January 24, 2018

How Much Oil Should I order?

Most tanks are 275-gallon tanks, which have an actual fuel capacity of anywhere from 220-250 gallons (an important safety feature of oil tanks requires that some tank capacity be devoted to an air pocket that can act as a buffer against expansion and contraction). In general, it’s best to keep your tank filled. It will avoid run-outs, and helps prevent numerous problems that could arise in tanks that are left nearly-empty for long periods of time. But if you choose not to have your tank filled, a minimum of 100 gallons is recommended for 275-gallon tanks; most suppliers will not deliver less than 100 gallons, and those who do will usually charge a fee for doing so, or charge a higher price on the fuel.

Oil tank installed in basement


How much oil will I use in a year?

Individual use varies greatly. It is based on the size and energy-efficiency of the building, the heating equipment used, the thermostat settings, the weather conditions during the heating months, and on whether or not oil is used to heat the domestic water supply. In addition, some homes use their oil system as a backup to a heat pump (which cannot deliver heat in very cold weather), or have supplemental heating systems that may reduce oil consumption. The average oil-consuming home in our delivery area uses between 300 and 500 gallons of oil per year under normal winter weather conditions.

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Current Central PA Heating Fuel Prices: Oil – $2.899 /gallon; Kerosene – $3.799/gallon; Blend – $3.349/gallon (Prices effective on orders placed on or after 1/11/18)