December 12, 2018
If you are a heating oil customer, you have two options for how you can receive your oil deliveries. It comes down to one-time purchases or setting up an automatic heating oil delivery plan with a local heating oil delivery company. But, which one is better? Which one should you choose? In this blog post, we will discuss why automatic heating oil delivery is the best way to go. Continue reading to learn the top 5 reasons you need to sign up for an automatic, full-service plan:
Top 5 Reasons to Sign Up For Automatic Heating Oil Delivery
Convenience – Never Need to Call for a Refill
Convenience is by far the best reason to sign up for an automatic oil delivery plan. How does automatic oil delivery work exactly? You never need to call for a refill or even think about a refill. Oil delivery companies use special software to calculate and estimate when you will need your next oil refill. Oil companies keep track of the average temperature per day since your last delivery and your historical usage to determine how much you’re using, and then schedules your delivery accordingly. For example, if there has been a stretch of extremely cold days during the month that requires you to use more heat than usual, then oil companies take that into account when determining your next refill. We don’t just come out for no reason to fill up your tank to get your money. There is a method to our madness.
Don’t want to pay attention to how much oil you have left? Maybe you don’t want to check your oil tank levels or maybe you just don’t know what to look for. You won’t need to do this. Don’t want to have to call your heating oil company and get a hold of someone to order more oil? You won’t need to do that either.
On the other hand, will-call heating oil customers must pay close attention to their oil tank levels. When they are close to running out of oil, they need to contact their local oil provider to arrange a one-time heating oil delivery. When you use one-time purchases of oil, you need to really stay on top of your oil usage to make sure you don’t run out and end up in an emergency situation.
Automatic Heating Oil Delivery is Cost-Effective
Oftentimes, automatic heating oil delivery customers get to take advantage of better heating oil prices than if they were to order will-call oil deliveries whenever they needed more heating oil. So, if you sign up for automatic oil delivery, you will most definitely save some money. In addition to this, you can also sign up for payment plans with automatic delivery too, which we will discuss more later in this blog post.
Protects You from Running Out of Oil
If you take advantage of automatic heating oil delivery, you will never run out of heating oil for your home. So, this protects you and your family from having a major problem. If you run out of oil on a cold day during the winter, you will have to scramble to find a heating oil delivery company that can deliver to your home on that day. If this occurs on a weekend, you will have to find a local heating oil company with emergency heating oil delivery services available. Not only is this stressful, but you will also pay additional fees for someone to come out on a weekend or during the night. Don’t get caught staying in a cold house. Get on an automatic delivery plan to avoid this problem.
Automatic Customers Don’t Have to Pay at Time of Delivery
It is quite common for automatic fuel delivery customers to not have to pay anything at the time of delivery. There is no worry about coming up with the money to pay up front. Usually, automatic customers will either have a credit card on file or they will just pay their bills online on a monthly basis.
This is opposed to will-call and one-time heating oil purchases, where you will need to give a credit card number to even get started. This is especially important when you completely run out of oil on a cold day. If you are not an automatic delivery customer, you will need to provide a credit card to get the oil delivery company to come out to your house. However, if this happens and you are an automatic delivery customer, the local heating oil delivery company will come out and not expect any payment at that time. You will just get your normal bill that you usually receive.
Payment Plans Available
As a full-service, automatic heating oil delivery company, there are often heating oil payment plans available that would not be available to one-time oil delivery purchasers. Some heating oil payment plans include the following:
10-Month Budget Plan
You pay the same monthly payment for your car, cell phone, cable, and other utilities. Why not your heating fuel too? Budget plan customers make the same low payment every month. To calculate this payment, we estimate the gallons you need for the heating season based on previous history. Then, this amount is multiplied by projected market rates and divided into 10 equal installments. The capped budget plan protects you if the market rate rises above your capped price. If it goes below your capped price, you pay less. So, truly, this is a no-worry plan to lock in.
Pre-buy Capped Price Plan
This is a true set-it-and-forget-it plan. Choose the number of gallons of heating oil you want for the winter season and pay for it upfront. The capped price means that if market oil prices go up, yours won’t. If market prices go down, yours will too. One single payment due at the time of contract.
Pre-buy Fixed Price Plan
Lock in a predetermined, fixed rate per gallon of heating oil before the heating season starts. This way, you are protected from changing fuel oil prices. One single payment due at time of contract.
10-Month Standard Budget Plan
Spread your fuel costs into 10 predictable monthly payments. Your budget plan payment is calculated by the anticipated market price per gallon and gallons needed for the heating season. This plan does not have price protection, which means your daily price will fluctuate with the market rate on the day of your delivery.
Extends Life of Your Heating System
Using automatic heating oil delivery prolongs the life of your heating system by ensuring that you never run out of oil or get to the oil at the bottom of the oil tank. No matter how high-quality of a heating oil you use, all oil tanks have a small amount of sludge at the bottom. If you run out of oil, your heating equipment could get clogged as this sludge gets pulled through the system. You want to make sure your tank is always full of some oil so that this doesn’t happen. Oil delivery companies’ software allows them to estimate your tank level and deliver your next batch of oil before you reach this point. They don’t need to wait for a call from you because we are taking care of this for you.
Hall Oil Gas and Electric: #1 Automatic Heating Oil Delivery on Cape Cod
Hall Oil Gas and Electric has been delivering heating fuel for customers on Cape Cod since 1918. Over the decades, our services have expanded to meet the growing needs of our customer community. We are a family-owned and operated business that upholds the value of personalized service with the capabilities of a reputable energy company. From home heating oil delivery to heating installation and repairs, we’ve got you covered. We offer both automatic home heating oil delivery and will-call oil delivery too.
Want to sign up to become an automatic delivery customer? Then, fill out this form and a Hall Oil representative will be in touch with you. If your Cape Cod home needs installations or repairs of heating systems, we can help you there too. Whether it is your furnace, water heater, boiler, or another type of system, we can help. If you’d just like to talk about options for how to buy heating oil, contact us and we will solve your issue. Feel free to visit us at our South Dennis office location, call us at 508-398-3831, or contact us online for more information.