Price of heating oil in Pennsylvania
|Jan 06, 2014||3.747|
|Dec 30, 2013||3.785|
|Dec 23, 2013||3.72|
|Dec 16, 2013||3.692|
|Dec 09, 2013||3.712|
|Dec 02, 2013||3.683|
|Nov 25, 2013||3.661|
|Nov 18, 2013||3.571|
These are the average prices from the EIA weekly survey
Heating oil prices continue to go higher every year it seems. There are several low cost steps you can take to help lower your fuel costs. Here are but just a few.
- Check at least 3 oil dealers in your area so you can compare prices.
- Besides checking the price, see what the total cost will be for delivery to your home. Is there a fuel surcharge for the truck for delivering the oil? Are their additional fees for emergency delivery, weekend delivery, etc? You need to know not only the cost per gallon of oil, but any extra fees too so you know the total cost.
- Ask the dealer for references and do check them out.
- Check the dealer with your local Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.
- Have your furnace checked every year before the fall. This will help prevent breakdowns in the middle of winter.
- Lower your thermostat to 65 degrees during the day and 55 at night and while away from your home.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat. You can set the heat to be lowered and raised automatically to save you money. You can install it yourself.
- Be sure that the registers and radiators are not blocked by furniture or drapes. This will prevent the warm air from circulating in the room.
Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
If you are having problems affording heating oil this winter, or you know someone who is, the Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help owners and renters pay their fuel bills. You can find more information here.