About Our Heating Equipment Service Plans

The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and fall is in there air. As you fire up your furnace for the first time of the season, you should think about getting it serviced. By getting it done now, you will have peace of mind all winter knowing that your furnace won’t stop working in the dead of winter, when HVAC companies are booked days in advance.

At Devine Bros. we offer three heating equipment service plans to get you through the winter. Here is some basic information on each:

Basic Plan – $244 per year

Our basic plan is the lowest of our three options. It includes:

  • 24/7 service, 365 days per year

  • Annual tune up for preventative maintenance and energy savings

  • Same-day emergency service

  • Discounted repair rates

Standard Plan – $289 per year

The standard plan offers more than our basic level, but is a step down from the premium package. It includes:

  • Everything from the Basic Plan

  • Free repair for 24 different furnace components

  • 15% discount on all uncovered repairs

Premium Plan – $399 per year

This is our best plan, plus you get a $125 discount on each additional unit you sign up for. Our premium plan includes:

  • Everything from the Basic & Standard Plans

  • Free repair on more than 50 different parts

  • No travel or diagnostic fees!

For almost 100 years, Fairfield County residents have depended on Devine Bros. to keep warm during the winter. If you live in Norwalk CT or the surrounding areas, sign up for our service plan! Click here for more information or call us at (203) 866-4421.

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Where Does Your Home Use The Most Energy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Every month, a big chunk of your paycheck goes straight towards your various utility bills: electricity, gas, heat, hot water, etc. If you have ever wondered just how your utility bills break down, this infographic from Bob Jenson’s Air Conditioning & Heating does a great job of illustrating it. It also gives some helpful tips on how you can save money and the environment by reducing your carbon footprint!

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1. Heating and Cooling – 40%

This shouldn’t be a surprise – space heating and cooling is responsible for more energy usage (by far) than any other category, with the number sometimes as high as 50%. Some ways to reduce this cost include adjusting your thermostat, changing your air filter, getting your HVAC system tuned up, and sealing air leaks around the home.

2. Water Heating – 28%

After space heating, water heating accounts for the second-highest total use of energy; about 28%. Save money on your water heating costs by installing low-flow faucets, taking shorter showers, or upgrading to a tankless water heater.

3. Electronics – 14%

The various electronic devices around your home account for about 14% of your total energy consumption. This category includes TVs, appliances, alarm clocks, and any other gadgets you may have. The biggest way to save money here is simply by turning things off when they are not being used.

4. Lighting – 8%

Just keeping your home well-lit could be costing you almost 10% of your utility bill. Cut back on your lighting costs by upgrading to energy-efficient LED bulbs, installing dimmer switches, and making a conscious effort to turn off the lights when you leave a room.

5. Standby Voltage – 4%

Even when some of your electronics are turned off, they can still use energy. For instance, even when it is “off”, your cable box draws electricity in order to power the time display and IR receiver for when you hit the “power on” button on your remote. The only way to reduce this number is by physically unplugging these devices from the wall when you aren’t using them.

How else can you save energy in your Connecticut home? One quick and easy way is by choosing Devine Bros. as your electricity provider! Connecticut has a deregulated energy market, meaning you are free to choose who supplies you with your power. On average, our electricity customers save 10-15% on the supply portion of their electric bills. A $50 instant rebate is available for those who qualify – click here for more information or call us at (203) 866-4421.

5 Benefits of Propane

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With the arrival of fall, homeowners are beginning to think about how they are going to heat their homes this season. If your heating system is in need of an upgrade, consider making the switch to propane. Using propane as your main heating fuel source offers significant benefits, such as:

  • Efficient. Propane burns hotter than most other fuels, making it a more efficient, affordable option for homeowners. Propane hot water tanks only take about 20 minutes to refill, as opposed to an hour for electric water tanks. Propane furnaces also last about six years longer than an electric heat pump and cost less to repair.

  • Reliable. By choosing propane to fuel your home’s heating system, appliances, and hot water heater, you have peace of mind knowing that are less dependent on electricity in the case of a power outage. Even in the event of a heavy storm or blackout, you will have heat, hot water, and hot food.

  • Safe. Propane is a nontoxic, nonpoisonous fuel. It is insoluble in water, so it cannot contaminate our water supplies or soil. Because of this, propane tanks can safely be buried underground without worry.

  • Eco-Friendly. Propane is certified by the Clean Air Act to be a clean source of alternative fuel. It burns cleaner than most other fuel sources, producing significantly fewer greenhouse gasses which are destructive to our environment.

  • Domestic. By using propane, you can help stimulate the American economy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil imports. 90% of the propane we use is produced right here in the United States, and 97% is produced in North America.

Do you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area? If so, trust Devine Bros. with all of your propane needs! Fairfield County residents have depended on us to keep warm for almost 100 winters, and we haven’t let them down. Call (203) 866-4421 to learn about our propane services, or sign up by clicking here.

