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In Honor of Mom

There is nothing more rewarding than being a Mom. But let’s face it – our plates are overflowing. There is no getting to the bottom of the pile, or feeling “caught up”. The mere thought of getting a chance to relax and put your feet up puts a smirk on every Mom’s face. That said, please remember Mom this Mother’s Day!

cota & cota heating fuel oil propane installations hvac plumbing serviceCota & Cota is going to make it easy for you. We are partnering with Delish Deliveries for our Mother’s Day Facebook contest. The winner will receive a fruit bouquet or a dozen chocolate dipped strawberries delivered to Mom’s door. It’s too easy to ignore! Go to our Facebook page and reply to our Mother’s Day post. Tell us what you like about Cota & Cota! Let’s give as many Moms as possible the opportunity to win, so don’t forget to “like” and “share” the post. Good luck!


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Cota & Cota Installs Guardian Home Comfort Monitoring Systems

Annual Tune Up?

An annual tune up is a great way to cut your heating costs by up to 10%. In this energy market, an average sized home could save up to $350 annually! During a tune up, the technician will inspect your furnace for potential problems, which will save you the hassle and extra money associated with an emergency call.

At minimum, our Service Technicians will perform the following checklist:

  • Make sure all thermostats are in proper working order.
  • Brush and vacuum the heat exchanger.
  • Inspect and change air filters, oil filters, and strainers.
  • Change nozzle to prevent build-up.
  • Inspect the oil tank.
  • Perform an efficiency test.

Your furnace needs routine maintenance, much like your car. Don’t let it break down in the middle of the night due to a preventative measure. Call us to schedule your appointment today! (888) COTA-OIL…(888) 268-2645. You can also schedule service on our website, or call your local office.


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You are invited…

Come to our Jamaica, VT office on Tuesday, May 14, from 11am-2pm, and help us celebrate the Grand Opening of our Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Station. We will be serving a complimentary BBQ, and you will have the opportunity to enter to win a $50 voucher for our gasoline or diesel fuel products!

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We have a winner!!!

Congratulations to Mary Lawlor, winner of the Season of Warmth contest! Mary won up to $2,000 in heating fuel for the 2013-2014 heating season, after entering our contest online. Mary says, “I can’t believe I won! I never win anything!” This past year has been a struggle for Mary, and she says this will help her get back on her feet. “It’s always a great feeling to know we can have such a positive impact on our friends and neighbors”, says Casey Cota.

Mary’s name was chosen in a random drawing on April 1, 2013, after entering the contest on our website. Entries were also taken at the Upper Valley HomeLife Expo in Hanover, NH, and at all our local offices.

Congratulations, Mary!

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Energy Saving Tips

1. Upgrade an old heating system- Replacing an old system with a new one is an investment that will pay for itself by cutting your fuel costs by as much as 40%.

2. Clear the way- Make sure that armchairs, couches, drapes, bookshelves, etc. are not blocking your baseboards, making it harder for warmth to get to the rest of the room.

3. Let the sun shine in- “Southern exposure” gives you some very basic passive solar.  Consider thinning evergreens if they block the sun on the south side of your house.

4. Stormy weather? Storm door- A weather tight storm door and a weatherized solid door make a great combination.  The storm door stops wind, and the trapped air between the doors provides insulation.

5. Flew clue- Once your fireplace fire or wood stove fire is totally out and cool to the touch, close the damper to stop your home heating dollars from flying up the chimney.

6. Clean those baseboards- Vacuum the heating pipes inside your baseboard units to help them transfer heat to the room air more efficiently. 

7. Cool clothes- Keep your closet doors closed.  There’s over 100 cubic feet in a closet you don’t need to pay extra to keep warm.

8. Draw the shades, shut the light- Close all of your curtains and shades at night to trap heat inside; open them during the day to let heat from the sun in.

9. Keep the windows clean- Be sure to keep windows on the south side of your house regularly clean to maximize solar gain.

10. Invest in a high efficiency oil-fired water heater- Ask us about an indirect water heater system, which can give you a nearly endless supply of hot water. (Oil heat is very cost-efficient at making hot water.) 

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Home Improvements

Are you thinking about a home improvement project but don’t know where to begin? How about remodeling a bathroom, upgrading a heating system, or adding central air conditioning? We will be at the 35th Annual HomeLife Expo in Hanover, NH next week to help you every step of the way!

When: March 15,16 & 17th

Where: Leverone Field House, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Show Hours:

Friday, March 15 – 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, March 16 – 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, March 17 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Directions and parking information here!

