The rising cost of energy is a real concern for many households. Particularly as the colder months approach, we naturally rely more on heating oil to keep our homes warm. Therefore, you should make sure that you get the most out of your heating oil and make it last longer. Here are some useful tips to help you maximise the use of your heating oil if you’re worried about running out.
Complete an energy inspection of your home
To determine whether you are using too much heating oil, look at how you use it. Take a look at which radiators are on and if they all need to be, when the heating is on, or who is most likely to use it. Consider the overall usage versus your bill and whether it is worth it. All of the information can help you make better decisions and determine the most economical ways to heat your home.
Adjust the thermostat
It might seem obvious, but setting the right heating controls can help to keep your home warm without having to waste fuel. Depending on which rooms in your home you use most, you may be able to adjust your thermostat. As an example, if you spend more time in the lounge than the kitchen, you can lower the temperature in the study and divert the heat there.
Insulate your home
You can save money on heating bills by making sure your home has adequate insulation. Insulation can be applied to lofts, floors, and walls. Although there is a one-time cost, the savings you make year after year will more than make up for it.
Use heating oil level trackers
When you use a heating oil level tracker you can monitor how much fuel you are using by checking the levels of your tank. Oil tank monitors can help you to see and monitor the oil level in your tank, which can help make it easier for you to see how much heating oil you are actually using.
By analysing how much you spend in a certain period of time, you can determine where you can save money and reduce your heating oil orders.
Top up your oil before the demand gets high
Over the course of the winter, the heating oil industry sees a series of peaks. However, there are only so many trucks on the road delivering fuel.
Cold snaps and external factors (Covid, fuel crisis, Ukraine Invasion) significantly increase demand. We recommend checking your tank and placing your order early to avoid disappointment.
Get your boiler or cooker range serviced
Oil boilers and cooker range systems are subject to a lot of wear and tear, so getting a regular service can make a large difference. A full inspection should be carried out by an OFTEC-registered technician at least once every 12 months.
By doing so, you could ensure your boiler or cooker range system is operating at full efficiency, especially during the winter. By giving both boiler and cooker range some TLC every 12 months, you will reduce the chances of unexpected breakdowns, which can be expensive.
We offer both the standard kerosene and more premium grades which include additives. We also supply a comprehensive range of additives which can target certain issues.