Households across Hampshire are being encouraged to get ready for the winter months, following a new 'Get Winter Ready' campaign.
The initiative has been launched by the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) and OFTEC, with the goal of getting residents to change their energy habits.
A total of 25,305 heating oil customers are being advised to order an early supply of heating oil, service their boiler and check the condition of their garden oil tank, before the onset of winter.
The campaign follows figures from a recognised and independent source that compares the prices of domestic heating.
Across most regions in the UK, oil prices are said to be down by between 2% and 5.5% compared to last year.
UKIFDA Chief Executive Guy Pulham said:
“People who use oil to heat their homes would be forgiven for not thinking about heating their homes at the moment with many of us still experiencing warm days but we have launched this campaign to encourage people to stock up on oil, sooner not later.
“It’s better to order early when demand is low. Ordering ahead of the bad weather also ensures no household is caught out, especially in remote and rural areas, where roads can be disrupted. Delivery times only increase as the weather gets worse.
“Each year, UKIFDA oil distributors remind customers that they should order early, but people have got into a pattern of ordering the minimum quantity and running out in the middle of the worst weather, when tanker drivers just can’t get to them. We are trying to educate people to think ahead and be prepared.
“UKIFDA also advises customers to set up a regularly monthly payment with their local oil supplier in order to offset higher bills during the winter months, especially with the additional expense of Christmas.”
OFTEC Chief Executive Paul Rose added:
“The nights are already drawing in and the winter months are unfortunately not far off, so it is important for people to ensure their heating systems are working correctly ahead of time. This is particularly important for the vulnerable and elderly who cannot afford to be left without heat.
"Regular maintenance by an experienced heating professional is the best way to avoid problems, so our advice is to book your boiler service now before cold weather sets in and use a qualified OFTEC registered technician who will check everything is working correctly and identify any potential problems. It’s simpler and less stressful to fix any issues now rather than wait for the whole system to stop working when you need it most.