November 17, 2008,
A.C. asks from Boston, MA on November 06, 2008
Where is the lowest price gas station in Newtonville, MA ?
I currently have my home oil supplied by Atlas Glenmore. I feel that I am getting completely ripped off price wise. I am paid $3.44 a gallon yesterday when they filled up my tank. We also by service thru them so they come every year and clean out my furnace and they fix the furnace if it breaksdown. What are people paying for a gallon of oil and who do they use and do they provide a good service plan for maintenance? I'm under contract till the end of Jan 2009 but I would be open to switching providers after the contract ends. I live in the Brighton area.
There are many different companies that provide oil services, read the article for details.
H.C. answers from Boston on November 07, 2008
We used to have Atlas Glenmore too. We switched to North Shore Fuel/Myers. When you are with them for the first year the service contract is free and the rate is $2.99, but you are not locked in. Hope this helps!
B.M. answers from Boston on November 07, 2008
Hi A.- We use Federal Heating and Eng. Co. They're based out of Arlington. We live in Waltham, and they've been the only company we've used since we bought our house 13 years ago.
In mid Oct., we paid 3.19/gallon. I have no idea what the rate is today. We get regular service from them, too, and once, when we'd been away, and came home to a cold home because the furnace pilot had gone out, they came over and got it fixed up, no problem! Here's the number: ###-###-####.
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R.M. answers from Boston on November 07, 2008
Wow, I've been researching oil companies over the last two months. It's been interesting. In 2001, we switched over from electric heat to oil heat, so we know all about paying big bills and freezing at the same time! For oil delivery, we went with the company that installed our system because they were really great handling multiple structural issues getting the oil tank installed, etc., and offered us six years of free cleaning and maintenance. Once that was over, it seemed silly to pay at least 10 cents more a gallon for oil---but we liked them and their service, reliability, etc.
Times have changed. So I did some research, and out of seven companies I called, Atlas-Glenmor was by far the cheapest. But here's the deal. They offer two different plans: Ceiling and Variable. With Ceiling, you're paying an "insurance" cost on top of every gallon in order to get the guarantee that your price will not exceed a certain price per gallon. You're paying an extra 15 to 30 cents per gallon for this insurance, and if you figure out how many gallons a year you use, you'll see how that adds up. Of course, this is less risky when the market goes up and down, but if the price of oil is going down, the insurance is not worth it. Ah, but we're not all soothsayers! The Variable rate does not have insurance built in, so at times you can pay 30 cents lower than the Ceiling customers but also way higher than their ceiling price too. (The ceiling price adjusts, depending on what date you start receiving oil, so if you locked in your ceiling rate on November 1st and a week later the price of oil went down, too bad.)
We were ready to sign with Atlas-Glenmor at the variable rate a few weeks ago, and then my husband asked a co-worker about his oil company. Now I'll let you in on a SECRET (especially since you've gotten this far in my reply!).
The Mass Energy Consumer Alliance (www.massenergy.com) works like a co-op by using "the buying power of our 11,000 members to negotiate better prices for consumers." You pay $20/year for this service, where they select one of 30 full-service oil companies to deliver oil to you. (You don't get to choose the oil company because Mass Energy wants to give each oil company a certain percentage of Mass Energy members in order to ensure that the companies stay with the program---and offer the best prices.) The prices are better than any of the oil companies I've called. (Go to the web site to see the chart.) So, we signed up with Mass Energy and now we have a new oil company and we're saving money. So I highly recommend this program.
J.S. answers from Boston on November 07, 2008
We used Altas Glenmore for about 4 years at our home in Stoneham. We switched last year because we too felt their pricing was much higher than other companies. We now use Federal Heating in Winchester and like them. They may not service Brighton, but I wanted to let you know that we felt the same as you.
R.J. answers from Boston on November 07, 2008
We use Alliance and paid about $2.40 last week when oil prices were very low. It really depends on the day, but from what I hear, this is an expense where you can really shop around for better prices. We rent so I don't know about the maintenance, but I can tell you that we get billed and don't have to pay upon delivery--which our landlord has said that some companies require. That also means that we do not need to be home when they deliver.
E.C. answers from Boston on November 17, 2008
I actually work for an oil company James Devaney Fuel. We are in Newton. You've probably seen our trucks all over the place. Anyways I can tell you our price is at 2.97 a gallon today & we are a 24 hour full service company. If you are interested the number is
###-###-#### and you can ask for John Holmes. He may have some good deals to offer you. I hope this helps. Good Luck.