What New York Homeowners Really Think about Heating with Oil

Let’s be honest: knowing the ins and outs of the heating oil industry is not exactly top of mind for most homeowners who use the energy source. During harsh Upstate New York winters, the important things are that the fuel is accessible and that your heat works! But with so many energy options now available, what’s keeping heating oil users so loyal to the fuel?

We checked in with homeowners throughout the state to find out what they really think about oil prices, the value of full service, alternative energy options, and more.

Price per gallon is not the issue.

If you believe the safety of your family should never be a compromise for saving a couple of bucks, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, 90% of Upstate New York homeowners surveyed in a recent focus group said they would be comfortable paying up to $.40 more per gallon for the value of emergency service and other conveniences offered by full-service oil companies.

Annual equipment maintenance really pays off.

Scheduling a tune-up and safety inspection just once a year, especially after a winter like this one, can make all the difference for your heating equipment. While survey participants overwhelmingly agreed that safety is the top reason to make room in your schedule for this service between heating seasons, equipment longevity, reliability, and efficiency are also among top benefits you’ll experience with consistent annual maintenance.

Biofuel sounds like a great idea … but what exactly is it?

If you see the word “biofuel” and assume it’s an energy source that’s better for the environment, you’re absolutely right—and you’re in good company, as 63% of Upstate New York residents surveyed considered the term “biofuel” to be positive without even knowing any details about the fuel itself.

Bioheat® is a blend of #2 heating oil, or conventional home heating oil, and renewable resources, such as soy, canola, and other vegetable oils. And with New York’s commitment to drastically slashing the sulfur content of heating fuels, there’s a whole new (much higher) standard when it comes to standard #2 heating oil!

Interested in learning more about heating with oil? Contact your local energy provider, discover further information throughout our website, or check out these helpful industry resources.

All statistics noted in this article reflect the findings of a recent focus group conducted by the Upstate New York Energy Association.

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