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Residents in the Bassingbourn and Orwell areas of Royston, Hertfordshire targeted by oil thieves.
Heating Oil users in and around the SG8 postcode area of Royston are today being warned to be on their guard after more than 1200 litres of kerosene, worth in the region of £900, was stolen overnight last night.
Thieves targeted two properties; approx. 6 miles apart and both tanks were syphoned dry of oil. One of the properties had a locked tank and the other had filled their tank only 2 weeks previously.
Police are strongly urging local residents to contact them as soon as possible if they witness any suspicious activity in and around oil tanks, day or night. Did you notice anything suspicious in the neighbourhood?
Lisa Baldwin, of BoilerJuice.com, the UK’s No 1 online supplier of Heating Oil said,
“With the price of heating oil ever increasing, oil consumers are advised to take extra measures to protect their investment. Thieves can strike at any time of year, but with the vast majority of heating oil users filling their tanks with the winter weather in full swing, unfortunately thieves are aware of this. In the past 30 days we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Oil Theft reports we have received and expect this to continue in the winter months.
She continued, “We are urging victims of oil theft to report the theft as soon as possible. Once a report is received by us we will send an automatic ‘alert’ to all registered oil users within the postcode district of the crime. By spreading the word as soon as possible we hope to stop others from becoming a victim of this terrible crime.”
Home owners are advised to be on the look-out for specially adapted vehicles being used by fuel thieves in the area, which usually have large containers at the rear and are fitted with pumping equipment.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response.
There are around 2.2 million heating oil users across the UK and one thing they will agree on is the fact that heating oil prices tend to be quite volatile when the snow starts to fall.
Heavy snowfall caused chaos across Great Britain for 1000′s of heating oil users in mid-January when they realised that their heating oil tanks were lower than they expected – resulting in them taking to the internet to order their heating oil.
Thankfully the vast majority of heating oil users had stocked up well in advance of the cold-snap, which took pressure off many heating oil suppliers. The map above shows the severity of the snow seen in January 2013, with the vast majority of Great Britain being covered.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-colour image on January 26, 2013, courtesy Jeff Schmaltz.
“Energy saving has never been so attractive” – with hundreds of pounds of cash available to householders in England and Wales who make energy saving home improvements.
Householders who use the Green Deal to make improvements such as loft insulation, solid wall insulation and new heating systems will qualify. Packages could be worth over £1,000.
The more work households decide to have done, the more cash they could receive. To qualify for the Cashback Scheme, households need to book a Green Deal property assessment so they are then ready to have improvements installed under the Green Deal from 28 January and get their cashback.
Neil Schofield, Head of External and Governmental Affairs at Worcester Bosch, said:
“The opening of the Green Deal Cashback Scheme really underlines the progress being made on the Green Deal ahead of the first plans being signed on 28 January. This is a great offer for consumers and will help us to attract early customers, so it’s good news for business too.
“This is a clear signal that the Green Deal is building momentum and I’m delighted there is such a strong incentives scheme in place to encourage early take up. We’re excited about how this could open up the energy efficiency market.”
The Green Deal is the Government’s new initiative to transform the UK market for energy efficiency. It will let homes and businesses make energy efficiency improvements with the costs repaid through expected savings on their energy bills.
The Green Deal Cashback scheme is a time-bound offer and is limited to one per household, but can cover a package of improvements so long as the householder is contributing to installation costs and work done is overseen by an authorised Green Deal Provider. To qualify for the Cashback Scheme householders need to:
- have a Green Deal assessment carried out on their property;
- get and agree quotes from a Green Deal Provider (this could be directly with a national brand or through a local tradesperson linked with a Provider);
- apply for a cashback voucher online or by phone (0300 123 1234); and
- complete works within the specified period.
According to the legislation passed in Europe, 444,000 expats living in countries such as Spain and France will be able to claim the payment, costing the UK up to £100 million a year. Previously, the allowance could only be claimed by people who were over the age of 60 when they left Britain. However work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan-Smith is considering bringing a temperature test in to assess eligibility for the winter fuel allowance after the European Union (EU) ruling.
Mr Duncan-Smith has said he intends to fight what he has described as a “ridiculous” ruling, which comes at a time when the government is trying to cut spending significantly and many pensioners in the UK are in fuel poverty. He said he is eager for the payment to only go to people living in cold climates, which could result in there being a temperature test in the future.
Previously, the government has said that means-testing the winter fuel allowance, which currently goes to all pensioners regardless of their income, would be unfeasible because it would cost too much money. However, many pensioners may be concerned the temperature testing is another method of means-testing and stopping their payments.
There will be a second reading of these proposals in parliament next month, so it could become a reality.
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A household is said to be in fuel poverty if it needs to spend more than 10% of its income on fuel to maintain a satisfactory heating regime (usually 21 degrees for the main living area, and 18 degrees for other occupied rooms). Source DECC
With the cost of heating oil on the increase, the number of households suffering from fuel poverty is at its highest for years.
- Are you suffering from fuel poverty?
- Do you think the government is doing enough to help struggling families?
- Should the government extend the “winter fuel allowance” to those that are pregnant or have young children?
- What measures are you taking to cope with the increasing cost of living?
Have your say below…
A frequent question asked by oil users is how much do they use, compared to others with similar setups. With devices such as the BoilerJuice SMART Heating Oil Monitor enabling oil users to see their average: daily, weekly, monthly heating oil use – finding out if you have a efficiency problem is much easier than ever before.
When replying please try to provide the following information by copying and pasting the section below:
- Boiler Make and Model:
- Approximate age of boiler:
- Reliability of the boiler:
- Boiler Serviced Regularily: Yes / No
- Spring / Summer / Autumn / Winter:
- No of Bedrooms / House Size:
- Approximate Year Property Built:
- Recent Weekly Oil Usage – in litres:
- Average daily use of heating system in hours:
- Aproximate internal temperature reached (c):
- Insualation Level (Poor / Good / Excellent):
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