Buying heating oil is all about timing

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Saturday 24th October 2020

Market Trends

Buying heating oil is all about timing!

Last week was a repeat performance from the previous week. Oil trading markets prices posted very strong gains mid week but failed to maintain the momentum and fell back Friday. This market performance has now happened three weeks in a row. It also suggests that OPEC+ is heavily supporting the oil price to prevent further price erosion and threatening to cut back production.

Friday morning the market opened slightly down. However, WTI was trading at under $40 as Brent closed nearer to $42.

Crude Oil prices at end of business 23rd October

COVID cases are now surging around the globe, threatening oil demand and sending oil prices back below $42.

On Thursday, the U.S. reported more than 70,000 COVID cases for the first time in three months, and the trajectory suggests the U.S. may break new record highs in the coming days.

The numbers help explain weak fuel demand in the U.S. This also seems to be the theme currently unfolding in the EU.

The pandemic continues to largely cap any potential crude oil price rally. On the other hand this has helped UK and European heating oil prices where demand is set to surge. It just needs one cold period will change to kick it off.

Crude did recover slightly on Friday with Brent managing to reach $41.77. For the best part crude has traded at an average of $40 for the better part of four months. now for nearly 4 months.

UK Market Trends

Autumn distributor heating oil bargains have not gone away. But, some broker prices are uncompetitve. Worthy of note though are directoil, homefuelsdirect and the heatingoil club all of whom maintain a quality pricing structure. UK prices did rise mid week but quickly fell back by today.

Although the price fall of 0.17ppl is small the overall price did not fall below 28.25ppl. Take note, the heating oil price trend is currently flat to falling and is more weather dependant than on crude oil pricing. Make no mistake, colder weather is on its way. We feel by the end of the month the price will rise!

Buying heating oil is all about timing!

Although prices continue to be at an all time 4 Year low, demand for heating oil is rising. The good news 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 colder, so, buy heating oil now and fill up.

Buying heating oil is all about timing! At this moment in time, we see distributor prices remaining at these levels for a at least 4 days. Most distributors are quoting between 26ppl to 30ppl.

UK Regional Analysis

UK heating oil prices have fallen by 0.60% this week. Over the last 7 days there has been a decrease in the average UK oil distributor heating oil prices on the week of 0.17ppl finishing up at 28.25ppl.

UK Regional heating oil prices

At the moment distributor heating oil prices are trending flat to down.

England – average prices fell by 0.19ppl to 28.75ppl.

Wales – average prices fell by 0.02ppl to 29.59ppl.

Scotland – average prices fell by 0.02ppl to 32.58ppl.

Northern Ireland – average prices fell by 0.11ppl to 25.90ppl.

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. We’re not teaching our customers to suck eggs but always fill your heating oil tanks on lower prices.

Distributor Analysis

During the last 7 days, UK heating oil prices have risen by 0.60% this week. This amounts to an average rise of 0.17ppl after adjustment and vat.

For the time being, milder weather has arrived and while heating oil prices are trending down, 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 possibly falling more.

oil distributor prices fell overall this week

Crude oil prices floated higher mid week, fell back by Friday and 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 28.25ppl is 21.09ppl lower than this day a year ago. Not only that, 4 years ago the price was 40.80ppl, 12.55ppl dearer. As such, this is a great opportunity to reduce heating (and cooking) costs subsatantially. Take 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.

Distributor vs Broker Analysis

Average prices for distributors fell 0.19ppl to 28.25ppl on the week. Similarly, average broker prices also fell by 0.69ppl to 30.19ppl.

The difference between average distributor heating oil prices versus average online heating oil broker prices today is 1.94ppl inc vat.

Buying heating oil is all about timing! Now ist the time

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 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.

Selected individual heating oil broker prices

In today’s case you would be paying as much as 5.62ppl or £56.20 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

Buying heating oil is all about timing! You would be better off comparing prices from heating oil distributors in your area by using Remember, prices and savings change regularly and are delivery postcode dependant.

here you see the fluctuation i heating oil broker prices over the last 7 days

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 heating oil bargains to be had around the country.

oil prices are down
Home heating oil prices are down


Buying heating oil is all about timing! The coming week should see a stabilisation of heating oil prices. We think there could be a mid-week price rise. However, we are reasonably certain there will not be any great resurgence in heating oil prices next week.

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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