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Understanding Heating Oil Payment Plans

What’s the difference Between Pre-Buy, Fixed Price, and a Budget Plan?

heating oil costs portland, me Winter may seem months away. But it’s never too early to think about keeping your home-heating oil costs under control. We know every budget is different, and that’s why we offer multiple ways to make it easy to manage heating oil prices each winter. Even though fuel prices are (finally) moderating, there’s no sure way to guarantee that they won’t spike again. There are so many variables that can affect the price of heating oil—from geopolitics to the weather. While we can’t control prices, we can tell you that customers who were enrolled in one of our pricing plans are protected from the volatility that can make winter heating costs so stressful.

Read on to see how each of our plans work and discover the best option for your family.

EZ-Pay Monthly Budget Plan

Even when fuel prices are low, this plan is the most popular. That’s because our EZ-Pay Monthly Budget Plan is a smart way to manage winter heating oil costs and avoid unexpected high invoices, no matter how cold it gets or how much fuel you use.

We use an average based on your past fuel use to spread your costs evenly over 12 months, cutting winter bills nearly in half and making it easier for you to budget your expenses.

This plan keeps your fuel costs level and manageable, so even if we have a particularly harsh winter or prices spike, we’ll help adjust your payments so you don’t get hit with a large balance in the summer. Likewise, if it’s a mild winter, we can adjust and reduce your payments: The point is to help you save while avoiding big fluctuations.

Pre-buy Program

When you choose our Pre-buy program, you buy your all your heating oil or propane at the start of the season. This lets you take advantage of lower off-season pricing, and eliminates the worry about the price of fuel going up.

When you opt for this plan, you’re automatically enrolled in our Automatic Delivery service, which delivers even more peace of mind: You don’t have to remember to order heating oil, and you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel.

Fixed Price Program

Our Fixed Price Program is exactly what it sounds like: We agree on a fixed price ahead of the heating season and you’re locked in at that price. No matter what happens with fuel prices, your price won’t go over the fixed amount.

The Bottom Line

Letting the pros at Pitstop handle all your heating-fuel needs is a smart choice. No matter what happens with prices next winter, our multiple price protection plans are designed to help you keep costs manageable—ask about our propane payment plans, too!

Ready to sign up? Enrollment in our Pre-buy and Fixed Price plans is open now (you can enroll in the EZ Pay plan any time). Contact us today to learn about all the ways we can help you save.