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running out of home fuel north carolinaOne of the bigger hassles any North Carolina homeowner has during heating season is keeping track of how much heating oil or propane is left in their tank, especially once things start to get busy with school activities and holiday time.

Unfortunately, those periods of busyness correspond with the arrival of cool and cold weather here in NC – times when your need for fuel (and your use of it) will grow quickly!

Sometimes too quickly.

Even the most responsible homeowner can occasionally find themselves on the wrong end of a no-heat emergency. It’s not a fun experience, and it could end up being worse than that: for one thing, fuel prices are usually higher during heating season, so you’ll pay more to heat your home if you fill up at the height of a cold snap rather than during the offseason. You’ll also have to pay a premium for an emergency service and delivery rather than a simple fill-up.

In an oil-fired heating system, a fuel run-out could also lead to other complications as dredged-up sludge from the bottom of your heating oil tank clogs filters and narrows passages throughout your heating system. It doesn’t get much better in a propane-fired system, either, where a fuel run-out will require you to pressure test your system (at your expense) before you can use your propane appliances again.

The bottom line here is that it’s an excellent idea to avoid running out of heating oil or propane. The question is, how do you do that?

Four Ways To Avoid Run-Out

  1. Fuel up before the cold arrives. Don’t wait for the first cold snap to order your heating oil or propane – you may burn through your fuel more quickly than you think, putting yourself at risk for a run-out. Get a jump on your fall fuel deliveries by placing your order today.
  2. Don’t wait until the last minute. Waiting until the last minute for a delivery –especially in cold weather – is a recipe for a no-heat emergency. Be proactive: order your fuel when your tank is no less than one-quarter full (ideally a little before then).
  3. Use Automatic Delivery. When you sign up for Automatic Fill from Rose Oil, you won’t have to worry about running out of propane or heating oil. In fact, you don’t really have to do a thing except pay your bill – our automated system will estimate (with high accuracy) when you need a refill based on your past usage and the current weather. When your tank is nearing one-quarter full, you’ll be contacted directly to schedule a heating oil delivery.
  4. Keep your heating equipment properly maintained. Regular, professional heating maintenance will help keep your equipment running at peak efficiency, which means you will use less fuel. Professional service will also help spot leaks, performance drop-offs, and other problems before that could lead to bigger problems down the road.

Stay on top of fuel management this fall with FREE automatic propane or heating oil delivery from Rose Oil. Contact us today to learn more!