How to Check Home Heating Oil Level

 

If you’ve moved into a new house or have recently switched to using domestic heating oil, you’re probably brimming with questions regarding how to check home heating oil levels, how to know how much oil is left in your tank, or simply how often do you check it?

 

There’s nothing worse than running out of heating oil, so implementing small oil maintenance habits regularly can save you money long-term and help you avoid an emergency phone call with your oil supplier and call with your heating engineer in case any damage has occurred to your boiler whilst firing up with no fuel.

 

To ensure you’re always on top of your heating oil level, we’ve compiled a simple guide covering how to check your heating oil level and other questions.

 

How to Check Your Heating Oil Level

 

1. Become familiar with your fuel oil tank

This may sound strange, but we all have to start somewhere. The first step to checking your heating oil levels confidently is knowing how to! There are many types of oil tanks, though most should have a label on the front or side of the tank dictating its size and capacity. There are many benefits of consistently measuring your heating oil tank, from helping you to keep track of your finances to ensuring you stay warm through winter. Most tanks have float gauges or sight level tubes, allowing you to check how much oil is left in your tank easily. When it shows the tank to be about a quarter full, it’s time to think about ordering more oil online with Rix.

 

2. Choose a date

Checking your heating oil level is an easy task to forget, leaving you wondering how much oil is left in your tank at the end of the month. Checking your oil tank levels regularly is important for keeping on top of stock and deliveries. We recommend choosing a regular date to check your tank’s oil level, for example, the 2nd of every month. Pop a reminder in your phone or calendar; this way, you’re less likely to forget to check.

 

Reminder: Don't forget to check that your gauge is in working order as a faulty reading could cause problems.

 

3. Use a dipstick

A dipstick is the most common manual method of checking how much oil is left in your fuel tank in the UK. We recommend you use a straight measuring stick. Simply dip the stick into the fuel tank, pull it out, and the stick will display the heating oil level in your tank, similar to how you would measure oil in a car. We recommend you think about placing your next fuel order when your tank gets down to its last 12 inches (30cm) of fuel.

 

4. Sight gauge

It’s increasingly common for fuel storage tanks to be fitted with a clear plastic tube on the side, making it easy for you to check the heating oil level. These tubes are often called sight gauges or can sometimes be referred to as a water gauge. Be careful when using this method, as any discolouration in the sight gauge can make it difficult to check how much home heating oil you have left accurately.

 

5. Float gauge

Float gauges are pieces of equipment that float up and down with the oil level. The gauge floats on top of the water and shows you your oil level via a piece of string that’s wound around a gauge, turning the dial depending on the level of the oil. It will show the oil level in increments of quarters only.

 

6. Digital monitors

If you’re wondering how to check your home heating oil level in a less labour-intensive way, then digital monitors are for you. Like smart home readers for gas and electricity, heating oil tanks can now be fitted with digital monitoring systems that remotely monitor heating oil levels.

 

While keeping on top of your heating oil levels is paramount, and we highly recommend consistent personal monitoring, we always advise you to have a professional carry out regular tank health checks and servicing to ensure there aren’t any problems that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. We recommend you have a professional service your boiler every 12 months. Please enquire about our oil boiler servicing options today.

 

Why should I choose heating oil?

Over 1.5 million homes in the UK use oil for home heating because it is safe, clean, and efficient. New A-rated oil-fuelled boilers can produce up to 97% efficiency, making heating oil a more economical fuel than others.

Closeup of man filling a bunded oil tank with domestic heating oil at a house in rural England, UK.
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When should I buy heating oil?

If you are new to owning a heating oil fuelled boiler, you may be wondering, when is the best time to 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.

 

Overall demand and prices will still be lower, helping you save money on heating oil and avoid long waits, which can happen if it snows or during the busy Christmas period. You can keep an eye on heating oil prices through our website, which gives you free, instant, up-to-date quotes.

How much heating oil do I need?

The average UK household consumes approximately 2,512 litres of heating oil per annum. However, many variables can influence this figure, such as how big your house is, how well insulated it is, how many people live in it, and how cold the weather has been. At Rix, our minimum heating oil order is 500 litres. Most domestic heating oil tanks have a capacity between 1,000 – 2,500 litres. If your tank is running low, we recommend you fill it up to get the most value for money from your heating oil, when buying in larger quantities.

How do I know if my heating oil is low?

There are many indicators that your fuel tank is running low, many of which don’t require you to check your home heating oil level. Here are a few indicators that your fuel tank is running low:

 

1. Your oil tank is making banging noises. A series of loud bangs or rumbles indicates that there is air in your fuel line, telling you that your heating oil level is very low.

 

2. Your boiler doesn’t automatically fire. If you find you have to keep resetting your heating oil system every day, there’s a good chance your levels are low.

 

3. You haven’t filled up in a while. Though you may not think you are using much heating oil, especially in the summer, you may be surprised at how low your fuel tank is. Even a small home will need to refill its oil tank at least once per year, with larger houses needing to refill at least once just over winter.

 

4. There’s no heat in your house. The clearest indication that you’ve run out of heating oil is if your radiators are cold.

 

Depending how low your heating oil has fallen, you may require an engineer to restart your boiler. Low fuel levels can clog filters and fuel pipes, which may require an OFTEC registered engineer.  

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 prioritise providing a friendly, reliable, flexible, and competitive service for all of our customers. Rix Petroleum has many depots located throughout the UK, ensuring our staff have the local knowledge you need from your oil supplier.

 

We hope in this blog you’ve learnt how to check your home heating oil level, and now know how to check how much oil is left in your tank to inform your heating oil level buying habits. To discover more about domestic heating oil, check out our various blog posts. To order heating oil for your home, contact us today.

Is Double Glazing Cost Effective?

Installing double-glazing in your home can be a great way of improving the energy efficiency of your property and can save you money on your energy bills year after year. Double glazing is very popular, with over 90% of homes in the UK fitted with double glazed windows. Additionally, the government approved funding in 2021 for £1.5M of investment to fit double glazing in 700 council homes. However, with initial set-up costs to consider, it can be difficult to determine whether double glazing is cost-effective and if double glazing is worth it for your family. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of double glazed windows and just how effective it actually is, just in time for you to make plans for heating your home for next winter.

How effective is double glazing?

