Heating Oil Run-Out: How Can You Avoid It?

Minimize the risk of a heating oil run-out

Running out of heating oil during a Long Island winter is no fun – apart from the obvious discomfort of not having enough heat to keep your family safe and comfortable, it also creates a risk for frozen or bursting water pipes, which can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your East End or North Fork home.

Those are two pretty compelling reasons to avoid running out of fuel this winter. But what’s the best way to do that?

If you’re a Will Call customer, you could do it by being vigilant about checking the gauge on your heating oil storage tank. The question is do you realistically have the time, headspace, and discipline to do it – especially when temperatures drop and you’re burning through eight gallons or more of heating oil a day?

In our experience, most people don’t.

The good news there are two easier ways to stack the odds in favor of keeping the heat on all winter long.

The first is to switch to FREE automatic delivery, which offers a great way to take the worry out of managing your supply of heating oil. When you become a Burt’s automatic heating oil delivery customer, our systems will estimate your fuel use based on your past bills and the current weather, scheduling your delivery when your tank reaches about one quarter full.

Automatic delivery is a convenient and no-cost solution for you – a definite step up from Will Call, and an option most of our customers take advantage of – but there is one better way to eliminate guesswork with your heating oil supply altogether: install a Gremlin Tank Monitor.

For a nominal fee, a Gremlin Tank Monitor will track your actual heating oil usage using ultrasound technology, alerting us (and you, via a smartphone app) when it’s time to fill your heating oil tank. The Gremlin attaches directly to your tank, installs in minutes, and requires no maintenance on your part.

Contact Burt’s Reliable today to learn more about the peace of mind a Gremlin Heating Oil Tank Monitor can bring for the rest of this heating season and beyond – or to schedule a heating oil delivery for your eastern LI home!