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8 Jun 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Oil Tank Maintenance

It’s very easy to forget about your oil tank tucked away in the garden when you’re not using your central heating so much during the summer months, but this can be the best time to think about your tank and check it’s in good condition. This could help you to avoid a nasty surprise in the middle of winter when you need your heating most.   There are some simple checks ...

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26 Apr 2017 Author Marlene Gray

OFTEC AND FPS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO HELP CONSUMERS STAY ‘TANK SAFE’

OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) and the FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) have joined forces to launch a new ‘Tank Safe’ campaign, urging the 920,000 oil-heated homes in England, Wales and Scotland to make sure their storage tanks are fit for purpose.     The campaign will feature a short information video for homeowners together with advice ...

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23 Mar 2017 Author Marlene Gray

County’s oil heated households enjoy the cheapest fuel bills, says new report

With five of the big six energy suppliers announcing significant price increases to consumers, oil heated households will welcome news that they continue to enjoy the cheapest fuel bills of all the main heating systems, according to a new report*. Despite an increase in cost over the winter, an average three bedroom household on oil is still paying just £952 a year to heat their home whic...

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23 Feb 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Oil heating - the smart choice for customers

Oil is the cheapest fuel available for heating homes in Northern Ireland*. There are over 2 million homes in the UK and Ireland using oil for hot water and space heating and with 500,000 homes using oil in Northern Ireland, you know you are using the most popular fuel!   Prices for heating oil, including sudden peaks and dips, are mainly affected by the price of crude oil. This can vary...

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12 Jan 2017 Author Marlene Gray

Is it time you upgrade to an oil condensing boiler?

Boilers account for about 55% of what the average household spends in a year on energy bills, so having an efficient boiler can make a big difference. Well maintained boilers burn their fuel very economically, but they unavoidably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and...

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1 Nov 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Boiler Efficiency and Maintenance

Now that we are coming into the colder months, top of everyone’s priorities should be making sure that their homes are ready for the cold winter weather.   When making sure that your house is ready, one of the top things on your checklist should be your boiler as it provides an immense amount of warmth through heating your radiators. It is much better to service your boiler ...

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4 Oct 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Community buying groups

Customers and communities are increasingly aware of the cost of energy and the need to buy and use energy as efficiently as possible. Here at Leckpatrick Oils we support community oil buying groups where possible, and have laid out this handy guide outlining the pros and cons of oil buying groups.   Advantages: REDUCTION IN UNIT PRICE Most oil distributors offer a reduction in quo...

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3 Aug 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Have you room for a summer top up?

Summer is a great time to buy your home heating oil! It’s the height of summer, and thinking about your home heating oil is probably one of the last things on your mind, but did you know that heating oil prices are currently at one of the lowest levels they have been in the last month? Why not stock up before the end of summer rush? Oil prices tend to go down during the spring and...

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22 Jun 2016 Author

How to protect your oil tank from theives

The costs of taking oil tank security measures will be far outweighed by the peace of mind and knowledge that your oil is protected. As some fuel tanks have the capacity to store thousands of pounds worth of fuel it is worth taking some precautionary measures to protect it.   Padlocks A thief will usually come equipped with a limited range of tools to attack your tank so it’s w...

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27 May 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Oil remains the cheapest home heating fuel by far

New industry figures show that despite a slow increase in heating oil prices since the start of 2016, the average annual cost of heating a home on oil has fallen again, providing welcome news for industry and homeowners alike. According to the latest quarterly data from the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil remains by far the cheap...

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11 May 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Looking after your oil tank.

If you are a home heating oil customer, you need to be cautious that your tank doesn't leak, causing harmful damage; that heating oil doesn't become sludgy in icy conditions making it unusable; and that your oil is safe from theft and you are able to rectify issues with suppliers. Follow our list of tips and advice to keep your home heating oil safe and to save you money in the long run. ...

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22 Apr 2016 Author Marlene Gray

New data shows UK boiler replacement scheme would be five times more effective in cutting CO2 emissions than domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

A national boiler replacement scheme would be over five times more effective in reducing carbon emissions from domestic heating than the government’s flagging domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and should be introduced as a priority by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), says OFTEC.   Independently verified data (see table*) released today by OFTEC compares th...

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9 Mar 2016 Author Marlene Gray

As oil prices remain low, OFTEC says consumers need realistic carbon reduction solutions

As new industry figures show a further 7.8% fall in the cost of heating a typical home using oil in the last three months, OFTEC says the case for consumers to stick with, or even switch to oil is growing stronger, underlining the need for urgent change to the government’s low carbon heat strategy.   According to the latest Sutherland Tables*, the cost of heating an average three ...

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9 Feb 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Oil is the cheapest way to heat your home!

According to the latest figures released by the Sutherland Tables*, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the British Isles, oil is now by far the cheapest of all the major heating fuels, costing just £672 a year to heat an average three bedroom house. This compares to an annual heating bill of £907 for the same home on mains gas, the se...