Energy Saving Tips to Use This Fall

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Fall is officially here! Before we know it, the leaves will be gone, the days will be short, and the weather will be cold. With temperatures already starting to cool off in Connecticut, it won’t be long before many of us fire up our heating systems for the first time of the season.

Heating our homes isn’t cheap – in fact, it accounts for more than 20% of our utility costs during the winter months. If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption without sacrificing your comfort this fall, check out these tips:

  • Get your furnace tuned up. Now is the perfect time to call a local HVAC service and get your heating equipment tuned up. A tune up will improve your furnace’s energy-efficiency and can prevent future breakdowns; something you don’t want to deal with in the dead of winter.

  • Utilize your windows. Save energy by keeping your window curtains open during the day time – particularly the ones on the south-facing side of your home. The sunlight provides a free source of heat, just make sure to close the curtains at night to reduce heat loss through your windows.

  • Seal any air leaks. A significant amount of heat is lost through your windows, doors, and walls due to small cracks and holes that allow warm air to escape. A little bit of caulking and weatherstripping can go a long way towards preventing this.

  • Change your air filter. Did you know that your furnace has an air filter, and that it needs to be changed regularly? Changing your filter can improve air flow and increase energy-efficiency; refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to do this for your specific model.

  • Turn down the thermostat. Does your home really need to be 75°, or is 70° sufficient? For every one degree Fahrenheit you lower your thermostat, you could save 3-5% on your monthly heating bill.

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is a great way to save energy. Turn your heat off before you leave your house for the day, but program it to turn on an hour before you come back so that your house is warm by the time you get home. These require a small up-front investment, but can pay for themselves in under a year.

  • Switch heating oil providers. If you use oil to heat your home, consider switching your provider. Consider finding one with a fixed price plan so you won’t be affected if heating oil prices go up.

If you are searching for a heating oil provider in Norwalk, CT or the surrounding Fairfield County area, look no further than Devine Bros! For almost 100 years, Connecticut residents have depended on us to keep warm. Click here to visit our website or call us at (203) 866-4421 to learn more.

Devine Bros. Concrete | Concrete Supplies Fairfield County

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If you are looking for an affordable, reliable provider of high-quality concrete in the Fairfield County area, look no further than Devine Bros.

Devine Bros. is a family owned and operated concrete supplier based out of Norwalk, Connecticut. We operate two ready-mix plants in Fairfield County, and are fully certified by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, as well as the American Concrete Institute.

We are capable of manufacturing all types of concrete, from lightweight structural concrete to high strength microsilica concrete. If you need concrete for a special project, we can design and mix a custom aggregate in order to meet your exact specifications.

Here is a look at some of the concrete mixes we are able to produce at our manufacturing plants:

Connecticut State Mixes

  • State Class A
  • State Class C

  • State Class F

Concrete Admixtures

  • Chloride Accelerator – 1% or 2%

  • Non-chloride accelerator – 1% or 2%

  • Retarder

  • Waterproofing and Water Reducer

  • Superplasticizer

  • Concrete Fiber Solutions

Special Concrete Mixes

  • Grout Mixes

  • 1-2 Finish

  • 1-3 Finish

  • Flowable Fill

Concrete Blocks

  • Concrete blocks available in different sizes

As mentioned before, if we don’t already have what you are looking for, we will design it! We have custom concrete mixes available to be made with 1¼”, ¾”, ½”, and ⅜” aggregate.

There is a reason our concrete mixes are preferred by some of southern Connecticut’s largest institutions such as Stamford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, and Belpointe Financial. To learn more about Devine. Bros concrete and the other services we provide, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

5 Ways to Use Less Hot Water

According to the Department of Energy, water heating is the second-largest utility expense in the home, trailing only space heating and cooling. On average, your hot water supply is responsible for about 12% of your monthly energy bill, but you can lower that number by making a few small changes.

Here are five ways you can use less hot water in your home:

1. Turn Down Your Hot Water Tank’s Thermostat.

Most water tanks are set to 140° F, and they maintain this temperature around-the-clock. That takes a lot of energy, especially when you consider that most of us will never need our water to be that hot. Turning the thermostat down to 120° could save you up to 10% on your bill and you won’t even notice the difference.

2. Don’t Pre-Rinse Your Dishes Before Using the Dishwasher.

Many of us will quickly rinse our dishes with warm water before putting them in the dishwasher to be cleaned. If you own a newer dishwasher, you can likely skip this step, as most new appliances are powerful enough to remove grime without the pre-rinse phase. Just scrape leftover food into the trash bin and load the plate into the dishwasher.

3. Make an Effort to Take Shorter Showers.

We all love to take long, hot showers, but taking medium-length, hot showers instead could result in significant energy savings. The average shower uses about five gallons of water per minute – shortening your shower from 10 minutes to 8 could save ten gallons of water per day, or more than 3,500 gallons each year.

