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30 YEARS – Congratulations Wayne & Chip!

This is a special occasion for Cota & Cota to celebrate 30 years of service for two amazing employees this fall.  Our profound thanks and congratulations go out to Chip Hewitt and Wayne Palmer!

Celebrating 30 years in the Cota & Cota family with Chip & Wayne.

Chip Hewitt came to Cota & Cota in September of 1987. 

Chip started as a plumber’s apprentice and a delivery driver in the winter.   Chip’s can-do attitude always makes the workday enjoyable.  His versatility quickly made him an asset to many different departments.  Chip’s ability to complete anything from plumbing projects to heating installation projects to deliveries to construction projects allowed the company to grow.  Now doing heating estimates, Chip has added great knowledge and commitment to this department.

With Chip’s timely dry humor he keeps his coworkers on their toes.  And his good-hearted nature helps make the work place an enjoyable place to be.

Wayne Palmer came onboard in August in 1987 from Gay’s Fuel Service. 

From the early days of meeting Wayne, I knew he was about making quality his top priority.  He is always great at teaching people new skills and helping others problem solve.  Wayne’s knowledge in both oil and propane service has helped to make Cota & Cota the company that it is today by setting the standard for quality.  Wayne’s ability to help with a problem day or night shows not only his commitment to his fellow employees but also to his craft.

Over time, Wayne has evolved just like Chip by moving from service tech to field supervisor to estimator to his current position of service dispatch and scheduling at the Creamery, where he took over for Lou Tomberg. Wayne has taken on every new task with wanting to be the best he can be at it and for that we thank him. 

 Chip and Wayne, thank you for all you have done and will continue to do, to make Cota & Cota the leader in the heating industry, but more importantly, making others around you better.

– Casey, Chris, Kelley

Kelley Tully, Casey Cota & Chris Cota are thrilled to 75 years of a family tradition!


Don’t let the warm weather fool you – Fall is on it’s way!

Cota & Cota Fall Delivery on Mt Ascutney

Cota & Cota Fall Delivery on Mt Ascutney

Since 1941 we’ve provided quality heating fuels & service for families and their homes. Take a look at the Farmer’s Almanac 2018 Outlook below and decide for yourself what may be in store for us this Fall & Winter!

Click here to view the full 2018 Winter Outlook!

When temperatures start to drop, give us a call at (888) COTA -OIL  for all your home heating needs.
Quality Heating Fuels – we can provide home comfort – setup automatic deliveries to your home.
Guardian Alarm System – the smart system alarms our technicians before costly damage can happen.
Fall Tune-Up – 20 point inspection & service to ensure worry free heating this winter.
• Home Comfort Service Plans – 1 emergency service call & the plan pays for itself.
Generators – winter weather is unpredictable. Starts & restores power in seconds, whether you’re home or away.
Home Winterization – master plumbers can prepare your home for the winter & avoid freeze-ups while you’re away.
Gift of Warmth – help your neighbor or family member in need, we provide gift certificates for home heating fuel.
Cota & Cota : Winter Delivery

Cota & Cota : Winter Delivery


ART Manchester OPEN until October 15!

We’re thrilled to have been a part of these pop-up galleries with other organizations & businesses focused on strengthening the Manchester community!


Thank you Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Life Magazine, Manchester Designer Outlets.

They opened in July, 2017 at several locations in Manchester, VT. Click here for the locations.

Just recently they’ve decided to extend ART Manchester until October 15! You can read about it here.

Cota & Cota team: Casey Cota, Kelley Tully, Daphne Van Schaik & Dave Moore.

Your Hometown Heating Experts


You may know us as Cota & Cota Oil but we also have all your PROPANE needs covered in every season, including grilling season!

Bring your 20 lb. gas grill tank in to any Cota & Cota office to exchange it for a full tank. Please allow 24 hours to refill your own tank. **Call your local office for pricing.

In the spirit of SUMMER FUN & GRILLING we decided to share our top 3 favorite BLUE videos.

