Monday 17th October 2022
Rural homeowners who heat their homes with off-grid energy such as LPG and renewable liquid fuels, are being urged to prepare for winter heating now, before fuel demand increases and in-home heating systems are needed.
George Webb, CEO at Liquid Gas UK, the trade association for the LPG and renewable liquid gas industry, says that taking precautionary steps to get ahead now will help to relieve some pressure on homeowners during the winter months.
“This summer the UK has experienced an extreme in weather, with a very hot, dry summer and record temperatures being recorded in the 40s. This winter could prove equally extreme. While we cannot be sure what to expect, it is important that LPG consumers are prepared for whatever the winter may throw at us this year.
“We recognise that this year in particular, news about global gas supplies and the cost of energy is causing concern for homeowners. As such, industry is ramping up its communication to customers much earlier than in previous years, to support them during this period.”
Mr Webb explains that outreach to the UK LPG industry’s 200,000 customers has already begun, which includes advice on ordering LPG ahead of time, what to do in case of payment concerns and energy saving tips.
"We’re advising homeowners to check their LPG tank level now, and speak to their supplier about optimum order times, and the options available for deliveries this winter being made by connecting to an automatic ordering system from their supplier,” he says.
“Going into winter with a full tank of fuel will provide peace of mind and it means that when it turns cold, it can help ease worries around their energy supply,” he says.
He adds that the LPG industry has strengthened its winter resilience by making significant investments in infrastructure, assets and strategic storage.
“Nearly £117m has been invested in strategic and vessel storage and infrastructure over the past 12 months, and a further £130.5m is planned to be invested into this area over the next 12 months, which will help with increased demand over winter. £12.5m has also been invested in industry’s fleet, which will help in maintaining deliveries to homes.”
To further support customers, industry has invested an additional £1m in workforce recruitment, upskilling and training and nearly £2m in customer service, with investments in these areas set to increase to £2.5million in the next 12 months.
“Our members are committed to providing outstanding customer care and take their responsibilities to customers very seriously. This is demonstrated through such significant investment from across the board in these key areas,” he says.
“For homeowners requiring additional support this winter, particularly those who are concerned about costs, we would encourage them to speak to their suppliers, who will be able to advise them on options going forward,” he says.
“Preparing in advance across the areas of fuel supply, energy savings and costs will help rural homeowners to be in the best position possible for the winter months ahead,” he concludes
Top tips for homeowners
Check your LPG levels
If you order LPG as and when required, check your tank levels now and consider ordering from your supplier as soon as possible. Going into winter with a full tank will be more cost effective and means you won’t have to worry about supply.
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.
Give your boiler a service
Make sure your boiler and any other gas appliances are serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer. This ensures that they run at their most efficient and are kept in tip-top condition.
For more tips click here.
Where can rural homeowners find wider support this winter?
For further information on advice on the cost of energy, visit the following websites:
The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK