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Market Price, Fixed Price and Capped Price

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 […]

How Clean Is Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil?

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 […]

Does Keeping Oil In My Tank Prevent Corrosion?

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 […]

Ways To Simplify And Save Money

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: Paperless Billing – With our paperless billing option, we will send your fueling statements by email; you’ll cut down on paper clutter and be able to file your billing information electronically (don’t worry, we keep your account information on record, so we can always […]

How To Measure An Oil Furnace’s Efficiency

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 […]

What Should I Do If I Lose Heat This Winter?

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: Make […]

Diesel Fuel Information: Facts You Might Not Know!

Consider yourself a diesel fuel expert? Let’s put it to the test with these fun facts about this high-efficiency fuel: 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.) Diesel Engines Don’t Need Spark […]

How To Avoid Heating Oil Sludge Headaches

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 […]

What Is ULSHO?

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 […]

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Service Your Heating System Before You REALLY Need It

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 […]