NH's heating oil season starts revving up
"People started looking at their oil tanks to see where they stand," said David Jones, owner of Neighbor's Oil in Plaistow.
The busiest time for oil deliveries is usually November and December, but dealers say now is a good time to buy.
Now is also a good time for struggling families to apply for help paying a portion of their heating bills.
The state provided assistance to 36,805 households last winter season and expects to see at least the same number of requests this year, Lovett said.
"We're getting lots of requests from people who have never been on the program before," she said.
Lovett said the state doesn't know yet how much it will receive in federal funds this year, but she's hopeful it'll be at least the same as last year's $24.3 million.
Several oil dealers said they believe prices will likely be similar to last winter.
Like other dealers, Victory's price per gallon was $3.349 on Friday; it has slowly increased since the spring.
Kevin Schea, president of Harry's Fuel in Brentwood, said he expects oil prices to average $3.50 a gallon through the end of the year.
"People were really panicking because of the news and everything that was going on," Carter said, referring to the crisis in Syria.
"A lot of people are filling up now because they think the price of oil is going to be sky high," Carter said.
Schea said most oil companies make deliveries for their customers once during the summer months, especially if they use oil to provide hot water, but "we won't start seeing eight-hour days, five days a week until mid-November and then it slowly slides into six days a week and then seven days a week."
"Snow days keep kids home, so consumption is higher," Pack said.