Protect Your Heating Supplies To Evade a Hefty Fine

Across the UK many heating oil consumers are being warned by their local council that they need to protect their heating oil supply from spilling out into the environment to evade a hefty fine.

In Yorkshire, recently, it was found that a heating oil supplier had delivered fuel to a tank located next a school, soon after the tanker driver left oil was found to be leaking from the outflow pipe of the tank and into the watercourse.

The fuel then dispersed via drains and riffles in the water body, the pollution from this source was visible up to 10 miles away.

An investigation was carried out and it soon became apparent that the tank that was leaking was from the school whom were storing fuel in preparation for the approaching Winter period. The heating oil was going to be used to power the central heating.

As a result on the 21st September 2012 a court hearing took place which saw the Environment Agency (EA) fine East Riding of Yorkshire Council £18000 for polluting the inland fresh waters.

Tracey Thompson, who is an Environmental Office for the agency, stated that she is overwhelmed that this issue has now been addressed as the impact of the spillage could have had a detrimental long term impact on the wildlife relying on the watercourse.

She followed on by stating that this should be an example to businesses and why they should take their environmental responsibilities more seriously.

As a result of the spillage the council is now surveying all of its heating oil storage tanks to make sure they are not leaking or posing any environmental threats.

As well as local councils, it is also important for homeowners who have stocks of heating oil stored away in preparation for winter to be vigilant about spillages on to the surrounding land.

David Hutchinson a spokesman for the agency’s environment management team said it makes complete sense for households to come together and negotiate better heating oil prices but we don’t recommend people ordering more heating oil than they can store in a safe manner.

Author: David Khan

Theft of Heating Oil

It’s not all that often that stories from across the pond reach the desk of Find a Fuel Supplier Towers but this story caught our eye as it could easily happen here.

A man in Long Island, USA, was caught stealing heating oil from the tanks of repossessed / foreclosed homes in the little hamlet of Mastic in Suffolk County.

Robert Bailey had kitted out a truck with what amounted to a siphoning system and was breaking into the tanks of the empty homes and relieving them of their oil. When police officers opened the back of his truck, his mobile tank contained 1200 US Gallons of heating oil (that’s 4,500 litres!)

He was caught when a local town employee got suspicious whilst talking to him outside one of the target properties. The town has filed charges including the illegal transportation of oil and not having the requisite hazmat signs. It’s unclear whether he’ll face theft charges.

We raise this particular case to remind readers to secure their oil tanks as best they can and to keep an eye out for suspicious activity. We live in tough economic times and stealing a thousand litres of heating oil is a big prize for criminals although how they would plan to sell their ill-gotten gains is another matter!

Peat Harvest and Impact on Supply

Last month, Bord na Món, the semi-state company responsible for the harvesting of peat in Ireland reported that the country was witness to the worst peat harvest returns in 65 years. The reason? The 2.5 times average rainfall between July and August that contributed to a loss of 2.5million tonnes of peat, and a harvest of just 37% of what was expected.

The harvest (or lack thereof) is not expected to significantly impact upon the price of peat briquettes, as stock levels are high, and customer demand is expected to be met. In a statement, the company wrote that: “notwithstanding the difficulties presented by the weather, Bord na Móna is in a position to confirm it has taken steps to ensure it has adequate stocks of peat to supply its customers”.

Consumer Watchdog advises consumers to buy Heating Oil early.

The UK consumer group “Consumer Focus” has recently advised how leaving heating oil orders to the last minute during the winter risked longer delivery times and higher prices.

It was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying: “In the severe weather experienced in November and December 2010 many of the oil distribution companies saw significant increases in orders, resulting in delivery backlogs, particularly in remote and rural areas where roads were disrupted by snow and ice.”

William Baker, the head of fuel poverty at Consumer Focus, went on to add: “People living off the mains gas network often face considerable difficulty in keeping their homes warm. In recent years we have seen big spikes in the cost of heating oil during the winter months, which can have a major effect on household budgets.

