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Friday 03 April, 2020

Now May Be the Best Time to Buy Heating Oil

With the U.S. and most of the world’s economy at almost a standstill, the use of petroleum has naturally decreased. And it has decreased by quite a lot. Since the oil market is “supply and demand” based, the slow down has affected prices. The lack of demand has stifled the supply and now oil companies need to move the product.

petroleum price April 2020

Crude oil by the barrel

Take a look at this graph below. You can see what I’m talking about.

The point of this blog post is that now may be the best time to buy your heating oil. It seems counter-intuitive to buy heating oil when things are getting warm and we have a full summer ahead of us. But, we may never see these prices again. And the prices are sure to rise as demand returns once the economy starts flowing again.

Heating oil doesn’t evaporate. So, if you fill up your tank now, it will be the same when it is time to use it again in the fall. In fact, heating oil is good for ten years. It is a very stable liquid.

Call the staff at Sterling Oil to get prices to fill your tank now and save some money, They will be happy to serve you in the greater Lynchburg Area and Surrounding Counties.  We can also take payment over the phone so you there is no need to come by the office.

 

 

 
 

Thursday 19 March, 2020

Spring Time AC Tips

clear out around AC

Keep the area around your outside unit clear of bushes.

It is starting to heat up again and that means using your AC is in the not-too-distant future. This fact has inspired us to put together this short blog that will give you steps you can take to help your AC unit come back on-line the best way possible.

When an appliance as complex as an AC sits for months without being used, steps should be taken before it is used to make sure its operation starts back without a hitch. We have put together these seven five steps you can take to make sure this happens.

  1. Change The Filter. Even if the filter doesn’t appear to be that dirty, it has been sitting for months with old dust on it and who knows what could be happening in it/on it. The smart safe thing to do is to get a brand new filter for your unit.
  2. Make Way For Drainage. Make sure the drainage hole that allows the condensation to run off is clear of any debris. Make sure it is not being blocked by anything.
  3. Cut and Clear Around Your Outside Unit. Make sure there is nothing interfering with the blade. Make sure the fans is not being impeded. Make sure no weeds or bushes are near the unit.
  4. Spray Wash Your Coils. You should take a garden hose and spray out the sides of the outdoor evaporator unit. Dust and debris may have collected in this area of the unit over the winter. You need to make sure it is clear so the unit can “breathe”.
  5. Add a Smart Thermostat. Newer thermostats help regulate the house temperature when you are home or away to maximize efficiency. When you are away or at work, the thermostats can bring the house up to 80 and an hour before you get home it can bring it back down to whatever temperature you desire. This thermostat also gives the unit a nice break during the day, when it is hottest outside.

If you do these simple things, you are truly doing your part to help your unit get going again and preventing problems in the near future.

 

 
 

Friday 06 March, 2020

Upcoming Events for Lynchburg and Surrounding Area

Things to do in LynchburgIts almost spring time everybody. Time to thaw out and get ready for the warm months ahead. But, you don’t have to wait until summer to find fun and interesting things to do, There is plenty to do now.

We have put together this list of upcoming events for the City of Lynchburg and the area around us. We hope this helps inform you of an event you otherwise would not have known about.

Symphony of Back
The beautiful music of Bach played live for your ears. Treat yourself to some classical music.
Mar 7, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Heritage United Methodist Church
582 Leesville Rd, Lynchburg, VA

MASH the Play
You remember MASH the great TV show right? Well tonight & tomorrow you can check out MASH the Play. That’s right, a live play with the great characters from the hit show MASH. The play is March 6&7 and starts at 8pm and is at the Renaissance Theater in Lynchburg. For more info check out renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org

Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival
Are you a seafood person? Do you like fresh oysters on the half-shell? Well we have an event for you. The Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival takes place on March 18th at
Clover Hill Village
5747 River Ridge Rd, Appomattox, VA
Sat, Apr 18, 11 AM – 6 PM

Lynchburg Wine & Music Festival
You can never go wrong with wine and music. Wouldn’t you agree? Come and enjoy the tasting from 10 Virginia wineries while you listen to some cool tunes. The event is Sat, Apr 25, 12 – 7 PM at the City Stadium Complex

