Feb 24, 2015 4:56 PM

Kevin Landrigan: A ride along with the oil delivery man - tough, thankless work


GOFFSTOWN - For cash-strapped, New Hampshire homeowners this tough winter, it's one step forward, one step back.

Home heating prices save an average $630 compared to last year's record high.

But soaring electricity bills, up to 50 percent higher, wipe away all those savings.

NH1 rode along with an oil delivery man from Putnam Fuels of Goffstown.

"So we got hit hard this winter,'' Jay Blanchette says.

"We were supposed to have three guys on the road plus me and it was like, well, I guess that's it, it's me on the road.''

Jay Blanchette wears three layers under his company sweatshirt and hat.

"Insulated shirt on, t-shirt, I've got two sweatshirts on, a sweatshirt on under here, I dress warm,'' he explained.

With snow piles four feet deep, he says one in three don't clear a path to lug his 300-pounds of delivery hose to the home's fuel line.

"I had three or four yesterday that had no paths; just snow drifts like this,'' Blanchette said.

Windy dirt roads and loose driveways pose their hazard but the back country offers great views and a variety of wildlife.

"I was down here a month ago in the middle of a snowstorm, oh my God, was that road horrible,'' he said.


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