Vermont law requires aboveground Heating Oil and Kerosene tanks to be inspected at least once every three years.

Heating oil dealers are prohibited from filling a tank
if it fails to meet the following five minimum standards:

1) The tank must be on a stable foundation.
2) It must have a working vent alarm (whistle).
3) Both the fill pipe and the vent pipe must have a minimum diameter of 1-1/4 inch.
4) If below grade or buried in concrete, the fuel line between the tank and the burner must be either plastic coated copper or sleeved.
5) A fuel oil tank can not have leaks, drips, pitting, rust, dents, cracks or corrosion.

Make sure your tank is OK to fill. Contact Bourne’s Energy to schedule a tank inspection.

Rebate Program
The Vermont Fuel Tank Rebate Program is back. VFDA will provide consumers with $250 rebate if they replace a non-compliant fuel oil tank. VFDA, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), oilheat providers and heating service companies are working collaboratively to make sure all tanks are inspected before the August 15, 2020 deadline. Since 2018, the VFDA Tank Rebate Program has distributed more than $200,000 which has helped replace over 800 fuel oil tanks in Vermont. Go to for more information.