It's being said that heating oil prices should remain somewhat consistent over the winter, but the price-point in which it seems to be stuck isn't exactly cheap. Sure, things could be worse, but it's still going to cost you quite a bit to keep your home warm this year. Below, you'll find a few tips to help you save a bit of cash on your heating oil this year.
Fill Up Early
Don't wait until the dead of winter to fill up your heating oil tank. Filling up prior to the tank going empty will give you the opportunity to shop around for the best price. If you watch the market, you may get good and determining when the prices will rise and fall, but for most people, it's best to just call the oil delivery services in your area and find the best rate.
You may even be able to ask about when the best time to top off your heating oil tank would be, but it's best to beat the supply and demand part of the season when you know there's a possibility of seeing higher costs.
Once a year, have the oil lines that feed the oil from the tank to your home inspected. If the line is leaking, it's best to find it during an inspection and not by learning of an empty tank that you really needed to get through winter.
During this inspection, all fixtures, as well as the tank will be inspected for any signs of corrosion or leaks.
What kind of thermostat do you have operating your oil furnace? Believe it or not, an outdated thermostat can cause oil use to rise. This is because they aren't as accurate as they could be.
Upgrade the thermostat to a digital or smart thermostat. You can set these gadgets to increase and decrease the temperature in the house. This means that you can lower the temperature of the house while you're sleeping or while you're not at home and then, have it set to increase the temperature shortly before you arise or arrive. This will save you more on the cost of heating your home than you think possible.
Talk with your local heating oil supplier to learn more about what you can do to make the cost of heating oil a little more affordable for your family this year and every year that follows.