Ah, the dreaded oil bill.
For the last five plus years I admit to being reactive, not proactive about the ever increasing oil bill. Oh, how I have PAID (literally thousands) for my error. The first year in our home our oil bill averaged $400/month, last year it topped out at $749/month on our budget plan. I know, not very “mommysaveologist” of me!
So, I finally reacted… why, didn’t I react sooner? Hmmm, because I was not thinking straight!! Clearly, I was dillusional.
I finally got my act together by doing the following: 1) getting rid of my high price oil company- research pays! I am paying 90 cents/gallon lower. 2) getting a comprehensive energy audit of our home.
To get a lower oil rate, you truly need to know everything about your heating needs- we needed a service contract, auto delivery and the budget plan. After that, it is all about negotiation. For this, I can take no personal credit, all I can say is that if you can’t negotiate, maybe your spouse can. My husband did the negotiations for us; he is in sales- need I say more? You can also look into oil cooperatives that will negotiate a rate for you. Just google, oil co-ops and you will have a plethora of choices to consider.
As for the energy audit, we went with a private auditor. The cost for our entire house was $200 dollars. The auditor spent 7 hours in our house and examined truly every nook and cranny. In the end, we received a 32 page report that detailed everything you would want to know to make a house energy efficient. It even included a cost analysis of when we would break-even on certain recommended improvements. We are currently in the process of adding much need attic and garage wall insulation (due to improper replacement after we had some work completed). The piece on mind provided by knowing WHY our oil bill skyrocketed is truly empowering. Also, since we plan on staying in our home for a very long time, we know have a list of realistic recommendations that will only increase the equity in our home. After all, energy cost will continue to rise in the long term, so keeping them down is truly an important goal for any homeowner/mommysaveologist. I only wish I would have gotten to this saving sooner….and I know you all can relate to that! To this end, I hope my fellow saveologist don’t take five years to reap the savings…like I did!