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FPS Supports Big Energy Saving Week 2019

January 18, 2019

Continuing in its commitment to help oil-fuelled energy consumers, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has pledged support for Big Energy Saving Week 2019 which runs from Monday 21 to 27 January 2019.

The trade association for the liquid fuels distribution industry, FPS, has supported Big Energy Saving Week for many years, a campaign designed to enable consumers to reduce their energy bills and access the full financial help available to them.

Big Energy Saving Week is run collectively between Citizens Advice, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Energy Saving Trust and with the support of numerous organisations, charities and companies.

FPS Chief Executive Guy Pulham comments: “We’re very happy to be supporting Big Energy Saving Week once more, as we know what a big difference it makes to consumers who want to reduce their energy bills. During Big Energy Saving Week, the FPS is focusing its support on those who use oil to heat their homes through the website www.oilsave.org.uk. And, the great news for these users is that the price of oil is the cheapest form of off grid energy.

For those living off the gas grid, Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of comparative domestic heating prices, say the average annual cost of heating a three-bedroom home in Great Britain with heating oil is £1178 per year and is cheaper than an LPG condensing boiler at £1,647 per annum, and nearly half the cost of electric storage heaters at £2069 per annum.

Running an oil condensing boiler also remains far cheaper than any renewable heating options; including air source heat pumps (with radiators) at £1,805 per year, heat pumps underfloor heating at £1380 and biomass (wood pellets) at £1,548 per annum.

“The cost of energy is a worry for many households and this week-long campaign points out all the many positive steps people can take to better manage their energy and reduce costs, as well as receive all the help they’re entitled to when it comes to grants and benefits such as Winter Fuel Allowance.

“Alongside general advice for consumers, such as comparing the prices of various energy suppliers and turning the thermostat down by just one degree to make a big 10 percent saving, there is a wealth of support specifically for the 1.5million UK off-grid energy users.

Guy Pulham concludes: “Our support of Big Energy Saving Week accompanies our Get Winter Ready campaign, launched in October.  These campaigns complement each other as they’re both designed to help consumers manage their energy bills more efficiently and find ways to reduce costs.

“Consumers are often surprised by how much they can do to cut their energy bills.  There is information on our website www.oilsave.org.uk to help heating oil consumers. The advice ranges from reasons to upgrade your boiler and the importance of servicing and maintenance through to reasons for making monthly payments and combining your oil system with a renewable energy option. There is also information on the pros and cons of joining an oil buying group.

“In addition to all the tips and advice, you’ll find a list of FPS member oil suppliers, searchable by town or postcode and help to find your nearest OFTEC registered engineer for boiler servicing.”

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