Oil now beats all other home heating fuels on cost

Latest industry figures show that heating oil prices have fallen even further, with oil now 13% cheaper than mains gas to heat the average home.

According to the Sutherland Tables, a recognised independent source of data on comparative UK domestic heating prices, oil is now by far the cheapest of all the major heating fuels, costing just £930 a year to heat an average three bedroom home in Great Britain. This compares to an annual heating bill of £1072 for the same home on mains gas, the second cheapest option.

Comparing the equivalent heating costs for LPG and electric storage heaters – the other main heating methods used by off gas grid households –oil remains vastly cheaper, currently coming in at 42.5% less expensive than LPG and 42% cheaper than electricity.

Most experts agree that oil prices will remain low for some time and with the sales of oil condensing boilers up by 7% in the first quarter of this year compared to 2014 figures, it would seem that homeowners have a renewed appreciation for the benefits of oil.

Jeremy Hawksley, director general of OFTEC, said: “Oil prices have now fallen to their lowest point since autumn 2009 and are currently over £500 cheaper than when prices peaked in the early summer of 2013. This is great news for the industry and the UK’s 1.5 million oil using households.

“With prices forecast to remain low for the foreseeable future, we anticipate many households currently using LPG and electricity will consider a switch to oil. Making the change could save LPG users around £700 per year – or over £1,000 if their boiler is a standard efficiency model. Even allowing for the cost of a new oil boiler and tank, the move would provide considerable savings over the lifespan of the installation.”