Tips on Saving Money on Fuel & Oil
We understand that buying and using fuel for your New Jersey home can be pricey, which is why we have some oil saving tips for you! Learn about some useful tips on how to save money when using oil to heat your home.
Monitor You Oil Usage
When looking into your household's oil use, you need to know how much oil the house's oil burner actually uses. This way you can calculate the total use of the furnace. You daily consumption in the fall and winter months may vary. So it is important to acclimate yourself with amount of oil the burner uses.
We recommend monitoring the oil burner for about an hour or so. Time how long it operates during the monitoring. Then, later in the day, monitor it again for another hour. And average the total amount of time it operates over the course of an hour. Once you have an average, you can multiply it by 24 to see how many minutes the burner is in use each day. And then to get the oil consumption, you multiply that result by the unit's advertised gallons of oil per hour ratio. This should land you on a number. That number is the average your oil consumes on an average day.
If you do not know what that means, then our staff can help! Give us a call and ask us about the oil consumption of your home's oil burner. And we can give you answers. Knowing how much oil you consume is the most surefire way at saving money. You can then learn and optimize your oil consumption. And not be as wasteful.
Purchase Oil at the Right Price
Pricing for home heating oil fluctuates on regular basis, so it pays off to monitor the pricing and strike when the prices are at their lowest. You can monitor the pricing from your home with a little research. It typically follows a pattern. Harsher winters will require more heating oil. Whereas a milder winter prediction will allow homeowners to optimize oil consumption. With this in mind, you can keep an eye of for near-term pricing and even gauge the competition.
Saving money on oil should be easy and when you turn to Cavalieri Fuel, you will be getting fuel at the lowest possible price. And when the price is right, we recommend striking. Fill up your oil burner when the price is at its lowest. It may cost more in the short term, but then you may be able to get your oil to last longer. And thus avoid another refill.
Lower the Thermostat
When you have a manual thermostat, lowering the energy consumption may be more difficult. It requires more frequent adjustments and it does not always automatically respond to those environmental changes. Which means there is a lot of waste involved. We would recommend upgrading your furnace and thermostat to a smart or programmable model. Again, it is more money upfront, but over time this investment pays off since you will not be wasting oil or energy. When the thermostat is programmable, you know the settings are optimized for the lowest consumption of heating oil. So there is much less waste.
However, if that is not an option, then we recommend simply keeping the thermostat on the low side. The US Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees during the day when everyone is home. If you go out, lower it to, since an empty house doesn't have warm bodies to heat up. And lowering it 30 minutes before you go to bed is suggested. This way you are manually optimizing your home's heat and energy.
Decrease Your Energy Usage
This last tip on saving money with your oil honestly goes hand-in-hand with lowering your thermostat on a regular basis. However, there are other things you can do to lower your energy usage besides from simply keeping the thermostat low. We suggest you do an at-home assessment of your energy usage. Look for cracks or holes that may be allowing air to pass freely. You will see this issue around doors and windows. If you do find any glaring issues, then fix them! Seal them with caulk or weatherstripping and you should notice an immediate improvement.
And when looking at this issue, consider your home's insulation and if that needs an upgrade. If your home is older, then its insulation requirements may be out of date and due for an upgrade. Areas to inspect include the attic, pipes and ductwork and your chimney. Finding low-grade insulation areas means that warm air is escaping and you are paying for the use of more heat because of it. So again, perhaps installing better insulation is a short-term loss financially, but over the long run you will save money.
New Jersey Home Heating Oil Delivery Services
For more information about our fueling services, please contact us today. We will happily answer any question or concerns you may have about all that we have to offer in regard to affordable oil. Our heating oil is available for homeowners throughout the New Jersey area. Get residential fueling services that meet your price points. The umber for our office is 973-304-1595. When you call, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation and go over all of our fueling services.
So please, do not hesitate to reach out to Cavalieri Fuel Services for affordable home oil heating.
Check out these useful tips on how to save money using oil in your home. And you know what's another way of saving money? Turning to Cavalieri Fuel for your oil and heating needs. We offer competitive pricing on all of our fueling services.