We receive many enquiries on a daily basis and have tried to answer some of the more frequently asked questions below.
Over 1.5 million households in the UK and Ireland use heating oil to heat their homes. Oil customers find oil-fired central heating systems just as easy to use as mains gas. It is a clean fuel as most modern clean burning appliances have low CO2 emissions and high efficiency ratings. It is also more versatile than solid fuel and is currently (Sept 2015) cheaper to run than electricity, LPG or Mains Gas (Source: Sutherland Tables (UK independent provider of comparative home heating costs))
The consumption of heating oil varies from property to property. Consumption depends on the efficiency of your insulation, the performance of your heating oil boiler, and the temperature you like to keep your home. As these vary between individuals, the right amount of heating oil to use can only be considered at an individual level. Thus the right amount is the average for your home. Should your usage vary widely then you should investigate the reasons for that.
Read answer Hide answer What is Heating Oil and what is the difference between Kerosene and Gas Oil or Diesel?
Heating Oil, also known as Kerosene or 28-second burning oil, is produced by refining crude oil. It is one of the products produced by the distillation process and is called a middle distillate as result.
Gas Oil and Diesel are also middle distillates, with Diesel used to power road vehicles and Gas Oil commonly used in agriculture and industry machinery. Gas Oil is also known as 35-second oil, or Red Diesel, and is less combustible than Kerosene.
Although many domestic boilers can run on either product with adjustment, over 99% of our customers run their oil fired central heating on Heating Oil (Kerosene) because it is cleaner and more cost efficient.
Heating Oil does not really have a shelf life, and does not normally degrade if the heating oil storage tank is in good condition. Many customers only order once a year and thus just prior to refilling, the heating oil in their tank is a year old.
Domestic customers using Home Heating Oil to run their central heating systems are charged VAT at only 5% for orders of under 2,300 litres.
The smallest delivery we can make is 500 litres. This minimum volume is controlled and set by UK Trading Standards Regulations for Bulk Meters. The maximum we can deliver is controlled by the size of the fuel tank we are delivering to. The smallest commonly used domestic tank is 1100 litres, whilst the largest commonly used is 2700 litres.
The simple answer is yes, as the cost of making a delivery to you is roughly the same irrespective of the volume we deliver. So the greater the quantity of heating oil ordered, the more litres the cost of the delivery is spread over. Please give us a call or request a quote online and we will be pleased to quote you for the different volumes we can deliver to you.
With the rise of the Internet we have seen a significant increase in the number of groups, syndicates, brokers, and websites claiming to get you cheaper heating oil, or bulk savings.
We would be very careful about using buying groups or broker websites as they are, for the most part middle men, seeking to make themselves money by placing themselves between you and the real distributor whose tanker will end up delivering to your home.
A real fuel distributor will have fuel tankers, a depot, heating oil to sell, and people to talk to about any issues you may have. They will also value your business direct with them higher than a broker chasing commission.
When the snow falls, or supplies are tight, we focus on serving our customers not other peoples. If you deal with Goff direct then we can put the savings in your pocket by delivering from our lorries to your heating oil tank, rather than putting pounds of commission into the pockets of middlemen.
No you don’t, providing our driver and delivery tanker can access your property and your oil tank safely he will do his utmost to deliver. We normally deliver fuel between 7 am and 5 pm and we always leave a metered delivery ticket with the amount of home heating oil we have supplied. If you need to unlock a gate for us to gain access, let us know and we will call, text or email you before we deliver so you can unlock accordingly.
- Question 10
Over many years we have seen many different additives offered with many unsubstantiated claims made. Properly sourced, handled, and distributed oil, delivered into correctly serviced boilers and tanks should not require the addition of additives. As a Registered Dealer in Controlled Oils (HMRC RDCO), sourcing our product from the UK’s biggest Refiners and Importers, we can guarantee that Goff heating oil meets or exceeds the strict British Standards requirements (BS2869 C2). If you are being offered additives then maybe you should ask yourself why?
- Question 12