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Vermont Tank Inspections

Vermont Fuel Dealers Association (VFDA) July 15, 2020

Vermonters that heat with fuel oil are encouraged to get their tank inspected this summer.

According to Vermont regulations, an un-inspected tank can not be filled after August 15, 2020. Give us a call to confirm if your fuel oil tank has been checked within the past three years.


Will my tank pass inspection?  Visit vermontfuel.com/tank to find out. Click here to watch a one minute video explaining Vermont’s Tank Regulations and the minimum safety standards.

Financial Assistance is Available Approximately half of Vermont homes rely on fuel oil for heat and hot water.  VFDA Tank Rebate Program provides $250 to any Vermonter who replaces a non-compliant tank with a new tank. Since 2018, VFDA has helped replace nearly 1000 tanks and distributed approximately a quarter of a million dollars in rebates directly to Vermont fuel oil customers.  

Details at vermontfuel.com/tankrebateresults. See terms and conditions at vermontfuel.com/tankrebate. More on financial assistance for tank replacements can be found at vermontfuel.com/tankassist

Spring into Summer!

Busy Cota bee’s everywhere we look. Tis the season for budget/pre-buy contracts, A/C cleaning, A/C install, generator installation, annual heating system tune-ups, bathroom remodels, new efficient system upgrades, technician training && much much more!

Here’s a look into the Cota & Cota beehive activity lately!

Give us a call or send us a message if we can help with your home heating, cooling, or plumbing honey-do list!

PLAN AHEAD FOR SAVINGS

Another winter has come and gone. The world and market volatility have created many uncertainties for the upcoming year/heating season. At Cota & Cota we want to help take this worry away. We have great news, our program pricing this year is significantly less than last year. We know your family will be able to put these savings to good use. Thank you for putting your trust in our Family.


Gallons must be used between June 1 & March 31. If you had a 2019-2020 contract you will receive a 2020-2021 contract in your mail soon. Please give us a call with any questions, if you’d like to adjust the gallons or if you’d like to switch programs.

You can call our local office to discuss what option best fits you and your family, send us a message here that’d you’d like to receive more information, or email info@cotaoil.com.

Home Comfort & Savings

Flexible settings, automatic – set it & forget it, easy to learn & use, connect it to your smart device while home or on the road, personalize your app. to each room in your home and most of all SAVE ON YOUR HEATING/COOLING BILL!

Call (888) COTA-OIL OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL OFFICE – We can help!

Our team of heating and cooling experts will help you match the correct thermostat for your home and lifestyle. Updating your home doesn’t have to be confusing – the Honeywell Thermostat is focused on HOME COMFORT. We provide installation and introduction to your new thermostat. Give your local Cota & Cota office a call to learn more about it, schedule, and save!

Simple Savings

Does your thermostat look like one of these?

Make a small affordable change this winter to save on your heating budget.

New does not need to be confusing or complicated.

We will help you find the best solution for you & your home.

Between work, travel, & sleep you likely have 16 hours out of your 24 hour day that you could be saving!

Features vary depending on the model but many thermostats offer:

• Programmable to your daily routine – set it & forget it!

• Monitor your temperature from your smart device while you’re away.

• Touch screen for simple adjustments.

• Easy to read display screen.

Cota & Cota technicians will help you find the best fit for you and your home, make installation smooth and easy, and explain the in’s and out’s of how to use your new thermostat! Simple – SAVE TODAY – call 888-COTA-OIL or click here to message us about updating your thermostat.

What a year!

Years may come and go but they always start and end with family.

What a year 2019 was! Here’s a few exciting milestones. Thank you for joining our family and putting your trust in our team of hard-working drivers, technicians, customer service reps, and many more behind the scenes folks who help make every day happen!

5th Generation

Grandpa Sean Cota welcomes Evelyn! She’s already learning her favorite color is yellow but it’ll be awhile before she’s pulling a hose to deliver.

Home Sweet Home

Our Manchester team has a new home & it’s a beautiful location with room to grow! Stop by to visit Daphne and Dave.

Growth and Success

Great teamwork within our apprenticeship programs! Our Master Plumbers and Service Technicians are teaching the next generation skills and techniques for a great career!

New in Spring 2020

A scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior in our service area who is pursuing an education in a technical field. Our employees recently honored our 3 generations by establishing an annual vocational scholarship in the Cota name. It is a lasting way to honor the commitment to the people in the communities that we serve!

From our family to yours, we wish you a joyful, safe, and warm start to the new year!

Casey Cota & Kelley Cota Tully

5th generation family with christmas truck
Evelyn learning about white and yellow trucks!
new office building and sign in Manchester Vermont
2332 Depot St. Manchester VT – Home Sweet Home
Apprentice Jared with master plumber Chris
Jared & Chris – a great plumbing team!
family accepting scholarship dedication
Casey, Chris, Kelley, Hugh, and Sean Cota

Give the Gift of Warmth

Not sure what to get family members or looking for a way to ” Pay it Forward” this year? We offer Gift Certificates to keep your loved ones warm through the unpredictable winter season. This gift truly keeps on giving and may put their mind at ease knowing they’ll be warm this winter. We can help you take the worry out of heating a home this holiday season!

