Heating Oil Tanks of the Month Enduramaxx Vertical Range

February 07, 2013

Rix have a huge selection of tanks on our website that are suitable for a variety of different purposes to suit all needs and tastes. Choosing which one is best for you though can be like finding a needle in a haystack so each month we are going to ‘bio’ some of our range for clearer insight.

First up are Enduramaxx and their Vertical range.

Enduramaxx are family run, British manufacturers of high quality polyethylene heating oil, chemical and water storage tanks. With worldwide distribution, Enduramaxx are well known for their high spec designs and standards that aim to give clients a reliable solution that meets and exceeds requirements. This has enabled them to become a leading supplier in domestic, agricultural and commercial tank sales.

With over 20 years industry experience and through pioneering innovation, Enduramaxx have developed and adapted their product range for better sustainability, to give more variety and to better suit the needs of their consumers.

The Enduramaxx vertical range comes in 14 different sizes of which we supply 12 from 1250 litre capacity to 25000 litres.

Top features of the vertical range –

  • Tough, durable and manufactured from UV polyethylene
  • Can be modified for different uses including potable drinking water storage, heating oil, fuels and some chemicals
  • Carefully planned manufacturing process ensures maximum wall thickness at the base of the tank
  • Moulded as a ‘one-piece’ unit for longer term structural strength and durability
  • Guaranteed not to rust or corrode
  • Can be manufactured with increased wall thickness for different applications
  • Impact resistant

It can be quite a daunting experience choosing a tank so if you are new to heating oil or are thinking of getting it for your home, click here for more information or contact your local Rix customer service team who are fully trained and happy to help with any questions you may have.

How to Save Money on Your Heating Oil

 March 20, 2013

Because the price of heating oil has risen exponentially in the last couple of years, more and more homeowners in UK are looking for new innovative ways to save more money on their utility bills, especially during the winter. If you have paid hundreds of pounds last winter heating your home, it is time to consider saving more money this coming winter. By following these tips, you can save up to £100 on your monthly bill.


1. Buy the Heating Oil Earlier. This is probably the most important aspect when it comes to cutting down your fuel bills and overall heating expenses. Because there are several factors which contribute to the oil’s price variation in UK, you need to conduct a thorough research in order to be able to distinguish the best time to buy heating oil. Usually, specialists have concluded that the best time to stock up with oil is in the early autumn, during September and the beginning of October. Remember to order as much fuel as you can because you don’t want to run off of it in the middle of January, when temperatures fall below 0 degrees.

2. Turn Your Thermostat Down. By turning it down by just 1 degree you will be able to reduce your fuel bills with over 10%. Moreover, ensure that the thermostat is accurate. Ask a qualified OFTEC engineer to examine your oil fired boiler in order to adjust the thermostat setting if you think that the temperature in your room is not acceptable.

3. Insulate Your Home. If your home is not insulated according to the standards, the heat will be lost faster and consequently you will pay more on your bill. Insulation is a great way to keep the heat in and cold out or viceversa, so make the most out of it if you want to save more money this coming winter. Remember that cavity wall insulation can retain up to 35% more heat, helping you save an extra £30 each month on your fuel bill.

4. Buy a Modern and Better Boiler. Sometimes it is time for a change. In order to significantly improve the boiler operating costs and to save more money on your fuel bill, invest in a new and more performant oil-fired boiler. Modern boilers are more energy efficient than old boilers and have a lower risk of failure.

5. Keep Away From Direct Debit. Even if some direct debit schemes could prove quite helpful because they allow you to spread the cost of home heating oil across a 12-month period, they could prove more costly on a longer period of time. You will notice that paying in advance can save you a lot on the long run, so be careful where you invest your money in.

6. Use Your Kitchen More. Lastly, if no other method works or you simply don’t want to insulate your home or you can’t or don’t want to turn down your thermostat, there is one thing you can do: allow the heat from your kitchen to escape into the whole house. After cooking a meal in the oven, keep the oven door open and you will soon notice an increase of the air temperature in your home.

Heating Oil Tanks of the Month Harlequin Fuel Stations

March 18, 2013

Our next range of featured heating oil tanks are the Harlequin Fuel stations. From the collection of four Harlequin models we sell at Rix the bunded fuel stations are one of the most popular and come highly recommended from home owners with heating oil, commercial, industrial and agriculture industries.

Harlequin Plastics are an independent company specialising in the development, production and distribution of high performance, excellent quality, diesel and heating oil tanks. Established in 1981 they are firmly set as one of the country’s leading industry experts providing services to a diverse and demanding network of consumers across the UK and Europe.

