What is heating oil?

Heating oil is used to heat your boiler, and is an alternative fuel source to electricity and gas.

Approximately 10% of British households — 2.7 million homes — are not connected to the national gas network. These householders must therefore rely on an alternative fuel to heat their homes.

Used by an estimated 1.5 million British households, heating oil is the most popular alternative. It is typically the most convenient and low-cost solution for households off the national grid.

Heating oil is delivered by fuel tankers which are specially designed for making deliveries to homes. The fuel is then pumped into a heating oil tank which is usually stored outside the house.