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Did you know that oil heat creates no dirt, no odour, has virtually no soot and contains near zero emissions? Making it a very clean way of heating your home. Did you also know that it is more efficient than electricity, propane and even natural gas? Hotter than other home heating source, a litre of oil gives off an amazing 37,000 BTU’s. Best of all, the price of oilheat has stayed virtually unchanged (adjusting for inflation) since the 1950’s and is projected to rise at a lower rate than gas and electric energy. And that makes it a truly reassuring choice for today. 

With the home heating season fast upon use, there are many things you can do around the home to improve your energy costs and keep your family warm and cozy in the coming winter months. Try these easy, low-cost or no-cost energy saving tips.

Energy Saving Tips

Today’s OilHeat is one of the most efficient ways to heat your home. But there are lots of other ways you can save energy and money.

Take a “whole–home” approach to energy conservation by upgrading and maintaining your equipment, insulating, landscaping and adjusting your thermostat to reduce your energy bills and save money. Here’s how:

  1. Equipment maintenance can reduce your heating costs by up to 5%.
  2. De–rating your furnace/boiler can reduce your fuel bill by up to 15%.
  3. A Flame Retention Head Burner can help you save upto 20%.
  4. New oil–fired furnaces/boilers can achieve efficiency rates as high as 95%.
  5. You can save energy through insulating your oil hot–water storage tanks.
  6. Lowering your water temperature can reduce heating costs by 3–5%.
  7. Proper landscaping can reduce your energy costs by up to 25%.
  8. Raising and lowering your blinds can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  9. A programmable thermostat can help you save money automatically.
  10. In just 1 hour, ventilation fans pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air.

For more information click on each of the energy saving tips above.

Equipment maintenance can reduce your heating costs by up to 5%. 
Keep your existing oil–fired furnace/boiler operating at its peak efficiency with regular maintenance. Servicing your furnace/boiler before the cold weather arrives can save you as much as 5% per year on your heating costs.
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De–rating your furnace/boiler can reduce your fuel bill by up to 15%. 
Consider de–rating your furnace/boiler by installing a smaller fuel nozzle and properly adjusting the air/fuel mixture. Many older oil–fired furnaces have a higher heating capacity than what’s actually required to efficiently heat your home. This simple upgrade can reduce your fuel bill by as much as 15% per year.
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A Flame Retention Head Burner can help you save upto 20%. 
Ask your service technician about installing a Flame Retention Head Burner. This device burns the air/fuel mixture in a cleaner, more controlled and more efficient manner and can lower your heating costs by as much as 20% per year.
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New oil–fired furnaces/boilers can achieve efficiency rates as high as 95%. 
If your furnace is more than ten years old you may want to consider upgrading to a high–efficiency oil–fired furnace. These modern furnaces can achieve efficiency rates as high as 95%. Most natural gas furnaces only operate at 80% efficiency. New oil–fired boilers are more efficient. Many models are “Energy Star” rated and can achieve over 87% efficiency.
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You can save energy through insulating your oil hot–water storage tanks. 
Insulating your gas or oil hot–water storage tank and pipes keeps the water hotter, longer and saves energy. But be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. When in doubt, get professional help.
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Lowering your water temperature can reduce heating costs by 3–5%. 
Water heaters often come from the factory with high temperature settings, but a setting of 115°F provides comfortable hot water for most uses. For every 10.5° F/12° C that you lower your water heater temperature, you can save approximately 3–5% on your annual water heating bills.
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Proper landscaping can reduce your energy costs by up to 25%. 
Planting deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home will help keep your house cool in the summer. Planting coniferous trees on the north and west sides of your house can deflect cold winter winds. Done correctly, landscaping can reduce your energy costs by up to 25%.
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Raising and lowering your blinds can reduce your heating and cooling costs. 
During the winter months, keep your blinds on your south–facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter. During the summer, keep your blinds closed during the day. You’ll use less energy to keep your home comfortable.
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A programmable thermostat can help you save money automatically. 
Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer. Consider programming your thermostat to do this automatically. Typically, 44% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling.
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In just 1 hour, ventilation fans pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. 
Turn ventilating fans in your kitchen and bathroom off as soon as they have done the job. In just 1 hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air.
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Source: Today’s Oild & Heat

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