Always excelling heating oil and fuel storage standards Harlequins parent company Clarehill were the first plastic tank manufacturers to achieve BS5750 quality management accreditation. The current collection of Harlequin tanks are engineered using the best materials that meet the toughest environmental, statutory and industrial standards.

Harlequin fuel stations come in 14 different sizes of which we supply 6 from 1300 litre capacity to 10000 litres available in green or black with some having the option of slimline design. Click here to view product list.

Top features of the Harlequin Fuel Station for heating oil storage –

* Rotationally moulded from premium grade fuel resistant, premium grade Polyethylene

* Overfill prevention

* Lockable fill and inspection points

* Integral venting

* 10 micron Particulate filtration or 30 micron Integrated Particulate and water filtration

* Mechanical flow meter

* Electronic contents gauge

* Cim-Tek tank dryer

*Fill-point lockable screw cap and non-return valve

* Emergency isolation switch

* 4m+ delivery hose with automatic shut off nozzle

* Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) Rating – Low risk level 1

To guarantee correct and safe installation our Rix engineers are all OFTEC registered with strict compliance to the industry regulations and standards.

If you would like any further advice about our Harlequin products or any of our other tanks please contact our team today to discuss the best heating oil storage option for you. Click here for your local area contact and find out current special offers.

Warnings issued about rise in heating oil thefts

 February 02, 2013

Police are urging residents across the country to check the security of their heating oil tanks after a recent bout of thefts in rural areas.

During the festive period reports were made from homes across the UK that significant amounts of heating oil had been stolen from outdoor tanks. Opportunistic thieves are making the most of the well stocked tanks and are getting away with hundreds of litres of heating oil which is upsetting, expensive and inconvenient to those affected.

The most common way of draining the heating oil is siphoning from unprotected tanks. This uses a hose or pump to get the liquid out through the fill nozzle. A simple preventative measure for this could be keeping your tank in a padlocked, fenced area or by having it less exposed in a more discreet part of your land. 

Depending on what make and model of heating oil tank you have there may already be some level of protection but additionally a great way to keep your oil safe is with a tank alarm. As most crimes happen during the night when its dark and people are asleep the alarm signal will alert you in your home if there is a sudden drop in oil levels so you can take immediate action by ringing the police. This will help them in trying to save your oil and catch the offenders.

Prior to carrying out the theft properties are usually ‘scoped out’ to see which ones are the easiest targets. Sensor lighting or CCTV is a great deterrent against heating oil thefts especially if you have a large property where the tanks aren’t easily visible.

If you are concerned about the safety of your heating oil tank or would like some advice about increasing protection then contact your supplier who should be there to help if not other reputable companies like Rix Petroleum are happy to help with a  dedicated telephone care team that gives continued guidance and support to their customers.

Although rural properties are more vulnerable due to their remote location and fewer neighbours, all heating oil consumers need to be extra vigilant with their security measures to help prevent such incidents occurring.

Recession Proof Ways to Reduce Cost of Heating Oil Prices

 February 25, 2013

The economic strife and particularly recession compelled many Britons to adopt austerity measures to save money. While domestic heating remains a central activity in many homes, many people don’t seem to know how to survive the scare of rising heating oil prices. If you are cash-strapped or living on a budget then you might want to consider some of the following ways to lower the cost of heating in your home.

1.) Insulate Your Home

A properly insulated home is the key to lower heating oil prices and maintain warm internal temperatures even in winter. Insulate the wall and ceilings properly to prevent heat loss in winter. Alternatively, you can also use carpets and rugs on bare floors such as tile or stone which are naturally cold.

2.) Use Double glazing

If you are using old-fashion window panes then consider switching to double glazed windows. These are much more efficient which means you won’t be heating your home to attain favorable internal temperatures. Replace single window panes with double glazed windows since they are highly energy efficient.

3.) Embrace Renewable Energy

Solar and domestic wind energy are great ways of generating own power while saving money. The good thing about renewable energy is that it can be used to supplement domestic heating boilers. In the long run, this saves you a lot of money while increasing fuel efficiency.

4.) Service Your Boiler Regularly

Do you want to slash the cost of heating in the long run? If so, make sure that you undertake regular repairs and maintenance of your boiler. Remove sludge deposits as they increase heating costs and reduce heating efficiency. Regular service can help you maximize your domestic heating without spending more on heating oil.

5) Use Premium kerosene

If you have been using standard heating oil then you might want to consider switching to premium kerosene which is much more efficient and friendly to your boiler. This can help you lower the cost of heating and prolong the life of your boiler.

