As we head into October the days will start to feel shorter and we know that soon the clocks will change and we will be traveling home in the dark.
Although we sometimes get some surprise heat in October this can quickly be replaced by the cold and the rain.
It is at this time you may start thinking about when to fill your heating oil tank ensuring you have plenty to last you over the winter period.
The best way to ensure you and your family are not left out in the cold this winter is to order early!
Purchasing your heating oil in October or early November brings two significant benefits; fuel tends to be cheaper and delivery times are much shorter compared to later in the year on the run up to Christmas.
Home Heating Oil Prices
The price of heating oil is heavily based on supply and demand. Meaning as the weather gets colder and Christmas draws nearer more people will be ordering oil, resulting in a higher cost.
It can be tempting to leave your tank till it’s almost empty and get a full tank delivery ready for that winter break. But by ordering a top up in October/November you can save yourself some money, a big bonus with Christmas round the corner!
The other great benefit of ordering your heating oil early is that the delivery time will be shorter than if you leave it to later in the year. This again is linked with demand. As demand goes up when we move towards Christmas we get much busier, so the time it takes for us to deliver your fuel also increases.
But there is another factor at play here, and that, of course, is the unpredictable British weather. Snow, ice, storms, wind, and rain can all affect our tanker drivers’ ability to deliver your fuel, and in the worst cases add several days to the waiting time. This is when ordering early really has its benefits because you know that no matter what the winter throws at you, you’ll be warm and cosy at home.
How much oil to buy?
It’s not just ordering early that customers need to consider, the amount of fuel ordered also plays a big role in getting the most bang for your buck. Although minimum orders at Rix start from just 500 litres, we do recommend that customers buy more if they can afford it as orders over 900 litres benefit from a lower price per litre.
So, although it might feel like you’re spending more money, you’re actually buying your fuel at a lower price, saving you money in the long run.
In addition, buying in bulk can help to reduce the number of tankers on the road so it means less disruption to your village’s roads.
If you miss the window to buy early, however, don’t panic. We don’t shut down over the Christmas holidays except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so we are on hand to fulfill your orders.
And in the run-up to the festive period, we stockpile 25-litre barrels at our depots that you can collect in case of an emergency.
In the end, whatever your situation, we’re here to help. And whether you take our advice and order early, or you leave it that little bit later in the year, as your friendly, local fuel supplier, we will always do our best to get your heating oil to you in the shortest possible time