Oil heat is an affordable home-heating option. It is easy to be lured by natural gas conversion plans, which boast free equipment give-away, rebates, free gas line hook-ups or free oil tank removals. However, Over the past twelve years, heating oil prices nationwide have been lower than gas heat.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating oil can cost nearly 30% percent less than natural gas, and because of the difference, leading consumer groups like the Consumer Energy Council of America encourage fuel oil heat users to conserve as opposed to converting to gas heat. The price differential between fuel oil heat and gas has been about the same for much of the 1990s, and there’s no evidence it will change. Unfortunately, some consumers convert before they compare. They only realize they have made a mistake when their gas bill arrives.
Key observations regarding residential gas and oil price data include the following:
[Source: Oil Heat Today]
In addition to monetary savings, consider these advantages that fuel oil heat offers:
BASIC COURTESY FILL PROGRAM
Our Basic Courtesy Fill Program allows qualified customers the additional convenience of automatic delivery based on historical usage and current weather conditions. It is important for you to let us know when your usage may change. This would include adding/removing appliances and changes to the use of the residence. This basic program is free and available to most propane customers with accounts in good standing. Call your local office to see if the Courtesy Fill option is right fit for you.
ENHANCED COURTESY FILL PROGRAM
It is very difficult to forecast seasonal homes that are not occupied year-round. It is especially for these customers that we offer the Enhanced Courtesy Fill Program. We will install a Wesrock cellular monitor on your tank (see below). This program is available for any residential customer; see the article in this newsletter for more details. A float gauge is required for the Wesrock tank monitor. Blarney Castle does have them available for sale if needed. Contact your local office if you would like to upgrade to the worry-free Enhanced Courtesy Fill Program.
Both the Basic and Enhanced Courtesy Fill Programs do not replace the customers’ obligation to monitor the propane distribution system on your property year-round. Blarney Castle Oil Co. is not liable for direct damages to personal and real property (including, but not limited to, damage resulting from frozen pipes or other water damage) that occurs as a result of the exhaustion of propane in your system.
WESROC TANK MONITORS AND SERVICE
We are excited to announce that we are now offering a Wesroc tank monitor to residential customers. Upon request, Blarney Castle will install the monitor for a cost of $99.00. The monitoring cost of the system is $96.00 per year. Blarney Castle continues to own the equipment and it is just there for the time period that you are with us and want to keep it going. After the monitor is installed, Blarney Castle will get the tank monitor system to communicate with our monitoring program. Once that is done we will provide the customer with a password and login information so that you can monitor it as well on the mobile app or website.
These monitors should bring peace of mind to our customers that are often away during the winters or anyone gone on extended trips. Any qualified residential customer can have the monitor installed and use the service.
The benefits of monitoring your tank?
A float gauge is required for the Wesrock tank monitor to work. Blarney Castle does have them available for sale if needed. Please contact your local branch office for more information or to sign-up to get a monitor for your peace of mind.
12218 West St.
P.O. Box 246
Bear Lake, MI 49614
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