About Us

Our community members deserve to be warm and safe all year.

Our Mission

We believe that all our community members deserve to be warm and safe all year, no matter where you live or how cold it gets this winter. That’s why your town, is Our Town, and we will work with you to lower your heating fuel costs.

Our History

Our Town Energy Alliance was founded in 1999 by the Barrafords as a community service when they banded a group of neighbors together and negotiated a discount on fuel for that year through volume purchasing. The original 74 members told their friends and neighbors, and by the end of 1999 there were 300 members, and by 2000, over a 1000 members. OTEA became so large it could no longer be run as a community service and evolved into its own company.

From the 74 original members in 1999 to today, Our Town Energy Alliance has grown to its present membership of approximately 10,000 households, schools, towns, and businesses mostly through word of mouth and a money-back referral program. OTEA, with select fuel vendors, offers discounts on oil, propane and kerosene in NH, ME, MA and VT. Membership is open to all. Discounted membership fees are available for veterans or active duty military, and fees are waived for community members on Fuel Assistance through state programs.

Our Town Energy Alliance started as a New Hampshire bootstrap company with two employees and several volunteers. Now we are an expanding, second generation family company.