MEADVILLE PA – Want to save money on oil heating bills this winter? Go check the tank; check the tank; check the tank, tank, tank, sings Kelly Burch, northwest regional director of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Seriously, Burch said last week (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009), indoor and outdoor heating oil tanks need to be inspected now, before they’re refilled for the winter season. Proper maintenance, Burch reminded, helps to save money.

  • Check the tank and all structural supports for signs of rusting.
  • The tank’s fill line and the feed line to the furnace should be examined for leaks.
  • Wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem.

“A quick, 10-minute visual inspection of the tank” can identify potential problems before they occur,” Burch said.

Residents get a free DEP fact sheet, “Tips for Residential Heating Oil Tank Owners,” by calling the department’s regional underground storage tank section at 814-332-6648.

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