How to be a greener heating oil user
Most people are aware that heating oil is not the most environmentally friendly way to keep your home warm but, for people who live in rural areas, this is sometimes the only option. As we all become more environmentally aware, there is a growing movement to consider the impact our day to day lives has on the environment and what each of us can do to make this more positive.
YouGov conducted a survey which focused on U.K residents and environmental concerns and found that “27% of Britons say the environment is in their top three issues facing the country.” This shows there is an interest from the public to reduce their carbon footprint.
Reducing your carbon footprint caused by your heating can be difficult, starting off with some simple changes can make a difference. If you are interested in finding out ways you can reduce your carbon footprint today, we have some easy tips on being a greener heating oil user.
Avoid ordering smaller amounts of heating oil
By ordering frequently you are increasing carbon emissions. Heating oil tankers can range in size but a standard tanker is a large vehicle. The more deliveries you receive, the more fuel that will be used which creates more carbon emissions. Try to order in larger quantities to reduce trips.
Use a timer or programme your thermostat
Your home’s heating doesn’t always need to be on 24/7. If the kids are at school and you are at work, you won’t notice if your heating is on or off. Programme your thermostat or timer to turn your heating on an hour before you get home. This is a great way to keep your heating costs down and also reduce carbon emissions as you are burning less oil.
Seal up any cracks in around windows and doors
Cracks around windows and doors can cause a draft which can make your home feel cold. Seal up any areas that you think heat maybe escaping. This should increase the temperature in your home, which means your thermostat may be able to come down a few celsius. This will help reduce your heating oil usage, your carbon footprint and save you money in the long run.
Use a heating oil company that offsets your carbon emissions
There are now options for homes that rely on heating oil to offset their carbon footprint. The Connected product launched by BoilerJuice early last year, allows customers to heat their home without ever having to worry about their oil level or next top up ever again. BoilerJuice have also now developed this service even further with Connected Green. This is the first time that a greener option has been introduced allowing each customer to offset their carbon footprint by sponsoring the growth of a set number of trees each month.
Customers using this service, no longer have to monitor their oil levels, order oil or search for the best price plus, get the benefit of knowing their carbon emissions from their heating is being offset. When signing up to the service a percentage bar will appear, this is where customers can choose how much of their carbon footprint they want to offset, it ranges from 25%-100%. This will tell BoilerJuice and Forest Carbon how many trees to plant on a monthly basis to offset the carbon emissions produced from using using heating oil. Check out the Connected Green live page now to see the impact this is already having!