to Heating Oil Supply Shortages

Pundits and politicians in the U.S. like to offer a simplified and misinformed solution to supply shortages, claiming that drilling more oil domestically will solve the problem. But that’s ignoring the predictions put forth by experienced investors, who realize that a zero-carbon emissions world is not too far off in our future. Big money is holding back on fossil fuel investments as legislators try to move the country toward more renewable energy.

Market Volatility

Another factor influencing oil companies in this extremely volatile energy market is the memory of the shocking drop in crude oil prices towards the start of the pandemic. In spring of 2020, crude oil prices fell all the way to negative $30 per barrel! Traders had to pay buyers to take oil! Since then, however, prices have been steadily rising before they exploded in late February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But as quickly as mid-March, crude oil prices had dropped under $100 per barrel again. This was caused by a variety of factors, including the surprise COVID-19 lockdowns in China, small signs of a possible diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict, and the biggest drop in four years of “bullish bets” on the market by hedgers.

Russia’ Influence on the Market

Russia’s influence on the market stems from its role as one of the top three greatest petroleum and liquid fuels producers in the world. Because of Russia’s clout, energy prices began rising simply in anticipation of the potential sanctions on the Russian energy sector if the country invaded Ukraine. Even the hint of a possible disruption in the energy supply – in other words, the fear factor – can strongly affect commodities traders’ decision-making.

When Russia DID invade Ukraine, the U.S. was the first country to place a ban on Russian imported oil and petroleum products, which amounted to about 7% of U.S. imports in 2020 – not a huge portion. In contrast, Canada ranked number one with 52% of petroleum imports, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But here’s where the fear factor becomes apparent: While Russian oil imported into the U.S. amounts to only a few drops in the barrel, the prospect of Europe eventually joining the U.S. in banning Russian energy imports would leave a big void to fill, and this uncertainty scares those who make their living in the oil markets.

What Can We Expect Next?

You may be asking, exactly where things will go from here. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say for sure. Like you, we hope this spike is just temporary. Nothing will make us happier than when prices return to normal in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and New Jersey and throughout the country. Until then, trust Rucci to look out for you when you become a customer.

For nearly 100 years, Rucci has been engaged in the business of keeping our customers warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe and comfortable all year long. Thanks to our loyal customers, we plan to be doing so for many more years to come. Together, let’s hope that—regardless of what happens with energy prices—we will be soon living in a more peaceful world, where families can be warm, safe, and together.

Heating oil lasts longer than you think

bioheat lifespan new yorkHeating oil has more longevity than you might expect. In fact, it lasts for up to two years, provided it is stored properly. There are a few factors that can impact your stored heating oil’s quality, though. Read on to learn some helpful tips for making sure your heating oil is poised to live a long, healthy life.

Choose automatic delivery with monitoring

Because heating oil has a relatively long lifespan of 18-24 months, it’s not likely going to go bad while in your tank, unless you’re storing far, far more heating oil than you could reasonably use in a season. Of course, you never want to risk having too little fuel on hand either. By choosing auto delivery service, you can rest assured that you’ll never run out of heating oil, while also having the peace of mind that your fuel provider is keeping an eye on your usage patterns.

At Rucci, we keep track of your fuel use, and when you need heating oil, we automatically come and fill your tank. And the best part is, we don’t charge you extra for this service. If a nor’easter is on the way or we are gripped by a prolonged cold spell, we plan extra deliveries and make sure you have plenty of heating oil in plenty of time. When temperatures are more moderate and you use less fuel, the time between deliveries is longer.

Avoid contaminants that degrade your heating oil

If you are experiencing contaminants entering your heating oil tank, the tank itself may need to be repaired, replaced or even relocated. Give us a call and we’ll get it figured out.

Use long-lasting, clean-burning Bioheat® fuel

Higher-quality heating oil lasts longer and is better for the environment. As part of our commitment to fuel efficiency and energy conservation, Rucci delivers Bioheat® fuel. This is the industry’s official name for a fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable biodiesel that’s made from organic and recycled products, including soybean oil, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae.

Rely on Rucci for great heating oil pricing in New York and New Jersey

Many homes and businesses in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Jersey City area rely on Rucci to deliver their heating oil and to keep them warm and comfortable throughout our often-frigid winters.

Our loyal heating oil customers depend on us—and stay with us—because of our professional, courteous service and our expertise with all types of oil heating equipment. When you’re ready to join our family of customers, Rucci’s professional staff is ready to get you all set up.