 
 

Friday 29 July, 2016

Know How to Keep Your Diesel Fuel Fresh

Refilling fuel view from inside of gas tank of a carDiesel fuel can be used for a lot of different things, but you do not have the same longevity with diesel fuel that you do with other types of fuel products. Typically, your diesel fuel is only going to remain useable for anywhere from six months up to a year. The lifespan goes down if you are not able to keep the diesel fuel dry and stored in a cool spot. If you want to be able to get the most out of your diesel fuel, then you need to learn how to keep it fresh for as long as possible. Here are some tips on doing just that.

Understanding the Problems with Diesel Fuel Helps You Keep It Longer
The moment that diesel fuel leaves the fuel refinery, it is already starting to degrade. That is why storing it properly is so important. The longer the diesel fuel exists beyond being refined, the more gunk you are liable to have floating around your fuel. If you have the opportunity to use your diesel fuel quickly, then that is the best option in terms of it being clear and safe. Thankfully, when most companies deliver diesel fuel, it already has the additives in it that are going to slow down this process, allowing your diesel fuel to last beyond approximately a month. Continue reading ‘Know How to Keep Your Diesel Fuel Fresh’ »

 
 

Monday 02 November, 2015

Ways to Heat Your Lynchburg VA Home

mountain leyer level in thailandIf you are new to the area, you may be wondering what the large tanks outside of homes and businesses are.  These are for holding fuel to heat dwellings during the harsh winters.  The standard electric systems begin to fail and will leave you with inadequate heat once the temperature drops.  The coldest months of January and February also bring the highest amounts of snowfall for the year.  You need to know your options so you can be prepared before those months hit.

Heating Systems

Electric systems are most commonly used to heat and cool your home.  They can be an air conditioner or heat pump unit outside and will have an inside unit such as a furnace or air handler.  But they will only heat your home while the outside temperature is around 37 degrees.  After that point, they will run, but they are not able to keep up with the temperature difference.  This is when a backup fuel system will kick on.  You can have a special thermostat so you never even have to worry about your fuel system coming on at the right time.

Portable kerosene heaters can also be used and are effective for smaller spaces.  They are not without risk and do not adequately heat entire homes.

Back to those tanks…. They are filled with #2 fuel heating oil.  You don’t have to worry about your home smelling like oil or breathing in harmful chemicals.  In fact, you can think of the fuel as just a means to light a burner that in turn heats the air drawn in from the heat pump outside.

Benefits to Using #2 Fuel

The safest and most efficient way to heat your Lynchburg home is with #2 fuel.  This heating oil is a by-product of the refining process used in the production of gasoline.  The cost per gallon varies as it is directly dependent on the current price of oil barrels.  Even so, it is a much more economical way to heat your home during the cold winter months.

With an average annual snowfall of over 12 inches, you don’t want to be caught without a way to heat your home.  If your home HVAC system needs updating, let Sterling Oil help meet your needs.  With friendly financing and budgeting plans, heating your home does not need to be overwhelming.  It is also a great time to have a tune up and ensure you have enough fuel before the spike in prices happens during the dead of winter.

 
 

Monday 24 June, 2013

Our Very Own Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who

Donna Beeler Hensley Inducted into Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Business Management

Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s family business, Sterling Oil, is celebrating its 30th year of business

LYNCHBURG, VA, June 24, 2013 Donna Beeler Hensley, Vice President of Sterling Oil, has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in business management.

A seasoned industry expert, Mrs. Beeler Hensley has 17 years of professional experience, with 12 years as a vice president of Sterling Oil. As a customer service expert, she is responsible for overseeing business operations and the service segment for the HVAC with her brother, Michael Beeler. This involves ordering and pricing fuel, acquiring the best inventory on the market, assisting with dispatched service calls, and ensuring that her staff is trained, knowledgeable and remains current with all customer needs. In addition, Mrs. Hensley is involved with sales and installation of new customer equipment, fuel lines, repairs to existing equipment, and all facets of the statewide oil business efforts. Mrs. Hensley also organized the company’s participation in disaster relief efforts during Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo along the entire east coast of the United States.

