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

Inventive Oil Order

Our customers are always making us smile and we had to share this inventive oil order with you. One of our loyal customers decided to order through the medium of poetry. Take a look…

Cold wet miserable dayFilling a tank

Long wait until May

In the meantime

It is now that time

To order lots of oil

Please don’t recoil

In the shock Mr Wells

Just ring the bells

And count the money

Enjoy being in the honey

You go the extra metres

I will have 600 litres

Great to have it today

But tomorrow will be a good day

Oil is your game

And Mark is my name

Thank you Mark for taking the time to do this for us. You certainly made our day.

If you have any inventive ways to order give it a try.

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Reducing your heating oil cost

Basics of Heating Oil Cost

Heating Oil cost in the UK generally follows the global oil price. As we saw during lockdown, the global demand dropped therefore the price fell by more than half in April. Overall this has been a great year for consumers with such a low heating oil cost.

The most commonly used heating oil in the UK is Kerosene. Kerosene is also known as kero, heating oil & home heating oil.

Choose the best Purchasing Time

The price you pay is directly affected by the wholesale price, this fluctuates daily and can be unpredictable.

Summer is often a good time to buy your oil as demand for kerosene nationally is lower, you can often get a good price with excellent delivery options. As more people buy in winter due to greater usage, delivery schedules can fill and cause a longer wait for your heating oil. Planning ahead can reduce the chance of having a chilly few days with no heating.

If you become desperate our 20L heating oil (kerosene) drums can top your tank up just enough to get you through a few days.

As the pandemic saw such low prices, many people choose to stock up around April. This means the amount of customers that will require a tank top up in the winter months could create long delivery timOil Tank Dipstickes.

If you can get into a routine of checking your oil tank level, this will certainly ensure you never run out. Most tanks come with a basic gauge, however using a dipstick (a long stick) can also help you gauge how full your tank is. You can get gadgets that automatically read your tank level, these can be more expensive but the initial outlay may be worth it for you.

How much heating oil should I order?

Your minimum heating oil cost is likely to be £125 upwards, based on 500L. 500L is the minimum order for heating oil in England, so it is worth ensuring you can manage your payments.

In order to get the best price for your heating oil, buy in bulk! The more you buy the cheaper each litre will be. Generally orders over 1000L will give you access to this greater discount.

Paying for your heating oil

MonthlyPay to spread your heating oil costFor first time customers, you will need to pay in full shortly after your delivery. We never take your payment before delivery to avoid you overpaying if the number of litres delivered is less.

After your initial order you can then choose to continue paying in full when you require a delivery or making use of our MonthlyPay scheme. MonthlyPay enables you to pay small amounts each month which are then used against your orders throughout the year. This gives you an easy way to save for your heating oil orders. If you have any questions just speak with Andrew.

Get set up on MonthlyPay today by calling 01423 396789

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Andrew Wells

Andrew Wells is the founder and owner of Yorkshire Oils. Yorkshire Oils was established following years of experience in the oil industry and the realisation that customer service was heavily lacking among oil suppliers.Andrew Wells, Owner of Yorkshire Oils

Andrew decided to become one of very few independent oil suppliers. This meant he could focus on offering a personal service and get to know our clients. Unfortunately many oil suppliers concentrate on the numbers. They have targets set by multinational companies and must sell huge quantities of oil. Sadly this leaves customers as just a number, instead of a valued client.

Andrew never felt this should be the case, hence Yorkshire Oils was built on getting to know customers. Andrew chose to serve specifically Yorkshire as he knows the county, being born & bred here. This also gives us a smaller area than the huge UK companies meaning we always have time for each & every customer.


Background: Andrew was in management for a multinational oil company for over 22 years.  During this time he was required to work within regional depots & head office. As with many large oil companies he saw his fair share of buy outs over this time.

Core Values: Andrew’s passion is for delivering personal service, along with spending time getting to know people. Anything Andrew can do for his home county, Yorkshire, is always high in priority.Oil Tank Dipstick

Yorkshire Roots: Andrew grew up around Ripon and attended school here as a child. He took part in many local activities and enjoyed his early years living the Yorkshire life. He was then offered the opportunity to attend Pocklington School as a teenager. Andrew has never been far from the county, living & working in the area ever since.

Where might we meet?: As you have probably gathered, Andrew loves meeting up with people and consequently has many loves outside of work. Andrew is a huge fan of sport, you might catch him at local Yorkshire Rugby matches, playing a spot of tennis or even on the golf course. He has also taken on a family tradition as Director of Ripon Racecourse, you will often see him here on race days. Keeping to his Yorkshire roots Andrew loves a visit to a Yorkshire pub for a tasty meal & refreshing drinks.

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