16 May 2022

Cost of home heating oil in Northern Ireland has dropped almost 50% since the beginning of the year

New survey reveals impact of coronavirus pandemic on prices

Consumers in Northern Ireland will welcome the news that home heating oil prices are on track to hit a record low, according to the Consumer Council’s weekly survey of home heating oil prices.

Paulino Garcia, Head of Energy Policy at The Consumer Council, said: “Today’s average price for a 500 litre fill reflects the sharp fall in Brent Crude Oil prices that we have seen in recent weeks, as demand for crude oil has collapsed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The average cost of a 500 litre refill has dropped by 47% since January 2020, is at its lowest since 2016 and is 23% cheaper than in 2009 when we began our survey.

"With many households experiencing a drop in income due to the impacts of COVID-19, a reduction in heating oil costs will be welcome news for the 68% of consumers in Northern Ireland that rely on home heating oil to heat their home.

“It is also important that consumers remain safe when they are getting their home heating oil delivered.

"The Consumer Council has a COVID-19 webpage with useful information for home heating oil consumers about safe deliveries, the benefits of the Customer Charter that The Consumer Council has in place with the Northern Ireland Oil Federation and weekly prices to help you shop around for your oil.”

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