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Aug 20, 2015 2:08 PM

Consumer must-know: How to shop smart in NH for home-heating oil


CONCORD – It may be the dead of August, but the warm weather won’t last for long, so yes, we’re going to say it: it’s time to start shopping for heating oil.

Nearly 50 percent of Granite Staters use oil to heat their homes and the oil market is constantly in flux, meaning consumer prices can be challenging to track.

The expert advice: be a savvy consumer.

As of Thursday, if you live in the North Country, your prices are the highest in the state (topping at $3.60!), so shop around and for now, consider shopping to the south.

If you live in the central part of the state, make calls and shop several companies.

Those who live near the Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine borders can call to see if companies with lower prices will deliver over the border into New Hampshire.

For example, Maine’s state average is currently $0.29 cheaper than New Hampshire.

NH1 News made dozens of calls and found 3 Maine companies that deliver to New Hampshire border towns.

Noble Fuels, North Berwick, Maine


Services: Somersworth, Portsmouth, Dover, Rollinsford, Newcastle, Rye, Newington, Milton and Rochester

Advantage Fuel, Lebanon/Sanford, Maine


Services: Rochester, Somersworth, Dover, Portsmouth, Rollinsford, Milton, Greenland, Stratham, Framington, Durham, New Castle and Rye

Quality Fuels, Lebanon, Maine


Services: Strafford County

An unknown secret: some companies offer group or ‘neighborhood’ rates, where one delivery allows them to fill several tanks at once, so work with your neighbors and inquire with your company.

The N.H. Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) says winterizing is the key to saving costs, and you start that now, while the weather is still warm.

The OEP also has information about current prices and comparisons that date back 15 years.


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