I was contacted by the oil company to arrange for yet another (sigh) oil delivery. I replied and asked if the secretary could forward some information to me. Specifically, I want to know (if possible) what the oil volume has been for this home. I also inquired as to what the annual service contract includes, and asked if it includes replacing a pea sized piece of redish putty that was used to fill a screw hole in the flue pipe from the main box of the furnace that has fallen off, if it includes lowering the temperature of the hot water (it's scalding-something seems off or perhaps a valve needs replacement?), if it includes bleeding of the radiators. I also asked when the last annual service was performed. Is this something I have to initiate or does the landlord? I am unaware of protocol. Her answers will also indicate to me which level of service plan the landlord has selected.
I did receive an initial reply, with the oil delivery volume since Jan 2011. Nov thru March, as anticipated, are the high delivery volume months.
I compared use from last year (Nov thru Jan) as I had similar months to compare to. The former tenanat was a single man, who lived alone. Remember that I supplement with wood heat usually from 3 pm-9 p.m daily with wood being used from 6 a.m.-9 p.m on Sat and Sun as well as any day's off. We had an early closing today due to snow and ice, so the wood stove has been on since approx. 11 a.m. I also have been trying my best to Winterize this home, we are a family of 3 (with occassional visits from college kids who may/not stay over). I have no way of knowing if the former tenant used the previously open fire place or supplemented with a space heater. I also have no way of knowing if he hunkered down in one zone as we do, to save costs. Did he also physically move the thermostat dials down at night? to what degrees?
During Nov-Jan of 2011-2012 heating season, the former tenant used 685.5 gallons of heating oil.
During Nov-Jan of 2012-2013 heating season, I have used 665.1 gallons of heating oil. A difference of 20.4 gallons. At the present cost of $3.99/gallon, that's a saving of just over $81. Not great but it's something and this reflects hot water use for 3 vs one, including one teen who still takes somewhat longer than necessary showers.
I am hoping that a service cleaning, bleeding of the registrars, lowering of the water temperature will also make a difference. I am all about investing in routine maintenance. Additionally, I will once again follow up on the status of my home energy audit report, which I desperately need to present to the landlord (it will include photos of the under the floor over the crawlspace area where the fiberglass batting is literally falling away from the building. My goals are to have her insulate the attic and reinsulate the crawlspace under the bathroom and bedrooms.