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19 Jan 2016 Author Marlene Gray

Oil prices drop to their lowest level for 12 years

Oil prices have fallen again, with the U.S. benchmark price dropping to its lowest level since December 2003.   The main reason for the drop this time around was the 14% slump on China's markets this year, which is being driven by concerns over growth that could ultimately hit oil demand. The stronger dollar also makes oil more expensive in overseas territories.   Re...

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22 Dec 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Home heating oil prices have dropped to an eight-year low.

It is great news for the average home owner in Northern Ireland as the price of home heating oil has dropped to an eight year low. This means substantial savings this Christmas in comparison to previous years. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, price comparison website boss Michael Toner stated, "We would encourage people to take advantage of low pricing by stocking up and ordering in...

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11 Dec 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Oil prices fall again with consumers directly benefiting from the drop

Latest industry figures show oil prices have fallen a further 10.5% with consumers reaping the benefits because the drop in wholesale costs are being passed directly on – unlike the picture for households on mains gas and electricity. According to the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of data on comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil continues to trump competitor fue...

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2 Dec 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Bumper year for oil as boiler sales rise and kerosene prices fall

With oil boiler sales reaching a five year high and oil prices dropping to a 6 year low, 2015 is proving a wining year for the oil heating industry and consumers alike.  Purchases of new, high efficiency oil condensing boilers are at their highest level since 2010, with sales from January to October this year up 9% on the same period in 2014. Demand for boilers has been particularly strong...

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13 Oct 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Oil heated households set to have a warm home this winter

OFTEC have stated that homes that use oil heating are set for a warmer winter this year, as the latest data shows households are taking advantage of low oil prices and keeping their heating on for longer*. The report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) shows an average 16% increase in the consumption of heating oil by households since the start of the year, revealing that us...

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8 Sep 2015 Author Marlene Gray

12 interesting facts about oil!

1. The word "petroleum" literally translates as "rock oil". It stems from the Greek word "petra", meaning rock, and the Latin word "oleum", meaning oil. 2. Petroleum products are usually grouped into three categories: light distillates (LPG, gasoline, naphtha), middle distillates (kerosene, diesel), heavy distillates and residuum (heavy fuel oil, lub...

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2 Sep 2015 Author Marlene Gray

FPS urges customers to buy oil now while prices and demand are low!

Since the latest figures from the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most widespread fuels in the UK showed that the price of oil had fallen for the fourth quarter in a row, Fuel Oil News have stated that the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers is urging customers to buy now. “Oil prices have tumbled once more, making oil heating the ch...

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27 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Discover the advantages of oil heating

Heating Oil (also known as Kerosene, 28 Second Burning Oil, Central Heating Fuel and Home Heating Oil) is a liquid fuel product used for central heating and in some cases for AGA ovens. Home heating oil is purchased in bulk and stored in a fuel tank usually located outside of the property where it is piped straight to a heating oil boiler. If you've just moved into a property, the type of o...

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19 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Win a tablet in our Back 2 School competition!

Help get the kids back to school with our latest competition! We are giving away this 16GB 7inch Google Android Tablet!   Simply click here to enter.    Competition closes 6th September at midnight. Winner will be notified via Facebook and email.     

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5 Aug 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Home heating oil prices at a 5 year low!

Latest figures from the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the British Isles show that home heating oil is at a 5 year low. The annual cost to heat a 3 bedroom house (both space and water) with an oil fired condensing boiler is just £898, and £1279 for a 4 bedroom house. In comparison, a gas fired condensing b...

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28 Jul 2015 Author Marlene Gray

HMRC roadside fuel testing equipment to tackle the illegal diesel trade.

The Treasury Minister Damian Hinds visited Belfast and Newry yesterday (Monday 27th July) as HM Revenue and Customs revealed new roadside fuel testing equipment to help combat trade in illegal diesel. The equipment has been set up in order to permit officers to test vehicles at the roadside for the presence of the new fuel marker, which was introduced into supplies intended for use in agricultu...

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23 Jun 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Storing agricultural fuel oil

Oil storage is highly regulated within the UK. It is a legal requirement to store fuel in a safe, responsible and environmentally friendly way, since even a small oil spillage can devastate the local environment.                            You’re responsible...

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15 Jun 2015 Author Marlene Gray

The cost of home heating oil is 13% lower than gas.

Latest industry figures show that heating oil prices are now 13% cheaper than mains gas to heat the average home. According to the latest figures released by the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating costs for the most common fuels in the British Isles, oil is now by far the cheapest of all the major heating fuels, costing just £930 a year to heat an avera...

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3 Jun 2015 Author Marlene Gray

Are you entitled to a grant to replace your old boiler?

The Boiler Replacement Allowance is a Department for Social Development Scheme, administered by the Housing Executive. This project is part financed by the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. The Boiler Replacement Scheme is for owner occupiers whose total gross income is less than £40,000 and is to help with the cost of replacing boilers which are 15 year...

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19 May 2015 Author Marlene Gray

The cost of home heating oil is now lower than gas.

For the third quarter in succession the winners in the home energy market are the 1.5 million British homes using heating oil, according to data recently released by the trade association for the downstream oil distribution industry, the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS). According to the latest figures released by the Sutherland Tables, an independent provider of comparative home heating...

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