As The Clocks Go Back, Make Sure Your Heating Oil Costs Don't Go Up!
4th November 2012
We all benefited from an extra hour staying warm in bed last weekend, but now as temperatures fall, staying warm may be harder for some than others.
Energy users across the UK and Republic of Ireland are getting prepared for the winter months ahead and oil users, more than any energy user, know the importance of staying topped up in order to stay warm. However, the cost of keeping your tank topped up doesn't have to be as high as you might think.
Here are some handy seasonal tips from oil storage tank manufacturer, Harlequin for reducing your oil usage and saving on oil bills this winter:
Buy your oil in time - Buying as much of your winter fuel at once and at the right time, could save you a substantial amount on your oil bill. Early Autumn is the best time to top up your tank for winter. And remember - buy as much as you can in one go in order to get a cheaper price per litre. As winter progresses and demand for home heating oil increases, so too might the price of oil. So get in there early and buy in bulk!
Insulate - Having inadequate insulation in your house will allow heat to escape more quickly and will therefore result in increased fuel consumption. Most heat escapes through the walls and roof of any home, so appropriate insulation in these areas could save you a small fortune. There are many different types of insulation available and the investment will pay for itself through savings you make on your heating bill.
Check your boiler's efficiency - An inefficient boiler can dramatically and needlessly increase your fuel consumption. Ensure that you have your oil boiler serviced every 12 months and if your boiler engineer feels that your old boiler is running inefficiently for you, consider purchasing a new, high efficiency oil condensing boiler, which captures more usable heat from its fuel than a non-condensing boiler. The best oil condensing boilers can convert over 95% of fuel into heat, whereas that figure can drop to as low as 78% for conventional non-condensing boilers.
Turn down that thermostat - Reducing the temperature on your thermostat by just 1 degree can save you up to 10% on your heating oil bill. many modern heating systems will have two thermostats - one on the ground floor and one on the upper floor. This enables homeowners to set different temperatures on each floor, or to keep the heating off on one of the floors. In addition to turning your thermostat temperature down, you should ensure that your thermostat is accurate. A certified OFTEC or APHC technician can assist you with this. Ask your technician to also look at your boiler's thermostat in order to ensure that it is not set at an unnecessarily high temperature.
Open curtains during the day and move your furniture - Opening your curtains during the day will allow natural sunlight to partially heat some of the rooms in your house. In addition, ensuring that bulky furniture such as sofas or large cabinets are not placed in front of radiators, will enable you to get maximum benefits from the heat which they emit.
Purchase an oil monitoring system - today's heating oil market contains a number of heating oil monitoring devices. Such devices enable homeowners to monitor oil levels from inside their home. One such device is the i-Track Intelligent Oil Monitoring System, which is also featured on Harlequin Bunded iTank Pro models. This device enables the householder to view information on oil usage per day/week/month and year, as well as spend per day/week/month/year, the number of days until the tank is empty, CO2 emissions and litres remaining in the tank. With the help of a device such as this, homeowners can monitor the reduction in usage and spend that results in carrying out one or more of the steps listed above.
Some of the tips listed here require some investment, yet some are practical and free pointers on how to reduce consumption and/or spend.
However, one of the most important tips for reducing your oil costs this winter is to keep your oil safe! An oil theft could cost you hundreds of pounds and could result in you having to replace your entire tank. Protect your tank this winter with as many deterrents as you can. Harlequin iTank Pro tanks feature an external Spinsecure tap lock, an internal 100db alarmed lock, a sudden loss / fuel theft alert system via the tank's i-Track intelligent oil monitor and a high visibility sticker, displaying the message 'This Tank Is Alarmed!'
:: Harlequin iTank Bunded Heating Oil Tanks
:: i-Track IT9000 Heating Oil Energy Monitor
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Article Last Updated 4th November 2012