With Stanhoe not on mains gas and never likely to be, it’s important not to pay over the odds for heating oil. The domestic heating oil market is not transparent, and many suppliers will charge whatever they can get away with.
Boilerjuice, while not truly independent, is a good place to start checking current prices.
Save money through bulk buying
The Brancaster Staithe Oil Cooperative helps to keep oil prices down through bulk buying – often more than 70,000 litres at a time.
Organiser Maria Spink is happy to take new members from Stanhoe. To get on the mailing list, contact Maria at email@example.com or phone 01485 210155.
Maria places an order every three weeks, choosing the cheapest supplier from half a dozen local companies. She usually shaves a penny or so off the lowest “standard” price, and comes in at least 5 p/litre below the highest quoted price (which is what you might be paying if you don’t shop around).
Maria’s service is free of charge, and customers pay the oil companies directly.
Compare the costs of different fuels
This fuel cost comparison from Nottingham Energy Partnership shows the current cost per kWh of various fuels. “Kerosene” means ordinary heating oil. There are also some excellent links to other fuel price comparison sites.