Get Ahead for Winter

Get ahead for winter now and prepare for the colder months.

Each year we talk about the importance of preparing for the winter months and ensuring customers have enough fuel to keep their homes and businesses warm during the colder periods.

Severe weather have a big impact on communities, but there are steps that can be taken to ease the pressure and help customers prepare for any unexpected weather conditions. This in turn supports any additional strain on business and helps operations to run more smoothly during any particularly cold spells.

George Webb, Chief Executive of Liquid Gas UK commented:

“Although it may seem early to start talking about winter, we recognise that during the colder months a reliable and consistent source of energy is essential, therefore it’s vital to act now to ensure your equipment is working efficiently.

It would be wise to think about getting your LPG order in as early as possible, to put you in a strong position as the weather turns colder.”

LPG is usually delivered via road tanker to an individual bulk tank at homes and businesses throughout the country. This means any increases in demand can often happen at a time when bad weather can materialise quickly and disrupt deliveries.

Encouraging customers to go into winter with a full tank of LPG ensures that households and businesses can access the fuel and heat they need, regardless of weather or any external factors.

Many LPG suppliers have sophisticated customer data systems which will automatically top up their customers’ tanks to ensure their gas is sufficient going into winter, and throughout the year.

For customers who don’t have these systems in place, and order themselves, it’s really important they plan ahead. If they can order early enough they will ensure they have enough LPG to heat their home when the weather turns colder. Also if we do have snow and ice it can result in blocked roads and limit the ability for deliveries to be made.

For those customers who use LPG from a cylinder, Liquid Gas UK would also encourage them to ensure they order in good time with their supplier and take advice as to whether they should order an extra cylinder of gas.

In addition to purchasing LPG early, Liquid Gas UK would like to share some of our 10 top tips to enable LPG customers to ahead for the winter:

  • Service your boiler, to ensure it is in tip-top condition heading into the winter
  • Draft proof your home, a cheap and easy way to improve heat loss
  • Opt-in for automatic top-ups, check with your LPG supplier if you are eligible
  • Plan your heat, use a programmer and only have the heating on when you need it

For more information read our top tips here, follow us on Twitter @LiquidGasUK or use the hashtag #getaheadforwinter

Top ten tips for getting ahead of winter:

1. Check your LPG levels – if you order LPG yourself please look at the tank level now and consider ordering from your supplier as soon as possible. Going into winter with a full tank will be more cost effective, provide peace of mind and it means that when it turns cold you needn’t worry about your energy supply.

2. Check if you are on an automatic top up system with your LPG supplier - you may already be on an automatic top up system and your LPG supplier will take account your needs and top up your tank when you need it - but if you aren’t on this system, you may want to check if this service is available to you.

3. Give your boiler a service – make sure your boiler and any other gas appliances are serviced every year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This ensures that they run at their most efficient and are kept in tip-top condition.

4. Bleed your radiators - bleed your radiators to release any air that is trapped in them. This will improve your heating efficiency instantly as hot water can flow into every part of the radiator, so it does a better job of warming your room.

5. Draft-proof your home – draughty external doors are responsible for 15% of heat loss in the home. Draft-proofing is a cheap and easy way to prevent heat loss. Hanging thick curtains over the door will also help to trap heat inside. Close all the curtains as soon as it gets dark to prevent heat escaping through windows.

6. Insulate – loft insulation is a straightforward job which will dramatically cut the heat loss from your home. Also insulate your hot water tank by fitting it with a thick jacket – the thicker the better – this can reduce heat loss by up to 75%.

7. Use a programmer – use a programmer to set when the heating and hot water come on and go off based around your routine. By heating your home and hot water only when necessary, you'll save energy and money.

8. Lower your thermostat - lowering your thermostat setting by just 1°C could save you money, however, ensure that a minimum temperature is maintained of 21°C in living rooms and 18°C in bedrooms.

9. Consider replacing your boiler – if your boiler is 15 years old or more it could be time to replace it. Make sure you choose an energy efficient condensing boiler which could cut your heating bills significantly and achieve running efficiencies of 90%.

10. Check your pipes – check all pipework to ensure that there are no leaks, fix any drips and lag pipes to avoid bursts.

For more advice on how to prepare for winter, please visit https://www.liquidgasuk.org/advice/get-ahead-for-winter or search #GetAheadForWinter on Twitter.

For more information on the LPG industry Customer Charter, visit https://www.liquidgasuk.org/advice/liquid-gas-uk-customer-charter

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK