CashHeatingOil.com: The Easy Way To Find Cheap Heating Oil

April 12, 2013
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It’s not the flashiest website you have ever seen, but CashHeatingOil.com can save you a lot of time and hassle and possibly get you the cheapest price for home heating oil.

The website is only for those who can pay cash on delivery or pay with a credit card.

Instead of trying to find out which oil companies service your town and then contact each one to get the best price, CashHeatingOil.com does it for you.

It is easy to navigate. You just put in your zip code and one or more boxes of information come up showing the exact price you would pay for cash or credit card delivery.

It is broken down by the amount of oil you wish to purchase – from 50 gallons to 300 gallons. The more you want to buy the less you normally pay per gallon.

It also tells you whether delivery can be made today or if the earliest delivery is next day. Prices are updated daily by the dealers.

The names of the dealers are withheld until the actual order is placed on line.

But with each offer there are testimonials about the quality of service from that company. Many of the testimonials have full identification of the customer.

For instance, if you live in Windsor, you type in your zip code of 06095 and hit enter and four boxes will appear, each containing information from different dealers.

On April 11, the first box happened to have the lowest prices for those ordering at least 100 gallons of oil. It was $3.34 for cash per gallon and $3.38 per gallon if you want to pay by credit card. By the way, cash for this company means cash, not checks warns the site. For between 50 and 99 gallons the price was $3.99 for cash and $4.03 for credit card.

There were at least three dozen testimonials, most of which included first and last names of satisfied customers.

The website is the brainchild of Peter Renehan of Madison, who launched CashHeatingOil.com in Connecticut about 30 months ago. He has since expanded to Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and New York counties close to New York City.

“We try to have the lowest price dealers with great service,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s such a mess trying to find the lowest price without the hidden fees on your own.”

Renehan said that about 45 oil companies use his site in Connecticut with the most popular being in New Haven, Fairfield and Hartford counties.

The companies, he said, pay a fee to be included on the site and he also has paid advertisers on the sides of the pages.

During the middle of winter about 2,500 Connecticut consumers were using his site each day.

Many of the firms are small businesses with one or two trucks, Renehan said. Because they are small they can quickly fill orders. He said it is not unusual to have an oil delivery made within 20 minutes that an online order is placed.

His website, Renehan said, can have a major impact for a small business. Two companies that only had one truck were able to add a second truck after being on his site, he said.

“That kind of thing is pretty rewarding, to help people out,” he said. “It is a win-win.  A win for the homeowner and a win for small businesses. I guess the only losers are those that charge higher prices.”

When he launched his business two and a half years ago, it was slow going at first with dealers reluctant to sign up and list their prices, he said. However, the mild winter a year ago helped convince many dealers to make use of his marketing platform.

Renehan said dealers don’t want to have their names listed next to their prices for two reasons: they would rather just take orders over the Internet instead of getting phone calls, or they are full-service firms which charge a higher amount to their full-service customers.

That is why Renehan says his firm requests reviews from customers to make up for not listing the identities of the heating oil companies.

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15 Responses to CashHeatingOil.com: The Easy Way To Find Cheap Heating Oil

  1. Tony on April 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I currently have my service contract bundled with my oil dealer. While I am very happy with them, they are expensive. Can anyone recommend a way to find a reputable local (to Newington) service contract that doesn’t have to be bundled?

  2. Victor Carson on April 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I had a delivery of oil on April 11th from Valley Oil, with whom I have an automatic delivery arrangement. I paid $3.35/gallon for 134.4 gallons. I will be billed and will have 30 days to pay. The $3.33/gallon rate on the CashHeatingOil site does not seem good to me. Many cash delivery oil companies are as much as $0.25/gallon lower.

  3. M Talevi on April 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    discountheatingoil.com is cheaper

    • M Talevi on April 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      sorry it is dollarwisedoil.com

      • mark on October 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        I read some bad reviews about dollarwisedoil.com.
        I just feel very hesitated to buy from them.

  4. Robert on April 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I can see this website “might” work if there is more then 25 cents or more per gallon between oil companies…but three to six dollars per delivery of 100 gallons?? Really? Seems a wasted effort…

    Seems to me a better way to rate oil companies is if they are local, can come in an emergency/weekends, have good maintenance savvy and history on your burner, and fees associated with that maintenance.

    • George Gombossy on April 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Robert, thanks for taking the time to write a comment. 25 cents per 100 gallons would be $25 dollar difference.

      • Doc on April 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        I agree George… but you miss my point, as I stated, though, $25 MIGHT be a STARTING point for me to discern oil companies. Depends on one’s income.

        But again, what I mentioned earlier was that ON the website (and even OFF the website), there is only $0.03 – $0.06 cents per gallon difference between oil companies–in essence, $3 to $6 per 100 gallons. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to change companies, unless other “factors” kick in, such as local, emergency delivery, and maintenance savvy. Do you think one of the oil companies listed would travel over 50 (or even 20) miles for an emergency delivery, even though the price quoted is “3 cents less per gallon?”

        I’m just sayin….

  5. NCCT on November 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    We had high hopes for http://www.CashHeatingOil.com but were very disppointed. On our first fill the driver filled our old underground tank instead of the new tank, even though we’d given very specific instructions and stated “do not fill underground tank.” It was our word against the driver’s, who of course refused to admit he’d made a mistake, and the provider refused to budge. So I guess this service is great in theory IF http://www.cashoilheat.com connects you with a reputable provider with a driver who can read and follow instructions, otherwise you’re just at the mercy of another disreputable company.

  6. why me on December 13, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Why do you have an under ground tank that can be filled? It should have been abandoned properly. Also, if you have to pay cash on delivery weren’t you there to supervise the fill?

  7. Rich on January 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    “That is why Renehan says his firm requests reviews from customers to make up for not listing the identities of the heating oil companies.”
    One has to be a little leary about a service that only shows positive feedback. I used cashheatingoil.com and though the trasaction was acceptable, I submitted a review indicating I did not receive notification that delivery of my order would be 2 days prior to the originally expected date. My review was posted but the sentence indicating the early delivery was conveniently stripped out. I wonder how many more honest negative feedback reviews never make it past Peter Renehan.

  8. terry tuccillo on January 21, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    This company is the a joke. I thought I would give them a shot because they showed good prices and quick delivery. I never got a call from the dealer the site generated. When I called Romeo’s fuel (the dealer their site claimed would serve me) I was told quite rudely that they should not have been given this order by cashheatingoil.com. What a bunch of bullsh*t. I will never try and do biz with them again. I will in fact place negative reports on on as many sites as I can about cashheatingoil.com. The BBB, Yelp, yahoo answers you name it I will get the word out about their horrible practices and site. What a load or crap.

  9. John on March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Opening up and operating a business is a wonderful feeling. It can be a very rewarding and emotional feeling when you create something that helps everyone involved.

    With that being said, the quote above stating that “the website cashheatingoil.com” is the brainchild of Peter Renehan is so far from the truth. It is not only a disgrace to take credit for the idea, but to take credit for the website in the first place. The only thing the “brainchild” did was put an open bid out on the Internet and hired website hackers to “try” and steal the design from the real website that started it all 13 years ago. There was much more that happened afterwards, but no need to air out all of their dirty laundry here. I am a true believer that if you don’t earn your own wings, they will get clipped.

    My point is, enjoy the emotional feeling of actually helping people with your own, well thought out idea and have a little pride in yourself by doing so.

    Also, remember one thing: People steal from others for a reason. They steal out of greed and laziness. If you truly meant to help people, you would have come up with your own unique way to do it.

    This is the equivalent of stealing a light bulb from your neighbor, using it at your own house, then claiming you’re Thomas Edison.

    • Peter Renehan on May 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Hello,

      I have just read the interesting follow up replies to the very flattering article. A few points I would like to clear up:

      1. Reviews:

      The gentlemen who mentioned I did not include the comments about his oil arriving earlier than planned was removed because he agreed to this revised delivery date. We felt it was not relevant. Often customer reviews stray and talk about the weather, dogs barking the color of the trucks, their old oil company etc and for sake of clarity we remove some detail. We never remove relevant comments.

      2. Romeo Fuel.

      One of the customers above complained about Romeo fuel. We removed them from the website in one day after the first customer complaint. It was unfortunate that a well recommend company did such a poor job.

      When we receive a bad review we investigate the situation speak to the heating oil company and remove the company if necessary. Last season we removed five companies based on customer complaints. We Vet oil companies before allowing them to be on the website, however sometimes it is necessary to remove companies if their service is not up to par.

      3. “ Brainchild” – Stolen idea.

      The gentlemen who stated I somehow stole the idea of selling heating oil online must be confused. Many companies sell heating oil online for the last 15 years. In fact most heating oil companies have their own website and you can order online. There is nothing new about selling products online. What we do differently is to seek out low cost providers with excellent service and provide a single platform for customers to find a great price on heating oil. The article says it was my “ Brainchild” . The concept and the execution was all mine. However as everyone realizes I did not split an atom or cure cancer I am just trying to provide low cost oil with great service to homeowners. The website also allows local small companies to market themselves and receive more business. I like to think of it as a win / win situation.

      4. – Thank you.

      Thousands and thousands of homeowners have used the website to purchase heating oil and we are proud of the comments we have received. Please click here http://www.cashheatingoil.com/heating_oil_comments . The credit should really be given to the hard working heating oil companies who work tirelessly to offer great service and low prices.

      Sincerely,

      Peter Renehan
      Owner/Operator http://www.CashHeatingOil.com

  10. Mel on May 10, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I ordered delivery of 300 gallons and the truck mistakenly went to my neighbor’s house. Of course, the oil company corrected the problem the next day, and because of the speed of service, and great low prices, we are now BOTH customers of Marlin Oil. Thank you!!

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