Buy heating oil now cold weather is on its way

Saturday 17th October 2020

Market Trends

Buy heating oil now as cold weather is on its way!

Oil trading markets prices posted very strong gains mid week but failed to maintain the momentum and fell back. Just like the previous week, Friday morning the market opened slightly down. However, WTI was trading at nearly $41 and Brent was close to $43.

Oil prices retreated once again on concerns about a second wave in Europe and a third wave in the U.S.

The OPEC, non-OPEC alliance seems to be in some disarray and says the group will guard against another price slide. Tensions within the cartel are mounting. OPEC production cut compliance is still around 100 percent. We are expecting issues with Libya and Russia to emerge in the coming months.

UK Market Trends

Autumn heating oil bargains are still available this weekend despite UK prices rising last week. Although the price rise of 0.18ppl is small the overall price did not fall below 28.30ppl. Take note, the heating oil price trend is flat to rising and is weather dependant. Make no mistake, colder weather is on its way at the end of the month and the price will rise!

2019-2020  Average UK Heating oil prices

Although prices continue to be at an all time 4 Year low, demand is rising. The good news as at today is that prices are around 43% cheaper than this time last year. Inevitably, we will see further demand for heating oil increasing as the weather becomes cooler, so, buy heating oil now cold

At this moment, we see distributor prices remaining at these levels for a while. Most distributors and brokers are quoting between 27ppl to 34ppl.

There has been some recovery in the UK market and oil distributors are still very keen with their pricing and hoping to gain your business.

One worrying trend that we have heard, but not substantiated, is that heating fuels may start to be delayed due to Covid19 related issues.

UK Regional Analysis

UK heating oil prices have risen by 0.64% this week. Over the last 7 days there has been an increase in the average UK oil distributor heating oil prices on the week of 0.18ppl finishing up at 28.48ppl.

UK heating oil prices week ending 17th October 2020

At the moment distributor heating oil prices are quite stable.

England – average prices rose by 0.21ppl to 28.95ppl.

Wales – average prices rose by 0.14ppl to 29.32ppl.

Scotland – average prices rose by 0.13ppl to 32.70ppl.

Northern Ireland – average prices fell by 0.09ppl to 26.00ppl.

To keep advised on heating oil prices we recommend checking in on our twitter feed.  You can also request multiple quotes from on a regular basis to avoid any possible imminent price rises. Always fill heating oil tanks on lower price.

Distributor Analysis

During the last 7 days, UK heating oil prices have risen by 0.64% this week. This amounts to an average rise of 0.18ppl after adjustment and vat.

Cooler weather has arrived and while heating oil prices are flat, falling crude oil prices may push UK prices lower. At this moment in time, we are in a holding position and we see domestic prices stabilising.

uk distributor heating oil prices 17th October

Crude oil prices floated higher mid week, fell back by Fridayand still trade in a tight band. Growth in crude oil has been severely restricted. We see no change for the coming weeks. Any small movements will have little effect on the UK heating oil market.

As of today, the UK heating Oil price of 28.48ppl is 12.41ppl lower than 4 years ago when they were 40.89ppl. As such, we highly recommend taking full advantage of the lower prices now. Buy heating oil now as cold weather is on its way!

The major key deciding factors on prices in the coming weeks will still be the price of crude oil. Availability of product, colder weather and delivery issues will play a major role in low heating oil prices continuing.

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

Distributor vs Broker Analysis

Average prices for distributors rose 0.18ppl to 28.48ppl on the week. To differentiate, average broker prices fell 0.63ppl to 30.36ppl.

The difference between average distributor heating oil prices versus average online heating oil broker prices today is 1.88ppl inc vat.

broker versus distributor heating oil prices

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. Furthermore, they do not tell you their commission rate as it is calculated into the PPL. 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

Average broker prices are up to 30.36ppl today. As you can see from the graph below, some brokers are much more expensive than others. Certas™© (UKHeatingOil), Tanktopper™© have higher prices in our random postcode check.

Consequently, and fortunately for you, there are plenty of Autumn heating oil bargains from distributors around the country.

Price difference calculations are based on 1000 litres delivered in 5 days to the same randomly picked postcode.

uk heating oil broker price

In today’s case you would be paying as much as 6.85ppl or £68.50 more on your 1000 litre order.

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).

Avoid Brokers

You would be better off comparing prices from heating oil distributors in your area using Remember, prices and savings change regularly and are delivery postcode dependant.

Heating oil 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.

Fortunately for heating oil consumers there are plenty of Autumn heating oil bargains around the country.

buy heating oil now and save money


The coming week should see a stabilisation of heating oil prices and competition heating up. We are reasonably certain there will not be any great resurgence in heating oil prices next week.

However, For current price trends, head on over to our main website at and get multiple heating oil quotes from suppliers to your area.

Always check our daily postings on Twitter @ukheatingoils and keep up with prices and events. You are most welcome and encouraged to follow us.

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We would like to draw your attention to an initiative by UKIFDA to keep our elderly, especially those over 75 years comfotable this winter. You can read all about it here.

Don’t forget to buy heating oil now as cold weather is on its way!

Also check out our post on heating oil tanks and new legislation regarding heating oil boilers. Every heating oil user must be aware of the these changes in legislation and costs associated with heating oil spills and leakages.

There is also a very nice piece about whether or not the heating oil is the cheapest fuel. Click here.

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