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Heating Oil: When Is The Best Time To Buy?

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If you use heating oil as your primary fuel, you know how frustrating it can be to have to purchase it during a price spike. The good news is that more often than not, you can avoid that problem by buying oil before winter begins.

Heating oil: Buy now, save later

On a hot summer day, the need to buy heating oil might be the last thing on your mind. But if you’re tired of high heating costs taking a bite out of your budget every winter, ordering fuel ahead of time might be just the ticket to saving money throughout the year.

Throughout the country – including here in the Hudson Valley – the heating oil off-season typically occurs between April and September. Although no one can reliably predict heating oil prices (since they are subject to a number of factors that can change quickly, such as the price of crude oil, the global political climate, and the weather), one piece of sage advice continues to ring true: fill your tank during the off-season and you will almost always get more for heating bang for your buck.

Save money on oil tank repairs, too

A discounted fuel price isn’t the only way an off-season fuel order can save you money: keeping your tank full could also help you avoid costly repair costs by keeping your oil tank healthier.

When your oil storage tank is low on fuel, it pulls moisture from the trapped air inside the tank, forming condensation on the tank’s walls. A damp tank is the perfect breeding ground for microorganisms that create line-clogging sludge and corrode the tank over time. In a full tank, there’s less room for condensation to form: this improves your tank’s overall lifespan and saves you from hundreds of dollars of repairs.

The bottom line: while no one can predict heating oil prices with certainty, buying heating oil in the off-season almost always gives you the best return on investment. To save money in the year ahead, contact us today to schedule a heating oil delivery in Dutchess and Ulster Counties, NY!