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How Much Heating Oil Does a House Use Per Year?

Written on: March 4, 2024

How Much Fuel Will You Need?

heating oil Leominster, MA This winter has already hit us hard here in Leominster, MA. Chances are, you’ve seen your consumption of heating oil increase in your Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire home. Do you know how much heating oil a house uses per year? It depends on a few variables. For example, what region of the country is the home located in? Is it somewhere that remains temperate all year round, or is it somewhere that experiences the extremes of all four seasons like we do here? How big is the home? Is it well-insulated? Do the inhabitants keep the house on the cool or warm side? Is the boiler or furnace efficient? Et cetera.

Let’s look at an example. Suppose you have a typical home that’s 2,500 square feet and located in the northeast (like we are). That homeowner can expect to see their home consume roughly 880 gallons of heating oil per year.

How Long Will Your Heating Oil Supply Last?

Do you know how long your current supply of heating oil will last you? If you’re one of our automatic delivery customers, that’s not a question you really need to ask yourself. We handle all the calculations and deliver your fuel automatically.

However, if you’re one of our will-call customers, keep an eye on your heating oil gauge. Then give us a call to request a delivery before you have a run-out.

Curious how long your current supply of fuel will last? It’s simple enough to calculate how long your heating oil supply will last. You just need a few pieces of information: the size of your heating oil tank, how full your tank is, and the rate at which your Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire home consumes heating oil. Armed with those three pieces of information, you can come up with an estimate for how long the amount of heating oil in your tank will last you.

Tank Size

The average above ground oil tank is 275 gallons, but tank capacity can vary anywhere from 105 gallons to 500 gallons. A 275-gallon tank will have the following measurements: width, 27”; height, 44”; and length, 60”. If you’re not sure of your tank’s size after measuring, wait until your next delivery. Note the level on your tank’s gauge before delivery. Then note how many gallons were delivered to take your tank to full. Now you can estimate your tank’s capacity. For example, if your tank is a little less than half full before the delivery and roughly 250 gallons are delivered, then you know you probably have a 500-gallon tank.

How Much Is in the Tank?

Here are instructions for reading your tank’s gauge:

Step 1: Look for a clear glass or plastic cylinder near the top of the tank. It will look a lot like your car’s fuel gauge with the following symbols: F, ¾, ½, and ¼. There should be a red marker or float indicating the tank’s fuel level. If it’s not visible, you tank is either empty or practically empty. Order more heating oil immediately!

Step 2: Make sure the gauge is working as it should be. Remove the outer case and gently press down on the float. It should bob back up to where it was. If it doesn’t, the gauge is malfunctioning, and you should call for service.

Step 3: When your gauge gets close to ¼, it’s time for more fuel. Make sure you check your gauge regularly (and more frequently as the temperatures drop) if you’re a will-call customer. If you’re an automatic delivery customer, we’ll automatically deliver your fuel at just the right time.

How Much Heating Oil Do You Use?

Understanding the variables affecting your household’s heating oil usage can help you to better predict your usage and your needs so you can plan, adjust, and order heating oil accordingly.

Below are some of the factors affecting your home’s heating oil consumption. You’ll notice some are within your control and some are outside of your control.

The Consequences of a Run-Out

An empty oil tank is more than an inconvenience, it’s a real problem. Not only will you and your family be uncomfortably cold until you can have more heating oil delivered, but you’ll also face some expensive consequences. Debris may clog your filters and cause your heating system to lose efficiency or fail. Water may collect in your tank and lead to rust that could cause your heating system to fail. On top of all that, if your home gets cold enough, you run the risk of frozen or burst pipes, and that’s a big and costly problem.

Eliminate the Guesswork with Automatic Delivery

You can eliminate the need to worry about how much heating oil you’ll need by signing up for automatic delivery with Brideau Energy. It’s convenient and eliminates one more thing from your to-do list. As an automatic delivery customer, we’ll monitor your fuel use and the local weather. This will allow us to reliably estimate your usage and make timely deliveries—even when the weather fluctuates. With automatic delivery, you’ll avoid all the hassles and costly problems associated with a run-out (like extra fees and difficulty scheduling a delivery on short notice). Of course, if you prefer to keep track of your fuel levels and delivery schedule yourself, you can. We also offer will-call delivery service.

Since 1987, Brideau Energy has served families and businesses in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. We are the area’s premier family-owned, top-quality fuel company, and your comfort is our priority.

Brideau Energy provides our customers with convenient heating oil delivery on an automatic or will-call basis. Contact Brideau Energy today to learn how we can make a difference for you!