When I first moved into my new apartment, I was constantly worrying about my oil levels for the furnace. There are a lot of companies in our area that, if there’s a serviceman nearby with a client, they will happily stop by to top your oil tank off afterward. This actually helps the company save on delivery costs, but it doesn’t necessarily help customers save any money. To avoid any surprise bills, I decided to set it up with my company so they only come out to fill my oil tank if I call and make an appointment for them to do so. The only downside to this is that I need to make sure I’m keeping up with my oil levels. It was working out just fine until a serviceman was working in the basement one day. Apparently he turned the heat up to around eighty degrees downstairs and forgot to turn it back when he finished. I woke up and went to check on the basement to find the work was finished, but my oil tank was almost empty and the basement was a furnace itself! I quickly turned the heat down and was immediately thankful for my furnace’s auto-stop feature. If the tank had reached empty, the furnace would have shut off to avoid any damage. Thanks to that incident, I was forced to have my heat as low as I could bear it in order to survive the winter without running out of oil. I had to wait until spring rolled around for the oil company to be able to make a delivery. It’s safe to say I learned my lesson. From now on I will always check the oil levels and the temperature settings before going to bed, especially if I know someone had been down in the basement that day!