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Save Money on Your Home Heating Bills
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Thanks for joining me, I am sharing information with you so that you will not be surprised this winter. I am employed in a fairly important position with a full service diversified heating and cooling company. This year has been a challenge for our industry, consumption is down and consumer spending is limited to those who can afford to pay for it or can be approved to finance it. This year will be a different type of year for product dealers as well as service companies. Many customers still owe money from last year and probably will not be paid up in time for the first fuel delivery. So this year plan on paying for your oil within ten days if credit is extended to you, or plan on COD. The days of going 30 days or more are over, your dealer simply will not deliver if you do not pay, so plan on paying. Also, service will not be as forgiving, so if you call for an emergency, be sure you are paid up, be sure it is an emergency or you will be writing a check to a technician at three in the morning. If it is not an emergency, and you insist they come at an ungodly hour, only to find your kid turned of the emergency switch, plan on getting a bill. Every company is looking to save money, and if you are costing your company money, they are going to tell you, and don't be surprised if they fire you. Some Things you will need to know * You'll need to know that a furnace moves hot air and a boiler moves hot water throughout your home to heat it. * You'll need to get everyone in your home involved. * You will need to look at new more efficient products that in the long run will save you money * I included Links to products mentioned in this article Your Equipment- You need to evaluate the systems that heat and cool your home. If you have a professional heating service company they can perform efficiency tests on your current equipment and evaluate the savings of either replacing it or adding a energy management system. Replacing is only needed on systems that are around 20 years or more old, you can add a energy manager for under $500 and get the same results. As a matter of fact Beckett, the worlds largest maker of burner motors offers a heat manager and a guaranteed savings. Replacing equipment is costly, but today's systems run more efficiently and require less maintenance. Your oil system should be serviced after 800 gallons is consumed, gas or propane systems should be done once every 18 months or so. Your cooling system needs to be serviced and checked yearly, mice and other animals use this as a shelter and chew wires and connectors. Have your duct work check and change your filters twice yearly. Again, a system older than 10 years old is sucking your hard earned cash right out of your pocket.
Alternative sources of heating are on the rise, if you can hold out a few more years, the prices of these systems will equalize with conventional systems. Zone Your Home- Let's say you have a 2,000 sf home, are you using all the square footage all at once? Probably not is the answer. If you have a boiler, you can contact your heating contractor and they can "zone off" sections of your home. For instance, if you and the family gather in the family room every night, your heating the whole house to use one room. Your heating contractor can help you decide which rooms would be best suited for your needs to zone off, therefore saving you precious fuel dollars. This is relatively inexpensive, and usually depending on your heating contractor, can be done in one or two days depending on the size of your home. Space Heating- There are many attractive wall mounted heaters that usually blend in well with your home to heat a particular space. Again, let's go back to the family room, heat that area, leave the rest of the home at a cooler temperature. These systems run off of propane, natural gas and heating oil. Thermostat- Still got the 1952 dial thermostat that is got the worn spots from where your grandfather used to turn it up because grandma was cold. GET RID OF IT! Get a good one (I prefer Robert Shaw Brand) it will save you money just because it is accurate. If your not handy any heating contractor or electrician can install one. It is a low cost investment with a big return. Programmable thermostats are good, but only if you live the same life everyday, if you are like our family we are in and out at different times everyday, you may be overriding it and eliminating it's intended purpose. Just a nice digital thermostat will do, just turn it down to no lower than 64 degrees for boilers and 62 degrees for furnaces, remember you have to heat everything in your home to the degree you choose when you get home. Don't Over insulate- You may actually be doing more harm than good by filling every crack. Your home needs to breathe and over insulating will actually have a reverse effect and may cause you more problems than you want, such as, mold and moisture loving bugs and spiders. Replace weather striping on doors, replace old drafty windows, use heavier drapes and open blinds or drapes on sunny days on the east and south side of your home. Buying Fuel- *Best Advise-Use the budget system your oil company may have and keep the payments up, remember oil is a commodity and the companies that provide it are not a utility and plan on that you will not get a delivery unless you are paid up. Remember these companies do all the work and make the least per gallon, so money is tight and plan on getting a call or not getting a delivery if you haven't paid. Also, if you use a full service company that provides burner service as well, again expect a call, EVEN IF YOU HAVE A CONTRACT, they will not be out on a Sunday night at 1AM to fix your heat unless you pay up, your contract may be voided for non-payment, so tread carefully, many companies are "cutting non-profitable customers," or in other words, firing customers, budgets start now so get on it and start paying! Oil and Propane
