Update on Today’s Energy Prices

Tips to Save Money on Heat This Winter

oil prices michiganEntering 2022, energy prices were already high due to lingering supply issues and market speculation. But prices rose in anticipation of potential sanctions on the Russian energy sector in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. Then the war started and prices surged again. This affected prices in all energy sectors and beyond. At the same time, pent-up demand post-COVID pushed prices even higher.

There’s some reason to be hopeful. Just as constrained supply and increased demand caused upward movement in prices, the reverse will be true. It’s just a question of when prices will come down. And history is on the side of lower energy prices.

Some people mistakenly think that local fuel companies make more money when energy prices are high. The opposite is true. It’s like when the price of milk or coffee goes up. Your local grocery doesn’t make a higher profit. And no one will be happier to see falling prices than your local heating oil provider.

If you have questions or concerns, we recommend getting in touch with your heating oil provider now. They may be able to work out a solution with you and help you to navigate this winter a little bit easier.

Tips to Conserve Energy and Save Money

While your heating oil supplier cannot control what happens with prices on the global market, here are some steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on heating your home next winter.

  • If you have a warm-air furnace, check your air filter regularly, cleaning or changing it when needed. Clogged filters lower furnace efficiency by making it overwork to keep you warm; that means higher heating bills.
  • Apply caulk to close off any air leaks around exterior doors and windows. Replace any worn-out door weatherstripping.
  • Keep curtains and shades open in sun-exposed rooms to absorb all that free heat and energy during the day, then close them at night to keep the heat in at night.
  • When used correctly, a smart programmable thermostat will pay for itself in just a short time with the energy savings you can achieve. If you choose a smart Wi-Fi thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone, no matter your location. In the winter, the recommended thermostat setting is 68°F when you’re at home. Dial it down toward the 60°F range when you’re asleep or out of the house. Don’t go too low or you risk frozen pipes.

Read advice about using programmable thermostats from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Why Handle Heating Maintenance & Repairs Now?

You Won’t Get “Bumped” for Emergencies in the Fall

oilheat service michiganBetween now and the arrival of Fall, you should take the time to take care of your annual heating system maintenance—and any minor repairs you’ve been putting off. This may seem like an unnecessary task to add to your summer To-Do list, but it really makes sense. Here’s why.

By scheduling your annual heating maintenance now, you can take advantage of your local Michigan HVAC service provider having a more open schedule– instead of being jammed with emergency heating repairs or fuel run-out emergencies. This is a common situation when the weather turns cold again. It’s all about supply and demand.

When the first cold snaps hit, phones start buzzing with people reporting no-heat calls. At the same time, HVAC companies may also be booked solid with annual maintenance appointments, also referred to as tune-ups or system cleanings. Something has got to give.

This situation puts them in a terrible bind, as they will eventually have to disappoint someone. But since being stuck with no heat when temperatures get near the freezing mark can pose real risks, heating oil service companies normally end up having to reschedule their heating tune-up appointments.

Waiting until the last minute for maintenance service may also force you into a situation where you find your boiler or furnace needs major repairs—and you may end up having to replace your equipment under a tight time frame—before the weather really gets cold.

During the preventive maintenance service visit, your heating service provider will conduct a thorough inspection of your entire heating system. During this inspection, problems can be identified and fixed before they become expensive repairs. If your HVAC service provider finds a major issue that warrants a replacement system, you have some good options that will save you money.

Michigan Heating Oil Rebates

If your oil boiler or oil furnace is at least 20 years old, consider replacing your heating system before next winter. The performance and reliability of heating equipment typically begins to decline after that time period. And if you haven’t had your system regularly serviced by your local heating oil service provider, you might experience system decline even sooner.

At a minimum, a new system should help you save up to 20% on your annual heating costs. And if you significantly improve system efficiency by upgrading from a really old system to a high-efficiency unit, your annual energy savings could be 40% or more!

By acting soon, you may be eligible for equipment rebates from the Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience Stores (MPAMACS} with the support of the National Oilheat Research Alliance. Read more about current rebate opportunities in Michigan.

