It might be warmer outside now, but this doesn't mean it's going to last forever. Before long, the cooler temperatures will be back. Why not start thinking about saving now? Taking some time to think about the different ways in which you can save money on your heating oil in the months to come will be well worth your efforts.
Think About Buying Early
It's a good idea to start thinking about buying your heating oil ahead of time. During the warmer months, most retailers aren't selling as much oil as they generally do. For the consumer, this means the potential for lower rates. When you wait until heating oil is in high demand, not only will you have to wait longer, but due to the increased demand, you may have to pay a higher cost so keep this in mind.
Get Some Window Coverings
Consider investing in window coverings if you don't have any. When your windows aren't covered, this makes it easier for the warm air inside your home to escape and the cold air from the outside to enter in. The result, is a system that has to work harder to regulate the temperatures in your home. Window coverings help block this flow of air and keep your home more comfortable and cost lower.
Research Contract Options
Speak with a representative from your heating oil supply company to find out if they offer any contract options. Contracts can offer a savings because they generally allow you to lock in a price. So, if you sign a three-year contract, you will be able to rely on the same price over this period. If the rates were to go up during this time, having your rate locked in will be especially helpful.
Inspect Your Doors and Windows
Look around the doors and windows in your home. Even a small gap or crack around these frames is enough to allow warm out to seep out and cold air to seep in, which will cause your heating system to work harder and ultimately, drive up your cost. If you notice any gaps go ahead and have them sealed now so that you'll be ready when the temperatures outside drop.
These practical tips can help keep your home warmer during the colder months without breaking the bank. Your heating oil provider will be able to provide you with even more tips to keep your costs lower.