You can call or visit your local office OR fill out our online form here.

Other ways to help others in the community are by making a donation to your local warming shelter, local community organizations like SEVCA or one of our favorite annual traditions is called Split The Ticket.

Check out photos from our Split the Ticket delivery with Peter Welch.

Tis the Season – Family Tradition

“If everyone could “pay it forward” at least once, it would help unite & strengthen our community.” – Ken Cota

We traditionally take part in several gifts of warmth during the cold winter season. This year we started with a mixer at our new Manchester office in partnership with the Manchester Rotary Club.

We enjoyed meeting so many positive people focused on building and supporting their communities! (Rotarian member, Paul, looks forward to gifting heating fuel to someone in his community. A group of Rotarians and local high school teachers take a photo with an exchange student. Casey Cota shares the origins of the Ken Cota Gift of Warmth tradition.)

“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” — Jackie Mutcheson

Happy November!

Home Sweet Home is 2332 Depot Street, Manchester Vermont! That’s where you can find us now for all your heating, cooling, or plumbing needs. No worries we’ve only moved across town with a little more room to grow. Maybe you’re familiar with our wonderful neighbors, the Eagles Club & Bob’s Diner.

We don’t know where the time went but we’re excited to welcome in another winter season. We’re committed to providing the Manchester area community with quality customer service, 24/7 emergency heating service, clean propane gas and bio-blend heating oil.

A great addition to your home if you’ll be away visiting family or on the slopes for an extended period of time is the 24/7 low temperature smart alarm system. Give us a call and ask about the Guardian system – 802-362-1941. While you’re away we can help keep your home safe and warm!

Be Aware & Prepare Your Home : Carbon Monoxide Awareness

Dipping Temps Mean Deadly Carbon Monoxide Looms, as Residents Burn Fuel to Heat Homes

As New Hampshire residents start turning on the heat to combat colder daytime and evening temperatures, fire departments and emergency responders expect an uptick in calls for help related to carbon monoxide exposure. To educate citizens about the elevated risks associated with carbon monoxide in colder weather, State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi and The New Hampshire/Vermont CO Alliance are committed to putting this issue at the forefront throughout November, which has been recognized as Carbon Monoxide Awareness month in our state since 2010.

Marshal Parisi wants to remind residents that, as people spend more time indoors and the heating season begins, it is important to realize carbon monoxide poisoning is a deadly threat within your home and is particularly dangerous because we cannot see, smell or taste it. 

“Carbon monoxide (CO) gas is created whenever a fossil fuel such as oil, wood, gas, charcoal or kerosene is burned. These are all commonly used within heating systems in our region and as winter approaches, our use of them increases. These factors raise potential for dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to build up in our homes. Basically, when people breathe in the carbon monoxide gas it replaces oxygen in the body and can suffocate you before you realize what is happening,” says Marshal Parisi.

TO COMBAT THIS RISK, HERE ARE SOME TIPS:

  • DO have your heating system and water heater serviced every year by a licensed, qualified professional. The company that delivers your fuel typically has HVAC technicians and is often a good choice, or the home inspector if you are in the process of purchasing a home.
  • When you buy gas-powered equipment, DO make sure it displays the seal of a national testing agency, such as Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL).
  • DO have your chimney checked annually to make sure it’s not blocked by debris, which can cause CO to build up in homes and cabins.
  • DON’T ever use gum, tape, or other materials to patch a vent pipe.
  • DON’T ever use a generator, portable gas camp stove, grill or hibachi indoors.
  • DON’T try to heat your home with a gas range or oven.

Nationwide, hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning, often caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning furnaces or appliances. Marshal Parisi advises, “Install a battery-operated or battery-backup carbon monoxide detector (CMD) in your home, whether you live in a single-family home, multi-unit dwelling, or a rental unit. You want to make sure they are installed outside each bedroom, and on each floor including the basement because over a third of CO-related fatalities happen when victims are asleep.”

Low-Temperature Home Guardian System

Last year, emergency services personnel responded to 1,100 incidents in New Hampshire where carbon monoxide was a threat.  With temperatures falling around the state, earlier this week at least two fire departments were called to properties due to carbon monoxide, including Keene and Rindge. In neighboring Massachusetts, there was a carbon monoxide fatality less than two weeks ago (Oct. 18, 2018), which may be related to a home heating system.

These incidents underscore the importance of CO alarms. Symptoms of CO poisoning can mimic viruses such as cold or flu and may include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion.

“Do not ignore symptoms, particularly if more than one person is feeling them.  Marshal Parisi warns, “If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 9-1-1.”