September 30, 2021

Tips to Managing Your Heating Fuel Bill This Winter – Easy, Green, and Must Dos

Everyone LOVES to save money, especially on their heating fuel bills. As your local heating fuel supplier and neighbor for almost a century, we feel it’s our responsibility to provide you with the best information to help you save money, energy, and the environment.

Aside from enrolling in a budget payment plan, doing annual maintenance, and automatic delivery, there are other steps you can take to help manage your fuel bill this Winter. Did you know that a properly serviced HVAC system can reduce heating costs by up to 10% alone? Here are some Easy, Must Do, and Green tips to help you save some cash this Winter.

Easy To Do Tips

  • Get a system tune-up to get the maximum performance out of every drop of heating fuel you burn this Winter.
  • Open your shades and drapes when the sun is out to help warm up your home. Close them when the sun goes down to help retain the heat and prevent heat loss.
  • Turn your thermostat down a few degrees while you sleep or when you are away from the home. Lowering it even slightly may save you up to 2% on your heating bill.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent heat loss and freezing
  • Seal any windows or gaps in walls that are drafty. You can install new thresholds or use a draft guard on any doors.
  • Relocate any furniture that may be blocking heat registers or radiators – it can prevent heat from circulating.

Must-Do Tips

  •  Replace heating systems that are more than 25 years old. Modern versions can cut your heating costs by 15 – 25%.
  • Install a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already
  • Check your insulation – especially on exterior walls, attics, and ceilings, and floors with uninsulated spaces above or below.
  • Consider replacing drafty windows and doors with newer more effective units. A short-term fix could be using insulator kits that you can find at your local home improvement store.

Green Tips

  •  Ask your oil heat supplier if they use Bioheat, a more environmentally friendly oil heat fuel.
  • Consider installing a tankless water heater system that heats water on demand when you need it, vs. reheating it constantly in a tank.

Have questions about your HVAC system and what you can do to help reduce your heating costs? One of our certified technicians can take a look at your system and let you know what options are available.

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