Stay Safe This Winter

#StaySafe #CarbonMonoxide #SnowStorm #VT #HelpYourNeighbor

Can you spot the heating vent in this photo?

A reminder of the dangers during and after winter snow storms.

It’s important to keep your furnace vents, intake valves and chimneys free of ice & snow. Take the time to clear around them so wind doesn’t cover them up overnight or while you’re away.

Blocked vents can cause carbon monoxide to build up in your home & cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.

Also check that your carbon monoxide detector has working batteries.

With more snow on the way this weekend make sure generators are shoveled out & their vents are cleared in case of a power outage.

Other steps to protect your home:


Gift of Warmth

In 2016 we celebrated 75 years in business! Every year we enjoy being involved in our community, helping our neighbors in need & helping others “Pay It Forward” with our annual Ken Cota – Gift of Warmth during the holidays. This year though, was very special to us and as a thank you to our many loyal customers and caring communities we gave away a new high efficiency heating system, three gifts of warmth, and partnered up with Oil Heat Cares to help a family in need.

Lucky winners from Brattleboro, Saxtons River, and Manchester mixers were all provided with a chance to “Pay It Forward” to an individual or organization in need in their community.  One gift of warmth decision really represents the kind of Vermont roots that fuels our family business.

Longtime Bellows Falls business owner, Ray Massuco, won the Saxtons River gift of warmth and within seconds knew a deserving organization only a few blocks from our office in Bellows Falls that he would be thrilled to see 100 gallons of heating oil donated to. The Bellows Falls Community Bike Projects’ mission is to provide community access to reclaimed bicycles and bike repair skills, encouraging safe bicycling as a means of affordable transportation, self sufficiency and overall wellness. With only two paid employees and the rest dedicated volunteers Ray said they could certainly use a little help in the new year with heating their building.


Every Vermont winter brings different challenges and obstacles for families and businesses.  This year we made a service call to a local elderly couples’ home to look at their boiler. Unfortunately it was cracked, they had no way to afford a new one and admitted to already going over a month without hot water. We then talked to Oil Heat Cares and developed a solution to help provide this family with a new heater to last them the next 30-40 years.

They covered half of the cost and we took care of the remaining. While we were there our techs and plumbers noticed the stairs to the basement needed to be replaced, so they worked together and built a new, safer staircase for this family. We are very thankful to have been a part of this group effort and proud of our caring employees that go the extra step for our customers. This generosity has helped us reach the 75 year milestone.



Our 75 year heating system giveaway was gifted to a very deserving family in the Upper Valley.

Phil & Liz Edson own a New & Used Furniture store in the Upper Valley. Facing the need to replace their old heating system soon or replace the aging roof on their home/business, they were relieved to receive our call and excited that they’d be receiving a high efficiency Energy Kinetics System 2000.

Helping The Community

Just before Christmas, Cota & Cota’s Green Street office collected three big boxes of non-perishable food for Our Place food shelf & drop-in center in Bellows Falls. The winter months can be harder than others for local families and Our Place provides many helpful services including a food shelf and warm meals.

We were joined by our local celebrity, recently crowned Miss Vermont USA 2017, Madison Cota! The Cota & Cota family is very proud of and excited for her journey in 2017. You can follow her journey on facebook!

Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!

giftofwarmthWith the holidays comes some of our favorite things – cold weather & snow!

This is a time to cherish friends & family but also a time when many worry about staying warm through the winter.

Why not give the gift that keeps on giving and provide your loved ones with heat through the cold winter months. We offer gift certificates for heating oil, propane, & kerosene. You can visit one of our offices or fill out our online form. Call (888) COTA-OIL with any questions. Once you become a Cota & Cota customer we consider you family & our commitment is to keep you safe & warm all winter long.

We celebrate the season of giving with the Ken Cota Gift of Warmth at local chamber events. This encourages one lucky winner to “Pay It Forward” to another community member or organization in need with a donation of fuel from Cota & Cota.


We invite local businesses to join us for a wonderful evening of merriment, refreshments, and the annual Ken Cota – Gift of Warmth celebration!

