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Predicting Your Heating Oil & Propane Usage

Written on: November 22, 2021

Weather Forecasting: How Much Fuel Will You Need?

how much fuel new hampshireThere are a number of factors that affect how much heating oil or propane you’ll need for your New England home. Some factors you can control, others you can’t. Here are some of the things that will affect how much heating oil or propane you’ll need:

The consequences of a run-out

There are so many different factors to consider when trying to predict how much heating oil or propane you’ll need. And the consequences of guessing wrong (or forgetting to keep track of your usage) and having a run-out are serious.

Heating Oil:

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.


Running out of propane is also an expensive proposition. After a run-out, you are required to have your propane system thoroughly inspected by a professional service technician. That safety inspection includes a leak test, a pressure test, an inspection of your tank and propane appliances, and the professional re-lighting of the pilot lights on all your propane appliances.
The cost of the emergency propane delivery, safety inspections, and the re-lighting of the appliance pilots won’t be cheap.

Eliminate the guesswork with automatic delivery

You can eliminate the need to worry about how much heating oil or propane 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. Click here to see if we serve your New England neighborhood.

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