It’s no secret that heating your home during the colder winter months can be expensive. In fact, during the winter, Americans on average spend between $500 and $1,500 a month in heating costs alone.

Many people may be wondering what home heating oil delivery options make the most sense for their homes and budgets as we approach the cold Massachusetts winter ahead. Take a look below as we break down the differences in delivery types, how delivery methods may affect your wallet, and how to know what method is best for you and your family.


Heating Oil Delivery: Automatic or On-Demand?

When you rely on oil to heat your home, you never want to worry about running out of heating oil, especially during the cold winter months the Northeast is so notorious for. So, is it better to opt for automatic or on-demand deliveries?

Automatic heating oil deliveries do not require you to monitor your home’s fuel level. Instead, your home heating oil delivery company will determine the appropriate frequency of deliveries and deliver heating oil at predetermined intervals adjusted based on outside temperatures. This eliminates the need for you as the homeowner to consistently and diligently check your home’s heating oil.

On-demand deliveries require someone to track oil usage and call for deliveries as needed. With varying delivery schedules and general demand, homeowners need to remain vigilant to ensure they never run out of heating oil.


Which delivery type is most cost-effective?

Imagine this: a big winter storm is heading towards Massachusetts and many homeowners are calling their heating oil delivery company for immediate delivery to ensure their family’s warmth throughout the storm. This increase in demand will likely increase the price of heating oil, causing you to pay more for delivery and it might be difficult to get a delivery scheduled since automatic delivery customers take priority for most oil companies.

With automatic deliveries, an approaching winter storm and increasing oil prices will not be cause for concern. Your heating oil levels have been closely monitored by your heating oil company, meaning you can avoid a large bill for a nearly empty tank.

Automatic delivery does not guarantee lower prices, but it does make heating prices more predictable and easier to budget. By eliminating factors such as price spikes, excess demand, or low availability, automatic delivery offers the peace of mind of stable, consistent oil delivery.

With automatic deliveries, an approaching winter storm and increasing oil prices will not be cause for concern.

What method is right for you?

There’s no one-size-fits-all method when determining what heating oil delivery method makes the most sense for you and your home. Instead, consider these factors:

  1. Do you have the time to monitor your home’s heating oil levels?
  2. Are you able to closely monitor key factors, such as impending weather conditions, and proactively order oil as needed?
  3. If there is a price increase, can your budget allow for a more costly oil bill?


In the winter of 2019-2020, 5.5 million households in the United States relied on heating oil to keep their homes warm.  Further, about 81% of those households were in the U.S. Northeast, meaning New Englanders understand the need for consistent, reliable heating oil delivery.


If you have questions regarding heating oil or if your current HVAC system isn’t working for you, contact our team of trusted experts. Genove Oil and Air stands by our equipment and service by offering scheduled maintenance on heating systems so they deliver the highest performance for the lowest energy use.


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