Mirabito Energy Products is a full-service energy provider serving Upstate New York, Northern Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Mirabito’s products and services include fuel oil, propane, kerosene, diesel fuels, coal, wood pellets, lubricants, natural gas, heating and cooling equipment sales and service with a variety of payment plans and delivery options. Mirabito also owns and operates over 55 convenience stores throughout Upstate New York
Motto: “Our People Make Energy Different”
Led by: John Pilkington
Why They’re Unique: Mirabito is celebrating its 85th Anniversary and is a family owned and operated business with its roots in the Southern Tier. Mirabito has evolved and adapted with the energy industry and continues to search for new and better ways to provide products and services to their customers.
They Can Answer Questions Relating to: How does fuel oil compare to propane and natural gas? What is the driving factor in heating oil prices? Who uses heating oil?
Meet The Expert
John is the Assistant General Manager for the Home Comfort Division of Mirabito. John and his Father owned and operated their own family business, Rounds Fuel in Greene, NY for 20 years until it merged with Mirabito in November of 2006 and John has been with Mirabito ever since. His knowledge of fuel oil and heating and cooling equipment is an asset to the business and customers.
Frequently Asked Question:
1. How does fuel oil compare to propane and natural gas?
Fuel oil has a higher BTU, or amount of heat produced, per gallon (or gallon equivalent) than propane or natural gas. So, even though the price per gallon of propane or that equivalent of natural gas may be lower, you will need more of it to produce the same amount of heat – 50% more propane and 40% more natural gas, to be exact.
2. What is the driving factor in heating oil prices?
If refiners, wholesalers, dealers and consumers have enough heating oil in storage and temperatures do not drop rapidly, prices hold fairly steady (assuming crude oil prices are also not changing much). However, a rapid change to colder weather can impact both supply and demand; people want more fuel at the same time that harbors and rivers are frozen or delivery systems are interrupted. During this time, the available heating oil in storage is used much faster than it can be replenished. Refineries normally cannot keep up with demand during these cold periods.
3. Who uses heating oil?
Of the 107 million households in the United States, approximately 8.0 million use heating oil as their main heating fuel. Residential space heating is the primary use for heating oil, making the demand highly seasonal. Most of the heating oil use occurs from October through March. The area of the country most reliant on heating oil is the Northeast.
1. Take advantage of Mirabito’s pricing plans and budget options.
Mirabito offers a variety of payment plans and options so that each customer can choose what best fits their budget. A budget plan, for example, allows you to pay the same amount every month so that your winter heating bills are not excessive. We also take on the risk of “playing the market” by letting you lock-in pricing for the season with either prepay or cap programs – our plans come out mid to late summer.
2. Be skeptical of companies that REQUIRE you to prepay for your fuel, even if their price is the lowest.
When companies need customer’s money up front in order to purchase their fuel for the coming season (supply), they will begin REQUIRING customers to prepay. That is, often times, a sign that a company is having cash-flow issues and could be at risk of not having the supply needed and promised to you when it does get cold.
3. Get your equipment tuned up every year.
It is important to keep your fuel oil equipment clean and have annual maintenance done to ensure optimum efficiency and prevent equipment failure in the cold months. Mirabito offers service agreements that include an annual tune-ups and more.
This season, Mirabito can keep your life efficient. Watch the video below to learn about their quality services and energy efficient products.
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