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Winner!

September 2014 We have a winner! We had a summer service special drawing, and Bob is now the proud owner of a new Char-Broil 4 burner gas grill. We happily delivered him his BBQ just in time to squeeze in a few more BBQs before we lose our summer-like weather here in Seattle. Bob has been [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00September 26th, 2014|Green Heating|Comments Off on Winner!

Labor Day

August 2014 Labor Day. What does it mean for you? A day of shopping to take advantage of all those Labor Day sales? A day off work? The end of Summer? Back to school? The first official Labor day dates back over 100 years ago, to September 5, 1882. This historic Labor Day was celebrated with [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00August 28th, 2014|Green Heating|Comments Off on Labor Day

Meet Gail

July 2014 Pictured here, on his 87th birthday, is Gail Herrmann. Although not related by blood to the Clark brothers who founded Genesee, Gail is an irrefutable member of the Genesee extended family. Gail began his career in the heating oil business in 1951 at Seattle Diesel. In 1971 Genesee Fuel acquired Seattle Diesel and with it, gained this valuable employee, [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00July 17th, 2014|Green Heating|Comments Off on Meet Gail

3 Generations of Customer Service

May 2014 It's rare. A family owned business well into it's third generation is definitely rare. But so are gems. And that is Genesee Fuel & Heating Company. A rare gem of a local, family-owned and operated business with a history of quality customer service since 1929. Family business experts say that only about 30% of U.S. family-owned [...]

By |2018-01-29T13:28:39+00:00May 20th, 2014|Anecdotes and Mildly Interesting Stuff, Green Heating, News, propane|Comments Off on 3 Generations of Customer Service

Energy saving tips

March 3, 2014 Winter is not over yet. If this winter's cold weather resulting in high bills left you frozen in your tracks, here are 10 ways to lower your energy bill.   The low hanging fruit: free, easy fixes that work. 1. Turn down your thermostat 10 degrees when you go to work, and again [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00March 3rd, 2014|Green Heating|Comments Off on Energy saving tips

Seattle: high in the “green city index”

January 7, 2014 Did you know that Seattle ranks #4 overall in the "Green City Index"? This is according to a study of 27 large American and Canadian cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, conducted for the global corporate giant Siemens. We are good! In the categories of Green building and waste reduction & recycling, [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00January 7th, 2014|Green Heating|Comments Off on Seattle: high in the “green city index”

From cooking grease to fuel.

From cooking grease to fuel. THAT is good recycling. December 10, 2013 Got grease? 'Tis the season for cooking {and feasting}, which means you might end up with buckets of unwanted cooking grease. So, what do you do with it? It can reek havoc on your pipes and is not good for the environment. It's thick, [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00December 10th, 2013|Green Heating|Comments Off on From cooking grease to fuel.

Propane 101

What Is Propane? Propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8) and is sometimes referred to as liquefied petroleum gas, LP-gas, or LPG. Propane is produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, in roughly equal amounts from each source. Nearly 97 percent of propane consumed in the United States is produced in North America. It [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00November 19th, 2013|Green Heating, propane|Comments Off on Propane 101

Propane. Not just for the bbq.

November 2013 Building or remodeling? Consider using propane for all your energy needs, not just the bbq. Why? Because it's safe, cost-efficient, and it has lower carbon emissions than the alternatives. According to the Propane Education & Research Council, an independent research firm, Newport Partners, conducted a Comparative Heating Systems Study in 2012 which evaluated [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:58+00:00November 6th, 2013|Green Heating|Comments Off on Propane. Not just for the bbq.

How Do I Know How Much Was Delivered?

February 2013 “How do I know that you delivered what you said you did”? “There is no way you delivered 150 gallons to my tank”. For some reason, consumers are reflexively suspicious about their heating oil delivery, but never think twice about the gas station pump. Perhaps, it's because Heating oil deliverys usually occur during [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00February 12th, 2013|Green Heating|Comments Off on How Do I Know How Much Was Delivered?

What Stays On When You Go Out?

February 2013 “We are never home—we could never have used that much oil (propane)”. “We were gone for a month, turned the thermostat down as far as it would go and we still used oil. How can that be?”. Did you know that an empty house set at 55˚ for an extended time will use [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00February 12th, 2013|Green Heating|Comments Off on What Stays On When You Go Out?

Community Power Works Upgrade Information

Recently, the City of Seattle Community Power Works has sent letters to Seattle residents about reasons to switch from oil to natural gas. While the upgrade program provides a great benefit, much of the data the the city used is either inaccurate our misleading for three reasons. First, the letter makes statements about switching from [...]

By |2017-09-20T09:40:50+00:00October 5th, 2012|Green Heating, Heating Technology, Maintenance and Energy Saving Tips|Comments Off on Community Power Works Upgrade Information

New To Propane?

If you've just moved into a new home with a propane tank, here are a few steps to follow. 1. Inspect the tank gauge to determine how much propane is in the tank. The gauge is usually located under the lid and will show the percentage remaining. 2. Determine if the tank is customer owned [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00September 28th, 2012|Green Heating|Comments Off on New To Propane?

Propane up and Running

Genesee brings "Be Right Over" customer service to retail propane delivery. If you heat your home or hot water with propane, now you have a superior choice of suppliers in King County, Pierce County and Snohomish County. Genesee Propane can offer you COMPETITIVE prices, more reliable service and local, friendly customer service. Just got a [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00March 26th, 2012|Green Heating|Comments Off on Propane up and Running

Heating Oil Tank Insurance

There are two types of coverage for your heating oil tank. If you are currently heating with oil or bioheat, you need both types. First is P.L.I.A. coverage, which stands for Pollution Liability Insurance Agency. The PLIA program is a Washington State agency program that is free to consumers. It provides up to $60,000 in [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00October 27th, 2011|Green Heating|Comments Off on Heating Oil Tank Insurance

All Home Heating Oil is Not the Same

Our exclusive fuel additives help with the storage of your fuel, as well as save you money. No other oil company in King, Pierce or Snohomish Counties, can offer our fuel saving additives. Genesee's Thermoil Plus is a combination of additives that makes our heating oil better than our competitors. What does it do? It [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00October 21st, 2011|Green Heating|Comments Off on All Home Heating Oil is Not the Same

Biodiesel is not ethanol

Biodiesel and Ethanol are often lumped into the same category. But let's face it, corn based ethanol is proving to be a bad idea. The energy balance and the food/fuel battle make ethanol a questionable green fuel. Biodiesel on the other hand is proving to be an astonishingly good "energy balance" value. Newly published research [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:35:59+00:00October 13th, 2011|Green Heating|Comments Off on Biodiesel is not ethanol

Completing the Loop

I was recently at a downtown restaurant with my family and noticed a plaque on the wall and a matching sticker on the window indicating that this restaurant participated in the General Biodiesel green partner program. I turned to my kids and said, "The cooking oil used to make your burger and fries will be [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:36:00+00:00August 24th, 2011|Green Heating|Comments Off on Completing the Loop

Natural gas is still carbon

Natural gas is a great thing... but it is still carbon. Genesee has been servicing and installing gas heating systems for decades and highly recommend it for it’s flexibility and wide range of applications. However, we constantly hear from people that are confused on the cleanliness issue. Natural gas is a carbon fuel that is [...]

By |2017-05-31T10:36:00+00:00April 10th, 2011|Green Heating|Comments Off on Natural gas is still carbon