Friday, September 1, 2017
I was debating if I should bother getting any heating oil for the fall. Since we plan on heading south at the end of November, the heating season would not be that long for me. The situation with the Texas oil refineries inspired me to get a delivery. Shortages and price hikes may be in the works.
Wood is my main source of heat, but the furnace makes good backup. If I'm sick or injured, it's nice not to have to feed the woodstove. If we go away for a few days, there's no need to try and find someone to light the stove.
I'm not too worried about gasoline for the car. It gets terrific gas mileage so a price hike doesn't affect it all that much. The diesel in the van will get topped off. It runs mostly on waste veggie oil, but the engine and veggie tank have to be warmed up on diesel first.
In a real pinch I could use some of that heating oil in van as a diesel substitute. They are chemically quite similar. It's against the law as heating oil does not have road tax added to it. However, in an emergency you do what you have to do.
Previous Gulf refinery and pipeline problems caused supply issues on the East Coast. I haven't head of any problems yet, but it's not something they like to advertise. The threat of shortage can cause one if everyone decides to top off at the same time. My readership isn't large enough to cause that to happen, but I did want to give a heads up. The only shortages and price hikes I've heard of are right in the disaster zones.
If you've experienced shortages before you've probably already have a plan.