To qualify for these rebates, your property must be located within the state of Michigan and the system you install must be higher efficiency than the system you replace. Don’t wait! Funds are limited for this program and rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Study Shows Value of Switch Grass as Biofuel Crop

Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change

switch grass for green fuel michiganNew research at Michigan State University (MSU) has shown that switchgrass, a biofuel crop, can mitigate the effects of climate change when grown on agricultural land of little value. For farmers, it may also provide economic returns in these otherwise unproductive spaces.

The research team was led by Bruno Basso, an MSU foundation professor in the departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, as well as the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.

Basso said the goal of the research project was to examine whether marginal lands could be both profitable and environmentally conscious, something that would be a victory for everyone involved.
“This shows that some marginal lands lacking nitrogen have potential value for biofuel crop production, which is of interest to farmers looking to increase profitability and of environmental importance by reducing the carbon footprint of the operation,” Basso said.

The research was supported in part by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center; the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research program; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture; and MSU AgBioResearch.

Green Fuel for the Future Continues Its Growth

With all of this good news about the positive benefits of using various organic products like switch grass as a biofuel crop, you might wonder where home heating oil stands. Don’t worry. Not only is today’s heating oil environmentally friendly, it’s also a vital part of America’s progress toward reaching net-zero carbon emissions.

Advanced heating fuels like Bioheat® fuel combine ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, composed of organic products like used cooking oil, tallow, fats and algae. Produced in the United States, it is one of the cleanest-burning energy sources.

Biodiesel is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels. Widespread regional use of Bioheat fuel annually prevents more than 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of removing 320,000 vehicles from the road.

Plus, homes that heat with energy-efficient Bioheat fuel use less energy overall. Right now, and in the years ahead, you should feel great about heating your Michigan home with renewable heating oil!

You can learn more about Bioheat fuel here.

Use Less Energy, Save More Money

Ring Up Your Energy Savings with Small Changes

energy cost savings michiganWith energy prices so high and inflation rates draining cash from our pockets every day, most Michiganders want to save money at home wherever they can.

Here’s an idea: there are actually many small yet important energy conservation methods that can add up to impressive savings over time. Here is a closer look at some of the steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Self-Maintenance Tasks

Besides partnering with your heating oil service provider to perform regular, money-saving maintenance on your heating equipment, you can also do some self-maintenance tasks during next heating season.

For instance, if you have a forced-air system (one with vents or registers rather than radiators or baseboards), the most important self-maintenance task is to check your filter regularly, cleaning or changing them when needed. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper maintenance. Clogged filters lower furnace efficiency by making it overwork to keep you warm; that means higher heating bills and more wear and tear on your equipment. Note: the same principle about checking air filters applies if you have a central air conditioning system in your home.

If you have an older steam boiler, you should check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause for boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be flushed when the water in the gauge looks rusty. If you have a modern hot water boiler, the boiler’s automatic filling system should maintain the proper water level.

If you’re not sure whether you have a boiler or a furnace, please go here.

Weatherize and Insulate

While the weather is mild, take the time to apply caulk to close off any air leaks around exterior doors and windows. While you’re at it, replace door weatherstripping that might have worn away.

In terms of insulation, most homes are under-insulated. Adding enough to meet recommended R-values is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s overall efficiency and comfort. Read the Energy Department’s Guide to Home Insulation.

Here Comes the Sun

During the cold months, keep curtains and shades open in sun-exposed rooms to absorb all that free heat and energy during the day, then close them at night to keep the heat in at night. Do the reverse in the summer by closing curtains and shades during the day to block solar heat. Smart window treatments can help manage solar energy throughout the year.

Fireplaces, Vents, and Thermostat Settings

An open damper on your fireplace is like an open window; close the damper when you are not using your wood-burning hearth.

You should also move any furniture, drapery or rugs away from air vents, baseboards or radiators. This helps improve airflow and keeps heat circulating into rooms.

Do you have a smart programmable thermostat? When used correctly, it will pay for itself in just a short time with the energy savings you can achieve. If you choose a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.

