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Full Service vs. Discount Oil Providers

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Mar 22, 2023 1:01:54 PM

Choosing a fuel oil company to heat your home or business isn't something to take lightly. In 2018 alone, 5.5 million homes in the United States used heating oil to warm their spaces. While you shop around for the best deal, remember you might not get that if you opt for the cheapest provider in your area. Here are some key factors to consider when choosing an oil provider for your home or business. 

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Topics: oil

How to Clean Your Oil Tank Vent Whistle

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Nov 16, 2021 8:00:00 AM

If you are one of many homeowners who use an oil tank to heat their home, you know that there are several crucial steps to maintaining it properly. From servicing your oil furnace and tank regularly to keeping up with new oil deliveries, proper maintenance is essential for your home's proper heating safety and efficiency.

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Topics: heating oil, oil, oil tanks

Best Location to Install a New Heat Oil Tank

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 28, 2021 3:20:01 PM

You rely on your heating oil tank to store the oil you need to keep you warm all winter long. Winters in the Northeastern United States can be bitter, so having enough oil on hand is paramount to your family's comfort. Thoughts of your oil tank may slip your mind throughout the year, but if you run out of oil or the tank malfunctions, it suddenly becomes a prevalent issue. 

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Topics: oil, oil tanks

Wi-Fi Thermostats for Oil Heat

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jun 28, 2021 3:17:24 PM

When the cold winter months of the Northeastern United States arrive, proper heating is essential. You rely on your oil heater to keep you comfortable and warm, but how often do you think about your thermostat? If you have an old-school dial thermostat, it may be time for an upgrade. 

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Topics: heating oil, oil

When Is the Best Time to Buy Heating Oil?

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jul 9, 2018 10:04:19 AM

Heating oil, also known as No. 2 Fuel Oil, has been used to heat homes since the invention of the oil burner in the 1920s. Since then, it has remained a popular option for millions of Americans in regions with freezing, snowy winters.

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Topics: heating oil, oil

What to Do If You Run Out of Heating Oil

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Feb 7, 2018 9:33:52 AM

You’re relaxing in your toasty living room on a frigid mid-winter night. Temperatures outside are sub-zero, but you’re nice and warm in your well-heated surroundings. Then, your heater stops. Your stomach drops — what now? You start to panic when you realize you don’t know what to do if you ran out of fuel or heating oil. How will you survive the cold? How will you keep your family warm?

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Topics: oil

NEVER pay for a "Cap" or "Fixed" price plan

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 18, 2018 7:03:00 AM

Heating oil customers throughout New England and the Mid Atlantic are bombarded with offers from heating oil suppliers to lock in their price for the winter either through a price “cap” or a fixed price plan. While on the surface these offers can be appealing, they are really a marketing and retention tool for oil companies that, over the last 10 years, have cost consumers significant amounts of money.

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Topics: heating oil, cap plan, fixed price, oil

Above-Ground vs. Underground and Outside vs. Inside Tanks

Posted by Smart Touch Energy on Jan 3, 2018 9:48:00 AM

When it comes to heating your home or business, few factors are more important in the long run than which type of tank you choose to use. There are tanks that rest above the ground or those that are buried below it, as well as tanks left outdoors and those kept indoors.

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Topics: propane, oil, oil tanks


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