Written on: October 10, 2022
On October 5, OPEC announced it was slashing production by two million barrels a day. Within just three days, our suppliers increased the cost of heating oil by 70 cents per gallon. That’s right, 70 cents per gallon.
This is not just impacting heating oil. Expect natural gas, electricity, gasoline and propane to move higher too. Of course, this is not simply about supply and demand. We’ve learned that when prices move this far this fast, you can always see the impact of Wall Street firms that jump to take advantage of the momentum to make a quick buck. (Or should we say millions of bucks?) It frustrates the heck out of us.
Of course, things can turn around just as quickly. We saw prices spike in spring only to drop by over a dollar in summer. There are just too many variables to know where things will go from here.
Here are a few things to bear in mind:
I will try to keep you informed as events unfold. There are many things we can’t control, but we will always prioritize our existing customers over new ones. We will go the extra mile to keep you safe and warm. And we will be there when you need us.
Written on March, 9th 2022
Unsurprisingly, we’ve been getting many calls around two connected issues- the surge in fuel prices and supply concerns. People are astounded by how much prices have risen, and how fast. They are also concerned that there will be interruptions in supply that will cause them to run out of fuel.
Prices were already up more than a dollar this season from the previous year because of issues related to the pandemic. Then, the Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked the energy markets, sending crude oil up over $120 per barrel.
To give you a sense of this of how this affects us and you, on March 2, we received notice at night from our suppliers that their prices were going up 20 cents the next day. Then, on March 3, they went up three more times- a total of 60 cents in just 24 hours.
We don’t know where things will go from here. One thing we can tell you is that we hate this as much as you do. Some people are under the misconception that when prices rise, we make more money. The opposite is true. People cut back usage. They have trouble paying their bills and our receivables skyrocket. Meanwhile, we must pay our suppliers in just 10 days. It is an awful mess for everyone.
One thing you can count on is that we will not let you run out. We have been in business over 50 years and have very strong relationships with suppliers and financial institutions. We are already getting calls from customers who are with other companies who can’t say the same, and who are unable to get deliveries for 20 days out. You don’t have to worry about that with us.
If you have having trouble paying your bill talk to us. Remember that we do offer budget plans that start in May. A budget plan will give you equal monthly payments throughout the year.
Nothing will make us happier than when prices start dropping. Until then trust us to look out for you and pray for the people of Ukraine.