Heating oil prices move up

Crude and UK heating oils are moving up

Crude and Heating Oil Analysis

Sunday 20th September 2020

Bloomber oil market graph

Market Trends

UK Heating oil prices have started to move up in line with the Crude Oil Market . As at the end of last week UK Heating oil prices still continue to be at a 4 Year low. However, crude prices gained $3 to $4. It is is now hovering around the $41 – $43 mark. We predicted last Sunday that crude oil prices will recover.

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister is reputed to have said that those who gamble on the oil markets will be “will be ouching like hell”. He said this knowing there is fading global demand – in the wake of a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections. This suggests to us that crude oil, despite its gains this week is at risk of reversing lower.

As a result of the energy ministers “veiled threats” , oil prices climbed on Friday morning and look set to level off early this coming week.

UK Market Trends

At this moment, domestic heating oil prices are still better than this time 4 years ago. The ramifications of higher crude has seen UK heating oil prices rise today. Despite the rise heating oil prices are still very low. Most distributors are quoting between 26ppl to 29ppl.

September’s new heating oil season did get off to a poor start with oil distributors and brokers cutting margins. To some extent, higher prices will bring back lost margins for a while.

On Thursday there were signs that UK heating oil prices were, and did edge upwards. The vcoming week should see prices level off at the higher level.  However we are certain there will not be any resurgence in heating oil prices next week.

The ramifications of the sabre rattling  of the Saudi’s Energy Ministers words seem to have fallen of deaf market ears.  And for that purpose we believe crude will fall again.

UK Regional Analysis

Regional heating oil prices for September 20th

Over the last 7 days there has been an increase in the average UK oil distributor heating oil prices on the week of 1.09ppl finishing at 27.30ppl.

England – average prices rose by 1.40ppl to 27.41ppl.
Scotland – average prices rose by 0.98ppl to 32.57ppl.
Wales – average prices rose by 1.670ppl to 28.06ppl
Northern Ireland – average prices rose 0.35ppl to 25.48ppl.

To keep on top of heating oil prices we recommend checking in on our twitter feed.  You can also request multiple quotes from heatingoilshop.com on a regular basis to avoid any possible imminent price rises.

Always fill heating oil tanks on lower price.

Distributor Analysis

Over the last 7 days, UK heating oil prices have steadily risen since Thursday by as much as an average of 1.14ppl. It remains to be seen if these prices will continue upwards. Crude oil prices have started to move up, nevertheless, we do not see  heating oil prices rising next week.

Despite the fact that prices are rising slightly they are still 6ppl lower than 4 years ago when they were 33.63ppl. We highly recommend taking full advantage of the lower prices now.

The major key deciding factors on prices in the coming weeks will still be the price of crude oil. Availability of product, the weather or delivery issues can play a major part in heating oil prices.

Keep an eye on your local price situation and get multiple quotes from heatingoilshop.com. Regularly check your tank & make sure you do not run out and top up where necessary. Save money by getting quotes from a heatingoilshop.com distributor and not incentivised brokers.

Distributor vs Broker Analysis

UK heating distributor and Broker price comparison

Average prices for distributors rose 1.09ppl to 27.30ppl on the week. To differentiate, average broker prices rose by 1.92ppl to 29.48ppl. The difference between average distributor heating oil prices versus average online heating oil broker prices today is  2.18ppl inc vat.

Savings fluctuate and depend on your postcode and any other charges made by brokers. For instance Boilerjuice™ charge an additional £3.49 and is applied to each order of heating oil or gas oil (red diesel) placed on their website or over the telephone. So always check your final total.

There are many bargains out there, especially from suppliers. Remember, savings can change in an instant!

Today’s Broker Analysis

Individual uk heating oil broker prices

Average broker prices are up to 29.48ppl today. As you can see from the above graph, some brokers are much more expensive than others. Fueltool continues to dominate the higher price areas as does TankTopper. Price differences are based on 1000 litres delivered in 5 days to the same randomly picked postcode.

In today’s case you would be paying as much as 9.26ppl or £92.60 more on your order if placed with Fueltool. For this reason, do you really want to pay over the odds by using higher priced brokers? We’ll let you decide for yourselves. (All prices include VAT and are subject to regional and postcode variations).

As a consequence, you would be better off comparing prices from heating oil distributors in your area using heatingoilshop.com. Remember, prices and savings change regularly and are delivery postcode dependant.

Brokers charge a variety of commissions, surcharges & admin charges or a mixture of all and these affect your final bill. The graph above shows you seven day prices for brokers. Some of these quotes include delivery charges, commission and admin charges. All of which push up the PPL exclusive of VAT price.

Time to buy heating oil

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For current price trends, head on over to heatingoilshop.com and get multiple #heatingoilquotes from suppliers to your area.

Please check out our post on heating oil tanks. Every heating oil user must be aware of their legal obligations and costs associated with heating oil spills and leakages.

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