‘Check your fuel’, homeowners urged

Consumers in rural areas are being advised to make sure they have enough winter fuel, following warnings for severe winter weather later this week.

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is urging oil heating users to prepare for the colder weather by getting their storage tanks topped up now.

OFTEC believes that last year’s harsh winter conditions caused panic buying which pushed up the price of oil. A combination of the bad weather and last minute orders meant that some companies then struggled to make deliveries to fulfil demand.

Jeremy Hawksley from OFTEC said “People may have been lulled into a false sense of security by the mild autumn temperatures and may not have checked their oil stock. Once the colder weather arrives demand for oil will increase which could lead to higher prices.”