Heating Oil Use Tips: Use Less Oil and Save More Money

If you’re like us, you love a tip…especially when it’s a tip about saving money. If that describes you, read on for some heat-saving and money-saving tips.

How can I use less heating oil and save money this winter?

These three steps will help you use less heating oil and save more money this winter!

Step #1: Address cracks, gaps, and insulation. Before you spend hundreds of dollars on space heaters (and ugly sweaters), spend $20 on a good caulking gun and some expanding spray foam and start sealing. You may be surprised at how much less drafty other rooms in your house become. 

Step #2: Use the right thermostat to save money and use less heating oil. Keeping your home’s thermostat set to the same temperature (72°F) all winter actually causes you to lose heat. That’s because the hotter it is inside – and the colder it is outside – the larger the force behind the cold air pushing the hot air out. A way to combat this is to switch out your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. They’re simple to install and can be set to automatically turn on and off at specific times of the day or night to maximize heating efficiency.

Step #3: Add insulation to your basement to use less heating oil.
Don’t ignore your basement. Basements are the biggest entryway for cold air to enter your home—so looking into ways to add insulation directly to the walls and ceiling will reduce the amount of incoming air. Also make sure to seal around the sill plate (the long piece of wood that sits directly on top of the foundation wall) for extra insulation.

Want more? Read How to Use Less Heating Oil and Save Money This Winter.

How often do I need to order heating oil?

One of the questions we hear a lot from our customers is “How often do I need to order more heating oil?” Either they’ve just moved to New England (if that’s you, welcome, it’s totally awesome here), or they’ve just bought a house, but either way, they’ve never had an oil burning furnace or boiler before.

Factors that affect how frequently you order heating oil

In the same way that certain factors affect how much gas you burn in your car, certain factors affect how much heating oil you’ll burn at home.
Factors like:

  • Is it summer or winter?

  • Do you get your system tuned annually?

  • How warm do you keep your house?

  • How well insulated is your home?

  • How big or small is your house?

This chart will help

So, as you’ve no doubt figured out, as nice as it would be to have a consistent number of gallons of heating oil to order each month, it ain’t gonna happen because there are too many factors. But don’t worry! We’ve pulled together a chart that should help you estimate how quickly you’re going through oil and how long a 1/4 of a tank of heating will last. (1/4 of a tank is 60 gallons for a typical tank.)

And we want to emphasize that “estimate” part. This chart is based on a 2000 square foot house; your house may be larger or smaller, more or less efficient. Use the chart to get an idea of how the temperature outside affects your burn rate inside. 

 Average Outside Temperature (°F)   Approximate Gallons Used in 1 Day   Approximate Days 1/4 of a Tank (60 Gallons) Will Last 
15 10 6
20 9 7
25 8 8
30 7 9
35 6 10
40 5 12
45 4 15
50 3 20

Looking for more? Check out How Often Do I Need to Order Heating Oil?

What’s the Most Energy-Efficient Way to Set Your Thermometer?

Some things never change. Every fall, people begin to ask us about the “right” way to use a thermostat to save money. They generally fall into two schools of thought. On one side, there’s the set-it-and-forget-it group and on the other, the never-seen-a-thermostat-that-didn’t-need-tweaking group.

The two schools of thermostat energy efficiency

School of Thought #1: Set it and forget it

We like to call this first group, the School of the Straight and Narrow. They choose a one-size-fits-all temperature, set the thermostat to it, and leave it there until summer. Doesn’t matter if it’s nighttime or no one is at home. That temperature stays set.
The reasoning behind this school is that it will take more energy to heat up a cold house than it takes to maintain a consistent temperature.

School of Thought #2: The only constant is change

We refer to the second school as the School of the Rollercoaster Ride. Its adherents believe that the thermostat should be turned down when you’re sleeping or away from home. The reasoning behind this school of thought is that leaving the thermostat set will cost more in the long-run because the energy saved from those off-times will more than make-up for the extra costs of heating a colder house.

Adjust your thermostat for greater energy savings

Ding, ding, ding! The second school of thought wins the prize for energy savings. The Department of Energy estimates you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by changing your thermostat setting depending on time of day. That percentage of savings is greater for buildings in milder climates, i.e. not New England. But still. If you turn down your thermostat at night and when you’re away from home, you’ll save energy. And saved energy equals saved $$.

Want to read more? Read the full story at What’s the Most Energy-Efficient Way to Set Your Thermostat?

What are the advantages of ordering heating oil with an app?

The Heatable app and website make it easy to order home heating oil. You can see our super low heating oil price and place an order from your computer or smartphone wherever you are, whenever you want.

And because we’ve automated just about everything and focus on simply delivering heating oil, we’re able to keep our costs down—and then pass on those savings to you in the form of a super low price for heating oil.

Learn more by checking out What Are the Advantages of Ordering Heating Oil with an App.

Learn more about Heating Oil

Visit our Ultimate Consumer’s Guide to Heating Oil for everything you need to know about heating your home with #2 heating oil.

Why Heatable?

Heatable’s the smart way to order oil! Our website and quick order app put you in control of your heating oil purchases. You can order anywhere and at any time. Just enter your zip to see your super-low price and get started.

We provide lower prices for all! Heatable is committed to providing consistently low heating oil prices. Our technology and streamlined process allow us to offer the same low price to everyone – no negotiating necessary.

We’re heating oil superstars! Founded by industry veterans, we’ve been around the block (literally hundreds of thousands of times). We have our own bright orange trucks, and make our own deliveries.

Heating oil delivery at your fingertips. Try us today!


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