What’s the Difference?

At Southville Petroleum, we offer several options for purchasing your heating oil—but deciding which option is best for you is a personal question since each has its own pros and cons.

We’ve prepared a short summary of each option to help you decide what’s best for your family this winter season!

Market Pricing

Just like stocks on the stock market, heating oil prices fluctuate from day to day with no limit about how high or low they can go.

If you buy your fuel as you go at this market price, you will pay whatever the cost of fuel is that day. This means you can take advantage of falling prices without having to pay a fee—but if they go up, you’ll have to pay the higher price. 

Fixed Price Plan

Purchasing oil in advance of heating season at a fixed rate locks in a price on all the gallons you pay for, regardless of when they’re delivered and no matter what happens in the market.

This fee-free option protects you from rising prices, but it also means we can’t lower your price if the market drops.

Capped Price Plan—New for Winter 2021!

A Price Cap limits how much the price of your heating oil can rise, but not how far it can fall.

This “downside protection” comes at a supplemental cost. All oil suppliers charge a fee for a Price Cap because it requires us to buy insurance from our own suppliers in case the market price drops; the fee you’re charged covers the cost of that insurance (there is no profit for us).

In Summary:
As you can see, each price option has its benefits and risks, which makes choosing an option a matter of personal choice. To summarize:

Still have questions about what pricing option is best for you? Contact the pros at Southville Petroleum to learn more about heating oil delivery in Central Long Island, NY!

If you’re a heating oil customer, you have probably heard the term “ULSHO” before—but do you know what it means? For you, it means less wear and tear on your equipment and cleaner air to breathe. For the planet? That’s a much bigger story.

Clean, Green…Heating Oil!

Believe it or not, today’s heating oil is one of the cleanest-burning options available for heating your Suffolk County home! In fact, today’s heating oil burns 95 percent cleaner than it did 50 years ago.

One of the main reasons why heating oil has cleaned up its act is that most of the sulfur has been removed from it. Today’s super clean ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) contains 15 parts-per-million (ppm) of sulfur or less. This is a minuscule 0.5% percent of what it was just forty years ago!

The practical result of that sulfur reduction is that burning today’s heating oil produces 90 percent less ash* and 40 times less cancer-causing soot** than “regular” #2 heating oil. The eco benefits of ULSHO don’t stop there, either. ULSHO also cuts out 99 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions—a leading contributor to acid rain and smog—as well as 97 percent of airborne emissions, and 30 percent of NOx emissions compared to regular heating oil. *

As it turns out, sulfur buildup is also a common cause of heating equipment breakdowns, shorter equipment life, and lower fuel efficiency. The less of it there is, the better off we’ll all be.

What Does the Future of Heating Oil Look Like?

As great as all this news is, it’s only the beginning of the heating oil resurgence story. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, technology in development will make it possible to combine solar energy with oil heat to create hybrid systems that can reduce heating costs by up to 80 percent! In other words, heating oil will play a central role in taking climate action for years and decades to come.

Southville Petroleum Is the Premier Heating Oil Supplier on Long Island

When it comes to delivering the best and cleanest heating oil in Suffolk County, NY, no one beats Southville Petroleum!

Our expert delivery teams work hard to make every home delivery of ULSHO easy for you, offering such services as automatic heating oil delivery (free with our Gold Plan) and our Budget Plan, so you won’t ever have to worry about running out fuel.

We even offer expert maintenance for your oil-fired equipment to make sure it’s running at its reliable best all fall and winter long.

Ready to save money and the planet? Join our family of customers and get reliable fuel delivery and quality heating service all year long. Remember that for reliable ULSHO heating oil deliveries in Suffolk County, NY, nobody beats Southville Petroleum!

*Brookhaven National Laboratory
**Oil Heat Manufacturer’s Association

The seasons are changing here in Long Island, and soon it will be time to give your heating system a few months off for the summer. Before you do that, we suggest doing two things, if you haven’t already: Schedule Gold Plan annual heating maintenance and contact us for a heating oil delivery.

The first of these suggestions is probably obvious—after all, just about any home comfort equipment needs a once-over each year to keep it running efficiently and reliably. But why top off your tank when you’re not going to use your heating system for another few months?

