Rix Petroleum acquires Gainsborough-based fuel supplier

Fuel supplier Rix Petroleum has extended its coverage in the East Midlands with the acquisition of a Lincolnshire business.

The Yorkshire company has bought Gainsborough-based K9 Fuels for an undisclosed sum.

The move extends Rix Petroleum’s coverage in Lincoln, Market Rasen, Gainsborough, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby and Retford, and enables the business to push into Worksop, Newark and Nottinghamshire for the first time.

It brings to three the number of Rix depots across Lincolnshire, adding to existing operations in Immingham and Spalding.

Duncan Lambert, managing director of Rix Petroleum, paid tribute to former owners Ken and Ann Shingdia who sold the business after deciding to retire.

Ken and Ann owned K9 Fuels for 10 years and have developed it into a thriving business with a loyal customer base.

Mr Lambert said: “K9 Fuels is a fantastic business run very much along the same lines as Rix Petroleum. We are both family firms with a deep-rooted commitment to dependable and friendly customer service.

“When we heard Ken and Ann had decided to retire, we immediately expressed an interest in the business because it sits between our other Lincolnshire operations in Immingham and Spalding, meaning we have extended our coverage of the region to include mid-Lincolnshire and west into Nottinghamshire.”

Under the deal, all the staff at K9 Fuels will continue to work at the business.

The move also creates two new jobs, including business manager role, which will be filled by Steve Ella, and a new driver’s role.

The tanker fleet is to be updated with state-of-the-art technology and branding that reflects both the K9 Fuels and Rix Petroleum names.

The move also sees products and services available from the Gainsborough business extended, as customers will now be able to get access to boiler repairs, replacement tanks, lubricants and AdBlue.

Mr Lambert added he wished Ken and Ann all the best with their retirement.

“Ken and Ann have built a fantastic business which has attracted a loyal customer base and we feel privileged they have chosen us to take that business forward,” he said.

“We intended to make the transition as smooth as possible so customers can be assured of complete continuity of service.”

Mr Shingdia said that finding the right successor to take the business on had been one of the biggest challenges of deciding to retire.

But he added that with more than 80 years’ experience in delivering fuel, he believed Rix Petroleum was the right choice to continue where he and Ann had left off.

“We are pleased to say that we have been able to secure a sale and pass the full operation over to Rix Petroleum, another local and family-owned business,” he said.

“We have complete confidence that what we have worked hard to achieve will continue in the safe hands of a company that shares our own values and attitude towards customer service.”

Building for a sustainable future

 May 10, 2013

If there is one thing that divides people living in the countryside more than any other it is the emotive subject of planning and development.

Nowhere has this been demonstrated more starkly than in a poll by The Independent which found that 48 per cent of people disagree with the statement the “Government is right to change the planning rules to allow more homes to be built in the countryside to try to boost economic growth”, while 45 per cent agree with it.

The level of support for building new homes in the countryside differs depending on age, sex, and geographical location of the respondent, with men, younger people and northerners more likely to desire it. Older people, women and those in the Midlands and south west are less keen.

Like many complicated issues we face every day, there is no one right answer and most people’s opinions are valid. And let’s be honest, few of us are keen on new developments on our own doorstep however much we might believe they benefit society.

Here at Rix Petroleum we come into contact with country people of all walks of life every day, from farmers whose families have worked the same land for generations to those sick of the rat race who are trying out their hand at the good life. And their opinions on this and a wide range of other issues are as varied as any other community in the UK.

In the end the important thing is to keep talking and working together because one thing we can all agree on is that we want to see an economically healthy, viable and sustainable countryside. Getting planning and development right is essential to achieving that for generations to come.

NEA Launch Warm Homes Campaign 2013

 February 18, 2013

National Energy Action (NEA) has launched the Warm Homes Campaign for 2013 and along with it, is urging the Government to invest more in the fight to help reduce fuel poverty. It comes after recent research carried out by the NEA and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) revealed huge shortfalls in Government funding for insulation schemes in low income homes.

The research shows that key energy efficiency programmes will leave thousands of homes in badly insulated properties over the next few years. Initial plans from the Government were to eradicate fuel poverty from homes using gas, heating oiland electricity, in England by 2016 but the recent evidence suggests otherwise and if anything households are going to be worse off.

Th arm Homes Campaign comes just in time of these findings with its aim being to increase awareness about how many homes are going without heat during the winter months, the costs of heating oil and other fuel, and to advise those who are struggling on the possible solutions available to help them. e W

NEA believes that insufficient investment in warmth will not only cause an increase in fuel poverty but also an increase in health costs both locally and nationally and higher fuel debts across the country. They hope that by upgrading homes that in need the lives of many can be greatly improved giving them the warm, comfortable environment they should be living in.

Norman Kerr, Director of EAS speaking about the campaign said, “We know that without radical change the most severe impacts of the cold will continue to be felt by many of the poorest and most vulnerable households and communities. We hope to demonstrate the major positive outcomes that would result from ambitious and adequately resourced action on cold homes”.