That’s just about it! With these simple measures, you can beat the cost of rising heating oil prices and guarantee your household warm comfy nights even in the most coldest months.

Top tips for making your home carbon neutral

May 13, 2013

Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the role they can play in helping to preserve the planet, and one of the most effective ways to ‘go green’ is to work on reducing your carbon footprint.

A few energy-savings measures around the home are all that is needed to give a nod to Mother Nature and help to reduce your energy bills at the same time. Here’s how:

Adjust your thinking

It is very important that we are all aware of the easiest and most effective ways that we can make energy-saving changes in the home. These don’t have to be particularly complex changes either. Whether it is installing energy-saving light bulbs in rooms throughout the house or using energy-efficient heating oil such as K+, sometimes even simple changes can have a major impact.

Minimise C02 production

Whether it’s doing your weekly wash at 30 degrees instead of 40 (using around 40% less energy) or any other simple measure, there are a number of ways that you can work to reduce your production of C02 both directly and indirectly.

As well as minimising energy wastage around your home, such as completely turning off electrical gadgets in your home and opting to take showers instead of baths, you can also look at the bigger picture, such as the C02 that is produced to transport the food in your weekly shop.

Instead of purchasing food that may have travelled thousands of miles, try to buy local or even consider growing your own.

Offset your C02 production

While we still rely on fossil fuels for many of our everyday tasks from cooking to driving, going emissions-free can seem like an uphill task. This is where carbon offsetting comes in, allowing you to purchase offset credits, which are used towards projects that help to reduce greenhouse emissions – such as tree planting projects – effectively helping you to balance the scales. 

Identifying the facts about heat loss in the UK

 May 16, 2013

A number of factors in your home can contribute to heat loss, meaning that you may be inadvertently wasting energy on a daily basis by not addressing some bad habits.

Here are just some of the most common areas which are responsible for heat loss, and the measures you can take to improve heat retention.

Insulation

Poorly insulated areas in your home can contribute significantly to heat loss, with loft/roof space, uninsulated walls and uninsulated solid walls standing out as particular culprits.

Good insulation works to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, with the small air pockets – air being a poor heat conductor – inside the insulation reducing the amount of heat that can move from between the exterior and interior of your home.

As a result installing the right type of installation can help to maximise the gains from the heat in your home, and this can include roof insulation, cavity wall insulation and solid wall insulation (both internal and external).

The combined impact of these measures can stand to make you annual savings of up to £1,270 a year – with the average annual energy bill only coming it just above this level at £1,420.

However, it is important to note that all of these measures will involve an initial financial outlay.

Drafts

Drafts can also be a contributing factor to heat loss, with ventilation and draughts making up to 20% of heat loss in an average home. While your home will need ventilation to ensure a supply of clean air, draft excluders can be used to reduce drafts in your home.

With windows and doors also contributing to up to 20% of heat loss in your home, you may also want to consider installing a door with a high-performance insulating material, as well as double-glazing, which can save homeowners as much as £170 a year.

Finding energy-efficient home heating oil could also help to minimise heat loss significantly. 

Ten years of rain

 June 21, 2013

Ten years of rain. Ten years; a decade; 120 months! Just as the sun made an appearance for the first time this year, the barbeques lit up and we all reached for that lovely bottle of chilled Chablis, the Met Office go and hit us with a stat like that. 10 years of rain.

OK, so not every day will be wet. Not every day will be stir rods, cats and dogs, soaking clothes and bored children. If the reports are to be believed, however, it sounds very much like the majority of the coming 3644 will be.

But damn it all we’re British, and if there’s one thing the British are used to it’s rain. We get it in winter, we get it in autumn, we get it in spring. And let’s be honest, most of a British summer is spend sheltering from the bally stuff too. Do we let it stop us? Of course not, we’re too plucky for that.

So with that in mind we thought we’d take a look at how to have a great day out indoors, so you don’t get your favourite dress in a mess.

Here are our top suggestions:

1) Pretend to be in your own episode of Downton Abbey by visiting a country house. Britain has some of the most glorious estates and country houses in the world, a quick search on Google will reveal a whole host in driving distance you may never even have heard of.

2) It is an undeniable fact the Britain makes the world’s best beer. And with microbreweries and real ale drinkers on the increase why not forsake the wine for a weekend and visit a beer festival? Not only will you keep the rain off your head, once you get a couple of pints down you, you won’t be at all bothered about what the weather is doing outside!

3) Take a trip back in time and find out what the countryside was like to previous generations. It may surprise you to learn that the UK has a whole network of rural museums covering all aspects of country life, many of which are indoors. For more information go to http://ruralmuseums.ssndevelopment.org/.

