Ordering fuel in the summer and fall is convenient and affordable.
How much did you spend on heating oil last winter? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nearly half of the average home’s energy use goes to space heating. So, it only stands to reason that the households Roach Energy serves in Berkeley, Morgan, Jefferson, and Washington counties want to get the best possible price for their heating fuel.
Let us help you identify the best time of year to order heating oil.
What affects heating oil prices in West Virginia and Maryland?
Like gasoline and diesel, heating oil is a product of crude oil. As such, it’s vulnerable to fluctuations in global energy markets. Neither you nor a local fuel company like Roach Energy can significantly impact international supply chains, refinery output, OPEC decisions or military conflicts.
Seasonal demand also plays a part. When it’s cold outside, more households need oil for heating. This can cause prices to go up. Traditionally, heating oil prices are the lowest between April and September. Roach Energy works hard to secure our fuel when prices are relatively low, and our customers benefit.
Should you order heating oil in warm months?
We strongly recommend that you fill your heating oil tank in the off-season. As we’ve noted, fuel prices tend to be lower in the spring, summer and early fall. But you also benefit from more available delivery appointments. Our drivers will be booked solid in the winter with last-minute heating oil deliveries. In warm weather, you’ll have your pick of appointment times.
You don’t need to worry about your heating oil “going bad.” Heating oil has a shelf life of 18 and 24 months, and our premium product can last even longer.
In fact, having a full oil tank during the summer has significant benefits. It slows the internal corrosion of your tank because limiting empty space reduces condensation. There’s pretty much no downside to getting your heating oil in warmer months.
Roach Energy lets you pre-buy your heating oil.
Our Eastern Panhandle customers have the opportunity to lock in their heating oil price before heating season even starts. With our Pre-Buy program, you can purchase an agreed-upon number of gallons in advance, and our team will deliver your heating oil throughout the year.
While we cannot guarantee that Pre-Buy will always save you money, it definitely adds peace of mind to your energy budget. Whatever happens in energy markets during the winter, your fuel price will be locked in.
Let us help you improve your heating system efficiency.
With seven decades spent helping West Virginia and Maryland families stay warm and safe in the winter, Roach Energy has the expertise to lower your energy costs. Properly maintaining your furnace or boiler — or upgrading to a more efficient model — can significantly reduce how much heating oil you use. Our top-tier HVAC technicians are available to assist with your home heating needs.