I have seen many posts agreeing that the two are pretty much
interchangeable. Yet most people replied that diesel is either a tad
more expensive but in most areas almost the same exact price, except
that diesel also has road use taxes. So why bother using diesel to
heat a home? Well I can tell you exactly why in my case! I live in the
Northeast (New England) and around here all oil companies have a 100
gallon minimum delivery service! (One or two will deliver 50 but with
a penalty i.e. more per gallon plus a $15 delivery fee!) That being
said, average per gal. around here is apx. $3.296-$3.496, it will cost
you between $320-$340 per delivery! As a single mother of 3 it's not
always easy to pay that much for oil since gauging it's usage to aline
with my budget is nearly impossible, so in a pinch paying to fill two
5 gal cans with diesel is way better than cold showers or freezing to
death waiting to save up the money for oil!
It's not cheaper.
You're far better off finding the means to build a buffer of fuel oil
and then start saving for the next fill up. Instead of waiting till
you are out and not having the money. In the end you are paying more
for the same thing. And if you have a tight budget that's not the
mindset that will ever get you out of the hole.
Ok perhaps I generalized a bit much! I'm in no hole, but there will be
times when my oil runs out the same week I paid $1,400 for rent! Thus
making another $300+ manifest for oil a near impossibility! But buying
5-10 gals of diesel to tie us over is fine by me, as I had originally
stated, "in a pinch". Anyhow if I could prevent my hard earned money
from being pocketed by these stingy oil companies forever I'd die
happy! Why have a minimum 100 gal delivery at all? Why not let me
throw in 20 gals for $80 or so dollars weekly or bi-weekly? Seriously,
I thought I already covered that. What does it
cost when you call anyone to your house for
any kind of service today? Almost any appliance
repair guy, electrician, HVAC, etc is going to
have a minimum service call fee of $50+
to just show up and spend even 15 mins.
To expect an oil company to provide a
delivery service for $80 of oil is unrealistic.
I'm beginning to think you're a troll.
Hahaha! U dummies (sorry had to say it) I wasn't repeating myself! If
you had read my first message correctly you all would know that the
second "supposed" repetative message was in fact my original lengthy
message that failed to post! Hence the quick summation of that
original message in a separate post! Seems the original message
finally did post! Lol! Which at a glance looked as though I was Polly
the repeating parrot! I was asking that question in all honesty and
some of you gave me the insight I was looking for! As for the others
so quick to judge and preach about budget this and that!!! Why I even
find myself compelled to respond is beyond me right now but here it is
nonetheless....Not only am I a single widowed parent of 3 (my husband
died fighting for our country!) my sole income is not the easiest to
budget when you live check to check, I find I run out of oil
unexpectedly hating the thought of entering my creepy basement to even
check the gauge! Lol! The way I usually find out is one of the kids
screaming because their shower just became an ice bath! So buying oil
100 gals at a time isn't always feasible for me if I've just paid
rent, or more recent ly
Excuse us, but are we supposed to go back to compare all
your previous posts to see which ones you made twice?
And obviously it did not fail to post, it actually posted twice.
So, given the circumstances I wouldn't start calling people names.
In which case it would be a good idea to point that out
when you made the second post.
>Seems the original message
I'm sorry for your loss and salute your late husband for his
service to the country.
I know you think those bringing up budgeting so that you
don't run out of oil are being mean, but I can tell you this.
In many years of experience I've found that oil burners
that are allowed to run out wind up with a lot more
service problems, everything from clogged nozzles to
having to bleed them to get them going again. So I
think the budget advice that someone else made
or the idea of putting the oil delivery on a credit card
etc are actually very good suggestions.
Lol! U are a riot Chris! It's true I def need to get used to my new
financial situation, because moving as some suggested is out of the
question! My children oldest a girl 14, my son 12, and my bonus baby
girl at 2...love their school and friends, and the area of the witch
city I live in is gorgeous! (hence the $1400 a month price tag!) But
well worth it! Thanks again for the laugh, they have been few and far
between lately! :-)
School clothes! So diesel in that pinch works for me! And I get the
whole service fee and cost to pay drivers etc. but I think they should
have a program that allows families with low incomes to buy less oil
at a time!
Would you be willing to pay the excess cost then? Supposed you called
and said "bring 10 gallons over" and they said sure but we need to
charge $30 more for such a small delivery. Remember the oil delivery
company isn't putting all of that money into their pocket as you
imagine. Their driver takes the truck to the fuel depot and fills it and
they pay not much less for the oil than they charge you.
Because their profit margin on the $80 worth of oil is probably $5 or
$10. They have to buy fuel for the truck, pay the guy that drives the
truck and keep the truck in repair. Why should they lose money
because you can't manage your money?
The true answer to your problem is BUDGET. Put aside money to get a
full delivery out of each pay check and don't touch it for anything
else. Basically your outlook is that yu are somehow not over paying
for fuel by buing 5-10 gals. WRONG you are paying a premium.
Others have answered you question about the fee for delivery. Because
is costs the company money to run the truck out to your place and they
are not going do it for free for a few gallons because you can't
budget your finances.
Sorry for the rather harsh tone but others have tried to say it nicely
and you are _still_ saying the same thing.
I agree, she has to budget.
She could also put on a credit card and only differential would be
interest which would be less than the minimum penalty.
I've seen neighbor carting 5 gal cans of kerosene up the hill in the
winter because he failed to put in enough buffer of oil for the days the
trucks could not get up our hill. Stupid.
This is not a "hey i can use diesel fuel instead of No 2 oil" thing...
This is a basic Home Budgeting 101 issue...
Put $100 a week into an envelope marked "heating oil"...
That way when the oil runs out at the end of the month, you have
the money saved up for it...
Your problem *IS* financial -- poor budgeting... Your oil tank is
how many gallons ? 250 ? Buying the minimum they will
deliver also seems to be part of your problem...
Buy a $5 timer and time the showers and improve your budgeting
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