Why You Should Be Monitoring Your Fuel Usage

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If you have an oil storage tank in your home, you will undoubtedly be well aware of the importance of keeping a full tank.

But as we near the end of the long winter months and start looking forward to another summer, many home oil tank owners will already be looking to find ways of cutting costs ready for next winter.

For savvy homeowners and those looking to get the best possible deals on home heating oil prices, it is never too early to start planning ahead for the next cold snap. So what is the best way to do this?

Cutting Costs on Oil Storage Tanks

For those who have oil storage tanks, monitoring your fuel usage is an essential part of maintaining your tank. Taking a note of the amount of fuel you are using can help you to work out optimum delivery times and allow you to organise a delivery schedule accordingly. You will also be able to identify and analyse patterns and trends in your usage monthly, annually, or seasonally; in order to better understand your usage. This will then enable you to calculate the best ways you can cut costs and become more efficient with the use of your oil storage tanks.

In addition, it is a sensible idea to keep an eye on your fuel levels for other practical reasons too. One such reason may seem obvious, but it is still vitally important – you should be regularly checking your heating oil levels to avoid the issues that could arise from your storage tank running dry.  If you aren’t regularly checking oil levels, you are running the risk of incurring all the costs necessary to then get your home oil storage tank back up to speed. This would most likely include an emergency oil delivery, and you may also need a technician to come out to check over and restart the system. To avoid this, it is a good idea to check the levels in your tank manually just in case your oil level gauge isn’t accurate.

Avoiding Suspicious Activity

Similarly, keeping a close eye on your fuel usage can allow you to look out for any suspicious activity. If you notice your fuel levels seeming to drop suddenly or you appear to be getting through a lot more oil than normal, it could be a sign that something is wrong. In this scenario, it is a good idea to check your oil storage tank for any signs of leaking. If you have noticed a sudden unexplained drop in fuel levels, it is also worth considering that you may be at risk of becoming a victim of oil theft and you should, therefore, take measures to protect your tank, oil, and property accordingly.

For more information about our range of oil storage tanks, give us a call on 01889 567700.

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