“With this in mind, our message is buy oil as early as possible, and get a better deal by bulk buying with neighbours if possible. Consumers should also look to cut bills by making their home as energy-efficient as they can and ensure they are claiming all of the benefits and grants they may be entitled to.”

EU policy changes to hit Biodiesel production

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Connie Hedegaard, the EU Climate Commissioner, has dealt a blow to the European biodiesel industry by introducing policy changes that will limit the production of food-based biofuels to 5%.

The EU has a target of delivering 10% of its transport fuels in a renewable form and while biofuel was regarded as the ideal solution, question were raised about the levels of carbon emissions its production created. Fears of escalating food prices were also raised by green campaigners and these appear to have struck a chord with Hedegaard.

Talking to the Guardian, Hedegaard said: “We cannot morally afford to build a very big industry on something that is not good for the environment or for food prices. One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is ensuring affordable food prices.”

The biofuel cap will be regarded as a serious setback for the €10b industry, with companies claiming thousands of jobs will be lost.

Derived from vegetable oil or animal fat, biodiesel is regarded as an important fuel in the industry because it’s renewable and creates fewer emissions than standard diesel. However this announcement is likely to cause a rise in biodiesel prices throughout Europe including the UK.

Therefore comparing biodiesel suppliers to find the cheapest price is going to become a more established practice. Using a website like Findafuelsupplier.co.uk to source the cheapest price of biodiesel and other fuels is therefore recommended in order to save money.

 

Oil Price Falls to Less Than $92

Amid a bleak economic backdrop, the decrease in the price of oil to under $92 a barrel today can be attributed to the slowdown of global growth and the fall in demand for crude oil.  In Europe, the price of benchmark crude was $91.61 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  Brent Crude was priced at $110.02 on the IntercontinentalExchange Futures in London. When the global economy slumps, the demand for fuel also falls which leads to the price of oil decreasing. However, if the cost of energy falls, it can help to stimulate economic growth in the long term.

Furthermore, as crude oil is traded internationally, a strong US dollar can make the commodity an expensive and unattractive investment for those using foreign currencies. In addition to this, the Euro was $1.2920 on Monday, which is lower than $1.2974 from the previous Friday.

To add to the pressures of weakening global growth, the US Labor Department announced that the rate of unemployment, an indicator of economic growth, actually increased in over half of the states of America during the past month. This highlights the fact that hiring across the biggest economy in the world continues to be a problem.  Moreover, the World Trade Organisation has slashed estimates on their predictions for trade growth in the global economy for 2012 and 2013 which will result in a fall in demand for fuel such as crude oil. As a result, the price falls to reflect market conditions to generate demand.

If you are looking to find the most up-to-date independent prices of fuel oils in the UK then Find a Fuel Supplier can help fuel suppliers display the latest heating oil prices and kerosene prices to the consumer market.

Red Diesel Price Per Litre

With ever changing red diesel prices it maybe that you are paying more for your red diesel at price per litre than you may be aware of. Alternatively you may be using regular diesel over red diesel which works out a lot more costly as regular diesel is subject to taxation. If you are in sectors such as manufacturing, industrial and agricultural you are allowed to use red diesel fuel in comparison to road vehicles which have to use regular diesel which has to be taxed. The significant different between the two fuels and the reason for taxation is the government whom levies tax to pay for road builds and repairs and bridge construction and repairs. Therefore, you need to understand whether you are using the right type of fuel in your industry and if so what is the rock bottom price per litre of red diesel.

How Much Is Red Diesel

The average price of red diesel across 2012 has been 47.5p per litre. Typically a standard sized bulldozer and tractor used constantly over an hour’s period using fuel at a rate of 39 litres per hour would cost around £18 GBP. Calculating the usage over an 8 hour day this equates to £144 GBP. So taking this into account either if you are using the wrong fuel or you are paying more than you should be at pence per litre of red diesel then you should speak to your local fuel supplier as your business or family is been over charged.