The answer is that it helps keep your tank from corroding.

As seasons change, water (condensation) tends to form on the inner walls of your oil tank. This is a result of the temperature difference between inside and outside the tank (think of the way a cold glass builds up water on its sides during the summer).

In an empty tank, more water will form than in one that contains oil. Condensation is bad news for two main reasons:

  1. First, the bacteria that already live in your heating oil thrive in damp places, and when they multiply, they turn your heating oil into a thick fuel line and burner nozzle-clogging sludge.
  2. Second, water—which is heavier than oil—will sink to the bottom of the tank, corroding it from the inside out. That’s a big problem that could be both difficult to see coming and costly to remediate.

The bottom line is that a build-up of condensation is not good for your heating oil tank and keeping oil in your tank during the offseason months is one of the best ways to prevent it. Topping off your tank now could also be a good way to save some money, since heating oil prices are often at their lowest during the offseason!

Need to top off your heating tank this summer? We can help you with an offseason heating oil delivery in eastern Nassau county and Central Suffolk County, NY! Contact Southville Petroleum today to learn more.

We think it’s safe to say that saving money and simplifying your life would probably be two wishes at the top of most people’s lists right about now. The good news is you can do both, thanks to FREE services available from Southville Petroleum!

3 Home Fuel Payment Options

Check out these three convenient offerings from Southville:

Southville customers enrolled in these programs report high levels of satisfaction – a result of the convenience and ease they now enjoy when it comes to paying their heating bills. Want to join them and become a satisfied Southville customer? Contact us today and let’s get started.

Save yourself some money and hassles—and maybe even a few trees—with convenient fuel bill services from Southville Petroleum. Contact us today to learn more about reliable heating oil delivery in Suffolk County.

Heating with oil is a great option for your home—you don’t need a pipeline, your fuel is safe to use and deliver, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re using a fuel that has heated Long Island homes for more than a century.

But what about the efficiency of an oil-fired furnace—how does it stack up against other available options?

That’s an important question to answer since efficiency determines how much heating bang for your buck you’re going to get month after. Are heating oil furnaces efficient? Let’s take a look:

AFUE: A Good Starting Point, But Not The Whole Picture

One of the more important ways to measure efficiency in a furnace is AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.

The AFUE number (usually indicated on that yellow sticker on your furnace) indicates how much of the energy that your furnace creates actually makes it into your living space as heat. In an 85 AFUE unit, for example, 85 percent of the heating oil your equipment burns will ultimately be used to heat your living space—the remaining 15 percent of that heat is lost along the way.

Energy Efficiency Of Heating Oil

Most new oil furnaces have AFUE ratings between 84 percent (the legal minimum) and 90 percent. But in an older furnace, AFUE could drop much lower than that—a big reason why it will often pay to replace rather than repair older equipment.

AFUE doesn’t tell the whole efficiency story, either. For example, you could spend hundreds of dollars more on fuel for a furnace compared to a neighbor who owns one with a nearly identical AFUE rating. How is that possible, you ask? Because AFUE only measures energy lost to the chimney, which means it doesn’t take into account such factors as idle loss, drafts, heating load mismatches, and poor installation and maintenance.

Fuel makes a big difference, too. Natural gas furnaces can have AFUE ratings that reach the upper 90s—but gas produces fewer BTUs per gallon than heating oil when burned, so whatever benefit you get from improved efficiency is offset by gas’ lower heating power.

Summing Things Up

So is an oil furnace efficient? The answer is a qualified “yes, if…” If you have your furnace installed and regularly maintained by an expert, it can stand up to any furnace available today when it comes to providing heating bank for the buck. An older or poorly maintained heating oil furnace? Not so much.

Need service to help your oil furnace run at peak efficiency or a heating oil delivery in Long Island to top off your tank? We can help. Contact Southville Petroleum today to learn more about our Gold Service Plan and reliable heating oil deliveries in Suffolk County, New York!

Your home heating system is on the job for two thirds of the year hear in Long Island, so it’s no surprise that from time to time you’ll have an issue with your heat—especially if you have older equipment in your residence.

