Energy Minister Matt Hancock is backing a campaign encouraging heating oil users to stock up early before winter sets in.

The Buy Oil Early campaign has been launched by ACRE, Citizens Advice and FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers), highlighting that early orders can benefit from lower prices and prompt delivery of fuel.

“The nights are drawing in and winter is just around the corner so we are encouraging people to stock up on oil sooner not later,” said Mr Hancock.

“It’s better to order early when demand is low and prices are low and to make sure no household is caught out, especially in remote and rural areas, where roads can be disrupted and delivery times only increase as the weather gets worse.”

He also suggested it may be worthwhile for consumers to looking at establishing or joining a community buying group, which makes oil prices cheaper for individual households.

“Please do also be sure to check that you are receiving all the help that you are entitled to with your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau,” he concluded.

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