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Ski Jumping!

Last weekend, onlookers and ski jumpers braved harsh weather conditions for the annual ski jump, held at Harris Hill, in Brattleboro, VT. Despite the cold, there was a great turnout. As one of the many business sponsors, we were proud to help keep this longtime Brattleboro tradition alive. This year marked the second year that Jumpers could qualify for the Olympics in Brattleboro!

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Fishing, Flannel and First Ladies!

On Saturday, January 26, our White River Junction Office Manager, Harold Elliott volunteered at the 12th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby, located at Dewey Pond in Quechee, VT. There were 57 participants ages 14 and under, and 28 fish were caught! Harold served bagels, hot dogs and chili from the Cota & Cota Community Grill.

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Also on Saturday, January 26 a “Flannel with Flair” event was held in the Roundhouse at Okemo Mountain Resort. Formerly a black tie affair, this year guests were invited to wear their flannel shirts to benefit the auction fundraiser. Proceeds go to the Okemo Community Challenge, which raises money for nonprofit organizations in the Ludlow area. Ludlow Office Manager, Jim Rumrill said, “The event was well attended, and some of the live auction items went for over $10,000!”. Cota & Cota was pleased to make a donation to help support one of our local communities.

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On February 4, Cota & Cota sponsored the Black cota and cota heating plumbing hvac service oil propaneRiver Booster Club’s first annual basektball benefit for the Autism Speaks organization.  The Black River First Ladies played the Bellows Falls Terriers at 6pm, and the Black River Presidents played the Rutland Golden Horde at 7:30pm. Cota & Cota has sponsored the basketball games in the past, but this was the first year the booster club designated a charitable organization as the beneficiary. The school will now dedicate one game during each sport season to supporting a charitable organization.




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Save the Date!

The 35th Annual HomeLife Show will be held March 15-17, 2013, at the Leverone Field House at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH. Cota & Cota will display energy efficient furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. You can also enter to win up to $2,000 in heating fuel for the 2013-2014 heating season! Stay tuned for more information about the event.


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Stop the VT Heat Tax!!

More and more Vermonters are sounding off about the proposed $30 million Heat Tax. Editorial writers and commentators describe the idea as a costly burden that is unnecessary. In 1970, the average Vermont home consumed 1531 gallons of heating oil. According to the Energy Information Administration, the average per home consumption in Vermont dropped 45% by 1990, 52% by 2000 and 61% by 2010. A mature and competitive marketplace is no match for a costly taxpayer funded government program when it comes to delivering efficiency services.

So what is the real reason for an 11-cent per gallon tax on heating oil and propane?

There is an influential group of Vermonters that support higher fuel prices by whatever means necessary as a way to make the fuel we sell unaffordable, and thus force people to use less. This political philosophy is written by those that haven’t had the misfortune of living from paycheck to paycheck— or  the responsibility of signing the front of one.

Who else wants higher prices for oilheat and propane? 

The renewable fuels lobby and Gaz Métro, the Canadian energy conglomerate which owns Vermont Gas Systems and Green Mountain Power. The utility is aggressively going after a larger market share by trying to convert Vermont homes to natural gas and electric heat pumps. Increasing the cost of fuel oil and propane gives them a competitive advantage.

The Heat Tax is a regressive tax. It hurts the poor who will be paying to install solar panels on the homes of the rich.

The bigger impact may be on Vermont businesses who will have to pay an even greater burden to pay for this new government program.  Vermont businesses already pay a Sales Tax, Gross Receipts Tax, and Petroleum Cleanup Fee on every gallon of heating fuel. Once you add a Heat Tax of up to 11-cents a gallon, you have to ask . . . why would a business choose to expand, locate, OR STAY in Vermont if forced to pay these energy taxes in perpetuity? Simply put, the Heat Tax is a job killer.

The more than 400,000 Vermonters that depend on deliverable liquid fuels will soon learn more about the Heat Tax. 

You can help. Here is how:


Contact your local representative and state senator

Call, send an email or letter that lets them know you are opposed to a Heat Tax. Find the email, address or phone number of your elected representative.

VFDA will continue to post updated information on the proposed tax on our website at http://www.vermontfuel.com/tax.html

Listen to the radio commentary against the Heat Tax by the John McClaughry.

Read about the Vermont Heat Tax in the Montpelier Times-Argus

Read about the Vermont Heat Tax in VTdigger online news website.

Thank you for supporting our work in the Vermont Statehouse.

Matt Cota
Vermont Fuel Dealers Association