Domestic heating oil, or kerosene, is often used as an alternative to mains gas (particularly in areas where homes are off the grid). Heating oil is just one of the many fuels available to those who are not connected to the main gas grid, offering a great option with which to heat your home. Here are some great tips on making the most of your home heating oil supply and getting the best value for your money.
Look after your boiler and your oil tank:
Having your boiler serviced regularly will not only save you money as your boiler will run cleaner and more efficiently, but also alert you to any potential problems and help prevent costly repairs. Ensure your boiler is serviced annually by an OFTEC registered engineer who will also check your tank for corrosion or other damage. In addition to looking after the physical state of your tank, it is also important to protect your heating oil from the risk of theft. Steps that can be taken are to ensure your oil tank is hidden from roads (although remember that your delivery driver will need acess to your tank), is in a secure location, and consider security lighting which can deter thieves at night.
Install an efficient boiler:
The age of your boiler plays a large role in the amount of money you spend heating your home. A well maintained boiler will also cut your energy bills. If your boiler is old, or inefficient, it is worth upgrading to a newer model; this can save you more money in the long run.
Be energy smart:
Minimise the amount of heating oil you are using in the home to help cut your bills. Little changes to your daily habits can go a long way in reducing your heating oil usage, such as turning your thermostat down. Other energy saving steps can reduce the amount of electricity you use, such as turning lights off when you leave a room, and turning off electrical appliances when not in use.
Choose a company who will automatically refill your oil tank, based on your usual pattern of usage whilst taking into account weather conditions. This saves you the hassle of having to check your tank regularly, or worse, running out of fuel on a cold evening. Not only will this save you time and money and provide convenience and peace of mind, it will cut down on tanker emissions from unnecessary journeys to the same location (making your energy source greener).
Emergency heating oil:
Running out of heating oil in the depths of winter is not a welcome thought. Ensure your home heating oil supplier can deliver heating oil to you in emergencies, especially during adverse weather conditions.