Double glazing is incredibly effective at keeping your house insulated, blocking out drafts and reducing noise from outside up to 75%. Not only that, the benefits of double glazed windows also extend to:

  • Improved security
  • Increased safety
  • Decreased condensation
  • Less heat lost
  • Temperature regulation
  • Reduced window glare
  • Less fading stains on furniture

Double glazed windows can improve the warmth of your house by up to 64%. With increased safety and security, you can rest assured that the windows in your property not only help you sleep at a more comfortable temperature, but also with less anxiety surrounding break-ins. Additionally, there’s no longer any need to rotate your rugs every few months or keep your dark pieces of furniture out of direct sunlight. As light passes through two panes of glass, the glare from the sun is reduced and therefore fading stains are dramatically decreased. In short, double glazing is incredibly effective and a must-have in any modern home.

What is double glazing?

Double glazed windows are windows that are made from two panes of glass. The windows are sold as sealed units, usually in timber, aluminium or uPVC. The two sheets of glass work together to reduce heat loss, noise and drafts by filling the internal air gap with insulating gas.

Is double glazing cost effective?

Yes! Double glazing is extremely cost effective at keeping you warm and saving you money on your heating bill.

Double glazing can save you between £105-£155 in energy a year for an average detached household. Reports show that approximately 7% of houses in the UK still don’t have double glazing! Single glazed windows lose heat twice as fast as double glazed windows, meaning you'd have to spend almost 50% more on energy to heat your home. With energy prices rising quickly, installing double glazing is a cost-effective way to keep your home warm. Moreover, with double-glazing having a lifespan of approximately 20 years or more, you should save over £2000 in cost savings over this period, partly negating some of your installation costs.

Is double gazing worth it?

We always advise our customers that, yes, double glazing is definitely worth it. It is a worthwhile investment that will improve the comfort of your home and add value to your house through energy efficiency ratings and aesthetics. Although it may seem like a large up-front cost, double glazing is worth it when you consider the long-term benefits and the long-term investment you are adding to your home.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Double Glazed Windows

 

Advantages:

  1. Makes your home more energy efficient

As we've touched on, installing double glazed windows in your home can help your home be more energy-efficient, especially when compared to single glazed window households. This means you can enjoy lower heating bills and a warmer house throughout the cold winter, with no drafts or breezes. Additionally, double glazing helps houses regulate temperature better, giving you more control over the stability of the temperature in your home. So, say goodbye to roaring hot spells followed by chilly lulls; double glazing ensures a comfortable, ambient temperature year-round.

  1. Makes your house look newer

Double glazing provides more than just energy-related benefits. Installing new windows helps your house to appear fresher and newer, and improve the appearance of your home. Double glazed windows come in a variety of styles, ensuring you can choose a style that's sympathetic to the style of your house.

  1. Reduced condensation

We're sure everybody has dealt with condensation before. In poorly insulated homes, condensation can occur, causing your windows to become damp, ultimately leading to unwanted mould around your window seals. Say goodbye to condensation with double glazing. As condensation occurs when hot air meets a cold surface, double glazing fixes this problem. Instead, the warm air in your home will come into contact with the internal pane of glass, which remains at your home's preferred temperature, therefore not resulting in condensation. There are many benefits to insulating your home, including reduced environmental impact and improved comfort.

  1. Improved soundproofing

Do you often hear the bin lorry coming down your road, or can you hear someone sneeze as they walk by your house? With double glazing, soundproofing is dramatically increased, resulting in a much quieter home. This is because noise now has to travel between two panes of glass instead of one, resulting in sound pollution decreasing by half. This is great for those who live in busy neighbourhoods or near motorways.

  1. Increases your property value

Due to the many benefits that double glazing offers, installing double glazing can actually increase your property value. Nowadays, energy efficiency is an extremely important factor for many buyers when looking at houses. So, not only will your house sell for more, but it will also sell quicker due to how appealing double glazed windows are.

  1. Helps to save the planet

Replacing single-glazed windows with B-rated double glazing could stand to make you annual savings of approx. £125 on your energy bills, as well as helping to save the planet – reducing CO2 emissions by 680kg a year. Double glazing is an excellent sustainable lifestyle choice for those wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

 

Disadvantages:

  1. They can't be repaired

Double glazed windows are fitted as one sealed unit. Due to this, if the window is damaged in any way, or the seal becomes compromised, the entire unit has to be replaced. This can be a costly job, as you will have to pay for a replacement window and for a tradesperson to fit it.

  1. Aesthetic isn't sympathetic for older houses

While uPVC windows can look seamless in new houses, the aesthetic is less sympathetic to older houses. For example, if you were to replace the original sash windows in old houses with new uPVC windows, it may not be in keeping with the original character of the home. Additionally, you cannot replace just one window; you'd have to replace them all to ensure the house retains aesthetic cohesion.

  1. Large up-front cost

While you can save hundreds of pounds in energy by installing double glazed windows, there are still up-front costs. You have to consider the initial cost of purchasing and installing the windows, which can often put many people off. However, this cost could be reduced by obtaining a loan under the government's Green Deal or local authority grants.

  1. Houses stay hot in summer

As double-glazing is so effective at keeping your house warm, and for us Brits, this is necessary for 75% of the year; however, this can be less desirable in summer. Lack of ventilation can be a disadvantage during the summer months, as double glazing will conserve the heat in your home, essentially turning your home into a greenhouse. However, this can be avoided. Opening your windows and ensuring sufficient airflow around your home can reduce the amount of heat trapped in your house, making the temperature inside more comfortable.

Ultimately, after weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of double glazed windows, we believe double glazing to be worth it. And as you have read, there are many reasons why so many households in the UK choose to have double glazing in their homes! Contact a member of our team to find out how to make further savings on your energy costs by securing the best deal on your domestic heating oil.

How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather

It's important to remember that knowing how to stay warm in cold weather means more than just bringing out the winter wardrobe. Keeping warm in winter can sometimes feel difficult, but ensuring you stay at a comfortable temperature throughout the colder months should always be a priority.

Here, we take you through our top tips on how to stay warm in cold weather and the best ways to make sure your boiler and heating oil tank is ready for the winter temperatures.

Woman In A Black Coat Catching Snow In Her Hands

Why Is it Important to Keep Warm in Winter?

 

It's no surprise that the winter months and harsher weather comes hand-in-hand with seasonal illnesses like colds and flu. To prevent these, it's important to find good tips for keeping warm in winter, especially if you are more vulnerable to the cold. For anyone who also has a serious health condition, keeping warm in winter is one of the best ways to prevent unwanted illnesses that may impact your health.

 

How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather

 

  1. Keep your heating at a constant temperature

 

There's nothing worse than running out of heating oil in your home or business when the weather is at its coldest. You would be surprised at how much more oil you use when the cold weather kicks in and you increase the temperature level in your home to compensate. In fact, the best way to keep warm in winter is to keep your heating at a constant temperature; this burns less oil overall and will help you to stay warm.

