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How Much Heating Oil Does a House Use Per Year?
Posted: February 12, 2024

Predict your oil use for managing costs and avoiding run-outs

The arctic temps and fresh snow we experienced throughout North Jersey last month gave us all a reminder of how important our heating systems are. If your home runs on heating oil and you’re now hyper-aware of making sure you have enough oil for the winter season, you might be wondering how much heating oil the typical home uses every year. The short answer is — it really varies based on several important factors.

What affects heating oil usage

In terms of fuel efficiency, every home is different. And as we’ve seen this season, the weather is unpredictable. While most heating oil use happens in colder months, some variables affect how quickly you will go through heating oil, including:

Estimating your annual heating oil needs

Because we offer our heating oil customers automatic delivery, we’re experts at tracking fuel usage to make sure they don’t run out of the oil they need to stay warm and toasty. That’s one way we have a good idea of how much fuel on average you need to get through the winter and beyond.

If you’ve been in your home for more than one year, you can check last year’s bills to get a sense of how much heating oil you used each month. For a general estimate, you can figure that the average household uses about 0.8 to 1.7 gallons of oil per hour during cold weather. When the temperature is around 50 degrees, that might mean you only use a couple of gallons a day. But if it’s well below freezing, your heating oil use might be three times that amount or even more.

How to reduce your fuel usage

Even with this unpredictability, you have some control over how much heating oil you need to use if you follow these savvy tips.

Be smart about your thermostat. If you have a programmable or “smart” thermostat, you can save up to 10 percent of your yearly heating and cooling costs simply by programming it to run differently when you’re away or sleeping.

Commit to annual maintenance. If you take good care of your heating system through regular maintenance, you’ll extend its lifespan. Our service plans include a yearly tune-up to ensure your boiler or furnace can run at maximum efficiency and is much less likely to shut down in the dead of winter when you need it most.

Don’t let heat escape. Check your windows and doors to see if any air is leaking. You can then remedy any drafts with caulk, weatherstripping or professional energy-efficiency services to keep as much heat inside as possible.

Embrace the sun. Be sure to open all window shades and blinds on sunny days to let the greenhouse effect warm your home naturally, reducing the need for as much heating oil.

Consider upgrading to more efficient equipment. If your boiler or furnace is more than 20 years old, you’re likely not getting the performance out of it that you could be. Today’s high-efficiency equipment is much better at keeping your home warm without needing as much heating oil. Our experienced technicians are certified and trained to keep current with modern technological features. They can help identify the boiler or furnace model that would work best for your home and install it safely and professionally.

Avoid heating oil run-outs with automatic delivery

The best way to make sure you have sufficient heating oil throughout the year is to use our automatic delivery service . It’s a simple and stress-free way to have us track your fuel use and make deliveries before there’s any chance of running out. That means no more checking your tank gauge and worrying about getting oil delivered in time. And the beauty of it all is there’s no extra charge for this service!

No matter where you live in Northern NJ, let us provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll have enough heating oil for even the coldest of winter days. Contact us today to learn more!