We get it. You want to get the most out of the heating oil you get delivered by Bottini Fuel. Especially when we in upstate New York are facing a winter where temperatures average in the 30s for highs and in which AccuWeather predicts we will have above-normal snowfall. Brrrr!
So if you’re wondering how long 100 gallons of heating oil will last you this winter, Bottini Fuel can help you estimate.
Remember, there are a lot of variables since every home is different. How old your home is, the age and condition of your home’s oil heating system, how big your home is, whether or not you use heating oil for your home’s hot water heating, the energy efficiency of your home (insulation, doors and windows are three big considerations) and how many people live in your home are just some of the factors which will impact how far 100 gallons of heating oil will go.
In the heating industry, we use heating degree days. That is a calculation where every degree that the average daily temperature is below 65 degrees in our region counts as one degree day. Here’s an example: If the average temperature for a day is 25 degrees, it counts as 40 degree days.
Bottini Fuel can keep your upstate New York home supplied with heating oil all winter. And we make it easy for you with options like automatic heating oil delivery and wireless tank monitors. And with price protection and our EZ Pay plan, you can more easily manage your home heating costs.
Why not get the most bang for your heating oil buck? We have some easy and smart tips so you are using your heating oil in the most efficient possible way.
Take care of your home heating system. An annual tune-up by trained and experienced Bottini service technicians will help your heating system run at peak efficiency. Older oil heating systems can see their efficiency improve by 10 percent with a tune-up. Bottini service plans will help with both regular maintenance and any needed repairs.
Upgrade your heating system. If your home’s oil heating system is 20 years old or older, consider installing a new, more energy efficient heating system. Today’s high efficiency oil heating systems can achieve around 95 percent efficiency. That means you could save between 15 and 20 percent on heating oil costs.
Add insulation. According to the United States Department of Energy, if you have an existing 3 to 4 inches of insulation in your attic, you need to add insulation between an R38 and an R49 value. If you have no insulation, you need to add insulation between an R49 and R60. The R value is the calculation of the effectiveness of the insulation heat flow between the interior and exterior of your home.
Seal up your home. Replace any old weatherstripping. Add fresh caulk around the doors and windows, common places for drafts. Make sure exterior door thresholds have a seal and replace any that are deteriorating.
Upgrade your thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat lets you have precise control of how your heating oil is used. You can set your thermostat to do less heating while you’re away during the day, and turn it back up so your home is warm by the time you open the front door. You can even get a programmable thermostat that can be controlled by your phone or tablet!