At Rix we care and want to help our customers in any way we can so if you have any questions or concerns regarding your heating oil contact us today.

Can fossil fuels be used more effectively

Oil refinery

 May 29, 2013

Considering the process of creating fossil fuels, generating a significant amount of the C02 that is pumped into the atmosphere each year, some have questioned if this energy source fits in with the government’s carbon reduction targets.

However, there are a number of ways that fossil fuels can be used more effectively. Here are just a few:

Combined heat and power

With figures from Green Peace suggesting that a staggering two-thirds of the energy generated in UK power plants is wasted, it comes as no surprise that criticism has been directed at this medium for energy production.

However, unlike traditional power plants, combined heat and power CHP plants utilise the heat that is normally wasted in burning fossil fuels, subsequently redirecting it and using it to generate electricity that can be used to heat hospitals, schools, houses and more.

This type of power plant can reach an energy efficiency rating of as much as 89%, compared to the 55% offered by conventional power plants.

Carbon capture and storage (CCCS)

Carbon capture and storage (CCCS) captures the CO2 that is normally emitted from power plants and other industrial processes and transports it to an underground storage facility where it will be stored permanently.

However, despite the potential benefits of such a system it appears that there are currently no large-scale CCCS projects in the UK, and a new paper funded by the Global CCS Institute has recently argued that early momentum for the CCCS scheme in Europe has shown signs of faltering.

Energy efficient home heating oil

Thousands of consumers living off the grid in the UK, or who use appliances such as Agas, rely on home heating oil to provide the fuel they need.

As a result, a number of energy-efficient heating oils have come onto the market, to help consumers make their homes energy-efficient while using fossil fuels.

As an example, K+ Premium Heating Oil is a new fuel from Rix that could stand to produce savings of up to £100 per annum for consumers in a medium-sized household by helping to improve energy efficiency in a number of ways, including reducing sludge formation in your tank and reducing fuel degradation. 

What is the government doing to help a move towards renewable energy sources

 May 28, 2013

The UK government is investing heavily in the drive towards renewable energy technologies, with a spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recently confirming that the government will have tripled its support for low-carbon technologies to £7.6bn by 2020.

Through its Energy bill, the government has also put measures in place to attract the £110bn of investment in the UK’s clean energy infrastructure.

In a new report the Committee on Climate Change, which offers ‘independent, evidence-based advice to the UK Government and Parliament’, argues that investment in low-carbon technologies such as wind and marine energy, will save UK consumers a staggering £25-£45bn on their energy bills over the life of these projects.

Wave and wind energy

The DECC spokesman recently reaffirmed the government’s commitment to wave and tidal energy, with support for the wave and tidal technologies doubling from April 2013 under the Renewables Obligation scheme.

The government has also committed £28m of government funding to support testing facilities, as well as helping to support the development of Marine Energy Parks.

An investment of £50 million in six onshore and offshore wind farms was also made earlier this year by the government as part of the Rhyll Flats offshore project.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary has recently argued that the UK offers “a uniquely attractive, stable, transparent and supportive environment for investment in low carbon generation”.

Fossil fuels not ruled out

The government has also made a commitment to generating 15% of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020, which indicates that non-renewable sources of energy, such as that used in home heating oil, will still be in use for some time yet.

In particular, it emphasises that fossil fuels can remain in the mix of energy sources we draw on in the future but that the only way carbon emissions can be reduced in this process is through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

How cost effective is double glazing for me and my family

May 20, 2013

Installing double-glazing in your home can be a great way of improving the energy efficiency of your property, and can stand to make you savings on your energy bills year after year.

In fact, figures from an Energy Savings Trust survey, conducted at the beginning of the year showed that more than a fifth (22%) of the 2,000 consumers questioned had installed double glazing in the last 12 months.

More than half of consumers (52%) also revealed that they were contemplating doing so.

However, with initial set-up costs to take into account, it can be difficult to determine whether double-glazing will be particularly cost-effective for your family. Here are the factors to take into account:

Costs

The cost of installing double-glazing can vary from company to company, but could be in the region of £4,500-£5,500 for 12 standard upvc windows in a three-bedroom house. However, this could climb to as high as between £14,000 and £18,000 for sash windows in a 4-bedroom period property.

However, this cost could be reduced by obtaining a loan under the government’s Green Deal or local authority grants.

Benefits

Replacing single-glazed windows with B-rated double glazing could stand to make you annual savings of £170 for your energy bills, as well as helping to save the planet – reducing CO2 emissions by 680kg a year.

Installing double-glazing will also help your home feel warmer all year-round, helping to retain heat in your home, reducing cold spots and draughts.

As an added bonus, double-glazing will also help to significantly minimise external noise, allowing your family to relax and unwind in peace and quiet.

With double-glazing having a life of approximately 20 years or more, you should have made £3,400 in cost savings over this period, partly negating some of your installation costs.

To make further savings on your energy costs you can secure the best deal on your domestic heating oil.

