3 Tips to Manage Your Thermostat for the Best Return

Posted on March 26 2019

We get it, the last thing you need is another device to “manage.” But when it comes to your thermostat, managing it could save you more than just a few bucks – so it’s definitely worth gettin' on it.

When it comes to managing your thermostat, the first question to ask yourself is, do you have a regular thermostat or a “smart” thermostat? If you’re now asking "what’s a smart thermostat?", you probably don't have one – but you might consider getting one.  Smart thermostats do most of the work for you, moving the temperature in your home up and down based on your schedule, making them very energy efficient for a hands-off device.

If you don’t have a smart thermostat yet, here are three important tips to help keep your energy usage in check with a regular thermostat:

  1. Location, Location, Location

    • First things first – the location of your thermostat. Make sure it’s installed away from heating or cooling registers, appliances, direct lighting or windows. An interior wall in a hallway is usually best, as it will provide the most accurate reading for the ambient temperature in your home.

  2. Stop Messing with it

    • Adjusting your thermostat based on your personal preferences, whether you’re hot or cold, just had a mug of hot chocolate or a super slushee from 7-Eleven, will result in spending more money and energy than you should. It’s no fun walking into a cold home after a long day, but it’s less fun when your oil tank is empty 2 weeks after you just filled it. 

  3. Don't Crank it Too High

    • And finally, resist the urge to crank the thermostat to a million degrees to heat your home more quickly – it doesn’t work like that. All that does is make your system work harder, get too warm, and force you to open a window to finally find that comfy temp. #heatingfail

Here’s a nifty chart that will show you where to start (hey that rhymes!).  If you can adjust these temps even just a little bit more - like in winter, set to 68 when you’re home and 58 when you’re sleeping or away - you’ll save even more. In fact, for every 1 degree you reduce your thermostat, you can save 1% on your heating oil – for the average New England house a 5 degree temperature reduction could save about $100. Combine those savings with our super low prices for heating oil if you order from Heatable, and budgeting for the winter will be a breeze!

Don’t feel like managing all this on your own? Get a smart thermostat and let the device do all the work for you. According to the folks at Energy Star, proper use of pre-programmed settings with a smart thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. So you’ll get back a good portion of your investment in the technology, especially if you’re a homeowner and planning on sticking around for 5 years or more. And, you don’t necessarily need to install the Cadillac of smart thermostats. You can find unbiased reviews on thermostats on sites like Consumer Reports, as long as you have a subscription, or check out this link as a good starting point for reviews on smart thermostats and all the various bells and whistles. Plus, don’t forget to see if there are any energy rebate programs in your area for buying energy efficient products (woo-hoo!).

Making a small investment in smart technology, or learning how to use your regular thermostat can help you save money right off the bat.

How else can I lower my heating oil bill this winter?

One way you can start saving right away is by entering you zip in the Orange Check Price box on this page or go to Heatable.com. After you enter your zip, you’ll find out instantly your price per gallon and you’ll also see your deliver by date – the latest date we promise to get you your heating oil.

Another way is to check out How to Use Less Heating Oil and Save Money This Winter.

How easy is it to order heating oil from Heatable?

Getting your discount heating oil from Heatable is as easy as ordering new boots on Zappos, or an electric blanket on Amazon. All you have to do is:

  1. Check your super low heating oil price and delivery date: Enter your zip and we’ll tell you today’s super low heating oil price and how quick we can get it there.

  1. Order your heating oil anytime, from anywhere: Tell us how many gallons you want and which card you’re using to pay for it. Don’t worry, we won’t charge your card until AFTER we deliver the goods.

  1. We bring the heat!: The easiest part of all. We tell you when you can expect your heating oil, and then our own heating oil truck delivers it. It’s seriously that easy.  (Learn more about us on our Home Page or About Us.)

How does Heatable offer such low heating oil prices to homeowners in Maine and New Hampshire?

Heatable has automated just about everything, so we are able to keep our costs down and pass on the savings to you in the form of a super low price for heating oil. We also keep it simple by delivering just heating oil and offering one price, which helps keep our overhead low and our heating oil prices low as well.

Where in Maine and New Hampshire does Heatable deliver home heating oil?

Currently we deliver to many towns in New Hampshire and Maine. You can view a full list of our delivery areas here. If you don’t see your town listed, just drop us an email at [email protected] and we’ll let you know when we’re in your neighborhood.

How do I know if Heatable is right for me?

You like keeping things simple. So do we. Heatable makes ordering home heating oil in New England as easy as Tap, Tap, Swipe.

  • Pay for a delivery right then and there from your smart phone or computer.

  • Use a credit or debit card to earn points, rewards or other goodies just for buying oil.

  • Simplify access to heating oil purchases all in one place.

  • Save money, save paper, save time. Save your sanity with Heatable!

You like knowing upfront that you got the best price. We don’t believe in offering better prices to some and higher prices to others. Nope. We have a strictly enforced ‘one-low-price-for-every-customer’ policy. That means:

  • No haggling. Heatable will always deliver home heating oil at a super low price.

  • No ‘limited time’ introductory offers. Every customer will get the best price available that day.

  • No long-term contracts. People move. Situations change. Heatable delivers on your terms when you want it.

  • No strings attached. You want heating oil at a super low price and you want to control your heating oil deliveries? Heatable is the smart choice.

You like saving money, right? Hey, who doesn’t? We’re right there with you.
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Stay cozy out there!
The Heatable Crew