I have never lived in a house with oil heat but this rental has an oil furnace with a standard sized 275 gal tank in the basement.
I don't have any contract (i.e. nobody stops by every month to check the tank or top it off)... I have no idea how many gallons does an average house go through in new england for normal people per year. Anybody have an idea? Either in total gallons or perhaps how many times to fill an almost empty tank would be very useful for me.
So far, out of 2 winters (not incuding this one), I've only used like half a tank.. but then I've been known to set my thermostat to like 52degs which is fine for me... So I don't consider myself normal :-)
I also supplement with an electric space heater the last two winters but that is getting expensive versus oil. The problem is my oil furnace is super old and louder than heck... So I generally rather turn it way down overnight...