Last Friday Mary Eisnaugle, VP of Marketing, and Tiffany Richards, Administrative Assistant for the Branded division, from Lykins Energy Solutions volunteered their time to work a local food pantry for the Inter Parish Ministry. The Inter Parish Ministry strives to provide food, clothing, and other communal support to those in need and to empower clients with information, support, and services to improve their lives. They have been serving low income, needy families in Eastern Hamilton County and all of Clermont County for the past 50 years.
Our new addition is 6,000 square feet and will make room for an additional 22 people, 4 conference rooms and a salesman huddle room. We now have our entire fueling department together which includes the wholesale sales team and a state of the art 24/7 dispatch center. The addition also combines our customer service and propane department so customer calls can be handled more efficiently. The renovations are designed to help the company continue on its present course of doubling sales in the next 5 years. Currently Lykins Energy Solutions is one year into their projections and on target. The additions and renovations are on track to be completed by the end of February.
COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 14, 2016) — As winter weather continues in Ohio, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reminds you of important home heating safety precautions and electric power outage preparation.
PUCO’s five tips for safe home heating
- Have your furnace, vents, flues and chimneys inspected by a qualified repair person. This should be done once a year.
- Never use an oven to heat the house. This can damage the oven and possibly cause carbon monoxide to be released into the home.
- Plug portable space heaters directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and make sure they stay at least three feet from anything that can burn such as paper, bedding and people. Look for models that have an automatic shut-off.
- Install or replace batteries of carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and test to make sure they work.
- Leave the house immediately and call 911 if carbon monoxide is detected or you suspect a gas leak. Carbon monoxide poisoning creates flu-like symptoms and can cause extreme illness or death. Signs of a gas leak include a rotten egg or sulfur-like odor.
In addition to safely heating your home this winter, it is important to know what to do in the event of an electric power outage or service interruption. While the electric distribution system in Ohio is typically safe and reliable, service interruptions can result from weather conditions such as thunderstorms, high winds or snow storms.
The PUCO offers these tips for being prepared in the event electric customers experience a service interruption.
For practical purposes, every home should have a storm kit. The following items should be included for unexpected power interruptions.
- Portable, battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Manual can opener and bottle opener
- A supply of non-perishable foods needing little or no cooking (Be sure you pack any special dietary foods, baby food and formula, if needed.)
- Water stored in clean, non-corrosive, non-breakable, tightly covered containers such as soft drink bottles ― plan for at least two quarts per person per day
- Personal hygiene products, sanitary supplies, diapers and first aid supplies
- Ice chest and ice or frozen ice packs
- Camp stove or canned heat stove, and fuel for three to five days; or hibachi grill and charcoal
- If possible, have access to a cellular phone. Your home’s hardwire or cordless telephone may not work without electricity.
Make sure you know how to manually open and close any electric garage doors, security doors or gates. Have surge protectors on important electrical equipment such as computers, DVD players and televisions. Be aware that during an outage, gas appliances with electronic ignitions will not work because electricity is needed to ignite the natural gas. Appliances requiring fans or other electric devices to run (such as central heating units and gas clothes dryers) will not operate.
What should I do during a power outage?
All outages should be immediately reported to your electric company. Since many other customers may be calling at the same time, you may not be able to speak with a live person. You can still report your outage by following the automated instructions. This will let the utility company know the location and extent of the outage. The company must keep a record of all outages.
You should also unplug all major appliances and electronics, such as computers and televisions, to protect them from a possible power surge when the power comes back on. By leaving one light on, you will be able to tell when your service is restored.
For more information and additional tips on being prepared this winter visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov or call (800) 686-PUCO (7826).
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
For additional information, contact: Matt Schilling | (614) 466-7750
Throughout the holidays we have been able to put together some energy savings tips that will help you save during this energy-filled season.
6 Energy Saving Tips To Gobble Up This Thanksgiving
- If a large group of people is expected for dinner, lower the thermostat a degree or two before the guests arrive. Otherwise, since people generate heat, the space may become wastefully overheated.
- Check the refrigerator and freezer doors to make sure they seal tightly. This will keep the cold air in and the warm air out. To test, close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill. If you can slip the bill out easily, or worse, if it falls out on its own, the door requires adjustment, or the gasket needs replacing.
- Allow hot foods and liquids to cool before putting them in the refrigerator. Uncovered, hot food and liquids give off vapors that make the refrigerator work harder. Use a lid or plastic wrap to cover the food and place in the refrigerator after cooling.
- Use a “lids-on” approach to cooking. Tightly fitted lids on pots and pans help keep heat in, enabling you to lower the temperature settings and shorten the cooking times.
- When boiling liquids, start by using the highest temperature settings to reach the boiling point. Then lower the heat control setting and allow the food to simmer until fully cooked.
- Use the microwave instead of your regular oven whenever possible. Microwave ovens draw less than half the power of your regular oven, and they cook for a much shorter period of time.
4 Energy Savings Tips To Keep You Festive This Holiday
- Use energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) holiday bulbs. Although more expensive than standard holiday bulbs, LED bulbs last longer, require less energy and can lead to cost savings.
- Put outdoor lights on a timer to save electricity.
- Keep the thermostat set to 68 degrees. A programmable thermostat is an affordable way to stay comfortable and save energy.
- When traveling, set the thermostat to 55 degrees to save energy and prevent water pipes from freezing.
Lykins Energy Solutions wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!
Kristen Burton from Monfort Heights has won free heating oil for a year! January through March of 2015, Lykins Energy Solutions ran a free heat for a year campaign. They sent out registration information directly to homes, advertised the campaign online and had a registration box at the Cincinnati Home and Garden Show. They had over 2000 registrations for either $1,000 in Propane or $2,000 in Heating Oil. The winner, Kristen Burton, was drawn on April 1st 2015.
I WON! I never win anything, so when I first read the email from Lykins that I won the free heat for a year I just couldn’t believe it! A few months ago I was online searching for a new provider for our heating oil. I came across the Lykins website and entered the contest, it payed off! I am so excited that we will not have to worry about heating cost this coming winter. I am looking forward to being a forever customer of Lykins. I am so glad I found them! Thank you so much!