How to Lower Your Energy Bill

With the cold season quickly approaching, energy and heating costs will be at their highest. Here are a few tips to lower your energy bill because every little bit certainly helps!

  • Turn down the heat when boiling water – The kitchen is one of the most energy consuming areas of the home. So next time you make a meal make sure to remember to reduce the heat when your water reaches boiling point and cover your pot with a lid. This will keep the water boiling while saving energy at the same time!

 

  • Clean or replace all filters in your home regularly –  Dirty and old filters make your system work harder and longer than it needs to. Cleaning and replacing them will make your system not only work more effectively but also at a lower cost.

 

  • Wash clothes in cold water – If possible, washing clothes in cold water can seriously lower your energy bill, as much as $63 a year.

 

  • Adjust your ceiling fan – Adjust your ceiling fans to run slowly and clockwise during the colder months. It mixes warm air near the ceiling with the other room air. This will make your home warmer without turning up the thermostat.

 

  • Switch out your light bulbs – Using more efficient light bulbs, such as LEDs and CFLs, can reduce your energy use about a third.

 

  • Turn off your lights – Turning off lights when the room is not in use or using natural light whenever possible can dramatically decrease your energy bill spent on lighting.

It’s the simplest things that can make the biggest difference sometimes. Lykins Energy Solutions wants to save you money! These tips are just a few of the way to do so. Reach out to a Lykins Energy Solutions representative at 1-800-875-8820 for information on Lykins can save you big bucks on electricity.

Tips for Getting Your Application Through to the Hiring Manager

So you caught wind of a job opening at Lykins.  It sounds like the perfect fit for you!  You’re filling out the application, hoping that your experience alone will speak for you…but what can you do to go above and beyond to make sure your application gets in front of the hiring manager?  A little extra time spent on your application can easily set you apart.

There are certain job openings we have that get a lot of attention.  Customer Service, accounting, administrative assistant positions are all high-volume jobs for us.  When we open our recruiting program in the morning and see 40 applications from overnight, we keep our eyes peeled for a few things that help us whittle down the stack.

  1. Personalize your Cover Letter.

Cover letters are optional but taking the time to write a few sentences addressing us directly is already a huge step forward in making yourself recognizable.  We will forward 95% of resumes that come with a personalized letter, regardless of how qualified the person is.  It shows us you’re willing to do that something extra to get the job done.

  1. Research Lykins Energy Solutions before answering open-ended screening questions.

Bonus points for showing how you’re a good fit for Lykins based on specific company values (“I believe in open, honest communication for a successful team to work, just like your company” or “Like Lykins, exceptional customer service is one of my most valued ideals.”)  A little extra work in this area stands out like a golden, shining light.

“I’m not sure how I’m a fit because you haven’t hired me yet,” isn’t going to get you there.  Wit only goes so far.

  1. Double-check your application for errors.

Lackadaisical typing may be misconstrued as a lack of computer proficiency. If a name isn’t properly capitalized or the position title is typed or spelled incorrectly, some may wonder if you have basic typing skills down.  An employer is looking for people who can do things correctly, not just do the bare minimum that needs to be done to hit the submit button. Double check your name, email address, the employer’s name, and the position title for grammatical and structure errors.

4. Fill in all applicable blanks.

In our application, we offer the ability to upload a resume in addition to providing detailed job information in the application.  Please take the time to do both.  When employers are scanning applications without job experience completed, they will have to go through the extra steps of downloading your resume to see what your experience is.  While this is another opportunity to show us you’re willing to do what needs done, regardless of how tedious it is, it also gives the employer one less step to take to determine whether you’re a fit for the job. Also, if you are the chosen candidate for the job, there’s less information to collect and we can and get you an offer letter more quickly.

5. Make your uploaded documents easy to use.

Microsoft Word is the go-to document creation program for resumes.  However, an employer may not be using the same version of Word and the formatting can come across differently than intended.  Also, a stray click of the mouse can change or delete content from your resume without the viewer noticing it’s been changed. To prevent accidental changes and maintain your format, finalize your document just like you have it by saving it as a .pdf.  This also saves us another step when downloading, saving, attaching to an email and sharing with hiring managers.

As Human Resources Generalist, Susan Gifford, MSIMC, CTRM, manages talent acquisition for Lykins Energy Solutions.

 

Why Work At Lykins Energy Solutions?

Lykins Energy Solutions is always striving to make themselves a great place to work! They truly center themselves around employee empowerment and community values. They have been a family owned and operated business since 1948 serving residential and commercial customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, as well as throughout the Midwest and Southeast US.

