Oilheat Association Offers Energy Conservation & Budgeting Tips

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SPRINGFIELD – New Jersey oilheat retailers are letting consumers know that it’s not too late for them to save on winter heating costs by tuning up their heating oil systems and taking other simple, practical steps to conserve energy.

New oil furnaces are highly efficient, but an annual tuneup also keeps existing equipment functioning at top performance, according to the heating oil industry’s Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey (FMA). Properly maintained boilers and furnaces can operate at higher temperatures, while burning less fuel, and thus reduce heating bills by up to 10 percent.

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“If you have an old oilheat system, the best investment you can make is a new state of the art oilheat system,” said Eric DeGesero, FMA’s executive director. “The reduction in consumption pays returns immediately and it can save you up to 40% depending on the age of your system.”

“From a simple tune-up to the design and installation of a new olheat system your local oilheat dealer is your best resource in helping you understand and reduce your home’s energy consumption,” DeGesero added.

In addition to the ease of automatic delivery based on degree-day usage, consumers should also consider the financial benefits of a budget payment plan for their energy purchases that can spread out fuel oil costs at the same monthly level throughout the year.

Heat Saving Tips: Easy Dos
• Get a heating system tuneup — it’ll ensure you get maximum performance from every drop of heating oil burned.

• Open shades and drapes when the sun is out to let it help warm your home. Close them when the sun goes down.

• Turn back the thermostat at night or when you are away from home; for every degree you lower your thermostat for 8 hours or more each day, you’ll save 2 percent on your heating bill.

• Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing.

• Stop drafts by eliminating any gaps between your door and the threshold on the floor. Use a bottom seal that can be attached to the bottom of the door – it should brush up against the floor to seal up the threshold.

• Caulk or re-caulk exterior spaces between the windows and walls of your home.

• Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use.

• If you have central air conditioning, close your vent(s) to the outside.

• Remove air conditioning window units, or cover them to keep cold air outside.

• Keep radiators and registers free of dust for top efficiency.

Heat Saving Tips: Should Dos
• Replace heating systems that are more than 20 years old.

• Upgrade your oil furnace or boiler — modern versions can cut costs by as much as 15 percent.

• Replace your furnace’s or boiler’s fuel economizer.

• Make sure you have good insulation on exterior walls, ceilings with cold spaces above, and floors with cold spaces below.

• Install or close storm windows. Consider new glass designed to decrease radiant heat loss without lowering visibility.


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