There are a lot of reasons to consider adding a wireless tank monitor to your propane tank—and eliminating runouts is just the top of the list. Wireless tank monitors use wireless and cellular technology to monitor the level of propane in your tank in real-time. When the tank gauge reaches a pre-set level, the monitor alerts us—and you—directly, and we schedule a timely delivery! It really is that easy.
Now, if you’ve never run out of propane, you may not think it’s a big deal. But if your tank gets too low—or runs out completely—you’ll need to pay for professional assistance pressure tests to get your system back up and running again.
Here are some other key reasons a tank monitor is a great choice to include alongside your existing propane services:
Why do you need a pressure test when you run out of propane? It’s about safety. When the pressure in your gas lines changes—as happens when you run out of fuel—there’s the possibility that the seals around pipe fittings could contract and create a leak. A leak test checks the integrity of these joints and seals.
While propane is completely safe under most conditions, it can be highly flammable, so leaking propane lines can be dangerous. That’s why pressure tests are also required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules.
Without a tank monitor, our automatic delivery service relies on consistent usage patterns. Firing up the grill, fireplace, logs, and similar appliances can cause your propane use to vary with the weather or the season, making it hard to predict your actual usage.
And if you’re a will-call customer, a tank monitor frees you from having to watch your tank. The convenient app will alert you when it’s exactly the right time to schedule a fill-up.
Additionally, wireless propane tank monitors are also ideal for second homes and income properties. You can keep an eye on the propane supply without having to physically go there. And with our wireless tank monitoring app, you can even track multiple tanks—all in one easy-to-use interface.
With a complimentary wireless mobile app, you have even more control and insight! This user-friendly app allows you to check your tank monitor any time of the day or night to see your usage patterns day-to-day, as well as exactly how much fuel is in your tank at any given time.
The bottom line? A tank monitor offers peace of mind because you never have to worry about the hassle and costs of running out of propane, even if you’re a will call customer. Installation is quick and easy—we can have you set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes!
Contact us today to find out more about the benefits of wireless tank monitoring and how we can get you set up—100% hassle-free!
Dear Thomas Brothers Propane Customer,
We want to acknowledge the recent, alarming surge in energy prices. This is difficult for everyone and we want you to know we are here to help any way we can. If you need assistance or have any questions please contact us to discuss the best solution.
When it comes to your fuel service provider, going bigger isn’t always better. There are national corporations, with big headquarters and call centers several states away. And there are discount dealers with low prices and not much else. Neither have any ties to the Yanceyville, NC or Blackstone, VA communities, other than their wallets.
But that’s exactly why Thomas Bros. is the perfect choice. We’ve been around since 1921, and while we’ve grown since then, we’re still locally based, and we support the communities we serve. We’re a second-generation, family-owned business with offices in both Blackstone and Yanceyville, so when it comes to propane and heating oil delivery, we do the best job because we’re your neighbors. We know where you’re calling from, whether it’s a back road or a main street, a farm or a business.
Here are just a few of the reasons why choosing local for your fuel needs makes sense:
There are a lot of things we can’t control such as the weather or the price of fuel. But we can do our best to make every one of our customers feel important and confident, like a neighbor, not a client. It’s how we’ve built our business and how we plan to keep it.
Contact us today and let us know how we can help. We service Alamance, Caswell, Orange, Person & Rockingham Counties in North Carolina, and Pittsylvania & Nottaway in Virginia.
The pace of life doesn’t let up: work, shopping, kids—the to-do list just seems to keep getting longer. We know you’re busy, and we always want it to be easy to do business with us. One way we do that is through the creation of an online customer account.
How can that better assist you? Here are 3 ways a Thomas Bros. online account can make your life a little easier:
The ease of an online account doesn’t stop at your desktop computer or laptop. With our mobile-friendly website, you can do all these things on the fly with your smart phone or tablet. What are you waiting for? Start managing your Thomas Bros. account online! Contact us for more information or to learn more ways we can make your life easier.
At Thomas Bros., we’re proud of our commercial and business partnerships that support the local economies of both North Carolina and Virginia. From agriculture to warehouses, and from construction to hospitality, businesses large and small count on us for the gasoline and diesel fuels they need to get the job done.
They know we provide the same superb and attentive service to our commercial accounts as to our residential home heating and fueling clients!
We’re committed to delivering real value that goes beyond competitive prices. We provide easy ordering and on-time deliveries so you can keep your focus on your business and your fleets on the road. We deliver the following commercial fuels:
We ourselves operate a fleet of trucks that we need to keep fueled and ready to serve our customers, so we truly understand how delivery of quality wholesale diesel fuel can be critical to the success of your business. Our on-road and off-road fueling services are convenient and dependable for trucking, construction and farm equipment needs, saving you time and money. We deliver both large and small quantities to customers throughout Northern North Carolina and Southern Virginia with transparent pricing and high-quality customer service you can count on.
