The UK Government is backing a campaign that is encouraging consumers to order their heating oil now for winter when demand and cost are both lower.
The ‘Buy Oil Early’ initiative was launched by the trade body for the oil distribution industry Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) together with Citizens Advice Bureau, Consumer Futures and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE).
They are urging homes and businesses to plan ahead and “avoid the pitfalls” at the last minute when distribution could be disrupted by increased demand and cold weather and prices could be higher. In the previous prolonged winter weather, many of the oil distribution companies had an increase in orders and backlogs in delivering oil particularly in remote and rural households when roads were disrupted by snow and ice, DECC said.
Energy Minister Michael Fallon said: “The message is simple: stock up on heating oil before the winter leaves you out in the cold. Previous severe winters show it’s better to order early when suppliers have spare delivery capacity.
“Delaying risks longer delivery times especially if cold weather increases demand and disrupts deliveries, particularly in remote and rural parts of the country.”
He added consumers could consider establishing or joining a community buying group.