Be Winter Wise with Yorkshire Oils: Your Five Point Plan

Be Winter Wise with Yorkshire Oils: Your Five Point Plan

By Andrew Wells, 2 October 2023

1. Check your boiler

We recommend booking an engineer to check your boiler ahead of the rush to ensure it’s working efficiently and not wasting heating oil. 

Please call Andrew on 01423 396789 or email to book a service in.

2. Book your delivery in good time

The current price is 75.95ppl. Order by Tuesday 3rd October 5pm and guarantee this price with no hidden charges.

Call 01423 396789 or email to make your order today.

The price you pay at Yorkshire Oils is calculated as ppl x number of litres + 5% VAT. Please be aware that some heating oil suppliers and comparison websites can add a hidden service charge to y our total cost, so the price you originally see may not be the total price that you pay.

3. Sign up For UKIFDA’s Cold Weather Priority Scheme

If you or someone you live with is 75 years or over, sign up for UKIFDA’s free Cold Weather Priority (CWP) scheme. Call or email Andrew on 01423 396789 to be added to the scheme.

Read more on the scheme.

4. Access support if you are struggling to pay

For heating oil users that may be vulnerable or are struggling to pay for their oil, there are a number of government guides packed with useful information and helpful guidance on how to access support where needed.

The Help for Households campaign provides information about the support available to help with the cost of living and offers money-saving tips. Plus, the Government’s Help With Your Energy Bills guide advises on this year’s Cold Weather and Winter payments.

At Yorkshire Oils you can sign up to MonthlyPay, a convenient, flexible way to budget for your home heating bills by spreading your payments across the year.

5. Choose Yorkshire Oils - a UKIFDA-Accredited Distributor 

For the safest and most efficient storage, handling, and delivery of fuel choose a UKIFDA (The UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association) accredited distributor like Yorkshire Oils.

At Yorkshire Oils, we pride ourselves on our friendly and knowledgeable service. When you call, you will reach a member of our small, local team who will be ready to answer your questions and process your order.

More time for off-grid households

More time for off-grid households

By Andrew Wells, 25 September 2023

You no doubt will have heard Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak’s speech last week on net zero policy or at least all the media coverage. Following a frenzied 24 hours of speculation, the much anticipated announcement outlined a ‘new approach’ and significant shift in the government’s green commitments.

In his speech the PM outlined a rethink to the targets to reach net zero, with many of the key policies being welcome news for all those living off-grid and relying on heating oil.

Key points to the government’s change in policy

  • The timeline for phasing out off-grid heating oil and LPG boilers has been relaxed and will move from 2026 to 2035, with this being an 80%, rather than 100% phase-out.
  • The Boiler Upgrade Scheme which gives people cash grants to replace their boiler, will be increased by 50% to £7,500
  • The government will never force anyone to rip out their existing boiler and install a heat pump – those unable to afford one will never have to switch

What does this mean for off-grid households?
These changes in policy do allow us more time. More time to adapt to the government’s net zero drive. For us living in rural locations and reliant on oil, we can still make a significant contribution to net zero by switching to renewable liquid gases such as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

What next?
Essentially, the delay to the ban on oil boilers, will ensure that off-grid homeowners have time to explore a number of sustainable options, ensuring that you don’t face substantial costs for upgrades in a short period of time.

At Yorkshire Oils we remain committed to supporting you on this journey and we will keep you informed on any further updates.

De-carbonising our homes

Fossil free renewable fuel

By Andrew Wells, 14 August 2023

You may have read the recent news and heard the media statements regarding the call from a number of rural MPs for government to support the move to liquid fuels, specifically HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), for households like yourselves who currently run off kerosene.

The current government position on the move away from fossil fuels
In its Heat and Buildings Strategy the government proposed banning the installation of fossil fuel boilers, which would include oil, from 2026 in homes and small businesses and 2024 for larger businesses. In most cases these properties would be expected to switch to a heat pump.

What the oil industry is saying in response
In a cost of living crisis, heat pumps are costly and unattainable for many households and a third way is being campaigned for by industry body UKIFDA (UK & Ireland Fuel Distributor Association). In a statement, they highlight the issue with decarbonising off-grid properties:

 “Many of our off-grid customers live in rural communities, with older properties who face real and serious challenges about how to decarbonise their home heating. They have told us they need to be given a choice of how they can do this in an affordable way which results in minimal disruption.”

Finding more affordable, renewable options
According to UKFIDA, the industry over the last two years, “has invested time, effort and money – without government subsidy – on developing a solution, using renewable liquid fuel as a replacement fuel for kerosene […] The conversion from oil to these renewable fuels can be done quickly, at a reasonable upfront cost and without disruption and it results in immediate reductions in carbon emissions.”

Movement in the backbenches to support liquid fuels
In a recent move, George Eustice MP, former Environment Secretary is encouraging government to look again at the oil boiler ban in 2026 and the use of renewable liquid fuels as an option for the many rural off-grid properties such as yours. Eustice has introduced the Renewable Liquid Heating Fuel Bill to Parliament which would create powerful incentives to push for a speedy transfer to the use of HVO or other liquid fuels in existing boilers.

In response, UKIFDA says:

“Our industry, members and customers are urging the Government to support George Eustice’s amendment to the Energy Bill, which will bring the cost of these fuels down for consumers, as they already have in transport, while costing the taxpayer nothing.”

What can I do as a kerosene boiler owner?
You can write to your local MP to encourage them to support Mr Eustice’s new bill and the call for liquid fuels as the renewable option for many households where heat pumps are not feasible.

Visit the Future Ready Fuels website for template letters, finding MPs email addresses and an interesting video explaining how HVO works:

Energy Bill Campaign – July