What’s the best deal for homeowners with heating oil? COD or Oil Burner Service Contract?
When winter comes, homeowners look to get a good deal on oil for their heaters. The two main purchasing options are ‘locked-in oil price contracts’ or ‘Cash On Delivery’ commonly referred to as ‘COD’
What Are Locked-In Oil Price Contracts?
This type of contract is fairly self explanatory. A fixed price is ‘locked in’ for a set period of time holding the promise of no unexpected hikes during this time. This system favours at least temporarily those with low to mid incomes who cannot afford paying out for steep rises in the price of oil delivery. The downside is prices will usually shoot up rapidly once the fixed term has expired. It is advisable to carefully read through contract agreements, especially that all important small print to find out how long the actual fixed term lasts and whether it runs out before your contract is up for renewal. There is always the chance of entering into another cut price locked deal for the following year and there is no harm in contacting your provider in advance for quotes.
COD or Cash on Delivery Contracts
In comparison to fixed term contracts, ‘COD’ contracts are far more flexible. You will be able to pick from a variety of bespoke contracts tailored to your specific needs. Options exist for inclusive packages that cover oil delivery and any necessary repairs. It is possible to get cheaper fuel this way, however this depends entirely on your consumption as COD deals are based on estimates. It becomes clear at this point that prices will go up according to your fuel consumption and there are going to be times when you will use more fuel such as the winter months.
Other factors that affect the price of oil in a COD contract are the type of heating system you use, the size of that system and what type of property you live in. Certain types of building are not very good at retaining heat meaning occupants need to use their heating a lot more to stay warm in the cold season. What Cod does allow is greater freedom in when you buy and who you buy from. Companies that trade using the Cod system will have some healthy competition between them to attract customers with the best rates and will most likely be keen to offer certain perks too.
In summary, its not so much a question of which is better rather than which will better suit your circumstances and financial needs. Both types of contracts have their pros and cons. Its fair to say a fixed contract is probably better suited to larger households with a tighter budget who can’t afford to cover the additional cost of extra fuel consumption. If your situation isn’t quite so constrained, COD could well be a good fit that saves you money in the long term and lets you shop around for favourable deals. Look online to find your best fit.