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Multimedia News Release -- BJ's Wholesale Club Offers Easy Tips to Save Consumers Money on Heating Bills

Local Discounted Heating Oil Program from BJ's Can Save Hundreds of Dollars

February 7, 2006 9:50 AM EST

NATICK, Mass., February 7, 2006 -- As temperatures begin to drop throughout the Northeast this winter, heating bills will continue to rise causing homeowners and renters to look for ways to conserve energy and save money. BJ's Wholesale Club, a leading retailer of gasoline and home heating oil, suggests the following tips to help people keep the heat in their homes and more money in their wallets:

  • Caulk and weather strip doors and windows to keep heat in and cold air out
  • Install programmable thermostats to help control room temperatures
  • Make sure radiators and baseboards are clean and not blocked so air can circulate freely
  • Have the furnace serviced annually
  • Insulate around the water heater to keep heat from escaping
  • Open window shades during the day to let in natural sunlight and close them at night
  • Take control of energy costs by taking advantage of money-saving programs such as BJ's Members Heating Oil Advantage(TM) which can save a person upwards of 10% on heating bills

"Present market conditions as well as cold temperatures are driving up oil prices and causing consumers to painstakingly search for the best deal," said Brian Earley, Vice President of Fuel and Automotive Operations at BJ's Wholesale Club. "The BJ's Member Heating Oil Advantage Program allows consumers to take control of their spending and save hundreds of dollars throughout the year on their home heating oil."

The BJ's discounted oil program allows Members to save up to 10 percent or more on their heating oil bills. The program is offered in 77 markets throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. As the first of its kind in the retail industry, BJ's innovative program mirrors the wholesale business model by purchasing in large volume and passing the savings on to its Members.

The program is managed by PriceEnergy, an industry leading e-commerce based business selling liquid fuels to residential and commercial customers. Deliveries are made by PriceEnergy's network of local heating oil companies. BJ's Members can easily place orders by calling toll free 866-660-6100 or by logging on to http://www.priceenergy.com/ and clicking on the BJ's icon. By placing orders online, Members can save an additional three cents per gallon of heating oil. The online component also gives consumers the flexibility to check prices, confirm order status and even arrange payment 24 hours a day. Convenient payment options include credit card, debit card or paperless check.

More information about the BJ's Members Heating Oil Advantage program can be found on http://www.bjs.com/ or http://www.priceenergy.com/.

About BJ's Wholesale Club

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States, with 162 Clubs and 87 gas stations in 16 states. For more information about BJ's, please visit http://www.bjs.com/.

SOURCE: BJ's Wholesale Club

CONTACT: Sharyn Frankel of BJ's Wholesale Club, +1-508-651-8534,
sfrankel@bjs.com