Products & Services:
Road Diesel Gasoline
Emergency Oil Service Tips:
* No Heat
or No Hot Water? Please check before you call:
oil burner won't start...Check to see that the switch is on
(red switch located at top of the cellar stairs or
on the boiler)
sure that the circuit breaker or fuse is not blown.
your fuel storage tank gauge to see
if you have oil.
reset button one time only.
Heating Efficiency Tips
Service your system annually:
Oil combustion produces soot that insulates heat exchanger and flue pipe
surfaces over time and must be removed. This is part of an annual service
routine that includes nozzle and filter replacement, safety control testing,
and a combustion efficiency test (measurement of stack
temperature and flue gases plus a calculation). Ask your serviceman
for the efficiency test result: if it is less than 80%, ask why? If it
cannot be increased with minor tuning/changes, it may make economic sense
to consider replacing your heating system. New systems typically produce
85%+ efficiency test results.
Consider replacing older
systems. If your system is over twenty years old, and efficiency
is low, consider replacing it. It’s not unusual for homeowners to experience
a 20% fuel saving after upgrading from an old system to a new high-efficiency
Ask your serviceman if
your nozzle can be ‘downsized’. Smaller nozzles allow the system
to run longer while burning the same amount of fuel, thus increasing the
on-time and operating efficiency. This is a no-cost option.
Inspect your oil tank
regularly for any sign of leakage. Oil tanks tend to leak from
the bottom first; run your hand under the bottom to detect any areas of
dampness. If you suspect water in the oil (particularly
with outside tanks), ask your serviceman to ‘dip’ your tank.
This test will reveal the amount of water, if any, sitting on the bottom
of your tank. If necessary, it can be pumped out to prevent corrosion.
Some newer tanks have the outlet at the bottom of the tank to ensure that
water is removed as soon as it forms, thus preventing corrosion. Contact
your fuel oil supplier for details HOPEFULLY it use.
Make sure the air filters
are replaced/cleaned as required on warm air distribution system.
With hot water distribution systems, fix leaks promptly and ensure air
locks are not compromising water movement.
Tips for Equipment upgrades and
* The difference in
cost between good equipment and poor equipment is surprisingly low, make
sure to buy a high-quality product.
* Don’t buy a brand
that isn’t commonly serviced by local dealers. They turn out to be more
expensive in the long run.
* Today efficient systems
use less fuel, keeping heating bills down. They can pay for themselves
within 5 to 8 years.
* A new heating system
is one of the top five investments you can make in your home. This is an
excellent advantage when selling your home.
|Upgrade to ENERGY STAR energy efficient
heating equipment, which can save 10-40% on heating and cooling bills and
may also improve the comfort level in your home. Last year alone, Americans,
with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $50 billion on their energy bills.
Energy Saving Tips
Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper
and closet doors when not in use.
Remove air conditioning window units
or cover them securely.
Correct air leaks around windows, doors
and electrical outlets, and repair weather stripping and caulking.
Keep radiators free of dust for top
Turn your thermostat back when not at
home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you
can save about 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill -- a savings of as
much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
Get a programmable thermostat, which,
when used properly, can shave $100 off your annual energy bills.
Make sure rugs and furniture don't block
the air circulation from baseboard outlets.
Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
Seal off your attic circulating fan
with polyethylene and tape.
Make sure your ceiling has at least
six inches of good thermal insulation.
Install a water heater blanket for greater
Wrap your pipes, to guard against heat
loss and prevent them from freezing.
Keep ductwork in good repair. Your home
could be losing up to 25% of its hot air before it reaches the vents! A
little duct tape or duct insulation could keep all your "ducts in a row."
Conserve energy during warmer
Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed
during the day to block out the sun.
Clear furniture away from air conditioning
vents, and close unused rooms and their vents.
Install an attic fan - it can reduce
the temperature in your attic by nearly 30%!
Keep cool air in by installing insulation
Install reflective window coatings to
reflect heat away from your home.
Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat
When cooking inside, use a microwave
instead of a conventional oven -- it uses less than half the power and
cooks food in about one-fourth the time.
Turn the air conditioner thermostat
up to at least 78° or higher, or use a programmable thermostat. Turn
air conditioners off when no one is home.
Plant shade trees due west of west windows
- this could reduce your air conditioning bills by up to 25%.
Conserve energy around your
home all year long:
Close off rooms you don't use - and
remember to shut the vents inside.
Turn off the lights if you leave a room
for more than a few seconds.
Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
They last up to 10-13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less
Install dimmer switches. In addition
to making for more romantic dinners, they'll extend the life of your bulbs
and help you save up to 60% on your lighting costs.
Install motion activated switches that
automatically turn lights on and off.
Lower the temperature of your water
heater from 140° (medium) to 120° (low). You'll save 3-5% in water
heating costs for each 10° reduction. Or, consider a timer to turn
your water heater off when not in use.
Install water-conserving fixtures, such
as showerheads, faucets and toilets.
Install ceiling fans. They could cut
your energy bill by 40%. Using reversing fans for upward airflow will move
warm air down in the winter!
Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer
too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the refrigerator
and 5°F for the freezer. Also, cover food in the fridge; uncovered
foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
Use less water and use cooler water
when doing laundry. The warm or cold water setting on your machine will
generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature
setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.
Last Updated: Nov. 8th. 2008 by Bert Mathews