Tips for Saving Money on Oil Heating During Winter

Winter is an exceptionally expensive time for homeowners that use oil-fired central heating systems, especially with the annual, ever-increasing oil prices during the January/February months. 

That's why in this short blog post we're going to give you 5 tips on how you can save money on your oil heating bills. 

Buy your oil in bulk and at the right time

Our first recommendation is for you to buy oil in bulk when it's at its cheapest. 

This is usually early autumn, just before the cold winter months set in and oil demand is at its highest.

Also, don't forget that ordering oil in bulk has its own advantages...

When you order in bulk, you pay a lower price per litre because you needn't pay for the cost of delivery from the distributor, saving you even more money over the year. 

Turn your thermostat down

This is a tip that's applicable for any homeowner, whether they use Gas, LPG, Oil or any other alternative fuel, but turning your thermostat down will help you save money on your oil heating bills.

According to OFTEC, turning your thermostat down by 1ºC can help you save up to 10% off your annual fuel bill.

If you're not sure how to switch your thermostat down, we'd recommend checking your boilers instruction or contacting an OFTEC engineer. 

Service your oil boiler

As is recommended with gas boilers, you should service your boiler at least once on an annual basis. 

Doing so not only helps your boiler last longer, it allows an oil-fired engineer to find areas that might be costing your boiler in terms of efficiency levels.

Insulate your house

If you haven't already, insulate your home. 

Doing so can help you save massive amounts on your oil heating bills through less heat wastage. 

Target the walls and roof first as these are the areas that lose the most heat (around 60% of heat is lost through these areas), and then target the draught spots, the floor and your windows. 

You'll notice a huge difference after you've finished insulating your house. 

Avoid oil deliveries via direct debit

Like we mentioned above, ordering your oil in bulk can help you save money on your heating bills. 

Avoid using direct debit, because you'll pay whatever the cost of oil is and you'll need to make more deliveries, increasing the cost of heating your home. 

Looking for an OFTEC engineer in York?

If you're looking for an OFTEC engineer in York to come out and service your oil boiler, get in touch with us at Armstrong Plumbing & Heating. 

We cover York, Tadcaster, Wetherby and all surrounding areas. 

Call us today on 07834 168464 or send us a message using our contact form. We'll look forward to hearing from you soon.