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Oil companies working to meet home heating demand

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With this frigid weather, the demand for oil from local companies has risen sharply and one owner told CBS 3 that every company is likely maxed out on man-power.

"It's hell," said Michael Kutt, owner of Kutty's Fuel Oil. "The phone is ringing 24-7. As soon as you put the phone down, it's ringing again."

Kutt was reflecting on what the past 48 hours has been like for his company.

CBS 3 tagged along with Kutt as he made several deliveries in his hometown of Ware. He said Thursday's snowfall kept his truck from getting everywhere it had to go.

"There were a couple of people we actually had to pass up because of safety reasons," Kutt stated. "We couldn't get down the driveway. A lot of people assume that these trucks just go through anything, but they don't."

Travel on Friday morning was better, as Kutt hit the road at 5 a.m. He said he and his seven other drivers will not finish up until after dark.

Kutt said the past week has been a triple whammy for oil companies. They already had a backlog from the holidays. Now they are dealing with snow-packed roads and the forecasted sub-zero weather.

"You have the elderly out there and the one commodity they want the most is heat," said Kutt. "You've got to give it to them. That's what I'm in business for."

Kutt said currently a standard 275 gallon oil tank would cost around $850 to fill up. While the customer is paying that price, his company only makes $0.25 to $0.30 cents per gallon on the fuel that is pumped into a home.

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