Pre-buying heating oil for the winter may not be the best choice this year.
In the past, customers who pre-bought heating oil at locked-in prices during the summer usually got a good deal.
But this year, the wholesale price of home heating oil went up by $1 per gallon in May – the month most oil dealers set their pre-buy prices. Matt Cota, executive director of the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, says the confusing market made it hard for dealers to set a fair price.
He says only about 20 percent of Vermont distributors are offering pre-buy plans with prices ranging from $3.99 to $4.49 a gallon.
But now it appears that oil prices are falling, so those pre-buy deals may not be the smartest option.