Home Heating Oil

Around 68 per cent of households in Northern Ireland use home heating oil to heat their homes.

Around 68 per cent of households (495,560) in Northern Ireland (NI) use home heating oil (HHO) to heat their homes.  There are currently around 270 suppliers in NI.

What affects the price of HHO?

The HHO industry in NI is not regulated and there are no statutory powers to oversee and influence the price that consumers pay.  HHO prices vary depending on market conditions. This includes changes to the price of crude oil, the cost to refine the product, the cost of marketing and distribution, the profits of refiners and wholesalers, the time of year (the price can be more expensive in the winter as demand is high during cold weather) and competition from suppliers across the region. Prices are quoted per litre of oil.

What does the Consumer Council do in relation to HHO?

NI Oil Federation Customer Charter logo Northern Ireland Oil Federation Customer Charter

The Consumer Council has worked with the Northern Ireland Oil Federation (NIOF) to develop their Customer Charter.  The Customer Charter sets out minimum standards of service for consumers who purchase oil from an NIOF member and includes the following areas:

  • Customer care and complaint procedures;
  • Payment Options;
  • Using energy efficiently; and
  • Special advice for vulnerable consumers.

The NIOF Customer Charter is available on the NIOF website at www.nioil.com

If you are dissatisfied with the service provided by a Northern Ireland Oil Federation oil supplier, you should contact NIOF on 0845 600 2105 in the first instance with details of your complaint. If you are unhappy with their response, contact the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022 and we will investigate your complaint for you.

Northern Ireland Oil Federation
Tel: 0845 600 2105
Fax: 028 9182 0625
Email: david@nioil.com

Home Heating Oil Price Survey

The Consumer Council contacts HHO suppliers across Northern Ireland twice each week to check prices and publishes it online.  Consumers can use this information as a benchmark to see how much the average cost of oil is in their region.

Consumer Council Oil Survey

Are you paying the right price to fill your oil tank? Every week we bring you the cheapest, dearest and average home heating oil prices from across Northern Ireland.

Not every town or supplier is represented but we hope this information gives you an idea of what you could be paying, helps you shop around and get a better deal.

Table one contains the cheapest, dearest and average price for 300, 500 and 900 litres of oil based on our survey.

Table two contains the average price for 300, 500 and 900 litres of oil in selected areas.

15th April 2014

  300 Litres 500 Litres 900 Litres
Cheapest £170.00 £268.00 £462.99
Dearest £226.49 £298.73 £499.91
Average NI Price £184.92 £277.72 £481.85

Table 2

Area Average 300 Litres Average 500 Litres Average 900 Litres
Armagh £177.00 £275.00 £479.00
Ballymena £179.00 £275.00 £477.00
Belfast £195.52 £284.50 £485.44
Coleraine £179.00 £279.00 £479.00
Cookstown £184.33 £277.00 £481.00
Craigavon £178.00 £279.50 £486.00
Derry £189.00 £279.50 £486.00
Downpatrick £175.00 £271.33 £474.00
Dungannon £175.00 £275.00 £475.00
Fermanagh £199.50 £278.00 £485.00
Newry and Mourne £181.00 £278.67 £486.33
Omagh £199.00 £285.00 £495.00
Internet £180.51 £270.64 £473.97