Fuelling your home: What you need to know

What are the available fuels for heating your home?

There are a variety of fuels available to you to heat rooms in your home which include Gas, Top Up ServiceElectricity, Oil, LPG, Hot water from the mains, Biomass products (wood) and Coal based solid fuels. These fuels differ in their cost, availability, how environmentally friendly they are, how convenient they are and how much the installation of the equipment to use them costs.

Out of all of these fuels, Natural gas is the most widely used for heating homes in the UK as it is the cheapest option and readily available throughout the gas network. Not all homes are connected to the gas network though which means they can use fuel delivery companies to supply them with gas throughout the year. Gas is also the cleanest of the fuels which means your carbon footprint is the lowered.

If your house is not on the gas network but instead you have an oil tank you can use a fuel delivery company. Using a fuel delivery company you can have a reliable fuel supply throughout the year with automatic deliveries when your fuel tank is running low.

It is estimated that close to 1.5million homes in the UK rely on oil for their heating especially in rural areas. When it comes to heating oil however, the prices can be slightly more expensive than gas heating but will be the cheapest option if you do live in a rural area.

If you are looking at types of fuel that you can have delivered you will find that there are two main types of domestic heating oil; kerosene and gas oil. Kerosene is the most commonly used of the two and is seen to be better value for money and is more efficient.