Oil Suppliers (home Heating Oil, Fuel Oil) on Long Island, NY
Fuel oil suppliers included companies that deliver oil on a schedule basis, a when-called basis (fuel oil COD). Some provide fixed price contracts, many also service oil burners and annual cleaning.
We have over 70 business listings for Long Island companies that provide home heating oil or services for oil furnaces. Scroll down for the listings or read our short guide first to help you heat you home at a lower cost this year. You may also want to review our new guide to choosing and maintaining a home heating system on Long Island.
There are many ways Long Islanders can save money on home heating this winter. Here are some tips:
- Install triple-paned windows that have a high insulating value. Make sure that all the storm windows are down.
- Check for drafts under or around doors, replace the molding or install caulk where possible.
- Make sure that fireplace and burner chimneys are clean, and that the chimney dampers work properly. Fires in fireplaces usually result in a net heat loss.
- Turn down the thermostat to 66-68 and wear more clothing in the house. Try heating just the family living areas. Buy a thermostat that allows for several temperate settings during the day or week.
Have the furnace inspected in the fall, before the cold weather sets in. Then it will be working optimally and will save energy. No one wants to wake up on a winter day in a cold home!
Now is a great time to practice energy conservation and help lower energy costs. For those planning on upgrading their heating systems or even household appliances, look for the Energy Star label and purchase energy-efficiency you can bank on!
Next, walk around the foundation looking for cables and wires drilled into brick, shingle or vinyl siding. Be sure the holes are caulked. Also, inspect and seal any visible gaps around chimneys, furnace flues, plumbing pipes, ductwork, light fixtures, and attic soffits.
Attics should be insulated with the highest R-rating recommended. In the basement insulate hot-water pipes with inexpensive foam tubes. Make sure that your thermostat in the main living area is upgraded to a programmable unit and program it to be lower at night and during the day when the family is at school or work.
Follow these energy-saving guidelines and take the sting out of higher energy costs this winter! Or make a real green move and install solar heating
on your Long Island home.
Money Saving Energy Tips
With home heating bills expected to surge an average of 30% this year conserving energy every day is still the smartest way to manage energy use and costs. Help lower energy costs by following some of the simple conservation advice outlined above. In addition, consumers can also visit the following websites for more information and tips on saving energy and controlling costs this winter:
Home Heating Advice:
- With ENERGYguide, consumers can learn how to lower their energy bills by replacing equipment in their homes or businesses, changing energy use, or selecting a different electric or gas supplier. Consumers will also learn how their choices impact the environment.
- The U.S. Department of Energy Web site provides a wide range of energy efficiency and conservation tips for homeowners.
- The New York Public Service Commission Website offers consumers a number of ways to help control winter energy costs.
- The Alliance to Save Energy, offers consumers information to help save money and increase comfort through energy efficiency.
- The American Gas Association (AGA) provides consumers with resources to help them lower their monthly heating bills.
As an energy economist many people ask me if they should switch to natural gas now to save money. The answer is an emphatic "NO", because natural gas prices are rising higher and faster than fuel oil prices for comparable BTUâ€™s for heat and hot water. Natural gas supplies are short because the electric power plants now burn natural gas as well as fuel oil to meet the clear air regulations and environmental regulations have prevented the building the required off-loading need for natural gas that could easily be shipped from the Middle East and elsewhere.
I am often asked which direction oil and gasoline prices will go. My general response is that they will probably edge downward on the next two months depending on how cold the winter is. The reason is that people are driving less and the refineries are coming back online, airlines are cutting back on flights and the pipelines from offshore wells are gradually being repaired and are beginning to deliver crude oil to the refineries. We will also see increased shipments of gasoline and refined oil products from some of the Middle Eastern countries and of course as homeowners we are making efforts to reduce demand and as demand goes down, the price goes down.
Buy home heating oil from companies that specialize in buying on the "spot market" or perhaps try to find cheap oil purchased on the futures market many months ago. However, be aware that low-priced oil companies often do not provide service as the major companies do. For peace of mind, it is best to stick with the major heating oil companies that are listed below.
The major heating oil companies in New York City provide not heating oil but also service for oil burners, which is essential for keeping oil burners working at top efficiency. Homeowners often opt for with long term heating oil contract at a fixed price with a supplier. The cost of heating oil in these contracts is probably leverage or "hedged" with heating oil purchased on the futures market. The current price per barrel and the futures price per barrel can be found in the Wall Street Journal or online, look for "fuel oil no. 2". The current rise in heating oil prices has more to do with the lack of refinery capacity especially after Katrina. Heating oil is also used as diesel oil and is a major component of jet fuel.
Michael R. Dohan, PhD.