If you operate a fleet of service vehicles that use diesel fuel, our on-site fueling and bulk delivery service saves you time and money, compared to the cost of dispatching your fleet to an off-site gas station for fill-ups. We deliver on-road diesel fuel throughout the year to construction companies, trucking companies, and many other businesses with a fleet of vehicles.
Do you operate a construction company or other business that has diesel-powered equipment, or a farm running tractors or other farm equipment? If you’re currently buying on-road diesel from a gas station for your off-road equipment, you are paying unnecessary taxes. With the ultra-low sulfur dyed diesel that we deliver for off-road vehicles and equipment, there’s no federal excise tax—and you may be eligible for state excise tax refunds, too!
Our commercial fueling services are designed to work for all kinds of clients. School districts and municipalities also need diesel fuels and gasoline for school buses, snowplows, fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, trucks and equipment for road repairs, commercial mowers, and equipment for maintenance of parks and public spaces, transit buses, shuttle buses, paratransit buses and more. We can help in each of these sectors!
Our experts can assess your needs and help you plan, schedule, and manage your fuel deliveries. We’ll also help you track your fuel usage to reduce waste and improve efficiency. And we can work with you to plan a fueling station at your business or job site.
Thomas Brothers Propane is always here to take your call. Let us know how we can make doing business easier for you this season—and for countless seasons ahead!
Every night, the news reports about bottlenecks in the supply chain and rising prices. While some things are inching back towards normal, the pandemic has largely disrupted the supply chain. Compounded by destructive storms along the Gulf coast, the same problems are causing volatility in prices for every energy source—heating oil, propane, natural gas, and electricity. You’re feeling it at the gas pump, and propane prices are at their highest since 2014.
We know how painful these higher prices can be for our customers. It’s painful for us as well. It’s important to remember that we don’t profit when prices are higher. In fact, it’s the opposite. Think about when food prices increase. Your local grocery store isn’t profiting off those higher prices. If anyone’s profiting, it’s the big corporations and Wall Street investors.
Part of the problem is that during the early days of the pandemic, fuel prices plummeted because of decreased demand. The industry—and Wall Street—is still trying to recover. That’s why, rather than increase supply, there are some who want to keep prices high by keeping supplies tight. Read more about the factors that are driving today’s energy market in the article linked here.
Propane is manufactured from commodities that are bought and sold on the global market—mainly natural gas. As a result, propane prices can fluctuate unpredictably based on a variety of factors:
At Thomas Brothers Oil and Propane, we understand how these propane price increases can present challenges for you. While we can’t control propane prices, we’re always looking for ways to help you keep propane costs manageable:
Help is also available from Virginia’s Energy Assistance Program and North Carolina’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program. And if you are having trouble with your bills, let us know before you get behind: We’ll work with you in any way that we can.
If you’ve been looking at your recent electric bills and thinking to yourself “it’s time to make a change.” we’d recommend you look towards a conversion of your existing heating system to run on propane. Not only is it a more environmentally friendly choice, but it’s also measured to be far more efficient, too. As a company that delivers both heating oil and propane and installs and services equipment and appliances that use both types of fuel, the team at Thomas Brothers is uniquely qualified to help you!
Converting a home to propane is a straightforward, easy process that will leave you with lower energy bills and support a cleaner environment. The average conversion takes about two days, with little disruption to your life or comfort.
Propane is one of the cleanest, most versatile, and efficient fuels around. It’s a domestically sourced alternative fuel that can provide steady, reliable heat energy at an affordable price. Propane also offers exceptional performance and efficiency in a wide range of home appliances, such as water heaters, ranges and clothes dryers, at a much lower cost than electricity.
There are a range of factors to consider when choosing the energy source for your home heating and appliances, including cost, efficiency, dependability and more. The pros at Thomas Brothers can answer all your questions, and help you make the switch:
Thinking about making the switch to propane? Contact us today for more information. We can help you get started before the heart of the winter season arrives!
For over a century, family-owned Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane has been keeping families warm and safe here in North Carolina and Southern Virginia. As autumn sets into full swing, it’s time for an annual maintenance check of your home-heating system. Here are some key reasons why a furnace and/or boiler tune-up needs to be an essential part of your fall routine around the homestead.
All mechanical devices undergo wear-and-tear over time—your heating systems included. Keep the inevitable in check by scheduling a regular tune-up. When you schedule a fall wellness visit, Thomas Brothers will assure that your system is ready to roar this winter. We’ll also point out any potential minor issues that could very easily turn into giant ones for your heating system over time—helping keep any problems further at bay.
