So your thinking about getting heating oil for your home, but did you do any research besides how much it cost? Here are some interesting facts about home heating oil, and the benefits your it can provide for your home. If you thought oil looked like a black swirly liquid, you would be wrong. Oil in its original form looks like a thick muck, it can be black, red, green or even brown. Almost all forms of oil is trapped inside of rocks. These rocks need to be broken in order to retrieve the oil. People have been gathering oil since the Roman times. Prior to the systematic oil extraction that began during the 20th century, finding oil was a game of chance. More than 100 countries around the world produce oil. 90% of the world's oil is produced in the Middle East. The continents sit on large pieces of rock called 'tectonic plates.' These plates shift and move all the time, therefore oil that is formed in one location can be found millions of yeas later in a completely different spot. When extracting oil, it is common to find gas at the same time. When oil and natural gas mix, they create petroleum. In order to extract oil, you need to drill a hole. The deeper the hole, the older the oil. Home heating oil has ver few emissions, making it a cleaner fuel to use for heating. Home heating oil has the hottest flame of any home fuel source, making it the most efficient method to heat your house quickly. You cannot set home heating oil on fire with a match. If you drop a lit match into a pool of heating oil, [...]
Currently, we are in the middle of the winter season. By now you have winterized your home and are living in the warmth whilst saving money and energy- or are you? Maybe you found an area that loses heat in your home more quickly than others, don't panic- you can fix this. It is never too late to start winterizing your home, even if that means doing it in the middle of the season. Some of the main causes of heat loss are easily fixed. Here are some of the problem areas that should be monitored all season long to prevent unwelcome drafts and heat loss. Windows - Drafty windows are a major cause of heat and energy loss. Making sure that your windows are sealed tightly is a major step in winterizing your home. If you are looking for a quick fix, the easiest way to get rid of drafts is by re-caulking. Strip the already existing caulk around the window pane, and refinish the seals around each window. Another quick fix, is lowering the blinds. Before you go to bed, don't forget to close all blinds, drapes and curtains. Cold can permeate through the glass of windows into your home. By lowering any blinds, drapes or curtains you are creating a barrier to block out the cold. A long term fix to solve any drafts you have, is to check what type of window you have. Older homes tend to have single pane windows, replacing your windows to Energy Star rated ones or purchasing storm windows for an extra barrier should do the trick. Doors - While you can't control the cold winter air that comes into your home when you open the [...]
Using heating oil this winter to heat your home is the most cost efficient and effective. If you are in the market to upgrade your home's heating system, it may be in your best interest to consider purchasing an oil-fueled furnace. Here is a list of facts about heating oil and the benefits it provides if you need convincing. Approximately 18 million American households rely on oil to provide their homes with heat each winter. Home heating oil is mostly used in the Northeast of the country. Heating oil is a clean source of fuel, nearing zero emissions. Oil Burners produce about .003% of total emissions in the United States. Houses warm faster with home heating oil due to the hottest flame of any heating fuel. There are 35% more BTUs per gallon of heating oil rather than natural gas. The average consumer of heating oil uses 25% less heating oil each winter than in 1989, due to increased heating equipment efficiency. Heating oil is also cheaper today than it was 20 years ago. Home heating oil is very safe. It is a non-explosive liquid and cannot mix with air to become explosive. A lit match would go out if dropped into a pool of heating oil. Thank you to Santa Energy for the original information. You can read more facts here.
Unsure if you should be heating your home with oil? Here are some benefits that can show you why its so beneficial to use heating oil in your home! Efficient - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating oil systems are 16% more efficient than gas heating systems and are 30% more efficient than electric heating systems. Oil heating consumes less fuel than gas, and oil burners produce the most efficient flame when compared to gas heating systems. Environmentally Sound - New heating oil systems do not contribute to air pollution, and generate less carbon monoxide than piped gas. Heating oil burns so cleanly that it is not subject to any clean air requirements. Comfortable - Families that heat their homes using oil are more comfortable during the cold winter days. The oil heat flame quickly burns at a higher temperature than those with an electric heat pump. Safe - As opposed to gaseous fuels, heating oils do not have a flame unless the temperature is above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature there is not enough fuel vapor to cause any sort of explosion. Budget- Friendly - Consumers that use heating oil receive up to 30% more for their dollar. When measured against constant dollars, heating oil prices have actually dropped while natural gas has risen (due to pipeline and utility expenses.) Thank you to Carroll Fuel for the original information. You can read more here.
With winter being on the horizon, many people start their list of winter chores. These chores include organizing winter wardrobes and switching out the clothes in your closet, Finding the space heaters sitting in the attic/basement, Getting out the blankets and maybe even planning a winter vacation (yay skiing!) But is winter-proofing your home on the to-do list? Here is a list of 8 tips to follow to winter-proof your home this winter, which can save you both energy and money! Insulation - Having quality insulation in your ceiling prevents heat from escaping. Avoid paying high power costs by regularly checking your insulation and repairing where necessary. By having an effective layer of insulation, your home will retain heat and you will also save more money on power costs than you think. Check The Windows - Windows are also responsible for keeping in the heat during the winter. If there are any cracks in the glass, wind could potentially shatter the window creating costly damages. You want to check the glass reguarly for any cracks and also the seals around the windows. Water from storms can seep through any seal that is on its last leg. Inspect the Fireplace - If your home has an active fireplace, a professional should come and inspect it. By having a regular cleaning, you are eliminating the risk of a toxic soot and ash byproduct buildup. Pests such as mice and birds tend to make nests in chimneys during the summer months. This can create blockages too. Greenery Clean-Up - Besides cleaning your garden for the winter, cleaning up surrounding trees should also be done. By removing low lying branches, you are eliminating the risk of branches falling onto [...]