4. Use the Cold or Warm Setting on Your Washing Machine.

Except for your special clothing which absolutely must be washed in hot water, use warm or cold water when doing laundry. Hot water should only be used in special circumstances such as greasy clothes, stains, or when you need ultimate germ-killing power – such as washing bed sheets of a sick family member.

5. Buy Energy-Star Appliances

This might not be the most cost-efficient option, but if you are already in need of a new appliance, you should consider buying one which is Energy Star certified. Appliances with this certification have tested by the Department of Energy and have proven to offer significant energy savings. All sorts of appliances can carry the Energy Star tag; including washing machines, hot water heaters, and dishwashers.

Devine Bros. is a leading supplier of heating oil and propane to Norwalk, CT and the surrounding Fairfield County area. For almost 100 years, Connecticut residents have depended on us to keep their homes and water warm. Visit our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

Bioheat FAQs

If you are regular follower of this blog, you know that Devine Bros. first introduced bioheat to the Connecticut market back in 2004. If you are still unsure about what bioheat is, or the specifics of it, read through these FAQs.

What is bioheat?

“Bioheat” is a term used to describe a blend of pure biodiesel with any conventional home heating oil. Both the conventional oil and the biodiesel must meet their ASTM specifications before they can be blended.

Is Bioheat the same as biodiesel?

No, biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel source which contains no petroleum – it is created from vegetable oils and animal fats. Bioheat, on the other hand, is a blend of biodiesel and conventional heating oil. Generally, bioheat contains anywhere from 2% to 20% biodiesel, with the rest being conventional heating oil.

Can I blend vegetable oil with heating oil to create bioheat?

No. While vegetable oils are used to create biodiesel, they must undergo a chemical reaction known as transesterification before they can be used. Unreacted or partially-reacted oils can increase hazardous emissions of formaldehyde and create cold flow concerns, and should not, under any circumstances, be used to make bioheat.

Is my heating system compatible with bioheat?

Yes. All known oil tanks, gaskets, seals, hoses, and o-rings are compatible with bioheat at blends of 20% or less. Using bioheat in your existing heating system will not require any modifications, nor will it void your manufacturer’s warranty. At blends higher than 20% biodiesel, alterations to your existing heating system may be necessary.

What benefits does bioheat offer?

Bioheat offers many benefits, both to the user and the environment. It is burns cleaner than conventional oil, resulting in lower emissions and better air quality for your home. It decreases our dependence on foreign oil, creating American jobs and strengthening our economy. Using it will also increase your heating system’s efficiency and extend its lifespan.

How can I get bioheat in my home?

Are you interested in finding out more about bioheat, or ordering it for your Norwalk, CT home this heating season? Click here to learn about our pricing options or give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

For almost 100 years, residents of Fairfield County have depended on Devine Bros. to keep comfortable all year round. From heating oil to air conditioning to generators and electricity, we do it all! Visit our website for more information.

How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

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Do you know about the dangers of indoor air pollution? It sounds like the start to a cheesy infomercial, but it’s the truth – the air in your home may be up to ten times more polluted than even the dirtiest of cities! Still skeptical? What if we told you that the EPA, a government agency, ranked indoor air pollution as a top five risk to public health?

The World Health Organization lists several risks and diseases attributed to poor indoor air quality, including lung cancer and heart disease. If you are looking for ways to clean up your home’s air, following these tips is a good place to start.

  • Install a HEPA filter. High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters remove 99.7% of all particles from your air. These filters can be used in conjunction with your central HVAC system, or you can buy standalone units to use in problem areas.

  • Shoe control. When you wear shoes around the house, you aren’t just tracking dirt – you could also be dragging pesticides and other toxins into your home. Use doormats at all entrances and implement a “no shoe” policy for yourself and your guests.

  • Stop using commercial cleaners. It’s hard to imagine, but almost nothing makes your air dirtier than commercial cleaning products – especially air spray! Ditch these, you can clean most things in your house using nothing more than baking soda, vinegar, and lemon.

  • Add some houseplants. During the 1980s, NASA conducted a study which concluded that certain houseplants (such as bamboo, aloe vera, and English ivy) can naturally purify your home’s air by removing harmful toxins.

  • No-smoking zone. By now everyone is aware of the dangers of first- and second-hand smoke, but what about third-hand smoke? This happens when you smoke inside, harmful particles from the smoke can linger on walls and furniture well after the cigarette has been put out.

  • Remove all mold and mildew. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow anywhere moisture is present. Exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and even respiratory infections. If you spot it growing in your home, have it professionally removed immediately.

How clean is your home’s air? If you live in Norwalk, Connecticut or the surrounding area, contact Devine Bros. for an air quality consultation at (203) 866-4421!