If you are looking for the best red diesel prices on the internet the Find a Fuel Supplier is a fuel price comparison site and lists up-to-date prices of all the red diesel suppliers in the UK. Alternatively we supply other types of fuel prices such as heating oil prices and kerosene prices therefore don’t miss out and use our independent website today!

Author: David Khan

Why Heating Oil is Perfect For Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter

Heating oil is the perfect choice when it comes to keeping your home warm in the colder months, such as  December, when Winter has arsisen up on us. Many families and individuals argue that heating oil is the perfect choice of fuel source as it provides a nice constant steady source of heat that can be easily regulated. Heating oil also provides many other advantages in comparison to other fuel products. The system in which the heating oil is contained can be easily maintained, also if there is a electricity or gas cut in your particular are and you rely on this fuel source to heat your home then the home heating will be cut off. Having an independent supply of fuel such as heating oil stored locally, if there is a cut off in the system you won’t be impacted. For those individuals that purchase heating oil in bulk in the summer months or have a fuel management relationship with a supplier then that can also save them a lot of money.

As well as all the advantages that heating oil provides there are some disadvantages and precautions that need to be taken in to account. As you are in control of the amount of heating oil in your tank it is vital that you don’t let the heating oil levels drop too low. If you are in the situation when you haven’t topped up and your system has run out you may need to call out a emergency fuel supplier which can prove more costly than your normal standard fuel delivery. To avoid this happening a fuel supplier can arrange a management plan whereby on a scheduled period they come around to your property and top up your fuel tank.

It is common for families and individuals to leaving the heating oil burning away in the tank all day in preparation for their return home from work, school or visit. Whilst this seems perfectly normal it’s not very cost effective when the heating is left on for hours on end with no one around. The best way around this is to have either a timer or thermostat fitted so when the temperature drops the heating comes on or you schedule the timer 30 minutes or so just before someone enters the property the heating is triggered. The outcome of all this is the amount of heating oil that is burned throughout the day will be less and the amount of money the home will be saving will be much greater whilst you are still achieving the same heat throughout the house.

Often people in their home have the temperature way above what is recommended as they are trying to heat all the rooms in the house to the same temperature at the same time. Overheating your home can often make people feel washed out, it is also the perfect breeding ground for germs to spread. Lowering the temperature by a few degrees can help save money as well as reduce the breeding ground for germs.

If you are looking for the latest, heating oil prices, kerosene prices or any type of of fuel then Find a Fuel Supplier is is a price comparison website listing real-time fuel prices.

Author: David Khan

Safety with Heating Oil

Heating oil is one of the most popular forms of heating for domestic homes. In Northern Ireland it is the most commonly used fuel and it is also used sporadically around England, Scotland and Wales.

Heating oil is mainly used in boilers and furnaces in households and in the United Kingdom is mixed with red dye which has earned the substance the name “Red Diesel”.

Heating and Diesel fuel are very common in nature and are often referred to as distillates due to their similar boiling points and weights; they are classed as an environmental concern due to being hazardous material. Strict regulations have to be adhered to, to ensure they are transported safely and avoid leaking in transit.

Often when thinking of heating oil it can be common to be reminded of misconceptions of the safety of this substance. Heating oil is in fact one of the cleanest and safest oils for domestic use. Heating oil does not burn in a liquid state and therefore is not easily set on fire as is possible with other substances such as gas. Heating oil only has dangers associated with it when there is a leak. This is common with most substances we use to heat the home.

Fumes are not usually dangerous if you can smell them, however they do usually mean that the system you are using requires maintenance and therefore it is worthwhile to be aware of any changes in the smell of fumes. Fumes that are dangerous in regards to heating oils are the ones we cannot smell. Carbon monoxide is the most dangerous of these fumes and is a by-product of combustion whenever a fuel is burned.  The dangers of carbon monoxide are greatly reduced in a home that uses heating oil rather than gas, however, the risk is still present and therefore a carbon monoxide detector is a cheap and efficient device that should be present in every home.

