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Cold Weather and Winter Heating Tips


Cold Weather Tips


Most Important!

Watch your fuel oil supplies! You use much more heating oil with these cold temperatures so never let your tank go below 1/4 tank before you place your next heating oil order. You should order early to avoid run outs, especially during these cold temperatures. Remember that all our drivers become extremely busy when we have extended sub-freezing temperatures, so delivery times are likely to take longer.


Similarly, plan at least 3 days ahead of predicted snowstorms so your heating oil delivery arrives before the snow. Snow and ice slows down deliveries so planning ahead can avoid the anxiety of running low on oil.

Shovel out your fill

When snow is on the ground, be sure you shovel a path to your oil fill pipe and if needed, mark the location of your oil fill so your oil driver is able to make your heating oil delivery. Do not forget that with the short days of winter our drivers may be delivering in the dark. If you have an in-ground tank, your driver needs to be able to find your fill, so please make it easy for him.


Make sure your driveway is clear of snow and ice. Safety always comes first and our drivers may not be able to make your delivery if your driveway is ice or snow covered. Plan ahead to avoid delivery delays and re-delivery fees.


If you get to the point where you know you are going to run out of oil before your delivery arrives, supplement your oil supply before you run out. It will avoid inconvenience and sometimes expensive start-ups… and more importantly, keep you warm. You can add other fuels from the distillate family to your oil tank… diesel fuel (either on-road or off-road) or kerosene (either clear or dyed). While these fuels will be more expensive than heating oil, they all burn safely in your oil burner. A good rule of thumb for most homes is 5 gallons/day during cold weather.

Winter Heating Tips

Conserve Energy and Stay Warm!
Here are some helpful heating tips to stay warm during the winter:

  1. Lower thermostats to 65-68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night.
  2. Have your furnace serviced once a year.
  3. Consider the advantages of a clock thermostat which will automatically turn the heat down at a regular hour before you go to sleep and turn it up just before you wake.
  4. Dust or vacuum radiator surfaces frequently.
  5. Keep draperies and shades open in sunny windows; close them at night.
  6. For comfort in cooler indoor temperatures, use the best insulation of all – warm clothing!
  7. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows.
  8. Install storm windows and doors.
  9. Insulate attic and walls.
  10. Use bath and kitchen ventilating fans only as needed.
  11. Be sure the fireplace damper is closed except when in use.
  12. Repair all leaky hot water faucets as quickly as possible.
  13. Insulate hot water pipes.
  14. Use less hot water.
  15. Close doors and registers of rooms that are seldom used.
  16. If you are going away for a weekend or a trip, lower the thermostat to 55 degrees.
  17. Turn off electric lights and other appliances when not in use.