Individuals seeking current information about heating oil prices can visit the online website of the U.S. Energy Information Agency, which provides an updated price chart, as of 2015. Its price chart information is in the form of a graph and depicts previous and current year price trends in U.S. dollars.
Consumers wishing to save money on oil heating expenses can do several things to bring down costs, including having a professional energy audit done. Local contractors typically assign a professional to visit a home, or business, to conduct the audit, which entails going from room to room to assess energy usage. Following the auditor's recommendations can result in lowered energy costs. Consumers who depend on heating oil for the winter months can negotiate a price cap with fuel companies. Since the cost of oil tends to fluctuate, locking in a set price allows consumers to save by never having to pay more than the capped amount.
Consumers should continue to price shop among fuel companies each year to get the best deal, and consumers must not be shy about asking for discounts. Another tip is to purchase oil during the summer when oil prices are likely to be much lower than they are in winter, which makes it cheaper to fill up the tank.