dealers have new technology behind them at http://www.OilWellRad.com your dealer now has the option to enter your delinquent account onto a shared database that if all of the local dealers belong to, you may be surprised that they will see your unpaid balance in LIVE TIME. So if you are planing a move from Oil Dealer A to Oil Dealer B and skip out on a payment, your existing oil dealer gets an alert AND the new dealer can view your delinquent account balance. The days of walking away from your oil bill are just about over. OilWell is expanding fast and is spreading like wild fire, so the surprise may be on you, not your oil dealer. This is going to be the toughest year ever for Americans using oil fired systems. But, don't jump off yet, the oil is expensive, but natural gas and propane are produced by the same companies that produce oil, and they will go up too. Just remember what you get with oil heat, you probably have a reliable service company that offers 24/7 emergency service, offers a contract for almost everything on your heating system and gives you piece of mind. Have you dealt with the gas company lately, they won't come out unless you smell gas! Even if it 3 degrees out and you don't have any heat, they don't care, they just want your money for the fuel. If you qualify, you can also apply for aid, but with budgets being cut and profits shrinking, they may be few and far between. But anyway buying your fuel oil may be challenging this year, so watch for groups that will buy in bulk, oil companies that will offer a price if you "buy in" for a minimum gallon amount and some other creative marketing and price saving methods. Otherwise, use wisely and fill up and conserve. Hot Water- On demand hot water heaters are the new craze and here is why. If you have a 50 gallon water heater, and it really doesn't matter how it is heated, electric, natural gas, propane or oil, you are continuously heating 50 gallons of water to use when you need it, after 3 showers, it's gone, start over again. Running Out of Fuel-This has been a trend over the last few years and will become a huge issue this year. When you run out of fuel you will be subject to some pretty hefty costs. You may be charged an off route fee, or if there isn't a delivery truck on call a technician will have to come to your home at overtime rate, put 10 gallons in and you will get one big bill for 10 gallons of oil. Again, budget now if you can so you can avoid these hefty costs. Be Proactive- Just because it is summer, and you're enjoying it, which you should, just remember, winter comes fast, start you oil budget with your fuel company, have your heating and cooling systems tuned up, think about replacing old equipment, think about zoning off your home and for Pete's sake don't think the price of oil, gas, or propane will be going down. Get the whole family involved in conserving, turn down the heat at night, buy some more blankets (they are cheaper than oil), wear warm clothing while at home, install a heat lamp in the bathroom(s) so you are warm while bathing and break old habits. Tips
* Be patient with your heating company, many have been forced to cut expenses and lay off some of their workforce due to the sharp increases in fuel costs and benefits. Just keep in mind, it costs a heating contractor about $45-$60 per hour to have a technician at regular rate and upwards of $75 an hour for overtime. Remember the vehicle, the parts on it, insurances, support staff, fuel and other costs are a huge part of that cost in addition to the technicians rate of pay. * Read your service contract, many oil dealers have certain parts that are not covered and if they come out for a call not related to the heating system, plan on getting a bill, the contract covers emergency service only on the heating system. * Pay your bill. Money is tight, an oil dealer must either pay at receipt of product or usually within 10 days after. The margin is around 45-50 cents per gallon, so they aren't making a fortune on you, out of that must come all of the operating expenses and the drivers pay. This year, if you do not pay your bill, plan on your dealer putting you on COD and not delivering or servicing you until you pay up. Don't argue that they can't do it, it is a commodity not a utility, you will get a lawyers letter. So don't burn your bridges, many companies already know that you are calling them because you didn't pay someone else, you will be COD anyway. * Many small independent delivery only companies that offer a low drop price for COD will be overwhelmed this year. Most are one or two truck operators and must fill at a depot everyday, they have limited resources and can only deliver so much oil in one day. Many of these companies may not make it and you then will be forced to join another company. Many full service companies fuel costs more, but they have their own fuel depot, usually 10 or more delivery trucks and 20 plus service technicians, the value outweighs the price. Warnings * Don't try to repair or clean your systems, this can be cause dangerous results, your heating professional should be the only one servicing your unit. This is not a job for you and your brother-in-law to do on a Saturday afternoon. * Don't buy new equipment strictly on price. Usually the larger full service companies in your area offer competitive pricing AND will stand behind their workmanship. Remember that plumbers are not heating contractors, heating contractors carry special equipment to test your system for proper CO2 levels and operation, usually plumbers are not licensed to install heating systems. * Your heating contractor should give you a written estimate for the work to be performed. They should be bonded and insured. * Water leaks and pipe bursts are usually not covered under your contract, unless it was due to service performed by your heating contractor. So, in the dead of winter if you have frozen pipes, even if they are heating pipes, don't be surprised if your heating contractor tells you to call a plumber.
* If your heating system suddenly decides to quit on the coldest day of the winter and needs replacing, ask your current company if they had to replace it within the next 24 hours, could they? If not and your system is old you may want to shop around for a larger reputable company. * There are limitations to a service contract, and this year they will be enforced even harder. Many companies are ready for your calls and if your system is old and they are just bandaging it to get you by, plan on getting a bill, replacing the system or risk getting your contract cancelled. Costs are sky rocketing for these companies and they are going to scrutinize every service call. Don’t get caught in the cold, get a service contract in place, it pays for itself with just one service call. You will also have a tough time on the coldest night when your heat decides to quit and you are asked if you are a customer, if your answer is no and the service technician is busy working on the “paying contract customers” you will be last in line. Many companies will tell you to call the office in the morning and set up an account and then I can help you, or you will overpay because you are stuck I a spot. The money you thought you saved by not renewing or going to a COD drop will unfortunately cost you more. You were dollar smart and penny foolish on this choice, remember when you had a contract, you were a “preferred customer” without it you’re a Nomad and plan on paying on the spot, even if it is 2AM.
Rinnai Endless Hot Water Systems- “If you want a cup of tea at 3:00PM would you boil the water all day? Your water heater is doing it for you, find out more at... http://www.rinnai.us/ National Oil Heat Research Alliance Org. Oil Heat consumer pages. http://www.nora-oilheat.org/site20/index.mv?screen=home Robert Shaw Thermostats http://www.icca.invensys.com/robertshaw/ Beckett Heat Manager - Guaranteed Heating Fuel Savings http://www.becketthm.com/ Cover My Home Repairs Home Warrantee Free Quote Septic Remedy and Insurance Plan Free Quote
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