 

For staying well in winter, the NHS advises your living room should be between 18-21°C, and the rest of the house should be a minimum of 16°C. For those who are more vulnerable, such as over-65s, those less mobile or those with a health condition, the recommended minimum is 18°C.

If keeping the heating on in all rooms in your home is out of the question, set your heating to come on at intervals throughout the day in the rooms you use the most frequently, such as your living room and bedroom.

  1. Stop any draughts

 

A constant draught throughout your home can bring down your home's temperature. To stop the heat escaping, ensure your windows and letterbox are closed and any large external keyholes are covered to prevent any draughts.

 

It's recommended to keep your internal doors closed whilst you have the heating on to keep each room at an optimal temperature. If you still find there's still a cold draught, a draught excluder works wonders and can even add a decorative element to your room!

  1. Warm up your bed

 

This is one of our favourite tips for keeping warm in winter – who doesn't love getting into a cosy bed in cold weather? An affordable way to warm up your bed is to place a hot water bottle underneath your duvet about half an hour before you plan on getting into bed. Not only will this make your bed warm, but it will also mean you feel much more relaxed for a well-rested night's sleep.  

 

  1. Wrap up warm

 

Whether you're trying to keep warm indoors or want to go on a walk in the cold, the best way to keep warm in winter is to wear extra layers. Although most people believe that wearing one thick layer will make all the difference when they are cold, wearing multiple thin layers is a much more effective form of insulation.

 

Additionally, when trying to stay warm indoors, it's a good option to wear an extra pair of socks with slippers. If you're venturing outdoors, remember to wear warm shoes with good grip to make sure you stay on your feet on those snowy and icy days.

  1. Stay active

 

In the colder months, it's easy to feel lethargic and want to avoid exercise. However, an important tip for keeping warm in winter is to keep active, as this gets your blood pumping and will keep you warmer. You may not wish to exercise outside at this time of year, especially if it is raining or snowing, but there are plenty of ways to stay active indoors, from walking around the house to doing the hoovering. Movement invigorates the body, and if you're sitting still, you're much more likely to notice the cold creeping in than if you're occupied with something else.

  1. Eat well

 

Eating lots of good food is a great tip for keeping warm in winter and one we can all get on board with. Make sure that you have lots of hot meals – porridge is a great breakfast for keeping you warm and slow energy release throughout the day! Don't forget to keep eating healthily, too, and include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet to keep your immune system up. In the colder months, soups taste great, and they're an easy way to consume your five a day.

  1. Warm up your clothes

When getting dressed in cold clothes, you'll feel colder as your body heat slowly starts to warm them around you. To avoid this, one of the best ways to keep warm in winter is to decide what you're going to wear the night before and hang it on a radiator-friendly air dryer. This will warm your clothes without impeding the heat from coming into the room, and when you put them on, you'll stay much warmer.

  1. Hot drinks

We Brits never need an excuse to have a good cup of tea, but winter would be the perfect one if we did. Not only will the tea (or coffee, hot chocolate or hot toddy) warm you from the inside, but holding a hot mug keeps your hands toasty too. Even better, the steam will thaw out your nose and stop that pesky Jack Frost from nipping at it…

  1. Spend some time in the kitchen

Baking is a prime winter activity – between Christmas and New Year, many of us have more time off, and home baking makes great Christmas presents or office snacks. But did you know it can be one of the best ways to keep warm in winter, too?

 

Using the oven or the hob creates warmth in the kitchen and, while it should never be your primary source of heat, it is a pleasant little boost on those cold days. For bonus heat, leave your oven door open after you've used it (so long as it's safe to do so – do not leave an open oven where children or pets could get at it) to let all that heat escape into the room!

A Hand Turning The Dials On A Boiler

Ways to Look After Yourself in Cold Weather

 

As well as staying warm in the cold weather, looking after yourself and your well-being during the winter months is vital.

 

  1. Get your boiler serviced

 

As the cold weather arrives, it is important to check that your oil boiler operates as efficiently and safely as possible. If you didn't manage to get your heating oil boiler serviced through the summer, we strongly recommend that you do so before the sub-zero temperatures kick in. You can then rest assured that your oil boiler will be running as effectively as possible, ensuring it remains the best way for you to keep warm in winter.

 

It is recommended that you have your oil-fired boilers and heating oil tanks serviced by an OFTEC-qualified engineer, and the recommended frequency of service is every 12 months. This will ensure they are running at maximum performance levels to keep the bitter nights at bay.

  1. Get your flu jab

 

In current times, the flu jab is more important than ever. Flu can spread quickly in the winter so take all the steps you can to protect yourself. The flu jab is free on the NHS if you are pregnant, over 50, live in a residential home, care for an older or disabled person or have certain medical conditions.

 

  1. Practice good hygiene

 

Because flu is more of a risk in winter, it's now more important than ever to practice good hygiene to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. After the year we've had, no one is a stranger to the benefits of hand sanitiser, washing your hands regularly and disinfecting any surfaces.

 

If you do unfortunately get ill, don't share towels or face cloths with other people in your home, cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, and try to avoid contact with those who are vulnerable.

  1. Use your car safely

If you need to use your car – often a necessity for those living more rurally – it's vital to ensure that you do so carefully. Only drive in difficult conditions if you really need to, and always thoroughly de-ice all your windows before you set off. Check out our winter driving tips for more ideas.

 

  1. Remember to check on your neighbours

 

As well as looking after yourself, it's now more important than ever to check on your neighbours in the local community. If you have an elderly neighbour, be sure to check in with how they are doing. You could offer to go to the supermarket for them or take them to run errands.

Heating Oil Provisions for Keeping Warm in Winter  

 

It's time to check your heating oil tank to ensure it's in tip-top condition for the cold weather. Duncan Lambert, Director of Rix Petroleum's Yorkshire depot, walks you through his top tips for keeping warm in winter in the video below, encouraging you to make sure your boiler is in good shape and has been well-maintained.

 

  1. Check your oil tank

 

Be sure to check your tank for signs of wear and tear that might have occurred throughout the current year or that might have been missed at the end of last winter. Look out for rusting, bulging, leaks or general damage. If there are any leaks, you will be able to smell the kerosene on the ground. If that happens, you should contact an OFTEC engineer as soon as possible.

 

  1. Clear the area

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for slippery footpaths around the tank. Not only could these be a danger to you whilst you're checking the tank, but they could also camouflage any leaks or cracks on the base of your tank. In addition, if there are plenty of leaves around your oil tank, these can turn icy in the colder months.

