Heating Oil & Propane est 1873

If you’re a heating oil customer, how would you like a fuel that:

• Burns more efficiently, reducing your consumption?
• Saves money on heating system maintenance?
• When properly blended burns cleaner than natural gas?

That fuel is right around the corner for customers of W.H. Riley & Son.

Massachusetts is joining other Northeast states in requiring that heating oil be “Ultra Low Sulfur” or ULS.  To be ULS oil, the fuel must have no more than 15 parts per million of sulfur. As recently as 2013, Massachusetts and most other states allowed heating oil to have 500 parts per million. Before that, 2,000 parts per million was commonplace. That means sulfur content will be just 3 percent of the current standard and less than 1 percent of the earlier regulations.

The change is about to occur. Oil wholesalers may only provide ULS oil starting on July 1, 2018. By January 1, 2019, homes and businesses that use oil may only receive ULS oil.  The switch will help the environment – and ultimately, the consumer’s wallet.  Although ULS oil costs about a nickel a gallon more, it burns more efficiently, reducing fuel consumption by 2-3 percent.  More importantly, sulfur is what causes soot and soot clogs up your heating system’s burner nozzles. Remove the sulfur and soot builds up MUCH slower. The result: Fewer costly repairs to your furnace or boiler.

While natural gas utilities always claim to provide the cleanest fuel, tests show that ULS oil, when blended with 10 percent biofuel, is the cleanest heating fuel on the market.  To become a W.H. Riley customer and use the cleanest, most efficient heating oil available, call us at 508-699-4651 or 508-822-1282, email us at info@whriley.com or visit www.whriley.com.

W.H. Riley & Son has made it easier than ever to become a customer!  In fact, we don’t even think it will take you a minute to get the process started.  Simply go to our website, www.whriley.com, and click on New Account Request.  Just fill in the information on the six lines, click the box and then click Send.  That’s it. Just one minute and six lines.

After a credit check, a W.H. Riley representative will contact you to gather the information we need to meet all your heating fuel and service needs.

W.H. Riley & Son, which has been serving Southeastern Massachusetts for nearly a century and a half, provides a range of products and services, including:

  • 24-hour emergency service for all fuel-buying customers.
  • The highest quality fuels, including Bio Heat Oil, Propane Gas, Kerosene and On Road and Off Road Diesel.
  • Installation and service of all heating and air-conditioning equipment, including boilers, furnaces, space heaters, central and split-system air conditioners, water heaters, generators, pool heaters, gas cooking stoves and gas clothing dryers.
  • Financing and payment plans for equipment installations.

Questions? Please visit www.whriley.com or send an email to info@whriley.com or call us at 508-699-4651 or 508-822-1282.


It will be a minute of your time well spent.

It’s going to get warmer.  Soon.  We promise.
Someday, it’s actually going to be hot outside. The sun will be blazing, humidity will be high and you’ll be sweating.  We promise.  Shen it does, the last thing you’ll want is to turn your air conditioner on and have it malfunction, blowing out warm air or nothing at all.  Don’t let that happen to you.

W.H. Riley & Son, which has been serving Southeastern Massachusetts for nearly 150 years, recommends taking two steps. 

  • First, give your AC a test run.  On a warm but not hot day before you really need your air conditioner, turn it on for about an hour. If it’s blowing cold air and not making any odd noises, chances are it’s ready for summer. If not, give W.H. Riley & Son a call to take care of the issue before the oppressive heat strikes.
  • Second, give your AC a tune up.  The trained technicians at W.H. Riley will conduct a thorough inspection of your system and make sure you enjoy optimum performance this summer.

W.H. Riley provides an AC tune up for $150, which includes a free air filter and up to one pound of refrigerant. One note: Tune ups can only be performed when the temperature is above 60 degrees. Otherwise, the refrigerant can’t be properly tested.  To schedule an AC tune up, contact W.H. Riley at 508-699-4651, 508-822-1282 or visit www.whriley.com.