Lykins Energy Solutions is always searching for qualified and friendly folks to join their family! They offer a number of incentives and programs to help their employees in anyway possible. Some of these include:

  • Lucrative Pay
  • Low-cost group health, dental and vision insurance with 24/7/365 Teledoc included Free
  • A new PTO policy with even more paid time off
  • Great 401k with company match
  • 100% Company-Paid Life insurance with the option to up your coverage
  • Generous Wellness Benefits including Free gym membership and ways to earn serious discounts on your health insurance
  • Get Discounts & 0% APR with your personal fuel credit card – payroll deducted for your convenience
  • New for 2018: LifeLock Identity Theft Protection and HealthyPaws Pet Insurance!
  • Fun events like Food Truck Friday and discounts to your favorite places (Kings Island, FC Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Kentucky Kingdom, and more!)

Lykins Energy Solutions has always been devoted to their customers, community, and employees. They have grown to become one of the 100 largest privately owned companies in Ohio. Through acquisitions and expansion, they are always evolving. With that, comes more and more opportunities strength and grow right at the root of what makes everything possible – their employees.

 

Lykins Energy Solutions Gives Away Thousands of Dollars in Scholarships!

Lykins Energy Solutions offers multiple scholarships to help support the ambitious individuals and young adults in our community! All require the recipient to demonstrate a commitment to community service as it is one of Lykins Energy Solutions’ core values.

Named after the founders of Lykins Energy Solutions, The Guy B. and Mabel Lykins scholarship is a great opportunity. Each year, thousands of dollars are given to local high school seniors from Lykins Energy Solutions. Students can earn this scholarship with maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher and involvement in community service beyond what is required for their graduation.

Congratulations to all the winners of these scholarships so far:

Connor Walton – Buckhannon Upshur High School

Emily Brown – Carrollton High School

Grace Maley – Minerva High School

Melissa Bomba – Massillon High School

Russell Bowman III – Ohio Virtual Academy

Holly Young – Blanchester High School

Rachel Anthony – Fairfield High School

Taylor Smith – Hamilton High School

Caleb Fogelman – Milford High School

Grace Ferrara – Milford High School

Matthew Bezold – Lawrenceburg High School

Bethany Gilkison – Clermont Northeastern High School

Samantha Caldwell – Clermont Northeastern High School

Brooke Ashcraft – Goshen High School

Katelynn Camp – Circleville High School

Savannah Ireland – Jackson High School

Peyton Emily Perry – Walton Verona High School

Lykins Energy Solutions considers itself partners in education to the community. We truly believe in aiding these individual’s and their desire to help others. We hope they will continue to greatly impact those around them as they already have!

Lykins Energy Solutions – 70 Years of Fueling the Future

Lykins Energy Solutions is celebrating 70 years of growth and community service.  Founded in 1948 by Guy Lykins, Sr., now in the third generation of management, Lykins Companies has a rich diverse heritage of product and service innovation and community service.

Over the past seven decades, Lykins has expanded its services to include customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, as well as throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.  The company provides key services and products including: branded fuels and wholesale fuels, petroleum transportation, home heating oil, propane, lubricants, fleet fueling and electricity. Lykins represents four major brands: Gulf, BP, Marathon and Shell.  Decades of strategic planning and a series of acquisitions has fueled the company’s growth. Lykins is one of the oldest and largest Petroleum Marketing Companies in the region and the nation.  The company is one of the 100 largest privately held companies in Ohio, and one of the top 10 largest privately held companies in the Greater Cincinnati area.

In 2014, Lykins Oil Company changed its name to Lykins Energy Solutions to represent the new energy products the company was offering its customers.

Over the last 70 years, the core of Lykins’ business has always been its customers. “As in the past, we want to supply our customers well into the future with the energy sources they need every day.  We are proud to have served our customers for 70 years and look forward to another 70 years of Powering Life,” says Lykins President, Jeff Lykins.

From the very beginning, Lykins has been committed to their customers and the community. That commitment has grown as much as the company.  One of Lykins’ signature events is their annual golf outing to support CASA for Clermont Kids.  The company has raised more than $660,000 for CASA since 1989. This year’s donation from golf outing proceeds equated to 37% of CASA’s annual budget.  Committed to education, The Guy B. and Mabel Lykins Scholarship gives away thousands of dollars each year to local area high school students in pursuit of their Bachelor’s degree.  Other local charities the company supports include: Boys & Girls Clubs, local food pantries, anti-child abuse organizations just to name a few.

Lykins Energy Solutions Promotes A Healthy Lifestyle

Lykins Energy Solutions focuses deeply on the well-being of their employees. They try their best to ensure their employees can be as healthy and happy as possible! They offer wellness programs and fun initiatives to help their employees achieve a better, well-nourished life.

One program they offer to employees is called healthiestyou.  This allows the employee to connect with a doctor 24/7 to diagnose, treat, and prescribe for  free.  ER visits can cost up to $1000 but healthiestyou has completely taken care of this! Employees can also download the healthiestyou app to save money on prescriptions, locate nearby providers, shop and price procedures, sync medical benefits to better search, and access health management content.

