Just got the oil tank filled up yesterday, and all I have to say is OUCH!! It was topped off back in late October, so from that point I used around 146 gallons. Not too bad I guess, and no higher than the same general timeframe last year and the year before.
The kicker though is the price! 2 years ago I only paid $1.19/gal. Last year it was $1.74/gal. This year it's market price with a $3.19/gal cap. Yesterday's fill-up was at $2.54/gal, plus various fees, tax, etc. Total bill came to $389!
I think for the whole season two years ago, I only paid like $500! I'd almost be tempted to start thinking about a heat pump, but the moment I did I'm sure that oil prices would plummet. And I'd give up that nice, cozy, instant-toasty feeling of the oil heat.