Though it's hard to recall, before the recession of 2008-2009 there wasn't nearly as much discussion about oil and gas prices. It wasn't quite an afterthought, but fuel prices were affordable and seemed to rise at reasonable rates.
This winter so far has dealt us some brutally cold weather. With this comes high home heating oil usage as well as the associated high costs. There are many improvements that you can do to burn less oil and obviously save money and quite possibly increase your comfort levels.
The most obvious improvement most HVAC companies would recommend is the replacement of older inefficient boilers and furnaces with newer high efficiency equipment. This alone can save up to 30 percent of fuel usage depending on how old and inefficient your present equipment is. However, this may or may not be the best way to cut costs and improve efficiency.
There are many reasons to not let your oil tank get too low besides running out on the coldest night of the year. A typical oil tank is about 275 gallons. The amount in the tank is measured by a dip stick with inch increments on it.
I have been working in the HVAC business for a couple of months now. The one thing that surprises me when I tell people what I am doing is they almost always ask, what brands do you sell is it Carrier, Trane, Lennox etc? This is very interesting and a little surprising to me and shows that the advertising and marketing these companies are doing are very effective in that they are getting name recognition out to the public.
I have been an independent BPI certified building analyst for the last 3 years. During this time I tried on numerous occasions to partner with home heating oil providers in the area to help, truly solve their customer’s home energy and comfort concerns. I mistakenly thought that these companies would embrace offering a home energy audit and the resulting recommended solutions to help solve their problems to their high usage, unhappy customers. Man, I was wrong.
Last week I attended a BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional certification class. This is the second time I have taken it as BPI requires it every three years.
It was good to go over the concepts again and learn some additional new information.
It got me thinking about the home performance industry, where you look at the whole house as a system, and where it is today compared with three years ago.