Another health initiative Lykins Energy Solutions has taken is through a program called Alyfe Wellbeing Strategies. This program focuses on being active and living a fit lifestyle. It offers fitness challenges designed to enable those of all different fitness levels to log their physical activity and earn points.  These points go towards lowering the cost of their health insurance.

Lykins Energy Solutions, a people-centered company, truly wants their employees to take full advantage of these programs and live healthy lifestyles.

 

Lykins Energy Solutions Can Save YOU Money!

Lykins Energy Solutions fully believes their customers should receive the best service and deals. They try their hardest to ensure this and are constantly looking for new ways to keep their customers happy.

Here are just a few of the ways Lykins Energy Solutions can save you money:

-They will work with you to find a customized payment plan that matches your budget and share how to use everything cost-effectively.

-They have programs such as the VIP Autofill service that will not only save you money but also make sure you never run out of heating oil. It’s a free program with a piece of mind. You’re guaranteed to never run out and you’ll never have to check your fuel levels (Lykins has a program that keeps track of your tank levels for you). Then if you are low on fuel, they will move you to the front of the line just like a VIP customer should.

-ECO-Supreme Premium Diesel is another program that will keep your keep fuel lines and injectors clean, plus it prevents rust and corrosion damage. This results in extended engine life, and increased efficiency and fuel economy which will save you tons in the long run.

-They offer Customer Power Discounts to their customers so they can not only save money on heating and electric but a variety of other businesses as well! These discounts include the Cincinnati Reds, Scene 75, O’Keeffe’s Ice Rink, and the YMCA. More are in the process of being added as well.

-They have contests and giveaways on their social media for event and concert tickets that most are dying to have! Instead of spending massive amounts of money on fun experiences, Lykins Energy Solutions gives people the opportunity to possibly have these for free.

A loyal customer, Dawn Crawford, said “My daughter and I are on a very tight budget. Through the online chat on the Lykins Energy Solutions site and the awesome customer support, I was able to get an oil delivery scheduled that met my budget, get switched to a more cost-effective electric service AND get info about how to help with the costs. I felt like I was talking to a family – they were awesome!”

Lykins Energy Solutions was able to help Dawn cut costs, they can help you too!

 

 

Why Does Lykins Energy Solutions Give Away So Many Tickets?

Lykins Energy Solutions often gives away tickets and holds raffles for their customers on Facebook and other social media. This includes tickets for events such as concerts (Luke Bryan, Blake Sheldon, and other big-name artists), sporting events (Cincinnati Reds, Xavier and UC basketball), and so many others. But why would Lykins Energy Solutions do this?

The answer is simple, Lykins Energy Solutions is 100% customer oriented, they truly want their customers to have the best experience.

Lykins Energy Solutions is often given free tickets and event passes once they spend a certain amount on marketing for an event. Instead of keeping these tickets for themselves, Lykins Energy Solutions gives these tickets away to their loyal customers. Of course, tickets are limited which is why they offer them up in forms of contests, giveaways, and raffles on social media.

Lykins Energy Solutions is dedicated and loyal to providing their customers with the best of service.

Stay Warm with Lykins Energy Solutions

During this cold winter season, there is no better warmth than what Lykins Energy Solutions has to offer their customers. Lykins has been working extra hard to make sure everyone stays warm and safe. Of course, there are limitations to the extent of what Lykins Energy Solutions can do by itself. Here are ways you can help to ensure Lykins administers the most excellent of service:

  • Refill heating equipment before it gets too low
  • Be sure to call in for a delivery when your time is at 30%
  • Sign up for Lykins’ VIP DELIVERY SERVICE so you never run out!

Lykins Energy Solutions would like to thank all of their employees who have been working over-time and harder than ever to guarantee the comfort of their valued customers.  Lykins would also like to thank their loyal customers for working with them and making what they do possible. Stay safe and warm with Lykins Energy Solutions!

28th Annual CASA Charity Golf Outing

Lykins Energy Solutions and Co-Sponsors, DigiMax Signs and Copper Blue Restaurant of Milford, come together every year to have a charity golf outing in September.
Last year the golf committee raised $75,000.00 for CASA. This year they raised $73,000.00.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA gives an abused child in the foster system/court system an advocate to check on their well-being, their progress, check in on them at school and be in touch with their daily lives. The CASA advocate also goes to court for them or with them and speaks on their behalf based on what is in the best interest of that child. Neither a social worker, nor an attorney could give the child that kind of time or attention. CASA is a crucial component for an abused child especially with the growing heroin epidemic.

Lykins is proud to have raised over $660,000.00 for CASA over the last 18 years. Lykins wants to thank all of their customers, vendors and employee’s for participating and giving their hearts, time and money for their golf outing. Without them none of this would be possible.