In the winter, the optimal thermostat setting is 68°F when you’re at home. Dial it down toward the 60°F range when you’re asleep or out of the house. Don’t go too low or you risk frozen pipes. The temperatures you ultimately choose will depend on factors like the outdoor temperature and your family’s comfort preferences. Remember, these are just guidelines.

To learn about how you can make an even bigger impact on your home’s energy efficiency through upgrades to systems like high-efficiency heating oil boilers and heating oil furnaces, please go here.

The Price of Heating Oil in Michigan

A Look at Energy Markets and Price Fluctuations

oil costs michiganAs you know, the price you pay for your heating oil in Michigan can change quite a bit from year to year. Why does that happen?

It’s because the market price of oil is always tied to a variety of factors that are constantly changing. If you would like to view a long-term history of residential heating-oil prices in Michigan and see how prices fluctuate, please go here.

As far as the reasons for energy price increases, there are many factors that cause energy prices (crude oil, fuel oil, natural gas, electricity, coal, propane, etc.) to rise and fall. These include:

  • levels of inventory
  • global supply and demand
  • severe weather
  • the state of the economy
  • geopolitical events that affect energy production, such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

What Happened in 2022?

Global crude oil prices soared to their highest point in eight years after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Prior to this, energy prices in all sectors—oil, propane, natural gas and electricity—had been on a steady rise because global oil production hadn’t yet caught up with the pent-up demand that quickly followed the perceived end of the pandemic.

Even before the war in Ukraine further accelerated price increases, frenetic consumer spending–combined with persistent supply shortages–had sent inflation rates in our country to their highest level in 40 years.
The only good news is that this shocking price spike occurred near the end of winter, instead of the beginning. And it’s also important to point out that for the most part, oil prices have remained fairly stable since 2014. You can view a heating oil price update from the U.S Energy Information Administration by going here.

Diminished Oil Supply

As was noted before, global crude oil production hasn’t yet caught up with pent-up demand. The answer to that problem isn’t to “just drill for more oil at home.” Here’s why.

First, even if the U.S. did drill for enough oil and keep it all here to gobble up for ourselves, that crude oil would still be tightly married to the global oil market—and beholden to whatever the world’s highest bidder is willing to pay for it.

This “solution” is also ignoring the fact that right now, oil companies are feeling enormous pressure to give up fast growth in favor of steadier profits and stock-boosting finance moves, such as higher dividends, more share buybacks, and reduced debt. Read more about this here.

Investors have also been reading the tea leaves, and realize that a zero-carbon emissions world is not too far off in our future. Big money is holding back on fossil fuel investments as legislators try to move the country toward more renewable energy. Investors instead are looking to sink their money into long-term, profitable opportunities in the burgeoning green energy field.  By the way, the heating oil industry is making excellent progress with making our fuel more dependent on renewable energy, too. Read about the benefits of Bioheat® fuel.

Another factor influencing oil companies is the memory of the breathtaking fall of crude oil prices during the early days of the pandemic. In the Spring of 2020, crude oil prices fell all the way to negative $30 per barrel! Traders had to pay buyers to take oil! Since then, however, prices have been steadily rising before they exploded in late February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Michigan Heating Oil Companies Look Out for You

People sometimes misunderstand how negatively higher prices impact local fuel dealers. Heating oil companies don’t make more money when prices rise. Think of it this way: it’s like when the cost of coffee, milk, or orange juice rises. It’s not your local grocery store that is profiting from these higher prices. In the same vein, heating oil customers have a harder time paying their bills. They reduce expenditures. As a consequence, heating oil companies may need to tap into their lines of credit more. Phones light up with questions from customers. So, the sooner energy prices drop, the happier your heating oil company will be. In short, this is an awful mess for everyone.

In the meantime, please reach out your heating oil supplier to find out ways they may be able to help you reduce your energy costs, or handle payments more easily.

What You Can Count On

Local, independently owned full-service heating oil companies in Michigan work hard to ensure homeowners and businesses in the area get the best prices possible without compromising on quality, safety or environmental concerns. They also ensure that you have the heating and home comfort experience you deserve in several other areas as well, regardless of what’s happening in the market.

