To lock in or not to lock in…

Every summer our customers wrestle with whether to lock in to a fixed price program or pay our daily market rate for oil deliveries next season.
Below please find ten things you should know prior to making your decision.

• It is your decision. Garthwaite Energy neither encourages nor requires any customer to lock in.

• Your decision involves risk and some of the risk is yours.

• Every year oil prices go up on some days and down on others.

• Do not expect to “pick the bottom” of the market.

• Garthwaite Energy employees have no idea what oil prices are going to do next year.

• If you lock in and oil prices go up, you win. You save money.

• If you lock in and prices fall, you lose. Locking in could cost you money.

• Garthwaite Energy purchases oil from our suppliers when you lock in, as is required by law.

• Garthwaite Energy cannot get out of the contracts we sign with our suppliers, and we require our customer to fulfill their obligations to us.

• If a customer chooses to lock in five years in a row, it is likely that the customer will lose money two out of the five years.