Arctic cold creating demand for home heating oil

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After some mild weather last week a blast of arctic air has moved back into western Massachusetts. Temperatures dropped below zero Thursday morning and it only made it up into the teens and single digits in the afternoon.

The cold weather is keeping drivers from Noonan Energy in Springfield very busy.

“The demand is definitely up and we’re getting calls from our own customers but also from people who are not customers because they can’t get a hold of their current oil company or their current oil company can’t deliver it,” said Tim Noonan of Noonan Energy in Springfield.

Many of the people who are calling are running low on oil or are out. Tim Noonan of Noonan Energy says that isn’t an issue if you have automatic delivery.

“With automatic delivery, you use the same amount of oil that you would if you were calling for 100 gallons at a time but it’s controlled by us and we’re delivering it and you don’t have to worry about running out,” said Noonan.

Noonan says about half of their customers use automatic delivery. Right now their drivers are pretty busy, making about 35 to 45 stops a day.

While the demand is high now, Noonan says this year hasn’t been as bad as last year when we had that long stretch of very cold weather in January.

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