When it comes to keeping your home warm and comfortable in the fall and winter months, concerns about home heating oil costs can often become a factor with many homeowners. However, there are many ways that you can reduce energy consumption and lower your home heating oil bill just by making a couple of common-sense changes to your normal routine. Energy costs are a concern for all homeowners, particularly in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where the cold season can drag on much longer than in other parts of the country. Check out our list of the ten things you can do today to make a big difference in your monthly home heating oil consumption.
Step One – Get In-Tune!
An annual tune-up of your heating and air-conditioning system is the best way to keep energy costs down all year long. Contact your local HVAC service provider to schedule a thorough inspection and tune-up of your equipment to make sure it is performing as it should.
Step Two – Window Treatments
Your shades and draperies should be opened during the day when the sun is shining to help warm up your home in the daytime. They should be closed up tight in the evening after the sun goes down to reduce heat loss through windows.
Step Three – Thermostat Control
Consider getting a programmable thermostat to keep temperatures in check at night when you are away from the home during the day or away for the weekend. In the meantime consider dropping your thermostat slightly to conserve energy. Even a couple of degrees can make a big difference in your monthly bill.
Step Four – Check for Leaks
Check doors and windows to make sure that there aren’t any air leaks. Use insulating materials made specifically for your type of doors and windows to seal leaks and caulk or re-caulk any windows to ensure that warm air isn’t leaking outside.
Step Five – Check Vents
Check your fireplace damper, kitchen vent, and even air conditioning unit vents when not in use. They can be a huge source of incoming cold air from outdoors and a method for your warm air to get out. Make sure furniture isn’t blocking radiators and vents to improve warmth throughout the entire house.
Step Six – Upgraded System
If you have a heating system that is over 20 years old, consider updating it. Modern technology makes it possible to reduce your home heating oil costs by as much as 15-25 percent. Speak with your HVAC service technician about getting an efficiency check for your system to see if you would benefit from an upgrade.
Step Seven – Worry-Free Payments
Check with Columbus Energies, your home heating oil supplier, to find out more about their Worry-Free Payment Plan, which is designed to reduce your monthly energy bill by distributing payments over a 12-month period. No more surprise wintertime bills!
Step Eight – Tank Sure Program
Sign up for the Tank Sure Program through Columbus Energies, which is designed to monitor, protect and maintain your home heating oil equipment to minimize leaks and improve value. The Tank Sure Program features a $1,000 tank replacement warranty to help reduce unexpected costs. Talk to your representative for details!
Step Nine – Residential Service Plans
Get on the Columbus Energies residential service plan which provides regular check-ups and tune-ups of your home heating oil appliances to ensure that they are in proper working order. A free annual cleaning and equipment-specific services can also be included to provide effective and efficient operation of your equipment year-round.
Step Ten – Automatic Delivery
Join the automatic delivery program through Columbus Energies and you will never run out of heating oil this winter – no matter what! Enjoy the confidence that comes from our no-run-out guarantee. No more monitoring your fuel supply and then waiting for a delivery, we track your supply and make sure that your home has sufficient oil whenever you need it.
Call Columbus Energies and Get Started Today!
Contact one of our professional and experienced representatives at Columbus Energies to get started on a comprehensive home heating oil delivery program and residential service plan that fits your lifestyle and your budget. Columbus Energies has been providing home heating oil delivery service and maintenance to residential and commercial property owners for over 50 years. Call 1-877-674-1492 to find out more about all of the programs, services, and plans available to our customers in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.