Here’s a chilling thought: A powerful nor’easter strikes Massachusetts, knocking out power. You have no heat, no lights, maybe even no water, and your electric utility says it may take days before power is restored.
Does that scenario sound familiar?
Maybe you operate a business that needs power for not only heat and light but for your computers. Do you want a storm to put you out of business?
Power failures can be costly. One study estimates a lengthy outage costs the average family $1,250 between hotel bills, spoiled food and eating at restaurants.
You don’t have to be at the mercy of the power company. W.H. Riley & Son can keep you safe and warm by installing a propane-fired generator. Here are some of their advantages:
• Permanently installed and supplied by an above- or below-ground tank, it starts automatically, the moment the power goes down.
• Propane doesn’t degrade over time, unlike diesel or gasoline, making it an ideal standby power fuel.
• Available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home or business.
• Produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than diesel or gasoline.
• Propane is non-toxic, non-poisonous, and won’t contaminate soil or water.
• Can handle an entire home’s energy needs for days, unlike solar- or wind-powered systems.

W.H. Riley technicians are trained in the installation of propane-fired generators. We offer financing and installment plans. And we’re a leading provider of propane, so you can be prepared before a storm strikes and be supplied with fuel if the power outage lingers.
Get peace of mind for your home or business by contacting W.H. Riley about a propane-fired generator at 508-699-4651 or 508-822-1282 or visiting www.whriley.com.

The cold weather we’ve faced so far this winter is more than just uncomfortable. It’s expensive.
Not only are our customers using more fuel, demand for oil and propane has risen dramatically. And when demand rises, so do the prices.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources reports that heating oil prices are up 22.8 percent from a year ago. Propane customers are paying up to 28 percent more than in 2017, the agency says.
That’s why W.H. Riley & Son, which has been providing heating fuel and service in Southeastern Massachusetts for 145 years, is encouraging our customers on monthly payment plans to take a few minutes to review their accounts.

Called the W.H. Riley Easy Pay Plan, these payment schedules spread heating costs over 11 months, helping our customers avoid big mid-winter bills. However, those monthly payment amounts were based on mid-summer fuel prices – not the ones that have risen more than 20 percent.
In addition, the deep freeze New England experienced near the holidays had many of our customers turning up the thermostats. We’ve found that most customers are using more fuel than they ever have before, which could throw off our consumption estimates.

By reviewing their accounts now, customers may be able to assess whether it would be better for them to increase their payments now and avoid a large balance before the next budget season begins on September first.

Budget customers can review their accounts by visiting www.whriley.com. Customers who have questions about their accounts or who want assistance adjusting their payments can contact Mike Kirby at 508-699-4651, 508-828-1282 or at mkirby@whriley.com.

‘Tis the season for holiday movies. One of my favorites is “A Christmas Story.”
If you’re like me, you’ve see it a hundred times. One of my favorite scenes is when The Old Man, Ralphie’s father, descends into the basement a monster – their furnace. Here’s the dialogue:

THE OLD MAN: It’s a clinker! That blasted stupid furnace dadgummit! [He walks down a few stairs to the cellar and slips down the rest.] Damn skates! [Coughing] Oh, for cripes sake, open up the damper will ya? Who the hell turned it all the way down? AGAIN! Oh, blast it!
RALPHIE (narrating): In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that, as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.

Today, things are much different. You’ll never have to battle with a modern heating system. And you can depend on the help of the trained technicians at W.H. Riley & Son. Thanks to the latest technology, a modern heating system is about the size of a three-drawer file cabinet – and far more efficient.
For example, if a home consumes 1,000 gallons of fuel annually at 73% combustion efficiency, and a new system boosts efficiency to 85%, fuel consumption will drop to around 860 gallons a year.
That’s 140 gallons saved, or a 14% return on your money, each and every year. Try getting that kind of return in the stock market.

W.H. Riley installs oil-fired and propane heating systems. And all fuel-buying customers are covered for service, 24/7, 365 days a year. Don’t battle the monster in the basement. Contact W.H. Riley & Son at 508-699-4651, 508-822-1282, info@whriley.com or at www.whriley.com