But before you contact a technician for heating repairs, it’s a good idea to do a little troubleshooting to potentially save yourself the cost of a house call. In many cases, your problem may be something that you can correct yourself. 

No Heat Checklest

If you lose your heat, take these steps before you call for service:

  1. Make sure you have heating oil in your tank. Check the gauge to ensure that is—or isn’t—the case. If you don’t, schedule a heating oil delivery immediately.
  2. Make sure the temperature on your thermostat is set at least five degrees above the current room temperature, and the system switch is on the HEAT or AUTO position. The fan switch should be set to ON for continuous airflow or AUTO.
  3. Check all power switches.
  4. Check all fuses/circuit breakers.
  5. Check the pilot light, if your system has one

Still Don’t Have Heat? Do These 3 Things

If you take all of the above steps and your heat still doesn’t work, contact a technician to diagnose the problem and to make it right as quickly as possible. In the meantime:

The best way to prevent a no-heat emergency is to get routine maintenance!

Of course, the best way to deal with an emergency is to avoid it in the first place. That’s why we recommend our comprehensive Gold Service Plan, which includes an annual tune-up, automatic heating oil delivery, heating repair discounts, and more. Contact us today to learn more.

Need reliable heating oil delivery in Nassau or Suffolk County? Trust the pros at Southville Petroleum. Contact us today to become a Southville customer!

Consider yourself a diesel fuel expert? Let’s put it to the test with these fun facts about this high-efficiency fuel:

  1. Diesel Is a Man’s Name (No, Not Vin.) — The Diesel engine was actually named after Rudolph Diesel, a German inventor. The first successful Diesel engine ran in 1897; the first commercial Diesel engine was installed in a German factory in 1898. Two other interesting facts: Diesel also designed engines that ran on peanut or vegetable oil without any modification as early as 1900! (And for what it’s worth, Vin Diesel’s real name is Mark Sinclair.)
  2. Diesel Engines Don’t Need Spark Plugs — In a conventional combustion engine, gasoline is mixed with air to make vapor, which is then compressed by a piston and ignited by a spark plug. Diesel engines operate differently: fuel is injected into a combustion chamber filled with hot, compressed air, which ignites the fuel. Because of their design, diesel engines must sometimes use a heating device called a glow plug in cold weather to keep compressed air temperatures high enough to ignite the fuel.
  3. Diesel Engines Are More Efficient Than Gasoline Engines — In an average diesel engine, about 40 percent of the fuel burned actually moves the vehicle—the rest of the energy is lost or used elsewhere along the way. Forty percent may seem like a low number but consider that gasoline engines can only achieve efficiencies ranging from 12 to 30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  4. Diesel is a Clean Burning Fuel — Modern diesel engines manufactured today are cleaner-burning than at any point in history. The EPA is constantly working to reduce exposure to the hazards of diesel exhaust from older engines, too, funding projects that reduce diesel emissions from existing vehicles.
  5. Diesel Fuel Works Best with Engines Running at Moderate Speeds — A diesel engine reaches peak power at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. It’s usually best to keep a diesel engine running below 2,000 RPM to maintain peak power (gasoline engines, by contrast, require much higher RPM—some as high as 6,700—to achieve maximum horsepower and acceleration.)

Need high quality diesel fuel for your construction project, farm, fleet, plant or generators? Southville Petroleum delivers! Contact us today to learn more about reliable on- and off-road bulk diesel delivery in and around Suffolk County, NY!

We’ve got enough on our plates this year without having to deal with a heating system problem—but that’s exactly what you could end up with if you don’t pay attention to heating oil sludge!

Heating oil sludge is a combination of dirt, rust, and oxidized fuel that settles to the bottom of your oil tank (the fuel is oxidized by bacteria that grows in the presence of water in the tank, which accumulates as condensation when the tank warms and cools during temperature changes).

Typically the pick up line for an oil furnace rests several inches higher than the bottom of the tank to avoid sucking this sludge into the supply line. But a tank filling can stir sludge into the fuel mix, clogging filters and causing problems for your heating system.

What Problems Does Tank Sludge Cause?

Tank sludge robs your heating oil system of efficiency by clogging the supply line. If sludge build up is left untreated, it can even cause your heating system to seize, leaving you without heat—and with an expensive heating repair bill to go along with it.

