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5. Garage and Yard > 61. Track Fuel Consumption

Track Fuel Consumption

Collecting information about fuel oil usage patterns can be straightforward, and when you know how much oil you’re using, you can plan ahead and buy fuel when rates are lowest.

My house has a 1,000-gallon underground tank to store fuel oil for the heating season. Instead of filling the tank on a scheduled basis, which means the amount you pay varies as the price of fuel oil changes, it’s better to purchase oil during the summer when the demand is lowest and fuel oil is less expensive. During the more expensive winter months, it’s best to purchase only the amount of addition fuel you need, if any. This system has saved me about $700 a year in fuel oil costs, which makes it well worth the effort.

To buy fuel just in time, I need to know how much fuel I have left and the rate at which I consume it. Unfortunately, due to the way the filler lines for my tank are installed, measuring the fuel level is unreliable. Instead, to figure out how much is remaining in the tank, I must keep track of how much fuel I’ve used since it was last filled.


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