You can arrange to have your tank filled in late summer or early fall when the prices are generally lower. Talk to your heating oil dealer about participating in a budget plan to help stabilize your monthly bill. You can also talk to your heating oil dealer about cap or fi xed price protection programs, which can help to keep the costs down.
You can get a home energy audit to ensure that your furnace and appliances are running efficiently before the heating season begins. You can achieve conservation gains by weatherizing your home, i.e. installing the proper insulation in your house and around your hot water heater.
Simple fixes such as caulking and weather stripping windows and doors to seal out the cold air will also help save energy. Installing a programmable thermostat and reducing the temperature settings on your thermostat, especially when you are not at home, are other ways to reduce your heating fuel costs.
Both Federal and State energy assistance programs are available to heating oil customers who have a limited budget. For example, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federal Program that distributes funds to States to help low income households pay heating bills. Additional State energy assistance and fuel fund programs may be available to help households in a winter emergency. To find out if you qualify for assistance http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/grantees/states.html or contact your local heating oil dealer.
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