  1. Ensure your tank is secure

 

The majority of heating oil thefts occur during winter when you're more likely to have a full tank. Check that any locks are still working correctly and that any theft prevention measures you've set up are still keeping your oil tank safe, such as outside lights, cages or even plants for disguise.

 

  1. Prepare your home

 

It's essential to check your own home for any issues that could result in unnecessary heating loss to keep your heating oil bills down. Check for any gaps in your windows or doors, and be sure to bleed your radiators.

 

When asked 'how to stay warm in cold weather?', we always advise insulating your oil tank to prevent the oil tank pipes from freezing. You can purchase additives that lower the freezing temperature of heating oil or purchase pre-treated oil such as K+ Heating Oil to keep your oil tank healthy.

  1. Buy heating oil at the right time

Historically, the best time to buy heating oil is when demand is low in the summer months, and typically ordering your oil in the summer will also bring the price down. If you have the room to store heating oil, top up your oil tank before the temperatures plummet. Usually, if you bulk buy a reasonable amount of home heating oil, you will likely get a better deal with more oil for less money in the long run.



And there you have our top tips on how to stay warm in cold weather. We hope you now understand the importance of servicing your oil tank and boiler to keep warm in winter. If you are worried about the price of heating oil, read our blog on how to save money on your heating oil. Or, to get your home heating oil at a competitive price, why not contact us today or reach out for a quick heating oil quote?

The Best Way to De-Ice Car Windows

 

Getting out of bed is hard enough on cold winter mornings, but the thought of having to go outside to de-ice car windows can make you want to hibernate till March. Having a plan in place before the cold descends can save you time when it does.

In this post, we’re taking a look at the best way to de-ice a windshield and some top tips from our tanker drivers. Nobody likes the extra time it takes to leave the house in winter, but those extra few minutes could save your life.

The Best Way to De-Ice a Windshield

  1. Turn off the wipers

The first thing you want to do when you find your car covered in ice is to get inside and check that the windscreen wipers are switched off. This is a key step but it is often overlooked.

You might think that turning on the wipers is a quick way to clear the worst of the snow off your car, but if the wipers are stuck to the windshield, turning them on can burn out their motor or destroy the rubber.

  1. Warm it up

Before you start scraping, the best way to de-ice a windshield is to turn on your car’s engine and put all of the heat up as high as possible. Ensure that hot air blows at both the front and rear windows to clear them as quickly as possible.

  1. Remove snow and scrape ice

While your car is heating up from the inside, step out of the car (remembering to close the door behind you to trap the heat) and take a soft brush to remove any snow from the vehicle. Make sure you brush the snow off the top of the car when you do this, or it could fall off while you drive. If that happens, it can block your vision or pose a hazard to other drivers.

Once there’s no more snow, go around each window with a scraper to help de-ice the car windows.

  1. Check every window is clear

Before you drive anywhere, make sure that the car is completely clear of snow and ice and that your windows are free from all fog or steam. It can be tempting to skip this step if you think you can see enough, but without full, unhindered visibility, you pose a serious threat to yourself and any other drivers on the road.

Our Top Tips

We spoke to some of our own Rix Petroleum tanker drivers, and they gave us a few tips that they find helpful for de-icing a windscreen.

  • Ice scraper: When you purchase a new ice scraper to de-ice car windows, make sure it has a long handle so you can reach across the whole windscreen. You’ll speed up the time it takes to de-ice your windscreen and won’t have to lean right across your car to do it.
  • De-icer spray: If you have run out of chemical de-icer, try spraying with a solution of salt and water. The salt has a much lower freezing point, so it will help melt the ice. However, be careful that the solution doesn’t touch the metals on your vehicle – salt is corrosive and could damage it.
  • Saltwater towel: One tanker driver told us that if you leave a towel that has been soaked in a saltwater solution on your windscreen at night, your window will remain frost-free – this method is recommended by Metro
  • Hot water: Never use boiling water from the kettle or even lukewarm water onto your windscreen. The sudden heat could create cracks, particularly if your window already has small chips in it.

Nobody likes to be standing around waiting for the car to heat up, and knowing the best way to de-ice car windows is a great way to minimise that time. For more cold weather advice, including winter driving tips and ways to keep warm when it’s cold out, check out our blog.

 

At Rix, we provide high-quality heating services and vehicle fuel available for cosy homes and vehicles that run smoothly all winter long.

Winter Driving Tips

 

At Rix, we believe that following a few useful winter driving tips is the best way to minimise the risk posed by driving in inclement conditions. Ultimately, the best advice when driving in winter is to be prepared, be alert to forecasted low temperatures and don't leave everything until there is snow on your vehicle.

 

We've compiled some of our best winter driving tips, as well as some ways to care for your diesel engine in winter and the things we do at Rix to make sure we can get to our customers in all weathers.

 

Winter driving tips to keep you safe

 

Driving in Winter:

  • Battery and electrics

Check your battery.

A battery usually only lasts around five years, and replacing it at the end of its life before it dies can save you standing, freezing, on the side of the road when it does. If the car stands idle most of the weekend, a regular overnight trickle charge is a good idea to give the battery a chance to revive.

 

Avoid running electrical systems any longer than needed.

Turn the heater fan down and switch the heated rear window off once windows are clear when driving in winter. It can also help not to have the stereo when starting the car up on especially cold mornings.

  • Antifreeze:

Check your Antifreeze levels.

Antifreeze only costs a few pounds, but a frozen and cracked engine block costs hundreds of pounds to repair. Most modern cars use long-life antifreeze - it's important to use the right type and avoid mixing different kinds. Check the handbook or ask a dealer for advice.

  • Wipers:

Switch off your wipers.

Ensure that wipers are switched off when leaving your car after a journey when there's a risk of freezing temperatures. If you don't, and the blades freeze to the screen, you could damage the blades or wiper motor when you turn the ignition on.

  • Visibility

Check your bulbs.

Make sure that all bulbs are working and that lenses are clean. When roads are dirty, you might need to clean your lights after every journey. Keep the number plates clean, too, as you can be fined if they are dirty and illegible.

 

Use your headlights.

Driving in winter often means reduced visibility, so it's vital that you have your headlights on. You can also use front or rear fog lights, but these must be switched off when visibility improves as they can dazzle other road users and obscure your brake lights.

  • Driving in snow and ice

Clear all snow off your vehicle.

