Monthly Archives: December 2018

Dell M. Cromie

A closer look at oil prices

Dell M. CromieDear Friends,

As you know, the price you pay for heating oil can vary quite a bit from year to year. That’s because the market price of oil is tied to factors that are always changing.

Of these factors, the price of crude oil is the most important. Heating oil, gasoline and diesel fuel are among the many products refined from crude oil. The problem is that crude oil is a globally traded commodity, which means it’s subject to many forces that drive its value up or down.

Unrest in oil-exporting countries, new U.S. sanctions against Iran that will hamper exports, and other perceived shortages, often related to the weather, all contribute to the “fear factor” for commodities traders.

Their actions cause world oil-market prices to rise and fall on a daily basis.Locally, seasonal demand, operational costs (including overtime) and even competition between dealers can result in price variation.

All of this is beyond our control, but, as our customer, you can always count on a fair rate from us. Plus, we have ways of helping you control your heating costs. Please take a look in this newsletter: You’ll find helpful suggestions that can make your life much easier this winter.

Warmly,
Dell M. Cromie
President

Oil Heat Specialist

Ask Heather: Does it cost extra for automatic deliveries?

Oil Heat SpecialistQ: Does it cost extra for automatic deliveries?

A: No. We provide this as a free service so customers don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. We use a computer program that estimates your usage based on the weather. When your
tank is about a quarter full, we’ll deliver fuel. No worries, no run-outs and no cost to you.

Q: What should I do if I lose my heat?

A: Usually, there’s a simple solution to the problem. Try these easy troubleshooting steps first before calling your service provider:

  • See if you have a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse.
  • Check that the power switch for your furnace or boiler wasn’t accidentally shut off.
  • Press the “reset” button on the electrical box mounted on the furnace.
  • Check the setting and the batteries on your thermostat.
  • Make sure you have fuel in your tank; if you are out of oil, call us and we’ll get you filled up promptly, either the same day or the next business day!