Comfort Line - Fall 2012

Sep 01, 2012

This quarter, our Questions & Answers segment discusses a variety of subjects.

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Comfort Line - Fall Winter 2024

New Hart & Iliff Customer Portal

Customers frequently ask us if they can log in to their account and pay a bill.  We have consistently been reluctant to allow customers access to our computer system since we store sensitive customer information.  Although our computer system is protected by a firewall, there is hardly a week that goes by without news about a security breach at a major organization.  Companies that have had major computer security breaches include Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook, Marriott, Twitter, Experian and Equifax.  There are hackers and thieves who would love nothing better than to gain access to the sensitive information on our server. 

For those of you who have been asking to view your account, order oil or make a payment online, we have good news.  We found a way to make this available without exposing any sensitive information to the whims of the internet. 

Comfort Line - Spring / Summer 2023

For more than 25 years, Hart & Iliff has offered a winter price protection program for our heating oil customers. Initially, we offered a fixed and capped price program.
In recent years, we transitioned away from fixed price, because it offers no downside protection for our customers. Even though it was clearly disclosed, each time the price dropped during the winter, customers were very unhappy about being locked in at a higher price. For example, during the 2014/2015 heating season, prices dropped $1.40 per gallon during the winter. With increased price volatility in the energy markets, we don’t believe it makes sense to lock in a price for the entire winter.
The other program is a capped price. This program allows you to pay our regular posted price, but never above a preset price cap.

Comfort Line - Fall/Winter 2023

Rising energy costs have been a painful, unfortunate fact of life in 2022. The factors leading to higher energy rates are global and complex. We’re as eager as you are to see heating oil prices return to normal.
Some people think that local fuel companies, like ours, make more money when prices go up. The opposite is true. Our margins suffer, customers cut back on usage and are late paying bills. Meanwhile, we need to pay our suppliers in 10 days. It’s an awful mess for everyone.
We want to keep you in the loop during the heating season and help you navigate this winter.

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What Our Customers are Saying

These are unsolicited comments received from Hart & Iliff customers.

"We have been so impressed with all the services you have provided us with! From the new tank to the Saturday evening emergency service - We have been incredibly happy! Thank you!!!"

"I have always been impressed with the technicians you employ."

"We are very pleased with the service you gave us in fixing our air conditioner. Each person who came to home was understanding and sympathetic to the situation at hand. The number of days and long hours the team worked during the one of the hottest summers on record, far exceeded our expectations. Thanks to all who worked to get our air conditioner back on-line."