In recent years, oil monitor technology has improved and expanded, so it’s not just about
giving you your oil levels (although that’s still pretty important!).
Oil monitors these days can give you lots of other useful information that can help you
to keep track of your usage and plan your next delivery.
“Once the monitor is in place,
it’s there, doing its work and
saving you money and carbon.”
By installing a monitor, you’ll gain these benefits:
You’ll be able to see your oil levels
This is the main benefit, as you can imagine.
You can see how much oil you have left and so, if you know how much oil you’re using each day,
you can plan for your next delivery.
If you have a “days left until empty” guide, you can try to schedule your next order for a time when
home heating oil prices are low.
You can also, if you’re zooming through your supply without realizing it, slow your usage down a bit.
You can improve the security of your tank
The monitor can tell you if there’s been a sudden and unexpected fall in your oil levels.
These drops could be due to leaks or theft, so if your monitor can alert you to a problem, you can
deal with it before it becomes an environmental issue (as can be the case with leaks).
Early detection of theft makes it more likely that the culprits will be caught, too.
You’ll never forget to place an order
Your monitor can tell you when your oil reaches a certain level – determined by you – so that
you’re always in good time to book a delivery.
Running out of oil can send your boiler into lockdown, which is a real pain and not something
you want to happen in the depths of winter.
You can monitor your tank from afar
Or at least, from the comfort of your living room!
Wireless tech means you don’t need to schlep out in the snow with your dipstick.
It’s also a bit cleaner!
You can save energy and carbon
Some monitors tell you how much your oil is costing you every day, as well as how much
This can come as a shock to many people and motivate them to reduce their usage and finally
get round to lagging the loft!
The Energy Saving Trust found that people who monitor their energy use with a meter tend
to be able to reduce their consumption by up to 15%, which is quite something.
Are there any downsides to using a monitor?
Some people think that while monitors are a good thing in theory, the cost of buying one and
installing it in the first place outweighs any benefits.
This may have been true at one point, but now many modern tanks have a pre-made aperture
for the monitor to fit into.
Another argument is that monitors don’t work well with bunded tanks, but this is something
of a fallacy, especially if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once the monitor is in place, it’s there, doing its work and saving you money and carbon.
Have you used or considered using an oil monitor?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.