The government has confirmed its support for a campaign that encourages users of heating oil to stock up on the resource now, before winter brings lower temperatures and shorter days.
Launched by Action with Communities in Rural England (Acre), the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) and Citizens Advice, the Buy Oil Early initiative points out that customers who place their orders promptly can benefit from lower costs and timely delivery.
Prices and demand tend to be lower in September, while transportation of oil is not disrupted by order backlogs and icy weather.
The campaign has received backing from energy minister Matt Hancock, who pointed out that early action can be particularly advantageous for people living in remote and rural areas, where deliveries are more likely to be held up.
He added: “Please do be sure to check that you are receiving all the help that you are entitled to with your local Citizens Advice Bureau.”
Janice Banks, chief executive of Acre, which provides a voice for England’s 38 rural community councils, cited research showed that over a third (36 per cent) of homes in countryside areas are off the gas grid. This means many households in these parts of the country rely on heating oil.
“We are urging households to buy their oil now so that they are prepared when the colder weather arrives and the time comes to switch on the heating,” she added.
In preparation for the launch of the Buy Oil Early campaign, Acre recently published its top ten tips to help heating oil users prepare for the winter.
The organisation recommended predicting your future oil requirements in advance, comparing prices and checking that your distributor adheres to the FPS Code of Practice.
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