By Brook, James
18/11/2015

New to Heating Oil? Here’s everything you’ll need to know

If you have recently moved into a new house that uses Heating Oil, this article will hopefully answer some of the key things you will need to know. 

1. What is Heating Oil and how can it be used?

Heating Oil  (link opens Wikipedia page) is used to heat your boiler and is an alternative to electricity and gas. It is used by an estimated 1.5 million British households and is therefore the most popular alternative. It is typically the most convenient and low-cost solution for households off the national grid.

Heating Oil is predominantly used with a Heating Oil boiler, which heats the radiators in your home. It can also be used with an oil-fired range cooker, such as an Aga or Rayburn.

2. Why choose Rix Petroleum as my Heating Oil supplier?

Unlike many other suppliers in England, Wales and Scotland, Rix Petroleum is an independent, family-owned company with a rich heritage for developing loyal, trusted relationships with our customers. We make it our priority to provide a friendly, reliable, flexible and competitive service for all of our customers. Rix Petroleum has a number of depots located throughout the UK ensuring our staff have the local knowledge you need from your oil supplier.

3. Why should I choose Heating Oil?

Over 1.5 million homes in the UK use oil for their home heating because it is safe, clean, and efficient. In 2010, 4 million tonnes of Heating Oil were sold, of which 2.5 million tonnes was for domestic heating. New A-rated oil-fuelled boilers can produce up to 97% efficiency, making oil a more economical fuel than others.

4. Is Heating Oil referred to by other names?

Yes. Heating Oil is also known as kerosene, home Heating Oil, burning oil, 28-second burning oil. If you’re not sure what oil you need contact us today.

5. When should I buy Heating Oil?

Heating Oil is typically cheapest during the summer months, when demand is lowest. Buying at this time also ensures you’re prepared for any cold snaps.

However, we realise not everybody can fill their tank in the summer, so our advice would be to order it as early as possible before winter arrives. Prices and overall demand will still be lower, so you will avoid long waits to get your Heating Oil, which can sometimes happen if it snows or it's during the Christmas period.

You can keep an eye on the price of fuel on a number of websites. The Rix Petroleum website can give you free, instant and up to date quotes, simply follow this link

6. How much Heating Oil do I need?

The average UK household consumes approximately 1,400 litres of Heating Oil per annum. However this will vary depending factors such as; how big your house is, how well insulated it is, how many people live in the house and how cold the weather has been.

The minimum order for Heating Oil is 500 litres. Most domestic tanks have a capacity of 1,000 to 2,500 litres — check the label if you aren't sure of yours. Ordering more Heating Oil typically lowers the price per litre, check our instant quote page for the latest prices and to compare the cost of different quantities. 

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