Home Fuel Usage and Household Changes
If you’re among our many automatic fuel delivery customers, you probably know that we need information that allows us to schedule your deliveries accurately. This includes:
- The size of your home and its insulation.
- The efficiency level of your heating system.
- The size of your fuel tank.
- The number of people in your home.
- The type of hot water heater you have (oil vs. gas vs. electric).
With this data, we calculate your K Factor, or burn rate. We also track degree-days, which indicate how cold the weather has been, because this obviously affects fuel use too.
That’s why it’s important to let us know if something changes in your household. We can then adjust your burn rate accordingly to prevent the risk of a run-out. Here are examples of lifestyle changes that can affect how much fuel you use:
- Keeping the house warmer than usual (because of a new baby or family illness).
- Children moving into or out of the home.
- Parent or other relative moving in.
- Leaving for a long vacation. (If your house will be empty for an extended period during the winter, please set the thermostat no lower than 60°F to prevent frozen pipes. You should also have someone check on your home frequently.
- Guests staying for an extended period (during the holidays, for example).
- Skipping an annual extended winter vacation.
Please contact us if any of these situations applies (or may soon apply) to your household. When you communicate with us, we can make sure that you and your family keep warm all winter long.
If you have any questions or concerns, just let us know and we’ll be glad to help. Remember, you’ll feel the difference with us!