  • They maintain an ample supply of fuel. When you get your fuel from a Michigan heating oil company, you can rest assured that you’ll have the supply you need throughout the season.
  • Many provide automatic delivery. Enjoy the convenience of free automatic delivery service and never worry about the expense or hassle of a run-out again.
  • Many have flexible pricing and payment options. Whether you’re interested in protecting your price or spreading your bills out over most of the year, heating oil companies in Michigan are here for you and will work with you to ensure your pricing and payment plans are realistic and helpful to you.

What Comes Next with Oil Prices?

We don’t know where things will go from here, but if history is a guide, we can expect to see prices drop pretty significantly in the not-too-distant future. If you would like to read the U.S. Department of Energy’s short-term energy outlook, please go here.

Trust your heating oil supplier to look out for you and let’s hope that—regardless of what happens with global energy prices—we will soon be living in a more peaceful world.

Staying Comfortable with Heating Oil

Oilheat Companies Provide Important Support

biofuel industry michiganAn independent research study once asked homeowners who heat with oil whether they trusted their heating oil company or other energy providers more.

Homeowners chose local heating oil companies by almost a 4-to-1 margin! Trust is the foundation on which Michigan heating oil companies operate, and they are proud to have earned the confidence of so many customers.

Most customers also appreciate all of the benefits of heating their home with oil.

For starters, heating oil generates a whopping 138,000 Btu’s of heat for every gallon burned and warms a home evenly and efficiently.

The flame in a heating oil system burns much hotter than other energy systems. This produces more heat and warmer air or water. So when the outdoor temperature starts dipping into the single digits and a howling wind is rattling your windows, that powerful heat output can help keep your home as cozy as ever.

In addition, technology has brought great improvements in heating system efficiency that has reduced annual fuel consumption by as much as 40%. This has saved oilheat consumers a lot of money on fuel.
For example, many new oil boilers use energy-saving controls that greatly reduce fuel usage during mildly cold weather and provide a more even heat with fewer temperature swings. In the same vein, high-efficiency oil furnaces feature variable speed motors that use about 80% less electricity than older motors and provide more consistent airflow and temperatures.

Of course, to enjoy these great benefits of oilheat, you need a reliable supplier. Heating oil companies are renowned for the level of support they provide. During extreme cold, drivers often work long hours to make sure that all customers have fuel in their tanks.

Bioheat® Fuel: The Future

The oilheat industry continues to undergo a revolution that is significantly improving efficiency and cleanliness, thanks to the combination of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and the advent of Bioheat® fuel.

Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, which is composed of various organic products, including vegetable oils, animal fats and even algae. New studies have shown the viability of using various grasses for the production of biodiesel.

Biodiesel is considered a biogenic fuel that reduces carbon 100%. By contrast, when fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was stored in the ground and put it back into the atmosphere.

In contrast, the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources actually recycles carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll be hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.

Read more about Bioheat fuel.

Innovations in Bioheat® Fuel & Biodiesel

Green Fuel for the Future Continues Its Growth

heating oil industry michiganBiodiesel—the renewable biofuel that’s used in Bioheat fuel for home heating—has seen impressive technology advances, providing motor fleets with reliable performance and savings while vastly reducing emissions.

As an example, mechanical engineers at the University of Michigan recently partnered with General Motors to create a renewable diesel vehicle demonstration. The renewable diesel fuel that was used consisted of bio-derived hydrocarbons from plant oils and animal fats.

Using 100% renewable hydrocarbon biofuels for the demonstration, engineers estimated that there was an 80% reduction in the carbon footprint over the use of traditional, petroleum-sourced fuels like diesel and gasoline.

This research was led by André Boehman, a professor at University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering and director of the W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory. You can read more here.

The Path to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

Not only is today’s heating oil environmentally friendly, it’s also become a vital part of America’s mission to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within the next few decades.