The chance of a fire from using heating oil is extremely remote with the substance being liquid. The oil would have to reach a temperature of over 140 degrees before turning into a vapour which would then be flammable. This makes it safe to use in the home as the chances of fire related accidents are minimised.

Finding leaks in your boiler system can sometimes be difficult and therefore regular checks each couple of years are necessary to ensure proper maintenance. The most common sign of a leak is usually a large spike in consumption. Often a large bill will alert the homeowner of the problem and in getting the system checked a leak will be discovered. Other possible signs of a leak could be a change in the running of your furnace or boiler, an odour around the tank or perhaps sheen on the tank when touched which could relate to a leak. Often a leak is minor and therefore not very visible and so it is worthwhile checking for any of these signs no matter how small and seeking proper maintenance for the boiler. If a boiler system is located outside then changes in the vegetation surrounding the tank, the vents on the tank and rust should be monitored especially in tanks over 15 years old.

Find a Supplier is a price comparison website listing real-time fuel prices such as kerosene prices for consumers. We are 100% independent of ALL fuel retailers and oil companies and take no commission on any sale made.

Author: David Khan

Current Prices of Heating Oil and the Best Time to Buy?

Over the years many home and business owners around the UK are frequently asking the same two  questions to their local fuel supplier; what are the current prices of heating oil as it stands and when is the best time in the year to buy?

From a suppliers viewpoint there are several answers to this question which can vary between days, months and seasons. Many other external factors can affect or influence the price of oil in between these periods and can cause massive variations in price both locally and nationally. This article will cover the top level factors which can affect the supply and demand of oil which influences the price the consumer pays to heat their business or home throughout the UK.

As mentioned the time of year is a huge factor in fluctuating oil prices. Generally in the winter months the price of oil is at its highest as there is a increased demand across Europe, in comparison to the summer months when there is less demand, which is reflected in the price.

The weather is also another significant factor in fluctuating oil prices. Typically a house hold will require heat for longer periods throughout the day and night when there is a sudden drop in temperature or severe weather conditions prevail.  As a result the price of heating oil will increase as there is a high demand for the product and the amount of heating oil fuel required will be much more substantial. Also the logistics for heating oil suppliers can be significantly impacted as the extreme weather can increase the costs of distribution.

The supply of heating oil on a global scale can hugely impact the amount the consumer pays. When there is  an overall shortage or decreased production of heating oil depleting the reserves and the demands continue to increase, the price of heating oil throughout the UK will continue to increase.

The supply and demand can vary both on a national level as well as a local level. National heating oil prices as discussed, if factors such as weather influence can cause the prices to elevate. On a local level it works slightly different, typically the price often varies between local suppliers and the vicinity of each other, for example a number of local fuel suppliers concentrated in an area can greatly affect heating oil prices. Also, locally some companies buy and store huge quantities of stock, therefore they have the luxury of providing you with competitive fuel prices and they have the option to sign you up to a fuel management plan avoiding any fluctuation in heating oil prices.

Haulage costs also determines the price that you as a business or home owner pay for your heating oil. Any fuel oil distributor that is positioned in close proximity to fuel refineries or fuel storage facilities should be able to offer low costs. It’s common to see that rural areas pay more for their heating oil in comparison to towns and cities as fuel oil suppliers are often going out of their way to deliver.

The amount of heating oil a business or residential premises orders is a huge factor that influences the price/ pence per litre you will pay. The more fuel that you require to be delivered the less the price you will pay on your delivery.

To support heating oil users across the UK, finding the best prices is often difficult, therefore it is recommended to use heating oil comparison sites such as Find A Fuel Supplier, MoneySuperMarket and Confused who independently compare heating oil prices both locally and nationally across a range of suppliers.

Hopefully this article will help you compile an average price trend of heating oil and hopefully will assist you in determining the right time to buy your fuel from your local or national supplier at the best prices available.

Find a Fuel Supplier compares the latest heating oil prices, kerosene prices across the UK enabling UK buyers to purchase heating oil, and the best way for suppliers to reach out and sell heating oil to customers.

Author: David Khan