Regular maintenance can also add years to the life of your equipment and even improve it with age. This is among the ways a fall tune-up can save you money not just now, but in the long run as well.
Speaking of money, how about those energy bills? A furnace or boiler that isn’t properly maintained will begin to use up more energy to get the exact same job done—which brings higher heating bills alongside it. As these crucial systems accumulate dust and parts begin to erode, it needs more energy to push heating throughout the living space of your home. As it uses more energy and works harder, those parts can then wear down even faster. Why lessen the time before you need to invest on a costly system upgrade—or possible replacement—if you don’t have to?
Ensuring the safety of your family is a major reason to get your home-heating system inspected now. Just like yourself and your vehicles, a furnace or boiler needs a yearly checkup. A major concern is that a cracked heat exchanger can result in carbon monoxide, escaping into your home’s airflow.
Lastly, a tune-up provides something priceless: peace of mind. An emergency furnace breakdown on a cold night is stressful for you and your family. Many homeowners postpone tune-ups, even going as far as to consider them unnecessary. From first-hand experience, we know the last thing folks want to deal with is the risk of frozen pipes or the hassle and expense of emergency service. Don’t skip the maintenance. We promise you’ll be happy that you tuned-up when you had the chance!
Reduce the risk of a breakdown or safety issues by getting in touch with Thomas Brothers today! You can trust our top-notch equipment services backed by over a century of propane and heating oil system knowledge.
Do you own a traditional fireplace, but find yourself never actually using it? We fully understand. And you’re not alone! Many wood-burning fireplaces in the Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina area are often left unused due to the effort that comes with starting a wood fire altogether. A question we are often asked by our customers is if it is possible to install gas logs in their existing fireplace.
The answer is yes! You absolutely can. And what’s better? Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane offers a wide range of gas logs which will not only enhance the look of your fireplace but make it easy and convenient to use! You’ll enjoy a cozy fire with just the push of a button for years to come.
While it is possible to install gas logs in an existing fireplace, you should firstly consider the differences between wood and gas logs. We’ve compiled some of the main differences between the two for your convenience:
Much like wood logs, gas logs come with both advantages and downsides that should be considered before deciding what the best option is for you.
Did you know that propane-powered fireplace inserts are far more environmentally friendly than wood-burning fireplaces? That’s right! The EPA estimates that gas fireplaces emit nearly 99% fewer particles than their wood-burning counterparts.
Alongside that, their energy efficiency is also something to note. A traditional wood-burning, open-masonry fireplace is inefficient for heating a room, with efficiencies as low as 10%—or even worse if that room is poorly insulated. In this case, the chimney brings cold air into the home by drafting it through gaps in the insulation.
With that level of inefficiency, what’s the point of even lighting a fire to begin with?
However, a propane fireplace proves to be far more efficient. A one-pipe vent fireplace provides a 50% efficiency rating while the two-pipe vent model has efficiency ratings of around 70%. However, if a direct-vent gas fireplace is installed, it can produce a 90% efficiency rating! That means nearly every dollar you put into the operation of your unit is being effectively utilized to keep your home warm and comfy.
Here at Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane, we offer many propane heating services, including installing gas logs in existing fireplaces. Our expert team can install an array of top, name-brand logs such as those from Empire and Rinnai!
When the temperature drops, nothing appeals more than a cozy fire. Contact us to learn more about our gas log installation services and available selection for your home, today!
Most people have better things to do than keeping one eye on their fuel gauge through the winter months, and no want wants to deal with the hassles of running out of fuel during an unexpected cold snap here in northern North Carolina.
Fortunately, Thomas Brothers offers a no-fee service that can help you avoid these problems altogether: automatic delivery.
It’s that simple! With automatic delivery, you won’t have to look at your fuel levels or manage your heating oil or propane supply. You will also get priority delivery service over will-call customers – a big plus during severe North Carolina weather.
With all those great benefits, you might be wondering why we offer automatic delivery for free. It’s simple: automatic delivery is free because it helps everyone – you, our other customers, and even us! If we know when you need your heating oil or propane, we can design efficient delivery routes, which means more people get on-time deliveries.
Fuel run-outs are a costly and potentially dangerous problem. With automatic delivery, you can dramatically reduce your chance of suffering through a no-heat emergency while also saying goodbye to the hassles and headaches of managing your propane or heating oil deliveries.
What’s not to love?
Sign up for FREE automatic delivery from Thomas Brothers Oil & Propane and reduce your risk for fuel runouts! Contact us today for details.