Three Tips for Fueling Your Construction Site – A construction site is a busy, chaotic place. There are often dozens of trucks, generators, compressors and pieces of machinery required to get the job done the right way and on time. In general, most equipment will need more fuel every three to four hours.
It’s a no-brainer, then, that fuel is one of the highest recurring costs on any job site. There’s nothing you can really do to curb this; it’s a fact of life that in order to run your construction site, you need diesel fuel. Just like with your own vehicle, you are at the mercy of the diesel fuel prices of the moment. Those fluctuating prices and inability to predict the markets can be a major source of stress for foremen and construction company owners.
However, there are some tips you can use to better understand, assess and effectively manage your fuel costs.
TIP 1: Determine your unique site needs. Do you need on-site fueling for individual pieces of equipment, or would a delivered fuel tank and pumps (along with special protection shields that guard against theft and damage) be best? Depending on the choice you go with, you can enjoy a more flexible fueling structure.
TIP 2: Create a contract with a trusted on-site fuel delivery provider like Taylor Oil. Not only can you cut down on wasted down time, you can also enjoy 24/7 flexibility from a provider that delivers day or night, or even on weekends. The best part is, the fueling tanks can service more than one truck or piece of machinery at once. This is important because sometimes your construction site contains both standard gasoline and off-road diesel in the case of heavy equipment.
TIP 3: Monitor and track fuel use to predict future requirements. Keep an eye out for daily patterns. Some providers will use state of the art technologies like SMARTank™ Remote Tank Monitoring Systems that utilize automatic tank gauges (ATGs) to let you know when you’re approaching low levels of fuel. You may also get daily or weekly reports that can help you keep track of your accounting practices and data management methods.
For more tips and information regarding construction site fueling, get in touch with Taylor Oil today. We offer onsite fueling for our many clients in the construction industry all over New Jersey and the Northeast.