What are the most effective renewable energy products

 May 14, 2013

 Differing views exist as to the most effective sources of renewable energy, with some arguing that solar power is king, while others argue that a combination of renewable energy sources is the most effective way to power our world.

Energy regulator Ofgem’s latest Feed-in Tariff (FIT): Annual Report (published in December 2012) revealed that photovoltaic solar panels produced the most electricity through the scheme between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, at a total of 259,198.0 mega watts per hour (MWh).

This was followed by wind power, producing 93,510.6 MWh, anaerobic digestion at 71,607.2 MWh, with the latter described as the process in “which bacteria break down organic material in the absence of oxygen to produce a methane-rich biogas”, and Hydro Power at 52,197.6 MWh.

It is important to note, however, that photovoltaic installations made up 99% of total installations registered by technology type, as outlined in the annual report, and as a result it is no surprise that this renewable product generated the most electricity.

Despite this, leading figures in the energy industry have pointed to the growing potential of solar energy as a renewable energy source.

A report written by energy and climate researchers at Stanford University revealed that while the solar panel energy industry used more energy than it created until 2010, this situation has now been reversed and by 2020 the solar industry is set to “pack back” the electricity it used to create solar panels.

In terms of wind power, a report by the Carbon Trust argues that as wind power technology is one of the most mature of the renewable energy technologies, it has “the prospect to generate – cost effectively – a significant proportion of their electricity needs”.

However, doubt has been cast over the effectiveness of wind farms, with research conducted by Professor Gordon Hughes, an economist at Edinburgh University and former energy advisor to the World Bank arguing that the last 11 years has seen the performance of wind farms “deteriorate markedly”.

Ultimately, a number of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy, such as domestic heating oil, could feature to varying degrees in our future. 

What do I need to know about Carbon Emissions in 2013

May 22, 2013

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere recently pushed past the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark for the first time in human history, with greenhouse gases not recorded at this level for several million years.

Prof Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which advises the world’s governments, argued that hitting this milestone was significant for the future of our planet.

“The passing of this milestone is a significant reminder of the rapid rate at which – and the extent to which – we have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”

“At the beginning of industrialisation the concentration of CO2 was just 280ppm. We must hope that the world crossing this milestone will bring about awareness of the scientific reality of climate change and how human society should deal with the challenge.”

While a recent report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has outlined that the last two decades has seen the UK’s carbon emissions fall by 20%, the fact that the UK is increasingly relying on energy imports means that it has accumulated “embodied” emissions on imports, sending CO2 production up by an overall figure of 10%.

Commenting on the figures, Guy Shrubsole, Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Ministers must come clean about our carbon emissions – it’s no good pretending they’re falling, when UK imports have actually caused them to rise. This reveals the truth behind attempts to blame countries like China for climate change, when a significant proportion of their emissions are produced in order to maintain our quality of life.”

The government has set a climate change goal of reducing C02 emissions by a total of 80% by 2050 (from the 1990 baseline), and a new report by Carbon Connect, an ‘independent forum that facilitates discussion and debate between business, government and parliament’, argues that there are “substantial benefits” to keeping fossil fuels, which are used in heating oil, in the mix of energy sources beyond 2030.

“Fossil fuel power stations provide supply flexibility, which will become increasingly important as use of intermittent sources such as wind, solar and marine energy increases, and patterns of demand shift due to the electrification of transport and heating. Coal and gas plants fitted with CCS [carbon capture and storage technologies] may be able to provide these services at a lower cost than alternative options, without the carbon penalty of unabated plants,” the report reads.

Key benefits of using renewable energy

 June 12, 2013

Households across the UK and beyond are waking up to the benefits of utilising renewable energy sources to help power their homes, and with government initiatives such as the Green Deal helping to fund energy-efficient improvements, drawing upon renewable energy resources has never been easier.

Here are just some of benefits of using renewable energy:

Renewable energy not subject to price fluctuations

While the price of fossil fuels can go up and down depending on what is happening in the wider market, renewable energy has no direct cost, apart from the initial installation and upkeep of renewable energy technology. This gives you greater control of your energy costs.

Reduce reliance on non-renewable energy

Although non-renewable energy sources, such as home heating oil, will probably be used in tandem with renewable energy sources until renewable energy use becomes more widespread, using renewable energy means you can reduce your reliance on non-renewable energy. This provides both financial and environmental benefits.

Secure energy supply

While fossil fuels are a finite energy sourcethat will run out one day, as renewable energy occurs naturally it will stand as a continuing supply of energy for the years to come.

Reduce your carbon footprint

By utilising renewable energy sources you will help to reduce the amount of greenhouses and carbon dioxide that are emitted into the atmosphere, normally as a result of burning fossil fuels, and in turn reduce your overall carbon footprint.

Saving and earning money

As well as reducing your annual energy bills, using renewable energy can help to earn you money through the government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme. This pays you money for any excess energy created by electricity-generating technology, such as solar PV or wind turbines, which gets fed back into the National Grid.

The government is also set to introduce the domestic part of its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by spring 2014, which provides financial incentives to encourage the uptake of renewable technology.