Advanced technology has already brought us Bioheat® fuel, which is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel. Biodiesel is composed of various organic products, including vegetable oils, animal fats and even algae. New studies have shown the viability of using various grasses for the production of biodiesel.

Biodiesel is considered a biogenic fuel that reduces carbon 100%. By contrast, when fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was stored in the ground and put it back into the atmosphere.

In contrast, the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycle carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll be hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.

Goals for Reducing Carbon Emissions

The heating oil industry has made a commitment to supporting a decarbonization strategy.

In fact, members of the industry have set broad goals for transitioning heating oil supply to higher blends of clean-burning, renewable Bioheat fuel.

Reaching a 50% biodiesel blend (B50) by 2030 would line up with many of the carbon-reduction targets being set by local and state governments. This would eliminate 4.29 million metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere. In 2050, the goal is to reach B100 (100% biodiesel), eliminating 8.59 million metric tons of carbon.

You can read more about Bioheat fuel here.

Is It Time to Replace Your Oil Boiler?

Know When to Repair, Know When to Replace

boiler installation michiganLike any piece of equipment, your heating oil boiler will eventually have to be replaced one day. But is that day near, or still far off? If you need a repair, should you still keep putting money into your current boiler? Or would you better off investing your money into a new, high-efficiency boiler?

First, let’s look at age. While the average boiler will last about 20-25 years—as long as a proper maintenance has been followed–there are many home boilers out there that are 35 years old or older. And while they may still be keeping your home warm enough, the efficiency rate is much lower than a modern heating oil boiler, which means you are using more fuel to generate heat.

Tell-tale signs of a dying boiler

But if you’re happy with your boiler’s performance, regardless of its age, what trouble signs should you be looking for?

Signs of Corrosion

Just like your water heater, if you see outward signs of rust on your boiler, its time is running out. A professional inspection may also reveal damage to piping or other boiler components.

Your Comfort Levels Are Lower

Is your old boiler keeping you warm enough? A properly working oil boiler should keep you comfortable even on the coldest Michigan nights, but a boiler’s operating performance and efficiency diminish with the passage of time.

Your Heating Costs Are Higher

Your boiler’s efficiency slowly degrades the older it gets. Lower efficiency means higher heating costs. Add in a higher number of repairs for an old system and this is another strong sign that it could be time to let go of your old oil boiler and upgrade to a new one.

Diminished Hot Water Production

If you depend on your boiler to heat your domestic hot water—and you’re not getting as much hot water as before–this could be a sign of a leaking or corroded coil on the boiler, a warning of potential boiler failure.

What You Get with an Upgrade

By upgrading to a new oil boiler, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the great benefits of heating oil—now and in the future.

The heating oil industry continues to undergo a revolution that is significantly improving heating oil’s efficiency and cleanliness, thanks to the combination of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and the advent of Bioheat® fuel.

Leaders in the heating oil business are excited by opportunities that will positively influence the long-term future of the industry and the environment while improving the oil heat experience for millions of customers.

If you have questions about decreasing your energy use, reducing your heating costs or simply using energy around your home in smarter ways, make sure to contact your local heating oil company for advice.

Please go here to learn about available rebates for replacing your heating oil system.

Sensing Common Oil-Heated Home Issues

Be Aware of Any Strange Noises or Smells

heating oil service michiganEvery problem has a symptom, and frequently, it is accompanied by something you see, hear, smell or even feel. Here are a few examples.

Dusty, Burning Smell

This commonly occurs when people turn on their heating system for the first time. This smell usually means your heating system is just burning off the dust and dirt that has built up on it during the off-season.

The smell should stop in a few hours. If the smell continues, try replacing the air filter in your furnace, which may be dirty. The filter should always be changed or cleaned (depending on its type) at the beginning of the season. Check it regularly during the heating season. Make sure you shut off your furnace before replacing the filter.

If changing the filter doesn’t work, it’s time to call for service.

Other Unusual Smells

Foul smells can often be caused by stagnant water. That’s the most common source of bad odors because the water often turns to mold. Look for water leaks in the roof, foundation, around sinks, and other piping. Correct water leaks promptly to avoid additional problems.

