The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) have launched a ‘Get Winter Ready’ campaign to encourage homeowners heating their home with oil to prepare themselves for the cold winter months.
1.5 million homes around the UK are powered by oil boilers and have been told that they should stock up on oil now while prices are low.
Sutherland Tables, a recognised source of comparative heating prices, has found that for homeowners living off the gas grid, the annual cost of heating a 3 bedroom house with oil (£1,178) is cheaper than LPG condensing boilers (£1,647) and almost half the price of electric storage heaters (£2,069).
FPS Chief Executive, Mark Askew said: “Heating oil is the cheapest form of energy right now and has been since January 2015. FPS is keen for consumers to make the most of oil prices by buying before winter arrives and to plan for ways to reduce energy costs during the colder months.”
After the ‘Beast from the East’ of 2018, being prepared ahead of this winter can only be a good thing.
This is the 4th consecutive year that the FPS has run its ‘Get Winter Ready’ campaign and does so with the UK government, the Citizens Advice Bureau and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), to stress the importance of being prepared for winter.
How Else Can Homeowners Prepare
Ensuring that you have enough oil to heat your home during the winter isn’t the only way you can prepare to keep warm:
- Regularly check oil tanks and pipes for leaks and signs of damage
- Have your boiler service annually by an OFTEC engineer
- Upgrade old non-condensing oil boilers to a modern condensing oil boiler.