I was reading the morning paper, and
there was an article in there,
from the Associated Press on the status of fuel oil.
According to the AP energy writer,
last winter was the warmest winter
on record!! We can't bank on that happening again for sure.
Another thing we can't bank on, is the price of oil.
When we burn wood pellets, or coal, we are generally
of the mind that "at least we aren't burning oil".
And we are all glad of that!! I know I am!!
We are lucky to be burning a fuel that
we get from North America.
The price of these fuels, seem to remain a lot more stable.
The price of fuel oil, is expected to be the highest ever,
averaging out around $3.80 or more, per gallon!!!
But we are not "completely" immune.
The processing of these products, does
rely on diesel fuel.
The factor that influences our prices more than anything.
When diesel goes up, the
manufacturers' prices go up
and the local truckers are forced to get more for shipping.
It costs a lot of money to get a trailer truck to and from
Pennsylvania, where coal comes from, and especially from
the northwest, to the east coast, where a lot of the pellets come from.
Right now, our prices are the same as
they have been for some time,
and our delivery charges have remained low.
Especially compared to our local competitors.