Fuel Oil Cost Savings Tips
Knowing how to maximize savings on your energy bills is the beginning of a beautiful relationship with your oil furnace or boiler. These 8 tips will leave you feeling cozy and warm this winter and give you a glow of satisfaction that you were able to save money on your heating bills this winter!
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Your oil furnace operates using combustion. And like any energy source that uses combustion to generate heat, your system needs regular cleaning and maintenance to make sure that all the working parts are free of debris and working at their optimal levels.
Setting up a regular annual maintenance plan can troubleshoot any potential problems and make sure that your system is up to the task of providing you with heat all winter long. It also ensures that your system stays as energy efficient as possible.
But you don’t need to wait for a service call to take care of some of the basics. Check your systems filters every few months – especially in peak season – to make sure that they are clean and clear of debris.
Keep Furniture Away From Heat Sources
Believe it or not where we place our furniture in a room makes a difference to our room’s comfort level. Upholstered furniture traps heat and prevents it from circulating to a broader area leaving cold spots.
Whenever you can, place your upholstered furniture and drapes away from radiators and heating vents.
Explore Enrolling In A Fuel Cap Price Plan
Some fuel oil companies like John Cipollone Inc, in the suburban Philadelphia area encourage their customers to lock in fuel prices with a Cap Price Plan.
With this type plan, the supplier sets a limit on your fuel rate. If prices drop below that rate, you pay the lower price. But if they go above that rate, you remain locked in to the agreed upon rate or “Cap”. That way you are protected from price increases.
It’s a win-win for both parties. You get the benefit of the best rate, and the supplier gets the benefit of obtaining a valued customer.
Consider A Smart Thermostat
Why heat your house to 68 degrees during the day if you are not there to enjoy it? Studies have shown that a modest drop in temperature at night when you are sleeping or during the day when you are away at work can save you significant dollars on heating costs.
With a smart thermostat, you can adjust your heating and cooling schedules to meet your comfort needs without breaking the bank. They also learn and analyze the best ways to keep your home comfortable, while saving you in energy bills.
Check For Drafts And Lack Of Insulation
It is amazing how much difference adequate insulation and a draft-free environment makes to your comfort level during the winter months.
Check your home for leaky windows and drafty doorways. Don’t forget to check on those “bonus rooms” or rooms that may be far away from the heat source. Sometimes they can benefit from some additional insulation on the exterior walls or window areas. In the case of a “bonus” room, the floor over the garage can frequently benefit from additional insulation.
Keep Your Fuel Tank Full
One of the worst mistakes you can make with your furnace’s fuel tank is waiting until it gets empty before you refuel it.
Not only do you run the risk of forgetting that your tank is empty and may have to deal with no heat, but you also run the risk of allowing your furnace to retain any harmful residue laying at the bottom to get mixed in with the new oil. This will have a negative impact on the purity of your home heating oil, which will lead to inefficient heating and oil contamination.
Some companies set up an automatic delivery service. This provides peace of mind knowing that you never need to worry about running out of fuel oil. The amount of oil in the tank is monitored by the fuel oil company – so delivery is automatic.
If this sounds appealing to you, make sure that you understand your pricing options. In the case of our good friends at John Cipollone, Inc, homeowners can choose from 3 financing plans designed to provide you with the most convenience at the best price suited to your budget.
Home Heating Oil In Havertown, PA
If you are lucky enough to live in the Havertown area, John Cipollone, Inc is the trusted company for all of your heating and cooling needs. We are now a the third-generation business that has built a reputation for honest, reliable customer relationships in their 60 years of doing business. We started by delivering heating oil, and can help you out in 2023 as well!
Contact us today at (610) 446-7877, or click here to contact us online!