4) Visit Crufts. OK, so you can’t do this one all year round but if you like dogs, where better to go to than the world’s greatest dog show?

5) Do your greatest Poirot impression by taking part in a murder mystery weekend. Often held in the grandest of locations with costumes that could have come straight from the Orient Express. And who knows, you might discover a talent for amateur sleuthing.

6) Go up, up and away in a glider. Taking a glider ride gives you a unique view of the countryside and is surprisingly inexpensive. Better still, you will keep warm and dry while having an adrenaline-filled ride of a lifetime.

7) Expand your dinner party repertoire by attending a cooking school. Interest in cooking has been growing rapidly in recent years and has led to the opening of lots of cooking schools across the country. Learn more about fresh, seasonal produce by booking yourself in for a day.

8)  A day at the races. Most race courses now have sheltered grandstands so even if the weather is a bit nippy, you should be able to keep the rain off your trilby. But of course, it all depends on whether you can find a meet that isn’t waterlogged.

9)  Your own village show. Now you may be thinking, ‘that’s not indoors you buffoon’, and you would probably be right, on both counts, but we thought we’d include it because when all said you done, you should support your local village show. And if the weather gets so bad you really ought to head indoors, well, there’s always the beer tent now isn’t there?

10) Finally … visit the umbrella shop! Yep, inside is all well and good but sometimes no matter what the weather is like you simply can’t beat the great outdoors; the scent of the air and the wind in your hair. There’s nothing like it. So what are you waiting for? Buy yourself a brolly and get out there. After all we’re in for ten years of the stuff, may as well get used to it as soon as possible.

Simple ways to make your home more environmentally friendly

 June 17, 2013

Being eco-conscious comes as second nature to many Brits and efforts to save the planet have now been incorporated into our everyday decision-making, from the household goods we purchase to the type of car we drive.

Here are just a few ways you can transform your home into an environmentally-friendly haven that even ‘Mother Nature’ would be proud of.

Go green with your decor

If you are planning to give your home a decorating overhaul in time for summer, why not give a nod to the latest ‘green’ home decor products at the same time? From toxic free paint to furniture made from recycled materials, there is no end to the number of ways that you can spruce up your home while still keeping the future of the planet in mind.

Stock up your cupboards with green essentials

From toilet paper and kitchen roll that has been Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which provides consumers with the confidence that the products they are buying are ‘are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests’ , to cleaning products that use natural ingredients, your shopping list can be transformed into a model of eco-consciousness in a few simple steps.

Make a few small adjustments

Becoming an eco warrior and champion for the planet doesn’t necessarily involve making drastic changes to your home. From the turning of the light switches when not in use to filling up your kettle with just the right amount of water required to make a decent ‘cuppa’, simple shifts in your daily habits can literally make the world of difference.

Ensure that all your appliances are as energy efficient as possible

Ensuring that you use the most energy efficient appliances available will help to reduce your overall carbon footprint as well as your heating bills. This also applies to oil-fired boilers for heating oil users, as well as key appliances such as your fridge and washing machine.

What are the latest renewable energy initiatives

 June 14, 2013

The government-created Green Investment Bank (GIB) is said to be ready to commit to a staggering total of £635 million into renewable energy initiatives to bring the UK closer to a vision of reducing carbon emissions by more than a third (34%) and deriving 15% of all energy from renewable by 2020.

Here are just some of the initiatives that the GIB and others have invested in recently, with the possibility of increasing their investment shortly:

Anaerobic digestion – Biogas

The Friends of the Earth describe anaerobic digestion (AD) in the following way: “a treatment that composts this waste [biodegradable waste] in the absence of oxygen, producing a biogas that can be used to generate electricity and heat.”

The GIB has argued that projects involving AD are “at the heart” of its strategies for waste management, and has said that it is currently contemplating investing as much as £50m in the sector.

Experts have argued that AD may be capable of meeting 10% of the UK’s gas demand, while providing a boost to the economy to the tune of up to £3bn and creating 35,000 jobs.

Tidal power

A £650m tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay and a Severn Estuary title power barrage are just some of the proposals currently being contemplated as part of the UK’s tidal power industry.

Dr Nicholas Yates from the National Oceanography Centre, co-author of a report into tidal current energy released earlier this year, argues that tidal energy has the potential to meet some of the UK’s energy needs. Speaking to BBC News, he said:

“From tidal barrages you can reasonably expect you can get 15% of UK electricity needs, that’s a very solid number.”

Despite the increasing focus on renewable energy, it seems that non-renewable energy sources, such as those that go into creating heating oil, will be prominent for some time.