Save money by protecting your oil tank this summer
At this time of year, it’s nice to spend some time outdoors soaking up the good weather. The majority of us like to potter about the garden and while you’re out there, it’s a good idea to take a look at your oil tank and ensure it is adequately protected. Is there more you could do to protect the contents of your tank? The oil tank is a vital part of the home heating system, and yet few of us give it a second thought. If you buy home heating oil in the summer with the intention of keeping it stored in your tank until you need it in the autumn, you need to protect your investment by increasing the security around your tank to prevent a costly and inconvenient theft. Here are a few ways you can save money by protecting your oil tank this summer.
A heavy tank lock is an easy way to protect your home heating oil investment, as it acts as a visual deterrent to any would-be thieves. Pick one up at a DIY store or buy one online and fit it yourself in mere minutes. You just need to remember to take it off before a home heating oil top up, otherwise our driver will have to reschedule your delivery.
Make your oil tank harder to access and your whole garden safer with a tall garden fence around your property, and keep the gates locked to prevent anyone you don’t want from walking around your garden. This has great privacy benefits too, as well as protecting your oil tank contents. Again, just remember to leave the gates open on the day of your home heating oil top up.
Having motion-sensitive lighting around your home is a great way to protect your home heating oil investment, as no thief wants to be illuminated and put on the spot. Adding some dummy CCTV cameras is a good idea too, and these are relatively cheap to acquire.
Your oil tank location can be disguised and secured even further by using natural deterrents – prickly bushes planted around it, or trellising attached the fence beside it to encourage plants to grow up, or even large plant pots around the base. Just make sure you can still access the tank yourself to check it for damages regularly, and so that your oil delivery driver has easy access too. It’s not a good idea to let things get too overgrown around it as it can hide any tank defects which may need your attention.
A noisy gravel path around your oil tank is also a great way to protect your oil tank, as it is very hard to disguise when anyone walks around it. With so many colourful types of gravel available now, it can also be an attractive feature for your garden too, offering both stylish and practical advantages to any security-conscious homeowner.
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