If you’ve maintained your heating oil system properly, you should never smell fuel oil. An oil smell could be caused by a leak, burner troubles, a heat exchanger failure or exhaust system problems. You should schedule service as soon as possible to correct this situation.

If you smell smoky odors when your burner is operating, you may have a backdraft. For example, if a fireplace or exhaust fan is running at the same time as your oil burner, this can result in a smoky odor because a backdraft is pulling flue gases through the exhaust system and into the home.

Strange Noises in the Night

Here are a few sounds and the possible cause. (Note: a correct diagnosis can only be made with an onsite visit by a service technician).

  • Banging, whistling, howling or the sound of rushing water in your pipes. These are common symptoms of air in the pipes, insufficient water flow or a build-up of sludge.
  • Booming or rumbling burner. It’s normal to hear a burner turn on, but if it makes a loud boom, also known as a “hard start,” the burner is not igniting properly. It needs to be serviced as soon as possible.
  • Straining sound from fuel pump. This means that there is a clog somewhere in the delivery system, for instance, in a filter or supply line.

Feeling a Chill in Your Shower

If it takes longer to heat water than it used to, or the water doesn’t get as hot, these are strong signs that you are ready for a new water heating unit. Other trouble signs include a slow leak from your tank or rust on the tank or in your tap water. (A water tank rusts from the inside out).

If you think your water heater is failing—the average water heater lasts anywhere from 7 to 13 years—please speak with your full-service heating oil company about your options in oil-fired water heaters.

Heat Loss from Your Attic

This winter, if you see icicles hanging from your roof, this usually means that you’re losing heat through your attic.

Icicles form when a roof has “hot spots” (caused by escaping heat), which melts snow. The water then trickles to colder spots on the roof and freezes. The water that drips over the eaves turns into icicles.

Eventually, ice dams can form and water trapped behind these mounds of ice can seep into the home, resulting in costly repairs.

The solution for heat loss and potential water damage is to seal air leaks in your attic and then improve the insulation. These steps will lower your heating costs—and reduce cooling bills in the summer too because your attic will retain less heat.

If you’re having any comfort problems at all, or think your furnace or boiler is not working properly, please reach out to your full-service heating oil dealer to request a service appointment.

How To Read a Heating Oil Tank Gauge

reading oil gauge michiganIf you’ve been relying on oil heat in your Michigan home for more years than you can remember, you’re an old hand at reading your oil tank gauge and knowing when it’s time to call for more fuel. Of course, you may have asked your oilheat company to put you on their automatic delivery so you don’t have to deal with this task.

But if you’re fairly new to living in an oil-heated home, you may not be familiar with the basics of reading your heating oil tank gauge.

  • Your heating oil tank gauge is usually a clear glass or plastic cylinder located at or near the top of the tank. The gauge is marked with numbers that look a lot like a car’s fuel gauge: F, ¾, ½, ¼. A red marker or float tells you how much fuel you have left. If the marker is at the bottom of the gauge or not visible, your tank is empty—or close to it.
  • To make sure the gauge is working, carefully remove the outer case and gently press the float down. If it bobs back up to the original position, the gauge is working. If the gauge is not working, arrange for a repair.
  • Order more fuel when the gauge reaches ¼.

As noted before, if you don’t want to spend time reading your tank gauge and placing an order when you need more fuel, your oilheat company may be able to set you up on an automatic delivery schedule. Your heating oil supplier will estimate when your next delivery is needed based on computer modeling and your past usage. In most cases, they will get your heating oil to you when your tank is about one-quarter full.

Weather forecasting: how much heating oil will you need?

Many factors will affect how much heating oil you will use. This can include outdoor temperatures, the overall efficiency of your heating equipment, and how well your home is insulated. But here’s one measuring stick: if outdoor temperatures average about 32° over a 24-hour period, a 2,500 square foot house will burn about 6-7 gallons of heating oil per day.

If you have questions about your heating oil tank or heating oil deliveries, contact your local heating oil company and they will be glad to help.