DECEMBER 1ST : Brattleboro : 5:30-7:00PM : Peoples United Bank will be hosting a mixer at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

DECEMBER 8TH : Manchester : 5:30-7:00PM : Our first Holiday Season in Manchester! We’re thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community. Please RSVP to Daphne at (802) 362-1941 or RSVP@cotaoil.com.

DECEMBER 15th : Saxtons River : 5:30-7:00PM : We’ll be sponsoring the mixer at the Saxtons River Inn with the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Casey Cota will also be on air the morning of Friday November 25th with 96.7 WTSA  announcing the annual Ken Cota Gift of Warmth. Listeners are encouraged to send an email about who in their life or community is facing challenges and could use a gift of warmth to take one worry off their shoulders this winter. For more details visit WTSA website or tune in Friday morning!

Click here to hear the touching story behind Ken Cota – Gift of Warmth.



Please join us in congratulating Jim Rumrill on 30 years with the Cota & Cota family!

Cota & Cota was started by Ken & Helen Cota in 1941. Since then it has been a family owned & operated business with our focus on handling business just as Ken & Helen wished – the Old Yankee Way.

One interpretation is that you respect everyone, their property, and their opinions. You show concern, compassion, and caring. It means volunteering within your community. It means watching out for your neighbors. Doing business the “Old Yankee Way” means treating our customers and employees as we would want to be treated – with courtesy and professionalism – with honesty and good value.

It is these values that we see and appreciate in our Ludlow manager, Jim Rumrill. He joined Cota & Cota in October of 1986.  Since then Jim, his wife Patty, and their two children have become a part of the Cota & Cota family.


Jim is known most for his patient demeanor and good natured heart. He is quick with his smile and equally quick with his wit.

Jim started as a plumbing apprentice and was moved into the Ludlow office just a few years later where he would become the new office manager.

Jim has grown to be an essential part of the Ludlow community as well as a great example of leadership for the Cota & Cota team. He has made profound contributions to many community organizations but two programs that he has been an integral part of for over 26 years are the Ludlow Rotary Club and its Youth Exchange Program.

Over these 30 years we have been fortunate to be a part of Jim’s journey. It is his investment of time in others and his community that is appreciated by all of us at Cota & Cota.

Thank you for all your years of service!!!

– Casey Cota

If you would like to leave him some words of encouragement or have a cherished memory with Jim please visit our facebook page and leave a comment or email us at ludlow@cotaoil.com.

Hello Manchester!



What makes us different? Speak with a live, local person every time you call! Our master plumbers and certified service technicians are capable of installing and servicing all brands of plumbing, heating and cooling equipment. Our dependable drivers are on call 24/7, and deliver the finest bio-blended heating oil, and clean propane gas.

As a locally owned Vermont family business, Cota & Cota has employed three generations of your family, friends and neighbors. We live and work in your community. We are here for you when you need a helping hand. When you become a customer of Cota & Cota, we consider you family—we care!

When Cota & Cota was founded on May 1, 1941, Ken and Helen Cota ran the business out of one of the first 24-hour gas stations in Vermont. Hard work and perseverance paid off, and in 1953 they expanded the business to include an office at 4 Green St. in Bellows Falls, VT. Now, over 75 years and three generations later, Cota & Cota is at the forefront of the heating industry. As we keep up with market trends, and stay on top of cutting edge technology, we will never forget our roots or the belief system our company was founded on. We are proud of our Vermont heritage and the effort we have put forth to gain your trust in us. We are committed to give our customers the best service in the industry, hands down.



We look forward to getting to know the Manchester community and other local businesses. Our Cota & Cota team in Jamaica stays very busy and involved with their community. A few events and organizations we’re involved with include: Stratton Foundation, Stratton Magazine, Grace Cottage Hospital, West River Trail Run, The Vermont Challenge, Bondville Fair, Jamaica & Townshend Food Shelf and much more! Follow us on our Facebook page to see what’s happening!

We always enjoy having visitors – We’re located at 31 Memorial Avenue, Manchester Center, VT 05254

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