If you have to clear snow from the car, it's important to clear it from all the lights - front and back - as well as from the glass and roof. Falling snow from a moving vehicle can cause a serious hazard to you and other road users.

 

Be extra careful.

Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving in winter. Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving - stopping distances are ten times longer in ice and snow. Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.

 

Driving uphill.

Avoid having to stop part-way up by waiting until it is clear of other cars or by leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front. Keep a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance to avoid having to change down on the hill.

 

Driving downhill.

Reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes. Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front.

  • Avoid it if possible

When the conditions are really poor, stay at home or use public transport if you can (and if you need heating oil or diesel, you can order it online or over the phone). This not only minimises your risk of injury and car damage but also decreases the number of people driving in winter, and fewer road users means more space for each vehicle.

 

Helping you stay safe when driving in winter

 

Maintaining and Starting Diesel Engines in Cold Weather

 

• Keep your tank full. Maintaining a full fuel tank reduces the amount of condensation inside the tank, leading to water in the fuel. As such, there can be difficulty starting a diesel engine in cold weather unless the tank is full.

 

• You can buy many different additives to add to your diesel engine in winter – these are specifically designed to stop the wax in cetane (which contributes to combustion in most types of diesel) from hardening and slowing the flow of fuel.

 

• Be aware of the fuel filter. The fuel filter holds a smaller amount of fuel than the tank itself and therefore is more liable to freezing. It can be helpful to keep a spare one in your vehicle just in case.

 

• Keep the vehicle warm. Diesel has a high freezing point, so if it's possible, you should try to park it somewhere sheltered from the wind, ideally a garage.

 

How we stay on the road in winter:

 

As well as our winter driving tips for the average road user, we have to make sure we at Rix can still travel to ensure no-one is without our products. We have invested thousands of pounds in equipping our fleet of tankers with winter tyres designed to offer maximum grip and safety when driving in winter. The tyres are made from a compound that has been specifically engineered to work at temperatures below seven degrees centigrade and have a special tread pattern to perform well in icy conditions. Rix has also invested in new steel wheel rims to quickly swap over to the bad weather kit as and when it's required.

 

We ask that residents allow a couple of extra days for delivery in poor weather conditions. High demand, combined with slow-moving traffic, makes getting out to more isolated parts of the country a challenge. Homeowners who rely on heating oil for power can help themselves by ensuring they order early to avoid panic buying should the weather turn bad. It is also good practice to keep a close eye on how much oil they have left.

 

We know just how vital our services are to our customers, especially during the difficult winter months. Our winter driving tips will help keep you on the road if you need to be and as safe as you possibly can be. For more information, please find your nearest depot or give us a call on 0800 542 4207.

Our Tried and Tested Recipes to Keep you Warm Through Winter

A couple cooking a winter recipe together

Do you find throughout the winter months cooking homely warming meals become a little repetitive? That you often find yourself cooking the same recipes each week? We’re hoping to break that trend and inspire you with a selection of quick and easy, recipes to keep you warm in colder months. We’ve even included one of our favourite Aga recipes. 

Chicken Pasta Bake

Perfect for families

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp mascarpone
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • 300g penne pasta
  • 70g mature cheddar , grated
  • 50g grated mozzarella
  • ½ small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.
  2. In a pan over a medium heat, heat 2 tbsp of the oil and fry the onion gently for 10-12 minutes. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and cook for 1 min. Tip in the tomatoes and sugar and season to taste. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until thickened. Stir through the mascarpone once thickened.
  3. In a non-stick frying pan heat 1 tbsp of oil. Season the chicken and fry until it is cooked through.
  4. Cook the penne pasta following pack instructions. Drain and toss with the remaining oil.
  5. Add the pasta into a medium sized ovenproof dish, stir in the chicken and pour over the sauce. Top with cheddar cheese, mozzarella and parsley.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.

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Meatballs & Black Bean Chilli

Perfect one-pot recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 beef meatballs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 peppers, sliced
  • ½ large bunch coriander, leaves and stalks chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Cooked rice, to serve
Delicious Meatballs with Black Beans Served

Method

  1. In a large flameproof casserole dish heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the meatballs and fry for 5 minutes until browned, then transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the onion and peppers to the now empty casserole dish with a pinch of salt and fry for 7 minutes. Add the coriander stalks, garlic, paprika and cumin to the dish and keep frying for an extra minute. Tip in the sugar, tomatoes and black beans, and allow these to begin to simmer. Return the meatballs to the pan, season as required and cover. Leave to cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve the chilli with the rice and the coriander leaves scattered over.

Top tip: Leave any leftovers to cool completely and transfer to large freezer proof bags or containers

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Roasted Vegetable and Tomato Soup

Perfect for lunch or dinner

Ingredients

  • 4 red peppers
  • 2 red onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes 
  • 2tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
Tomato soup ready to eat on a wooden table

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 240°C/220°C (fan)/gas 9
  2. Remove the pepper stems and seeds. Peel the onions. Chop both the onions and peppers into large chunks around 5cm.
  3. Peel and crush the garlic and combine with the onion and pepper in a mixing bowl. Add 2-4 tbsp of olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the cayenne pepper to suit the amount of heat you prefer.
  4. Add all the vegetables to an oven tray and roast for 20-25 minutes or until soft and charred.
  5. Make your stock using the cubes and boiling water and add into a blender with the chopped tomatoes and the tray of cooked vegetables. Add the balsamic vinegar and sugar to the soup and blend until smooth.

 

Italian Veggie Cottage Pie

Perfect for vegetarians

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 aubergines, cut into chunks
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 16 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped, plus 1 tbsp of their oil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 400g spinach, washed
  • 50g plain flour
  • 400ml milk
  • 125g cheddar, grated, plus extra to top
  • 800g mashed potato
Delicious and hot vegetable cottage pie

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.
  2. In a large, lidded frying pan or flameproof casserole dish heat 1 tbsp of the oil. Cook the aubergine, in two batches, over a high heat for 4-5 minutes until golden, adding extra oil as you need to. Return all the aubergine to the pan with the garlic, tomatoes and 1 1/2 tsp oregano and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the spinach, add the lid to the pan and leave for a few minutes to wilt.
  4. Once wilted, add the flour and stir through until combined. Pour in the milk, stir gently and bring to the boil. Bubble for a few minutes, then stir in the cheese and season. Cook until the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Mix the mash with the remaining oregano and spread over the filling. Scatter over a little more grated cheese.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

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Sausage and Leek with Mash Pie

Perfect for cold winter evenings

 

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 3cm chunks
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 6 pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 450ml chicken gravy
  • 150g kale, shredded
  • 3 leeks, finely sliced
  • ½ tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp whole milk
  • 50g smoked or ordinary cheddar, grated
Ready to eat sausage and mash pie

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain and leave to steam-dry.
  2. In a shallow casserole dish  or deep skillet heat 1 tbsp oil. Remove the sausages from their skins into large pieces, directly into the pan, and fry over a medium heat for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown. Add the flour and stir everything together, cooking for 1 min.
  3. Pour in the gravy and 100-200ml water (depending on how thick you like your gravy), bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the kale and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  5. In a separate pan, add the remaining 1 tbsp oil, then the leeks and fry for 5-10 minutes until tender, to help them cook, add a small splash of water.
  6. Heat your grill to its highest setting.
  7. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Stir though the leeks, mustard and milk, and season. Spoon and swirl the mash on top of the sausage mixture, then scatter over the grated cheese and grill for 3-5 minutes or until golden and bubbling.

