In our previous post, we took a closer look at how heating oil is made and the improvements that have occurred over time. This time, we’ll put the focus on how it’s transported and priced, along with the commitment that oilheat dealers make to responsive service.
How heating oil gets around
After it is refined, heating oil is transported via ship, barge, truck, and/or pipeline to major fuel terminals. It is distributed from the terminals to local heating oil companies. Many of these companies have their own storage facilities, which can holds thousands of gallons of oil. These company storage facilities ensure that an adequate supply of fuel is on hand during the cold months.
How heating oil is priced
The price a consumer pays for fuel oil is determined in part by the level of service provided by the oil supplier. Companies with service plans, 24-hour emergency service, monthly payment plans and other programs typically command s higher price than companies that only deliver oil.
Also on a local level, operational costs (including overtime) and even competition between dealers can result in price variation.
How heating oil companies approach service
You will find a wide range of prices and the services offered by different companies. Fortunately, oilheat companies aren’t large monopolies.
Most oil dealers are locally owned and operated and have established deep roots in their communities. They place a high value on the quality of the products and services that they provide. Consumer surveys have consistently shown that customers give their local heating oil company high marks for friendly and fast service.