Oilheat 101


Whether you own a split level in Speonk, a colonial in Cold Spring Harbor or a ranch in Rockville Centre, you're among the vast majority of Long Islanders who enjoy the safety, efficiency, economy, reliability and security of today's Oilheat.

Long Islanders love a good bargain. That's why you'll love the fact that Oilheat is economical. If you adjust for inflation, the price of heating oil is actually less than it was in 1980! In fact, Oilheat prices are currently at their lowest level in years. Plus, competition among local Oilheat companies helps to ensure a better value.

Long Islanders want the most for their money, and Oilheat is efficient. Thanks to major advancements being made in Oilheat burner technology, some Oilheat systems now boast efficiency ratings of over 90%! Another efficiency fact: Modern Oilheat equipment actually burns less fuel. The average annual fuel consumption in 1973 was 1,294 gallons; in 2011 it was 800 gallons!

Long Islanders love a green Long Island. That's why you'll appreciate Oilheat's minimal impact on the environment. The environmental impact from using Oilheat is much lower than the alternatives, especially electric heat and wood. The statewide ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) standard now in effect, as well as the introduction of renewable biofuels, ensure a clean and green future for home heating oil. Environmentally friendly ... that's today's Oilheat!

Oilheat research is currently being conducted right here on Long Island at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, on how advances in Oilheat equipment and improvements in the fuel itself will help save the earth for future generations.

Long Islanders like things neat and clean. Witness our perfect lawns! Good thing today's Oilheat burns 95% cleaner than before. In fact, according to Brookhaven National Laboratory Report Number 52249, entitled "Emissions Characteristics of Modern Oil Heating Equipment," the technological improvements in combustion equipment have reduced total emissions to the environment by 68 million tons a year.

Long Islanders enjoy being safe. Our towns are safe havens far away from the tensions of city life. Of course, that makes Oilheat a great choice. Heating oil is safe and non-explosive. It will not burn in a liquid state. In order to light heating oil on fire, you must heat it above 140 degrees, the temperature at which it begins to vaporize. In contrast, when natural gas or propane leaks, even at room temperatures, an explosive mixture of air and fuel forms rapidly. Moreover, an Oilheat system will warn you about the possible build-up of deadly carbon monoxide, while natural gas and propane systems will not.

Long Islanders want to know good things are always coming their way. Whether your family has been here for generations or months, you chose Long Island as a secure, dependable place to raise your family. Oilheat, too, is dependable and secure. We will not run out of Oilheat anytime soon. There will always be a plentiful supply, even during the coldest winter months. In fact, the United States has a Strategic Petroleum Reserve with a capacity of 727 million barrels - the world's largest emergency oil stockpile - in addition to a one-million-barrel heating oil reserve. The U.S. is the world's leading oil producer, and we are not dependent on any one country or region for our supply.

Long Islanders want to be in control of their destiny. An Oilheat tank ensures you that you'll always have an ample supply of fuel safely stored on your property. With oil, you have control over your heat. There is no need to worry about the weather, pressure drops in the gas pipeline or broken gas mains. Because heating oil is safe, the Oilheat tank can be located anyplace that's convenient - aboveground, underground, in the basement, etc. (Propane tanks, conversely, need to be placed 50 feet from the home.) And wait until you see all the good-looking aboveground tank enclosures that coordinate perfectly with your home's décor.

Long Islanders love to be pampered. And Oilheat gives you personal service. Your local OHILI dealer provides courteous, prompt, personal attention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. Try getting that from your local gas utility!

Long Islanders love comfort. That's why you'll love an Oilheated home's cozy comfort. Fact is, when surveyed about their comfort, Oilheat customers around the country said they find Oilheated homes to be warmer and more comfortable than gas or electric heated homes. While we can't measure it, warmth, comfort and a nice cozy feeling are definite heating oil pluses.

Long Islanders love freedom of choice. Just as you can choose to dine at the local burger joint or a fancy waterside restaurant, you can choose from many local Oilheat suppliers. (Click here to view OHILI members in your area.) Moreover, you are free to choose from each member dealer's "menu" of services - everything from service contracts to payment plans to automatic delivery. On the other hand, there is only one big utility company ... you have no choices!

Long Islanders really like Long Island. Just the same, Oilheat customers really like Oilheat. According to Oilheat industry research, 95% of Oilheat users are satisfied with their dealer's overall performance and feel they do a good job delivering oil and servicing heating equipment. 70% feel that the gas utility would not give the same personalized service as the Oilheat dealer. They prefer Oilheat for all the reasons mentioned above ... and more!

tank brochure Are there options for replacing my tank? What are the tank abandonment laws? Do tanks provide safe and efficient storage? These are just some questions that you might be asking ... and we have the answers! If you live in either Nassau or Suffolk County, this informative brochure will provide you with all you need to know about heating oil storage tanks - and more! To download a PDF of this brochure, click on the image to the right. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this literature, please call us at 1-800-796-3342. Act now - supplies are limited!