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Simmering Pork Stew

Perfect for Aga’s

 

Ingredients

  • 25g (1 oz) dripping or lard
  • 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 700g (1½ lb) potatoes, diced
  • 225g (8 oz) turnips, diced
  • 4 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 8 pork chops
  • 25g (1 oz) seasoned flour (salt and pepper)
  • 600ml (1 pint) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
Pork stew served with crusty bread

Method

  1. Melt the dripping in a frying pan and fry the onions, turnips, potatoes and celery until they have softened and the onions are slightly golden. Drain away the fat and transfer to an Aga proof casserole dish.
  2. Dip the chops in the seasoned flour and brown in a very hot frying pan. Lay the chops on the top of the vegetables in the casserole dish.
  3. Place the stock to the pan bring to the boil, pour over the meat and add the bay leaf. Cover the casserole and bring to the boil on the hob.
  4. Transfer to the simmering oven for 1-1 ½ hours.
  5. Remove the dish from the Aga and check there is still enough gravy. Lightly stir the stew then replace the lid and put the casserole on the shelf on the floor of the roasting oven for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Remove and serve.

Apple Crumble

Perfect for cosy nights in

Ingredients

  • 6 apples
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 200g plain flour
  • 120g butter
  • 1 clove or cinnamon stick (to flavour)
Apple crumble served with a slice cut out

Method

  1. Peel, core and dice your apples and place into a pan with three quarters of the sugar. Add the cinnamon stick or clove to flavour and allow to gently stew for half an hour stirring occasionally. Once the fruit is cooked, mash it slightly with a spoon to ensure they are soft.
  2. Add the stewed apples into the serving dish and allow to cool.
  3. Set the oven to 150°c/gas 2
  4. In a bowl, mix the flour, remaining sugar and butter using your fingers until it becomes a breadcrumb consistency. Cover the top of your apples with the crumble and bake for 30 minutes (or until the crumble is golden brown).
  5. Remove from the oven and serve.

There you have it our favourite recipes for keeping this winter. Should you require any additional AGA cooker fuel or home heating oil during the winter period, then please contact your local depot for more information. 

Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy

There are many benefits of using renewable energy; it comes from a source that continuously restores itself, meaning that the availability to utilise that energy source is infinite. However, there are arguments against renewable energy to consider; it can be expensive to install and sustain, as well as being completely weather dependant.

 

Here, we explore both the pros and cons of renewable energy sources and outline the UK Governments vision for renewable energy and how low-carbon gas power is likely to work alongside this in the near future.

 

Benefits of using renewable energy

 

1. Potential infinite energy supply

 

The use of renewable energy ensures that you will have a continuous supply of energy for years into the future. It’s no secret that fossil fuels aren’t sustainable in the long term, as they come from finite sources which will eventually run out one day.

 

2. Reduce your carbon footprint

 

When fossil fuels are burnt, this contributes to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. These gases are then trapped within the atmosphere, which can lead to negative effects of global warming and climate change. Renewable energy sources reduce your overall carbon footprint as the levels of greenhouses gases emitted are lower compared to fossil fuels.

 

3. Renewable energy isn’t subject to price fluctuations

 

The price of renewable energy isn’t influenced by what’s happening in the wider market; giving you a level of control of your energy costs. The Carbon Trust reports that compared to ten years ago, the price of offshore wind in the UK is less than a third of what it used to be. However, there are additional costs to consider, including the initial installation, upkeep of renewable energy technology and the immediate effect on the nature around the site.

 

4. Saving money and reducing costs

 

As well as potentially reducing your annual energy bills, installing renewable energy sources in your home means you can claim up to £5000 from installation costs through the Governments Green Home Grant.

A solar field full of solar panels.
 
 

Arguments against renewable energy

 

1. Renewable energy is weather dependent

 

It’s no secret that renewable energy is reliant upon the elements. The weather can only be predicted, never guaranteed. The change of each season can also impact the level of power generated. For instance, it’s most likely that winter months won’t generate as much solar power compared to the summer months, as solar power is reliant on the sun’s rays to generate sufficient power.

 

Dependent on which country you live in, the weather will impact the amount of renewable energy generated. For instance, wind-powered renewable energy is reliant on wind strength to turn wind turbines to generate power.

 

2. Expense and development

 

When it comes to renewable energy sites, it requires a large sum of initial investment to cover the cost of setting up the renewable energy generators and the labour involved. Renewable energy sites can’t be developed in any random location; you need to ensure that there’s an area of land large enough to set up the site. Wherever these sites are set up, it will take away from natures environment.

 

3. Visually unappealing

 

Renewable energy sources are often met with criticism from those in the local area for being visually unappealing. The vast depth of solar fields and the height of wind turbines, for instance, are often known as an eyesore and take away from the existing view.

 

4. Noise levels

 

Hydropower and wind turbine sites can generate substantial levels of noise. If these sources are close to a populated area, this could disturb and upset the residents and lead to a whole host of problems between you and the local community.

 
Power plant.

What is the UK Governments promise to renewable energy?

By 2050, the UK Government are working towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This follows an amendment to the Climate Change Act 2008 in July 2020, which entails working towards a green industrial revolution to bring the UK’s current emission levels down by 100% to an emission level similar to that seen in 1990.

 

Gas power is likely to become the dominant fossil fuel power used, as gas has less of a negative impact on the environment compared to the impact of carbon. Non-renewable energy sources, like domestic heating oil, will continue to be used alongside renewable energy sources as the best way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

If you have any questions about how you could potentially lower your carbon footprint by switching to using domestic heating oil in your home, please get in touch with your local Rix customer service team. We will be more than happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have.

