The Devon Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB Devon) is backing a campaign urging Devon residents to buy heating oil early this winter.
The campaign is in partnership with Citizens Advice, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE), and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
By buying fuel earlier, residents get a better price than during peak winter periods of October to March. Purchasers also get the benefit of quicker delivery times due to good road conditions and less fuel demand.
The campaign is also calling for residents to join together to form oil clubs or buying groups. The idea is that these groups can get a better price for their fuel due to the bulk buy and lower delivery costs associated to delivering to just one area.
Steve Barriball, CAB Devon spokesperson said:
“With the double hazard of another harsh winter predicted and the soaring cost of heating oil, we are concerned at the number of people we see who are anxious about staying warm through the freezing winter months, as many can't afford the high costs of heating bills. CAB Devon wants everyone to get the best deal they can, and our evidence suggests that the best way of doing this for people living off-grid is to buy as early as possible, and join a collective purchase initiative like an oil club.”
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) says that around 3.6 million UK households are off-grid and 1.5 million UK households use heating oil as their primary source of heat. This makes it the most commonly used source of off-grid energy for heating homes.
Latest figures from DECC show that four million households in England are considered fuel poor and almost 30 per cent of people who do not have mains gas are living in fuel poverty.
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Moorland Fuels was formed more than 15 years ago. The company started by supplying lubricants throughout the South West. Moorland Fuels is still a family-run business. Our reputation has been built by our team of dedicated drivers and staff. We all believe in what we do, and this can be seen in our commitment to excellent service, which gives us the edge over our competitors.
We are a fully independent fuel distributor sourcing quality products at the most competitive price to industry, farming and the home. We run all our own vehicles, both for fuels and lubricants, from our depot in Okehampton and keep an extensive stock to meet all our customers’ demands. This gives us the flexibility to provide a fast, efficient and professional service to our customers. If you need heating oil in Devon give us a call.
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Released October 26, 2011