Steps To Prevent Heating Oil Sludge

  1. Have your heating system serviced annually by a qualified technician (annual maintenance includes a filter change—a must for your heating oil system and included in our Gold Service Plan!)
  2. If you have an outdoor heating tank, consider installing one indoors—or at least enclosing it in a shed to reduce daily temperature swings that cause condensation build up. If your tank is in a cold basement, ask for oil treated with an “anti-gelling” agent to keep the oil flowing.  
  3. If you have an older tank, consider having it drained by a waste oil contractor (or, if it’s older than 20 years old, consider having it replaced outright. Removing years of built-up sludge this way can save you money on repairs and help your heating system to perform better.
  4. Avoid purchasing your heating oil from second-rate discount fuel companies. Instead, stick with reputable dealers like Southville Petroleum that source their fuel from quality suppliers and treat their fuel with sludge-busting additives. Always remember: “you get what you pay for”!

Contact Southville Petroleum today to schedule maintenance for your heating oil system—or to learn more about our heating oil delivery in Suffolk County or Nassau County, NY!

Did you know that today’s heating oil burns 95 percent cleaner than it did 50 years ago?

One major reason that’s true is because so much sulfur has been removed from the fuel – a process that has happened slowly over time, but more quickly in recent years.

Today’s super-clean, ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) contains 15 parts-per-million (ppm) of sulfur or less – down from the 500 ppm levels established in 2014 (and 3,000 ppm before that).

What do those numbers mean though? Those numbers mean a lot for the environment, and ultimately for you, since ULSHO produces 90% percent less ash* and nearly 40x times less cancer-causing soot** than regular heating oil. The eco benefits of ULSHO don’t stop there, either: ULSHO also cuts out 99% percent of sulfur dioxide emissions (a leading contributor to acid rain and smog), 97% percent of airborne emissions, and 30% percent of NOx emissions compared to regular “traditional” heating oil. *

Big Benefits Closer To Home, Too

It’s pretty clear that ULSHO helps the planet, but what does it do for you and your family? How about reducing the number of equipment repairs you’ll need to make – or lowering your monthly heating bills?

As it turns out, sulfur buildup is a common cause of heating equipment breakdowns, shorter equipment life, and lower fuel efficiency – the less of it, the better for all of us. Best of all, you get all of these low-sulfur benefits without having to make any modifications to your home heating equipment!

Southville: Committed To Quality Fuel Delivery In Suffolk County

When it comes to delivering the best and cleanest heating oil around – in the most convenient way possible – no one beats Southville Petroleum.

Our expert delivery teams work hard to make every delivery of ULSHO easy for you, offering such services as automatic heating oil delivery (free with our Gold Plan) and our Budget Plan, so you won’t have to worry about running out of or paying for your heating oil.

We even offer expert maintenance for your oil-fired equipment to make sure it’s running at its reliable best all fall and winter long.

Ready to save money and the planet? Join our family of customers and get reliable fuel delivery and quality heating service all year long. Remember: for reliable ULSHO heating oil deliveries in Suffolk County, NY, no one beats Southville Petroleum!

*Brookhaven National Laboratory
**Oil Heat Manufacturer’s Association

Sure, we’ve had a mild start to fall 2020 here in Suffolk County, but we all know that the cold weather will be here momentarily – and with all of us still being home far more than usual, we certainly want to keep our heating systems running like clockwork in the coming months.

The key to doing that, of course, is to have your furnace or boiler serviced by a heating professional every year.

Why Annual Tune-Ups Matter

Just like your car, your heating system needs routine maintenance to keep it running well and reliably. An annual tune-up – included in our full-service Gold Plan – will help you to:

Our full-service Gold Plan is the finest, most reasonably priced and all-encompassing plan of its kind in the industry. With its comprehensive coverage, you can rest easy knowing your indoor home comfort will be at its peak all year long.

Let Southville Petroleum take the hassle out of heating system maintenance in Suffolk County – Contact us today to see how easy it is to set up a Southville Gold Plan, which includes an annual tune-up, FREE automatic heating oil delivery, and more!