4 Benefits of Insulating Your Home

There are many long term advantages of a well insulated home which can be beneficial for your home all year round, not just in the winter. One of the biggest reasons homeowners are losing heat and energy from their domestic heating oil is through a lack of or poor quality insulation. Home insulation is a great investment, and we’re here to give you the four benefits of insulating your home to help you decide whether it’s worth your investment.  

A well-insulated home has many long term advantages. Significantly it helps reduce heat loss, lowers energy bills, increases comfort and has less of an impact on the environment.

 

Advantages of a Well Insulated Home:

 

1. Lower Energy Bills

Calculator and Money to Show How You Can Save Money With Home Insulation  

Rising energy costs and domestic heating oil bills are putting increasing strain on the disposable income of many households, and with poor insulation many homes are effectively just throwing money away.

One of the many benefits of home insulation is that it can help cut the cost of both heating and cooling by up to 40%. However, this depends on several factors such as the size of your home and type of property, to keep the bills as low as possible.

Home insulation could decrease your energy bills by. Although loft insulation, for example, would be an initial spend of approximately £300, this will pay for itself in two years with the savings you make! Also, if you already have insulation installed in your loft but it is not up to the recommended 270mm, you could make further savings by simply topping up the thickness for a small price!

Improving the insulation on the roof, walls and windows mean domestic heating oil systems don’t have to work as hard or long to reach a moderate temperature. It will also maintain and in some cases, increase the value of your property by helping it run more efficiently.

2. Reduces Heat Loss

Due to the fact that hot air in your home rises and escapes through the roof, this means that insulating your attic will prevent the hot air from escaping and trap it inside. Therefore, the more thermal insulation your property has, the less you will have to rely upon your domestic heating oil to keep you warm.

Having it throughout the home means more heating energy is kept inside, helping to keep pleasant temperatures all year round.

When domestic heating oil systems, gas or electricity are used to heat the home, it first warms up the air then the masonry. Poor insulation results in energy being released and then not used effectively, with up to 30% of energy possibly going to waste just through outside walls.

 

3. Reduced Environmental Impact 

Homeowners are becoming increasingly mindful of the environmental impact building materials used in their homes have.

Another benefit of insulating your home is that it will have a significant effect on the reduction of thermal energy consumption. This, in turn, reduces carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. This is important because carbon dioxide is responsible for approximately two-thirds of the energy imbalance that is resulting in the rise of the Earth’s temperature.

An increase in the level of carbon dioxide across the world results in an excess of greenhouse gases that trap additional heat. This contributes to melting ice caps and rising ocean levels, which can cause flooding.

By reducing the release of these emissions from your home, you can promote healthy sustainability for the environment. To find out more on how you can reduce your home’s environmental impact, check out our blog post on getting your home running with ‘zero carbon’.

 

 4. Comfort

Mother and Child Playing in the Warm of Their Heated Home

Dry, warm and comfortable to live in is the expectation we have of most homes. However, this is unfortunately not always the case in a house. Another benefit of home insulation is that a fully insulated property provides all of this by keeping the movement of heat to a minimum, so you stay cosy during the winter and cool in the summer. It really is a win-win!

Home insulation also prevents condensation from occurring, which can result in damp and mould. This can damage the paint, plaster and wallpaper in your home. What’s more, damp in the home can even have a negative impact on your health and cause chronic health problems such as asthma, depending on the level of severity.

Deciding how to heat up your home efficiently can be a daunting task, so for more information on domestic heating oil requirements and domestic oil delivery, contact your local depot. You can also browse our informative FAQs section to learn more about heating oil types, systems, prices, safety and maintenance.

 

Rix Petroleum at the Driffield Country Show

A herd of cows during sunset.
 

Rix Petroleum has been providing agricultural services to Britain's farming community across the UK for over 80 years. The Driffield Show is one of the biggest events in the Rix calendar, with their 72nd year in attendance at the Driffield Show falling in 2019.

 

Rix first started exhibiting at the Driffield Show in 1947, just after the war and took a small stand. Having enjoyed it so much, we've been back every year since, and now usually occupy the biggest stand of all.

 

As Duncan Lambert, Rix Petroleum director, eloquently once said "Although we are a national company with depots from the north of Scotland down to the south east of England, Yorkshire, particularly East Yorkshire, is our heartland. That's why we always look forward to the Driffield Agricultural Show, which is the region's flagship agricultural event."

 

What is the Driffield Country Show?

 

The Driffield Show is a much-loved event for the region and is one of the country's largest one-day agricultural shows. It dates back to 1854 and is hosted by the Driffield Agricultural Society in July every year. For the safety of all visitors and traders, the Wednesday 22nd July 2020 show was cancelled, making everyone at Rix all the more excited to hopefully resume our tradition next year as exhibitors.   

 

At the Driffield Show, you can guarantee a fun, entertaining and educational day for all ages. As one of Yorkshire's largest agricultural events, it's known to attract 25,000 visitors with around 500 trade stands to explore, from the latest agricultural services and machinery to local food and craft stalls and much more. Not forgetting the livestock classes of course!

 

Interested in finding out more about what's on at the Driffield Country Show? This video gives you a great idea about what to expect. It's an excellent day for catching up with old friends and making new ones!

 

Where is the Driffield Country Show?

 

The Driffield Country Show is hosted at the Driffield Showground, East Yorkshire, YO25 5HP. The showground is easily accessible by road or public transport and a shuttle bus runs from Driffield town. In March 2015, the previous shed used for the farmers' market went under a £281,000 development to build the Rix Pavilion. Rix Petroleum is extremely proud to sponsor the new building, as the headline sponsor of the Rix Pavilion Driffield after a sponsorship deal with the Driffield Agricultural Society in early 2014. Now, it's a popular venue for trade shows, weddings and conferences with 300 seats and a dining facility on the town's historic showground.

Red haired woman crouching down in front of a fence with goats behind it.

What can I expect at the Rix Petroleum stand at the Driffield Show?

 

At the Driffield Show 2019, there were more than 500 stands to explore! Over the years the Rix Petroleum stand has won prizes for their great stand activities, for instance, they received 1st prize for the "Best Agricultural Stand" at the show in 2014, and 2nd prize for best Agricultural exhibition stand in 2016!

 

If you're after a friendly face, a cup of tea and a scone in the sun then look no further. The Rix Petroleum stand always has an exciting activity to be enjoyed by adults and children. Each year Rix try to improve their stand and come up with a different theme. Check out the video highlight from the 2013 stand.