Mrs. Beeler Hensley is 45 years old, and she works with her father, H. Wayne Beeler, who owns Sterling Oil. They are celebrating 30 years of business this year. She attributes her success to her pride in the work she does and in the company, as well as her father, who is her hero, and who she greatly respects. She became involved in her profession because Sterling Oil is her family’s business, which she grew up admiring the tremendous work ethic of her parents. She was in the car business in her early 20s, and was responsible for inventory and ordering cars. After her father underwent open heart surgery, she stepped in to help with the business because she felt a sense of responsibility. With the guidance of her father, participation from her brother, and Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s unparalleled customer service, Sterling Oil Company has grown and flourished under this leadership.

Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s Company is a member of the Virginia Jobbers Association and she is always interested in the future energy needs, Mrs. Hensley is also an Associate for Viridian Energy which was founded in 2009 and is a rapidly growing energy company. They provide an alternate energy supply option to the local utility. When Mrs. Hensley is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Mrs. Hensley prepares food for the neighborhood church to feed the community. She spearheads the community coat/teddy bear drives each year for the less fortunate. Family’s in her area who find themselves in an economic hardship often turn to Mrs. Beeler Hensley’s compassionate efforts, as the hundreds of customer thank you letters attest. Mrs. Beeler

Hensley confirms that her altruist heart is directly from her personal relationship of faith. An active church member, she is often called on to help others and responds happily. In years to come, Mrs. Beeler Hensley hopes for continued professional growth and development.

Sterling Oil is an area leader which provides heating and cooling solutions to residential and commercial customers. They supply a large portion of their area with heating oil, kerosene, diesel fuel, and gasoline. Also they provide fuel for commercial generators for existing businesses. Often they provide diesel fuel service to incoming vendors to the city for large construction efforts. They install new heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioning systems, and all ancillary associated products. For more information about about Sterling Oil visit www.sterlingoil.com and for information about Viridian Energy visit www.viridian.com/donnahensley Associate Number: 18575

 

 
 

Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Celebrating 30 Years of Business

H.Wayne Beeler started Sterling Oil Company, Inc in 1983

 

Our Company is a Family Owned Business and We take Great Pride in giving Fast and Dependable Service to Our Valued Customers here in the Greater Lynchburg Area and Surrounding Counties.

 

Our Company also has a Service Department We Install a Full Line of Heating and Cooling Equipment which included Heatpumps as well.

 

So Give Our Company a call at 434-845-0971 and we will be Happy to Serve You

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Tuesday 08 January, 2013

Heating Oil Clean & Reliable

Oil is also a clean heat that creates no soot, dirt or odors in a properly maintained system. Heating oil has little negative impact on the environment and for every gallon of oil burned, 140,000 BTUs of heat are generated.

Heating oil is a clean, reliable and efficient way for homeowners to keep warm and comfortable all year long.

 

 
 

Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Oilheat Fact

Oilheat Fact

 

A tune-up will benefit your heating system by helping to find problems before they become  expensive, inconvenient repairs.

 
 

Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a K-Factor?

A K-factor reflects your individual rate of usage based on how cold it is. K-factor is determined by dividing the number of degree days by gallons delivered. The higher the K-factor the more efficient your heating system. This is similar to tracking your car’s miles per gallon.

 

What is a Degree Day?

Degree Days are a unit for estimating the demand for energy required for heating and cooling. Starting from the standard US indoor temperature of 65 degrees, a heating or cooling degree day is recorded every 1° decrease or increase from this standard.

 

What does Degree Day monitoring mean to me?

Think of it like the MPG (miles per gallon) calculations used for your car. Like MPG, Degree Day monitoring helps determine a particular rate of usage. Our Company tracks the number of accumulating degree days throughout the season and uses this formula based on your usage to determine when you will need another delivery.

 

Why are annual equipment tune-ups so important?

Annual tune-ups on your heating system will reduce the chance of breakdowns, keep your system running at peak efficiency and will save you money on your fuel bill.

 

 
 
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