a wireless receiver in the home when the tank has reached a certain level. The display can be on the kitchen table or by a favorite chair.
Pricing plans vary greatly among heating oil companies. It pays for homeowners to shop around to find a company that fits their payment style. Some companies require a homeowner to pay whatever the price of the day is for each gallon of oil they purchase. During the coldest winter months, this price can skyrocket. If a homeowner pays their bill within 15 days, some companies will take a few cents a gallon off of their bill. The amount of this discount varies among companies, with some giving no discount.
If a homeowner can pay their entire bill at the beginning of the season, they will usually get a much lower price. The oil company will quote them a set price per gallon. They then take the number of gallons the homeowner used in the preceding heating season and multiply it by the price. The homeowner should make sure that any additional fuel they need will be at the set price. It can be difficult to estimate the amount of fuel needed, because that depends on the severity of the winter and usage habits of the family.
One of the most popular options is to take 10 months to pay for heating oil. The heating oil company looks at a household's heating oil usage for a year or two. Then divides the amount by 10 months. If the homeowner's usage increases, the monthly payments will increase slightly. By the end of 10 months there shouldn't be a remaining balance. If there is a small one, it can either be refunded or applied to next year's bill.