How To Estimate Your Daily Heating Oil Use

When It Comes to Managing Heating Costs, Casey Can Help

heating oil Queen Anne's County, CT There’s no easy way to estimate your daily heating oil use. Simply dividing how much oil you’ve used by how many days since you’ve turned on your heating system will give you a really, really rough estimate. But there are so many factors that affect your fuel use: the weather, the condition and age of your heating system, and even how well your home is insulated will make a difference.

This season, the weather has whipsawed between much higher than normal temperatures and periods of extreme cold, so it’s extra hard to even compare to past usage. That’s why the main thing to remember is that every home is different: High efficiency heating equipment in a well-sealed and well-insulated home will use less fuel than an aging boiler or furnace in a drafty house, no matter how cold it gets. Improving efficiency is a proven way to keep your daily fuel use on the low side of that range.

The Basic Math

As a general rule of thumb, a heating system that’s running properly should use between 0.8 and 1.7 gallons of oil per hour during cold weather, which comes out to about 20 gallons per day if your thermostat is set at a constant temperature. (If you’re using a smart thermostat, you will use less fuel, because it will adjust to a lower temperatures when you are out or asleep, and ahigher when you are home and awake.)

Another way to estimate your daily heating oil use is to look at past consumption. If you have a 275-gallon heating oil tank, the typical size needed to heat a 2,000 square-foot home in our area, a full tank should give you enough heating fuel to last between 4 to 6 weeks. Keep in mind that a 275-gallon tank is usually considered full at about 230 gallons, to allow for expansion and prevent spillage during deliveries. You can divide gallons by days to estimate your approximate daily heating oil use.

Save Energy, Stay Cozy

When you say “save energy” some people think the only option is turning down the thermostat and layering on the sweaters instead of feeling comfortable in their home. Of course, that’s one way to do it, but a smarter way to stay warm all season while keeping heating costs under control is by making it easier for your furnace or boiler to do its job. The harder it has to work to warm your home, the more fuel it will burn. (That’s why good insulation improves efficiency.)

Here are some easy, no- and low-cost ways you can improve efficiency—and reduce your daily heating oil use:

  • Reverse the direction of ceiling fans to keep heated air down where you can feel it. You may find that you can lower the thermostat!
  • Use your smart thermostat or programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature based on your schedule. Setting it for a lower temperature night, when you’re under the covers, and when you’re out all day, can have a significant impact of heating costs.
  • A weekend of DIY projects, like sealing up drafts with caulking, weatherstripping and expanding foam, can help save you 20% or more on heating costs.
  • Change the filter in your heating system. A dirty air filter can restrict air flow, making your heating equipment work harder to heat your home. That uses more fuel and increases bills.
  • Don’t skip seasonal maintenance for your heating equipment. A tune-up keeps your heating equipment running smoothly, so it will use less fuel to keep your home warm. Our service technicians check for and fix problems that can decrease performance and efficiency, or that could lead to breakdowns, no-heat emergencies, and expensive repairs.

If your heating equipment is old or breaks down frequently, investing in a new, high-efficiency heating system can drastically cut energy costs, while improving your comfort for years—and improving the value of your home. Casey’s experts can help you choose the best equipment for your needs and your budget.

More Ways to Save

We also offer plenty of options to help you manage costs no matter what happens with prices or how cold it gets.

Our EZ Pay Advantage Plan spreads home heating oil costs over 12 months, so you can avoid bills that spike in the winter.

We also offer a Prepay plan that lets you lock in your price by buying your fuel for the year upfront, and a Budget Pay CAP plan that lets you lock in a set price for the season. Both of these programs are closed for the current season, but ask us to alert you when it’s time to sign up next year.

The Bottom Line

No matter how much heating oil you may need, having a company that puts customers first means you’ll get great service, true reliability, and products and services designed to make your life easier. You’ll also get fair and transparent pricing. Find out why so many homeowners and businesses across northern Fairfield and northern Westchester Counties trust Casey. Contact us for more information or to schedule a delivery today.