 

Overall, it’s a fantastic event to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and find out how the farming year is going. The show is one of the highlights of the annual farming calendar. It usually marks the start of harvest too, so it is a good time to speak to farmers and contractors and gauge their fuel needs for the months ahead, which is useful for all parties involved.  

Tractor driving through fields in the sunset.

What activities have there been at the Rix Petroleum stand?

 

Rix always displays fun and enjoyable activities for all. Rix Petroleum's hot air balloons have been a regular feature in the skies above East Yorkshire for four decades. In other years, three balloons dating from the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s were on display at the show. For Rix, it was a historic occasion to have them all together in one place, the three balloons cover the whole forty-year period the company has been flying them.

 

At the Driffield Show 2018, Rix offered virtual helicopter flights of the area on their exhibition stand, using VR headsets. Visitors were able to fly with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew virtually! Also, the Yorkshire Air Ambulances helivan was on display for visitors to learn more about.

 

Previously, visitors got the chance to test their driving skills in a Formula One car simulator, lent by Total Oils, which took pride of place at the Rix stand. Lots of people were trying to get the fastest lap to win a bottle of champagne. Rix also had the real thing, a Red Bull Formula One racing car supplied courtesy of fuel brand Total on display. Rix Petroleum has previously donated prizes like a trip to the Lotus F1 factory in Norfolk for the winners of the Driffield Show, which included a tour of the famous car marque's UK factory for two.

 

In 2017, at Rix Petroleum's 70th Driffield Show, visitors took a walk down memory lane with a 1940's replica garage forecourt, historic photos, a live classical jazz band, all whilst they sat back and relaxed in their marquee with traditional tea and scones.

White, red and blue rally car racing on a track.

 

Which charities do Rix Petroleum support at the Driffield Show?

 

Over the past five years, Rix Petroleum has raised nearly £35,000 for local charities including Macmillan Cancer Support East Yorkshire, Cancer Research UK and Dove House Hospice, with the Driffield Agricultural Show playing a large part in generating this.

 

In July 2019 it was Rix Petroleum's 72nd consecutive year exhibiting at the Driffield Show. As well as the young farmers' clubs, Rix Petroleum also hosted their charity of the year, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service, and the East Riding Engine Club, organisers of the Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally.

 

One of the many other businesses that Rix support is the Bridlington Young Farmers; one of four young farmers clubs Rix Petroleum supports across the UK. Helping the next generation learn the skills they need to carry the industry forward and be successful, is something we take pride in.

 

Back in 2015, a team made up of staff from Rix and Bridlington Young Farmers clocked up 42 miles on an exercise bike – the distance from Rix Petroleum's Hull depot to Driffield Showground and back in 2015!

 

At the 2016 show, Rix Petroleum and their storage tank supplier Envirostore had the pleasure of donating a brand new tank to the Driffield Agricultural Society. This tank was kept at the showground to hold GasOil for their tractors. Rix has a long history of supporting the Agricultural Society, so it was a pleasure to help them out when they could.

Mother and daughter looking up and pointing to three hot air balloons.

What activities are children friendly?

 

At theDriffield Show 2019, Rix Petroleum sponsored the hook-a-duck game which was run by three young farmers groups – Wragby, Bridlington and Alnwick. The hook-a-duck game on the company's stand was won by four-year-old Freddie Coutts-Lawson, from Driffield, and four-year-old Sophie Artley from Kilham. The hook-a-duck was very popular with kids and adults alike, so it's a fantastic opportunity for some family fun in the sun.

 

In previous years, Bridlington Young Farmers Club brought a wooden cow along that children and adults could milk, which was enjoyed by visitors throughout the day. In the meantime, Dove House had a team of face painters on hand to keep the children happy.

 

One both the adults and children have enjoyed in the past is the hunt to find 25 golden gnomes which were hidden around other exhibitor's stands in 2014. Each gnome carried a prize ranging from a free boiler service to 500 litres of home heating oil delivered to the lucky winner's door!

Woman face painting a young girl's face with pink paint.

When is the next Driffield Country Show?

 

The next Driffield Show is scheduled for Wednesday 21st July 2021, COVID-19 permitting. The whole Rix team look forward to the show every year, and we look forward to seeing you at the show next summer! If you are attending the show, pop over to our stand and say hello and enjoy a warm welcome.

 

For more information about future dates of the show or details of the Rix Pavilion Driffield, make sure to check out the Driffield Showground FAQs.  

If you'd like to find out about services that Rix Agriculture provides, contact your local Rix Petroleum fuel depot or get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.

Rix Petroleum agrees year-long partnership with Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance

Leading family fuel supplier Rix Petroleum Ltd is flying high with its latest charity tie up.

The company has formed a year-long partnership with the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance service and aims to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

Under the agreement, Rix Petroleum will proudly display the ambulance’s branding on the back of selected tankers which makes regular deliveries across the two counties.

The company’s name will also appear on the ambucopter itself in the form of a bespoke tail wrap as part of their 25th anniversary In Safe Hands Campaign.  

Rix Petroleum supplies domestic heating oil and commercial diesel to homes, farms and businesses in the East Midlands from depots across Lincolnshire, along with agricultural lubricants, heating services, boilers and tanks.

As well as the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, the company supports air ambulance services in Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

Duncan Lambert, Managing Director of Rix Petroleum Ltd, described Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance as a ‘truly worthy cause’, adding he was delighted to be partnering with the charity.

He said: “Rix Petroleum has been serving farms, rural businesses and rural communities for almost 100 years, so we know that living and working in the most remote areas of the country can be very hazardous.

“This is why the air ambulance services are so vital to the communities we serve.

“They are equipped to get to remote areas faster than any other form of emergency transport and by doing so, save lives on a regular basis.

“The crews do fantastic work in what are often difficult conditions, helping to look after and protect the communities we support, which is why we’re delighted to support them.”

The company will be running a comprehensive programme of fundraising events over the next 12 months and is encouraging all of its employees to get involved.

Activities will range from physical challenges such as bike rides, runs and walks to fun packed events like It’s a Knockout, competitions, dress down days and raffles.

Customers will also be able to donate to their local air ambulance service via the Rix Petroleum website.

Tanya Taylor, Corporate Fundraiser at the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said: “We are incredibly grateful to be working with Rix Petroleum.

“With their support, not only will this help to raise awareness of the lifesaving work we do at the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, but it will also help to raise funds for our vital service. 

“As a charity, we receive no direct Government funding, so every penny really does make a difference and helps us to save even more lives every single day of the year.  

“We quite literally could not provide our vital emergency medical service without the help and continued support we receive from our local communities.”