Residents given fuel bills advice

Households across Northumberland are being encouraged to take steps to ensure they keep warm and reduce their fuel bills this winter as part of Big Energy Saving Week.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016, 1:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:51 pm

OFTEC, the UK trade body for oil heating, has issued advice to households in Northumberland in support of the nationwide campaign helping households reduce their energy consumption and save money.

Despite recent small increases in price, the 23,000 oil-heated households in Northumberland continue to enjoy cheaper fuel bills than all the main heating systems and are paying around half the cost of homes using LPG or electric storage heaters.

However, in the run-up to winter, there are still ways households can reduce their heating costs even further without having to resort to turning down the heating. Advice includes upgrading heating controls, getting the boiler serviced, buying heating oil early, bleeding radiators and upgrading to a condensing boiler

Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: “Households who use heating oil to keep warm have been making huge savings on their fuel bills over the past year due to the low price of oil.

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“Despite a recent small increase, this trend is expected to continue into next year making it a fantastic time to be on oil. However, many households, particularly in more rural parts of Northumberland, live in older homes which are often less energy efficient.”